Benno’s joined the craft beer movement long before it was cool. The friendly neighborhood tavern had 30 taps in 1990, at a time when no bars were running 30 lines nor had any idea what to put in them. Benno’s serves tasty bar food and a solid Friday fish fry, and lets bar-goers wash it all down with New Glarus, Sprecher, Lakefront, and what frequently seems to be the best selection of 3 Floyds in Milwaukee.
Being a great beer bar doesn’t just mean that you have the latest fashionable domestic craft brew on tap. Von Trier is a classic on a busy corner of the East Side that built itself on a great list of German beers, which makes plenty of sense in Milwaukee. The gorgeous Old World interior -- complete with chandeliers made of antlers, and stained glass windows -- gets better-looking with age and after a few Franziskaners. Von Trier also has a fair number of craft beers on its menu, but try and stick with the imports when you’re there.
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Patrick Follett writes about the beers and bars in Milwaukee for Thrillist. He enjoys spending plenty of time with both.