Milwaukee's own Lakefront Brewery Inc. started in 1987. The industrious and inventive microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River has become a Milwaukee landmark. Its rich history includes partnerships with local taverns, preservation of local historical pieces, unique tours, family style dining options and most importantly, great beer. President Russ Klisch said it all started with his brother, Jim. Jim expressed interest in beer making near his birthday and Russ humored him by giving him a book on the subject. To Russ' surprise, Jim read the book and brewed the beer. According to Russ, Jim was not known as a gourmet cook, but he made a good beer. Russ was impressed, but decided he could brew one better. In short, sibling rivalry and common interest lead both to begin entering beer making contests and winning awards. It wasn't long before family and friends encouraged them turn their hobby into a business.
Since then, Lakefront Brewery has become a leader in brewing the best beers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lakefront Brewery has been brewing for more than 28 years. Riverwest Stein is Lakefront's Flagship beer, but Lakefront also brews it's popular New Grist, an award winning gluten free beer.