Brew City Fast Break in Wauwatosa


The Brew City Battle is headed to American Family Field this fall. Experience the adrenaline of college hoops in a whole new way as the University of Wisconsin Badgers Men’s and Women’s basketball teams take Center Field in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. While you’re in town cheering on the Badgers, why not make it a weekend getaway?! With an outstanding dining scene, first-rate hotels, boutique shopping, and the laid-back charm, Wauwatosa is the perfect neighborhood for a fast break! We’ve created a sample itinerary to show off just some of the activities and offerings that would make your ‘Tosa stay a slam dunk.

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  • Take the afternoon on a short road trip to the Cream City. Located less than six hours than a quarter of the country’s U.S. population, a road trip to Milwaukee is less than a day’s drive for both Badger fans and Wildcat fans (Sorry Stanford fans!). Make SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa your home base for the weekend. With spacious suites adorned with stylish, modern décor, the hotel is situated right in the heart of the action. Close to local staples like the Milwaukee County Zoo, The Village in Wauwatosa, top-notch dining, American Family Field, and so much more, fun is never too far away from SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa.
  • Before heading over to American Family Field, grab a quick beer at Good City Brewing in Wauwatosa. The fourth location of a Milwaukee staple, this Wauwatosa brewery was opened in the in 2021 and is nestled in Mayfair Collection. Quench your thirst with beers like the Fan Favorite (a wheat beer), the Wauwatosa location-specific Firefly (New England-style hazy IPA in collaboration with Ray’s Wine & Spirits), a flavorful seasonal brew like the Biergarten Pretzel Ale or Oktoberfest (Märzen), or order a bite from Good City’s unique menu like the Cuban Melt, Falafel Wrap, Stuffed Milwaukee Pretzel, the delightfully craveable curry fries, and so much more. Good City Brewing is the perfect pregame headquarters for the Brew City Battle.
  • Roll out the barrel with the Wisconsin Badgers! Make your way to American Family Field to experience a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle as the University of Wisconsin Badgers men’s and women’s teams play basketball under the lights of a baseball stadium for the first time ever at the Aurora Health Care Brew City Battle. Catch the Wisconsin Badgers women’s team take on the Kansas State Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. before the men’s team takes the court at 6:30 p.m. Coming off a regular season Big Ten championship and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance, the ranked Wisconsin Badgers look to recapture the magic of the 2021-22 season against the Stanford Cardinal. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today!
  • From one unique event to another, after catching a double header of basketball in a baseball stadium, head over to 1st and Bowl for a sport unlike any other. The first of its kind in Milwaukee, the football bowling bar is a clever hybrid of the hand-eye coordination of bowling with the pin-point accuracy of football and the relaxed social-friendly gameplay of bags. Typically played in groups of four, teams stand on opposite sides of the lane and take turns launching a football at the opposing team’s pins. The first to knock all down all 10 pins wins! The perfect pairing for an evening of basketball in a baseball stadium, enjoy a post-game drink and take aim at mastering a whole new sport.


  • Wake up with a smile at Cranky Al’s! Ironically fitting, Cranky Al’s enormous selection of donuts ranging from the classics like Glazed, Crullers, and Long Johns to the brilliantly creative offerings like the Oreo donut, the Cranky Cheese Pocket, or the Peanut Butter Buttercream donut. Find the perfect pairing for your sweat treat with a selection of Valentine Coffee. Cranky Al’s also serves a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos and tacos, quiche, breakfast pizza, and the innovative chicken and waffle bites. Waffle battered chicken, fried to a perfect, mouthwatering golden brown, dusted with powdered sugar and served with a side of maple syrup. Need we say more?
  • Shop ‘till you drop! Wauwatosa is home to some of the best boutique shopping in the area. Stroll the streets of the picturesque Village in Wauwatosa for an eclectic selection of small shops like Ruckus & Glee, Mooi, and many more to find just what you’re looking for, from gifts to a little something special to treat yourself. Not ready to call it quits? Head to the The Mayfair Collection for a classic mall experience. Grab a bite to eat in the food court or one of the several adjacent restaurants before exploring the dozens of stores and vendors throughout the mall.
  • Savor approachable American fare with a touch of Scandanavian flair at Eldr + Rime. Voted as the Best New Restaurant by Milwaukee Magazine’s Reader Choice Awards, Eldr+Rime is located inside the Renaissance Milwaukee West and offers modern American cuisine in a refined yet approachable atmosphere. Loosely translating to “Fire+Ice”, the restaurant incorporates an elegant and simple Scandinavian-inspired design, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere to enjoy an expertly crafted drink from a mixologist, a perfectly prepared filet mignon, and enjoy the warm glow of a weekend getaway.
  • And now, a little something sweet. Satiate your sweet tooth at Niemann’s Candies and Ice Cream for a little post-dinner taste sensation. Specializing in gourmet chocolate and ice cream, Niemann’s has been a local staple of The Village in Wauwatosa for over 100 years. Offering a wide selection of assorted chocolates, truffles, barks, nuts, and ice cream, no matter your craving, there’s something for you at Niemann’s!


  • Located on 68th Street, the award-winning Simma’s Bakery is the place for all your cheesecakes, mini-pastries, cupcakes, and breakfast goodies to get your day started right. Home to its locally renowned breakfast buns, the bakery offers a selection of baked goods that are the perfect pairing for a piping hot cup of coffee.   
  • On your way out of town, stop by the Village Cheese Shop for a snack for the way back. In addition to extensive selection of wine, meats, and fine foods, the shop offers offers more than 80 cheeses from Wisconsin, the Midwest, and Europe. Stop in and grab a bite for the road or experience the shop’s café offering sandwiches, salads, and made-to-order meat and cheese boards.