Great Lakes Distillery

Great Lakes Distillery

Distillery and Speakeasy · Walker's Point
616 W Virginia St (at S 6th St), Milwaukee, WI 53204, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & MasterCard)
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A small batch distillery in the heart of Milwaukee. We produce quality handmade spirits. Visit the tasting room & sample the goods! Tasting room & tours daily.


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  • What you need to know
    Brandon G.
    "Build a tower for your favorite tour guide."(3 Tips)
    Art of Adventuring
    "My favorite was the Kinnickinnic Whiskey."(2 Tips)
    jake n.
    "great local distillery."(2 Tips)
    Brandon H.
    "Killer Bee! Have 3!! ;)"(2 Tips)
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  • George M.

    Take the tour it's awesome

    George Mohawk III · September 12
  • TJ K.

    The tour is fun and spirits are tasty. Freeeee popcorn.

    TJ K · May 10
  • Angela J.

    Great tour they have! Found a groupon so saved half price. Great mix drinks to buy as you wait for the tour. Then you get straight shots of their distills. Lots of fun!

    Angela Jean · April 22
  • Michelle W.

    Inexpensive and fun. Tour is really just history of GLD and then a tasting; which thats what everyone is there for so it's perfect.

  • Harrison N.

    Great whiskey. Try it in a sazerac.

    Harrison Napper · January 31
  • Stevie S.

    The tour is an awesome deal! Grab a cocktail from the bar before you go down. It can help if you taste something you don't drink often or enjoy. Line up your tasting glasses for the pourer too! Cheers

    Stevie Swan · November 23, 2014
  • Kelly S.

    Quick tour and sampling various vodkas gin and whiskey.

    Kelly Selby · October 27, 2014
  • Todd C.

    Get some cheese curds!

    Todd Carpenter · October 26, 2014
  • Karen B.

    Yummy Pumpkin Old Fashion

    Karen Blume · October 26, 2014
  • Natalie B.

    Great tour - beware of the absinthe!

    Natalie Boyles · August 8, 2014
  • Kristina P.

    Moscow Mule was great. The 6"5 female bartender doesn't like to wait on people. As a matter of fact, she'll flat out ignore you-- when it's not even busy.

    Kristina Potrykus · May 2, 2014
  • Ren D.

    Sooooo fun

    Ren Davis · December 28, 2013
  • Sarah S.

    Very I formative learned a lot!

    Sarah Stockel · October 27, 2013
  • Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

    A great Milwaukee institution! Try a Rehorst Gin gimlet or our "Hunt and Peck" cocktail, made with Kinnickinnic Whiskey, Carpano Antica, and Ramazzotti Amaro.

    Bryant's Cocktail Lounge · October 5, 2013
  • Art of Adventuring

    Great Lakes Distillery makes a limited supply of hand-craft distilled spirits. They offer tours and tastings for only $7 so it’s a pretty good bargain. My favorite was the Kinnickinnic Whiskey. Read more

    Art of Adventuring · September 5, 2013
  • Kirb L.

    Absinthe is so much better without the water!

    Kirb Lim · June 29, 2013
  • Brandon G.

    Build a tower for your favorite tour guide.

    Brandon Groh · May 10, 2013
  • Joel B.

    They serve alcohol.

    Joel Bocanegra · May 10, 2013
  • Duane D.

    Be sure and sample the Killer Bee. An absolute killer cocktail!

    Duane Drzadinski · May 4, 2013
  • Jessca

    Go during the week if possible for the tour, you have more time to sit and talk and ask questions. Oh, and I <3 rum. A lot.

    Jessca · April 24, 2013
  • Matthew R.

    Did you know that GLD buys back their bottles as part of a sustainability/reuse program - saves $$ and environment. ($1 /bottle for consumers) They are also part of Green Wisconsin Tourism program.

    Matthew Rochte · February 19, 2013
  • Annie O.

    Valerie is the BEST tour guide

    Annie Oemichen · January 27, 2013
  • Mike B.

    Take the tour. great time for $5 - plus you can taste some delicous spirits. Afterwards head over to Conejito's

    Mike Balda · August 27, 2012
  • Zachary E.

    Bobbi, she is a class act!

    Zachary Emmons · July 28, 2012
  • Olivia

    Love this place. Ask for a sample of the red absinthe. Great. And Nick is cool, too!

    Olivia · July 21, 2012
  • Brandon H.

    Killer Bee! Have 3!! ;)

    Brandon Hamilton · June 18, 2012
  • Ashleigh P.

    Val's a hottie oOoOoOoH!

    Ashleigh Przybylski · June 15, 2012
  • Mark B.

    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder...of course it's last in the tasting. :) :) :)

    Mark Boeder · May 5, 2012
  • Mark B.

    Do the tour!!!!!!

    Mark Boeder · May 5, 2012
  • VISITMilwaukee

    Milwaukee’s first distillery since Prohibition brews award-winning spirits and hosts tours complete with tastings. Don’t miss the Pumpkin seasonal spirit – it comes out in October and goes FAST!

    VISITMilwaukee · January 27, 2012
  • Mark E.

    Great tour!

    Mark Ediger · January 2, 2012
  • Michael W.

    You never go wrong with dealers choice here.

    Michael Wessel · January 2, 2012
  • Janice S.

    They take credit cards.

    Janice Scurio · December 29, 2011
  • Colleen

    Jason is a great mixologist.

    Colleen · December 24, 2011
  • John R.

    If you're on the tour and Nate's working, bang on the glass... he charges like Sampson!

    John Richards · December 23, 2011
  • Mike G.

    Absinthe. I prefer Rouge. But that's just me.

    Mike Guerrero · November 14, 2011
  • Jabril F.

    Love this place. Great local Milwaukee distillery. The Roaring Dan's Rum is a favorite. Read more

    Jabril Faraj · September 12, 2011
  • jake n.

    great local distillery. mke bike polo approved establishment! thanks gld!

    jake newborn · June 24, 2011
  • Alcoholmanac Magazine

    Milwaukee's local distillery is one of our favorite places to knock back a few cocktails. The guys (and gals) there are loads of fun and always experimenting with something new and/or crazy. Always a

    Alcoholmanac Magazine · April 21, 2011
  • Jen O.

    You can buy their alcohol and save about $6 at the discount liquor store in waukesha. It was definitely a great experience!

    Jen Olive · February 10, 2011
  • John G.

    Best tour of a distillery I have ever been on! Don't miss the tasting flight and try all of their current line of spirits!

    John Gibbons · December 31, 2010
  • MKE Food Tour

    One of the best new MKE attractions, and some of the nicest tour guides too.

    MKE Food Tour · April 13, 2010

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