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Guest post: Sprecher Brewing offers beer and fun for the whole family

Submitted by on May 17, 2010 – 2:00 amOne Comment

Editors note: It’s nearly time for schools to release the children for summer vacation, so naturally the first thought that comes to my mind is, “Where can I take my young daughter where she’ll have fun AND I can taste beer?” Julie Henning, the Feed Me editor for our sister site Road Trips for Families helped answer that question and kindly wrote a guest post for us about just such a wonderful place.

Photo by Julie HenningIt sounds cliché, but the Milwaukee “experience” is truly incomplete without a trip to a brewery. However, if you’re a beer lover traveling with kids, a brewery tour may just provoke any parent’s favorite expression, “BOH-ring!”

Fortunately for everyone’s mental health, the Sprecher Brewing, Co. in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Glendale brews both types of beer (root and regular, that is). In fact, Sprecher Brewing produces eight different flavors of “gourmet” soda: traditional Root Beer, Lo-Cal Root Beer, Orange Dream, Cream Soda, Ravin’ Red, Ginger Ale, Puma Kola*, and Cherry Cola.

Sprecher Root Beer Soda is the best-selling of the Sprecher sodas and uses honey direct from Wisconsin honeycombs, vanilla, and other top-secret botanical ingredients that seem to take the glory away from any ice cream used to turn it into a float.

Reservations are required to tour Sprecher Brewing Co., and they are only offered to the general public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (times and details are on the website). Additional tours are scheduled during the summer.

Tours cost $4 (or free with a military ID) and $2 for anyone younger than 21. Photo by Julie HenningIt’s likely the brewery won’t be producing or operating during tour times, so a person has to mentally visualize the “Laverne & Shirley” bottling lines (white glove on a beer bottle, anyone?).

For $11 more, consider attending a reserve tasting tour. Not only will you find yourself in a smaller group, you’ll learn more about the premium and limited edition beers. Oh, and you’ll have 10 beer samples (drum roll please) each paired with a different type of fancy-schmancy cheese.

The basic 45-minute tour involves a lot of talking and walking, and pausing only to talk and walk some more (unless you have an exceptionally patient toddler, I would hit a playground instead). Photo by Julie HenningStay strong—at the end of the tour, bottomless taps of gourmet soda await the parched patron in a Munich-inspired beer garden (or, for adults, gourmet soda and up to four beer samples of their choice).

*Not made with actual Puma. Kola extract, yes. A collective sigh of relief for all the PETA fans out there.

The Sprecher Brewing Co. offers five styles of (grown-up) beer year-round, and a variety of seasonal, reserve and limited release beers. Find out more about the beer here and the gourmet sodas here. By the way, all of the sodas are caffeine free and gluten free.

Thanks for guest posting at Road Trips for Beer, Julie. Anyone else who is interested in writing a guest post about your road trip for beer can shoot an email to gerard@roadtripsforbeer.com. As always, drink responsibly.

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