Great Lakes Distillery Tours

Located at 616 W. Virginia St in Milwaukee.
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Visiting Milwaukee? Looking for a fun and informative tour?

Our distillery tour has been voted Best Spirits/Wine Tour by and Shepherd Express Readers many years in a row. 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 sample. Complimentary soda is available for non-drinkers. Tour and tasting cost is $12.

Enjoy a cocktail in our tasting room before, during, or after the tour! View our cocktail menu here!

Watch the video below for a little virtual taste of what you can expect on our tour...

IMPORTANT: To ensure your place on a tour click the Book A Tour button below to reserve your spot!

All tickets are non-refundable. No exceptions.

Distillery tours may be rescheduled if notice is given no later than 24 hours in advance via email at, or by leaving a voice mail at 414-431-8683 X411.

We reserve the right to decline admittance to a tour or dismiss a guest during a tour if that individual appears over intoxicated. No refunds or transfers will be given under these circumstances.

Scheduled Public Tour Times

Sun-Thurs: 1, 3, & 5pm

Fri: 1, 3, 5, & 6pm

Sat: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5pm 

There will not be a 5pm public tour on Tuesday, March 10th

Regular Tasting Room Hours

Sunday: 11am-8pm

Mon-Thur: 11am-10pm

Fri-Sat: 11am-Midnight


Purchase a Distillery Gift Certificate for family and friends.

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.

Travel Info:

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Great Lakes Distillery is a member of Travel Green Wisconsin.

Common Questions

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, anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 is allowed on our tour as long as they are accompanied by their parents or 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.

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 Hotel and Casino- Gaming, dining and national acts performing regularly with an attached guest rooms & suites.

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?"

DoubleTree Milwaukee Downtown- "Our friendly team is known for exceptional service that you are sure to remember. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Downtown offers a prime central location with proximity to shops, restaurants and attractions."

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown- Transform your visit into a brilliant travel experience when staying at Milwaukee Marriott Downtown. Living up to our name, you'll be right in the heart of East Town, downtown's thriving district brimming with shopping, dining and entertainment.