As an avid beer drinker, your first stop in Milwaukee on Friday night has to Lakefront Brewery and their signature tour. Though they offer a shortened version now, make sure you get on their $10 standard tours. Tickets are available online or some in person day-of, but they almost always sell out. Hilarious guides, local history, Laverne & Shirley references, and great beer abound.

(Follow along on The Beer Tour map!)

Stay at Lakefront for their signature fish fry, then cross over the Milwaukee River using the unique Holton Street Marsupial Bridge to end up near Brady Street on the Lower East Side.

Wind your way through a couple blocks of odd little streets until you find Like Minds Brewery. This relative newbie was co-founded by a local world-renowned chef, and their beer menu reflects that. Sour and aged choices abound.

Round out the night with some after-dinner flights at Milwaukee’s new craft-beer golden boy: Good City Brewing. After only a year, this urban brewpub has set up a prolific canning gig and has plans for massive expansion.

Call it an early night: you’ve got a long day of beer history and/or drinking ahead of you tomorrow.

Let’s walk the paths of classic breweries that made this Brew City.

I’m ready for a great batch of new craft brewers.

All photos by Joe Powell for The Squeaky Curd.