Great Lakes Distillery Tours
Visiting Milwaukee? Looking for a fun and informative tour?
We are pleased to be able to open our distillery to the public for tours. During our approximately 1 hour tour, visitors will learn about our award winning products, how and why we make them and receive a flight of six products to try (complimentary soda is available for non-drinkers). Tour and tasting cost is $7.
Feel free to enjoy a cocktail in our tasting room before, during, or after the tour!
View our cocktail menu here!
IMPORTANT: To ensure your place on a tour click the Book A Tour button below to reserve your spot! Tickets are non-refundable, however, they are transferable. You may transfer your tour time up until 24 hours before your scheduled tour. Within the 24 hours, your transaction is non-refundable and non-transferable. We currently reserve some walk-in tickets for each tour. These are available only on the same day of the tour and you must be present to purchase.
Located at 616 W. Virginia St in Milwaukee. See map below.
Regular Tasting Room Hours
We are closing at 6pm for a private event on Dec. 1st, sorry for any inconvenience.
Thanksgiving Day – closedChristmas Eve – closed
Christmas Day – closed
NYE – closing at 6pm
New Years Day – closed
Scheduled Public Tour Times
Sun-Thurs: 1, 3, & 5pm
Fri: 1, 3, 5, & 6pm
Sat: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5pm
We have additional tours on:
11-27: tours at Noon, 1,2,3,4,5, & 6pm
11-28: tours at Noon, 1,2,3,4, & 5pm
Saturday December 5th there will not be a 1 or 2pm tour – we apologize for any inconvenience!
Private group tours: Reservations are available for groups of 15 or more on a very flexible schedule. Please call tour info at 414-431-8683 x111 to reserve a time and date, or send your information through our special events form.
Private Events: Use our unique space for your next get together. Details here.
What does the tour include?
The tour includes an informative discussion on the distillation process and our distillery, as well as a full tasting of our award winning spirits.
How long is the tour?
The tour/tasting is approximately one hour long.
The tour I want to join is sold out online, are there walk-in tickets available?
Yes, we hold 10 tickets per tour that are only available for purchase that day and in-person at our tour desk or bar. Walk-in tickets may not be reserved or held prior to the day of the tour. You may come in and purchase the walk-in tickets for that day anytime after we open our doors at 11am daily.
Are children allowed on the tour?
Yes, minors are allowed on our tour as long as they are accompanied by their legal guardians. Children under the age of 18 are free.
Is the facility handicap accessible?
Yes, however, to join the tour, the guest would have to exit our main entrance and follow the parking lot down to our production floor door. There are two small flights of stairs from our tasting room to our production area. We do not have elevators in our facility.
Can I drink on the tour?
Yes! You can grab a cocktail in our tasting room before, during, and after your tour.
Can I purchase your products when I visit for the tour?
Yes, we have a retail area in our tasting room that carries all of our spirits, as well as t shirts, glassware, etc.
Watch the video below for a little virtual taste of what you can expect on our tour…
Great Lakes Distillery is located on the edge of Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood and the Menomonee Valley just south of Downtown Milwaukee.
Nearby attractions include…
Milwaukee’s Latin Quarter- Centered around 5th and National Ave. and home to many excellent bars and restaurants.
The Harley Davidson Museum- “Exhibits and events that celebrate the people, products, culture, and history which made Harley-Davidson the icon it is today”.
The Iron Horse Hotel- A modern luxury boutique hotel catering to business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino- Gaming, dining and national acts performing regularly.
Miller Park- Home of the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee’s Third Ward- Entertainment, galleries, shopping and nightlife.
Summerfest- The world’s largest music festival!
Brewhouse Inn & Suites- “What could be more Milwaukee than sleeping in a historic brewery where you’re welcomed by the by the stained glass visage of the patron saint of beer brewing?”