The tour includes an informative discussion on the distillation process and our distillery, as well as a full tasting of our award winning spirits.
The tour/tasting is approximately one hour long.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! You can grab a cocktail in our tasting room before, during, and after your 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 Walker's Point neighborhood and the Menomonee Valley just south of Downtown Milwaukee.
- 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.
- American Family Field- 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.
- Great Lakes Cruises- Milwaukee is a port of call for many Lake Michigan cruises offered by Great Lakes Cruises.
At Great Lakes Distillery we make every effort to continually reduce the impact we make on the environment. We believe everyone (and every business) should be aware of waste and its impact on their surroundings and work to reduce it -it's just common sense.
Our innovative 'Bottle Conservation Program' benefits consumers, wholesale customers, the environment, and our distillery. In late 2010 our distillery received permission from the federal government to begin a bottle reuse program. Every bottle that is reused eliminates the need to manufacture another. By eliminating the manufacture of one bottle we save enough energy to power a 100 watt CFL bulb for 5 hours!
Bottles may be returned to any of our liquor store partners (see table at left). Some bars will also accept them. Some places may even offer a discount for their return. Bottles can also be returned to the distillery tasting room.
Recycle and Reuse- We recycle by reusing refuse whenever possible, as an example our case dividers are made by reusing the cardboard that our bottles come packed in from the glass factory.
A few additional things we've done to reduce our environmental impact include:
Location- Our distillery is partially under ground. This significantly minimizes energy used for heating our facility in the long Wisconsin winters.
Organic waste produced in the distillation process (spent grains and fruit) are re-purposed at Yuppie Hill Farm.
We also diligently collect recyclables for weekly pickup by an environmental services company. We estimate we have already reduced our amount of landfill refuse by approximately 60% compared to previous years.
Recycle Energy- We use hot water produced during the distillation process for cleaning our equipment before and after batches are produced. We are working on a system of converting this wasted heat to help heat our distillery in cool weather.
Produce Local- We buy local ingredients whenever possible. The wheat used in our vodka is grown right here in Wisconsin as is the fruit used in our brandies. For ingredients that aren't grown in our climate, we seek local suppliers even if costs are a bit higher.
Sell Local- The vast majority of our business is within 100 miles of our production facility. We focus on and primarily market within this 100 mile radius. The result is that our products are transported fewer miles than the vast majority of competitive products. Most companies in the US import alcohol from overseas, then ship it all over the US from their distribution point, a very inefficient and wasteful process.
These are just some of the steps we've made with regard to being conscientious of our impact on the environment. We pledge that we will constantly seek new ways of reducing our impact on an ongoing basis.
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