Midwest Living Review
Lakefront Brewery is the place to be on Friday nights, when dinners are served family-style and polka music resonates in a lively beer-hall atmosphere. Many people start this quintessentially Milwaukee experience by taking the popular brewery tour. Several are offered every day of the week, but the Friday tour at 3:30 is led by Lakefront founder and president Russ Klisch. The $7 tour begins with visitors filling their cup with a Lakefront ale, lager, seasonal selection or even a gluten-free beer. More suds flow along the way, including at the Bernie Brewer Chalet, which Klisch bought before the stadium was razed to make way for Miller Park. The Friday fish fries run 4 to 9 p.m. in the brewery's Palm Garden, reminiscent of the many beer halls found in the German and Polish neighborhoods of old-time Milwaukee. Fried cod, perch and shrimp as well as baked tilapia are served with potato pancakes or fries, a basket of bread and, of course, coleslaw. Other menu selections include a hamburger or chicken tortellini. Consuming a few beers has been known to release inhibitions and bring out a little bit of Polish in everyone. Before you know it the dance floor becomes crowded with adults and kids, dancing to the music of the Brew Haus Polka Kings as onlookers raise their glasses in the well-known German cheer: Prost!