First, as of this writing, 9/25/08, they are no longer at the Landmark. Now at the City Lounge at 3455 E. Layton, Cudahy, WI, phone 414-747-8408. I called the old number listed here in Pubcrawler, turns out that is the owner's home phone number. So don't call that unless you want to bother his poor wife who no doubt receives entirely too many beer-related calls. Although she turned the phone over to him and we wound up chatting for 10 minutes, he is an affable sort and obviously takes pride in his brews and his establishment. The beers are still called Three Dachshunds and are still contract brewed by Stone Cellar in Appleton, WI. The City Lounge is an extremely comfortable environment, full of all sorts of vintage artifacts and very tastefully decorated. Apparently the owner has been working on this place for several years, and it shows.
A special shout out to Megan, the peerless bartender who knows her beer, her architectural components, and is a delightful conversationalist. She could have been pouring me Curs Light and I would have been equally enthralled with my surroundings.
Beer is quite good, they have a tasty cider, not too sweet, not too tart, cranberry flavored but not at all overpowering on the berries. The Otto's oatmeal stout is luscious, and just hoppy enough. A very good example of the style. The Anklebiter Ale is very well-balanced between hops and malt. A tad less so (balanced) on the pale ale, Piebald is the name, but still quite quaffable. And there was a pumpkin ale, Halloweiner, way too pumpkin-pie spicy for me but probably a hit with les femmes. And there are also numerous noteworthy beers from around the world such as Hacker-Pschorr, Stella Artois, etc. And Wednesday is customer appreciation night, two draught beers for the price of one. I will definitely go back to this Milwaukee landmark. No pun intended.
This is an unusual brewery. The brewers live at the address listed above. The beer is contract brewed by Stone Cellar in Appleton. They don't have a tasting room, but across the street is the Landmark 1850 Tavern at 5905 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee, Wi 53207 414-769-1850. This place, and a few others around Milwaukee, sell the their beer and cider.
My girlfriend had the amber which was not bad, and I had a raspberry cider, which was good but I did not care for the raspberry. I would have liked to tried a regular cider. They were out of the "Ankle biter" IPA. Perhaps it is so good it sold out?
The Landmark is in awesome old tavern. They have almost fifty good beers on tap including a lot of Wisconsin micros. A really good place to go if you are flying out of the airport and have some time to burn.
The beer and cider does show a lot of promise. I hope they keep going and get a tasting room or something. I would go back.