Broken Bat Brewery includes – as you might guess – a lot of baseball themes with its hand crafted beers. Originally opened in April 2017 in Milwaukee’s bustling Third Ward, it moved into a larger space a few blocks south, over the Milwaukee River, in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward/Walker’s Point neighborhood in April 2020. Founded by friends Tim Pauly and Dan McElwee, they describe the name as “In baseball, when a bat breaks, it’s something unexpected. And that’s essentially what our beer is going to be like, what the brewery is: something different, unexpected.”
Broken Bat’s beers include our favorite, their Straight Chedd Apricot Pale Ale, with the Harry Cherry Tart Cherry Hefeweizen a close second. There’s also the Golden Sombrero Pilsner, the Ugly Finder IPA, Climb the Wall Farmhouse Ale, the Corre Corre Mexican Lager, the 755 (in salute of Hank Aaron) “King” Imperial Stout, and limited editions like the occasional Light Tower Power, a Chardonnay barrel-aged Imperial Farmhouse Ale. Pictures depicting the origins of their beer names line the walls, and if you’re a baseball card fan you’ll want to make multiple trips to the restroom.
Our favorite is their Straight Chedd Apricot Pale Ale, which is unique in a number of ways. How often do you see apricot in beer in the first place? This became the first beer Broken Bat Brewery began to offer in cans, which you can purchase to-go from the Tap Room or at an increasing variety of retailers in the Milwaukee area. They’re available in multiples of up to four cans. Watch for other varieties of their beer to become available in cans soon as they continue to grow.
Broken Bat Brewery’s Tap Room is open Monday-Saturday Noon – 10pm and Sundays Noon – 6pm, with additional hours based on select Brewers – and sometimes other – games. Broken Bat is also dog-friendly and welcomes your pooch with dog treats and Brewers-themed water bowls.
You’ll find Broken Bat Brewery in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward/Walkers Point district, right along Highway 32., which is Pittsburgh Street along that stretch. It’s reached via Highway 32 southbound/Milwaukee Street or nearby Water Street from downtown and the Historic Third Ward, or via northbound 1st Street (also Highway 32) from Walkers Point and the city’s south side. I-43/94 and I-794 are close by for easy access, as are Highways 38, 59, and 145.
Broken Bat Brewery Address:
135 E. Pittsburgh Avenue (Highway 32)
Milwaukee, WI 53204