What do these three things – a bridge named after a kangaroo, the legendary Three Stooges, and a beloved feature of Milwaukee’s baseball history – have in common? All can be found within a block of each other in the Brewers Hill neighborhood of Milwaukee.
Marsupials – they carry their young in a hanging pouch, right? Milwaukee’s Marsupial Bridge is a walkway that “hangs” from the existing Holton Street Viaduct, providing bike and pedestrian connections between the historic Brewers Hill residential area and popular Brady Street with its lively restaurant and nightlife scene, along with Glorioso’s Italian grocery store and Sciortino’s Bakery. The bridge spans the picturesque Milwaukee River and overlooks popular Lakefront Brewery. It’s been the site of photo ops and even marriage proposals, and features the Holton Street bridge swing park, a small park with swings on the east end that has also hosted outdoor theatrical presentations and films.
You won’t just want to “overlook” Lakefront Brewery however! One of the country’s best brewery tours according to Trip Advisor invites you to drink their great craft beers along the tour, led by local guides who’ve been known to tread the comedy improv stages around town. Waiting to welcome you at the entrance of the brewery are three kettle murals, emblazoned with the visages of the famous comedy team of the 1920s-1960s, the Three Stooges - Larry, Curley and Moe. Lakefront’s owners commissioned a Wisconsin artist to repaint old brewery vats and weld them into these whimsical 10-foot sculptures.
On the tour you’ll hear the story of how the brewery’s owners also acquired Bernie Brewer’s Chalet, named after Milwaukee Brewers’ mustachioed mascot. Baseball fans would cheer as Bernie slid down from his chalet and plunged himself into a huge beer mug in celebration of every homerun at the old Milwaukee County Stadium (replaced in 2001 by today’s Miller Park). Today the chalet and beer mug make for a great photo op for you and your family and friends.
Go for the entertaining brewery tour, beer, and photo ops, and stay for the food and fun of Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall, where iconic fried cheese curds, sandwiches, and the venerable Friday Fish Fry are even accompanied by a live polka band and dancing on Friday nights.
A progressive marsupial bridge, retro homage to the Three Stooges and Bernie Brewer, great beer, AND a live polka band? You can’t get closer to our fun and quirky Milwaukee personality than that!