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Sprecher Brewing Co.

Sprecher Brewing Co.

701 W. Glendale Avenue Glendale, WI 53209
(414) 964-2739
First Visited: September 1, 2015

Craft brewing has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with small and independent breweries popping up across the United States. One such brewery that has made a significant impact is Sprecher Brewing Co., based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Randy’s passion for brewing blossomed during his time in Europe. While the Vietnam War led to his enlistment in the army, his colorblindness diverted his path to serving a general in Augsburg, Germany. It was there that Randy’s admiration for German beers took root. Returning to his hometown of California after his stint in Augsburg, he embarked on the pursuit of brewing German beers within the confines of his own home.

The year 1972 marked a turning point for Randy as he resolved to elevate his hobby and applied to study fermentation science at UC-Davis. However, his ambition didn’t stop there. In a move that baffled the State of California, he daringly sought to establish a microbrewery—an innovative concept that the state struggled to comprehend. Undeterred by the initial setback, Randy’s determination persevered, leading him to secure a position as the Supervisor of Brewing Operations at Pabst’s Milwaukee brewery. With all his belongings packed into a VW Van, he embarked on a new chapter in his life, making the move to Milwaukee.

Randy gained valuable experience in the brewing industry during his time at Pabst, where he advanced to the position of superintendent of brewing operations. Unfortunately, due to corporate downsizing, his role was eliminated. Randy bid farewell to Pabst in 1984 and embarked on a new venture by founding Sprecher Brewing Co.

The following year, in 1985, Randy inaugurated the company’s inaugural establishment situated at 701 W. Oregon St. in Walker’s Point. Together with his friends, he personally constructed a significant portion of the brewery equipment, including the original gas-fired brew kettle. However, a setback occurred in 1993 when a canal retainer wall collapsed into the Menominee River, causing the brewery’s parking lot to sink. Consequently, accessing the brewery became challenging, prompting Sprecher to relocate to a refurbished elevator cab factory in Glendale.

Armed with a vision to revive the rich brewing traditions of the city, Randy set out to create handcrafted beers using traditional European brewing methods. At the time, the American beer industry was largely dominated by mass-produced, flavorless lagers, and Randy aimed to challenge this norm by introducing unique and flavorful beers to the market.

Sprecher Brewing faced several challenges in its early years. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, and persuading consumers to embrace a different kind of beer was no easy task. Additionally, access to capital and distribution networks proved to be hurdles for the fledgling brewery. Despite these obstacles, Randy’s commitment to quality and his unwavering dedication to his craft helped the brewery gain a loyal following.

Sprecher Brewing Co. gained recognition for its wide variety of handcrafted beers, each with its distinct character and flavor profile. Some of the brewery’s signature offerings include the Sprecher Amber, a Vienna-style amber lager, the Black Bavarian, a rich and smooth Schwarzbier, and the Special Amber, an American-style amber ale.

As the demand for Randy’s beers grew, so did the need for expanded production facilities. Sprecher Brewing experienced rapid growth, and by 1991, they expanded their operations by brewing draught beer at Capital Brewing in Middleton to meet increasing demands.

Recognizing the need for further expansion, Sprecher Brewing found a fitting home by acquiring a former elevator car factory at 701 W. Glendale Ave., where the current brewery resides. This larger space not only facilitated the company’s ongoing growth but also provided a platform for more individuals to indulge in Sprecher’s remarkable range of products. The company acquired the Glendale location in 1993 and successfully relocated there by early 1994.

The larger facility on Glendale Avenue in Milwaukee, allowed for increased production capacity. The new space also included a public taproom, giving beer enthusiasts the opportunity to experience Randy’s creations firsthand.

In addition to its beer offerings, Sprecher Brewing gained widespread popularity for its handcrafted sodas. Randy recognized the need for high-quality non-alcoholic beverages that were more flavorful than traditional soda options. Randy’s Root Beer quickly became a fan favorite, renowned for its rich, creamy taste. The brewery expanded its soda lineup to include gourmet flavors like Orange Dream, Ravin’ Red, and Cream Soda, earning praise from both beer and soda connoisseurs.

Over the years, Sprecher Brewing Co. has continued to thrive in the craft beer industry. The brewery’s commitment to quality, innovation, and traditional brewing techniques has earned it numerous awards and accolades. Sprecher beers are now distributed across the United States, allowing beer lovers nationwide to experience the unique flavors crafted in Milwaukee.

Jeff Hamilton assumed the role of president at Sprecher Brewing Co. in 2011, signifying a significant milestone in the company’s history as the first non-founder, Randy Sprecher, to hold that position. Previously serving as vice president and general manager, Hamilton took on increased responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of the company. Meanwhile, Sprecher, who now splits his time between California and the company, maintained his position as the chief executive officer.

In January 2020, Sprecher Brewery was acquired by a group of local investors, and Sharad Chadha assumed the role of CEO and President. Under the new leadership, the brewery experienced significant growth and expansion. Distribution was expanded to cover 30 states, a 10-state increase from before. To support this expansion, the company invested in additional production capacity, including a new canning line and warehouse space. As a result, the workforce grew from 55 to 110 employees within two years, and production shifted from a single shift four days a week to double shifts five days a week, with room for further expansion.

In October 2021, Sprecher made an acquisition that added more diversity to its product portfolio. They purchased six soda brands from WIT Beverage Co., a Chicago-based company. Among the acquired brands was Green River, a popular soda brand. This acquisition further strengthened Sprecher’s presence in the beverage market.

In January 2022, Sprecher underwent a significant transformation in its packaging strategy. The brewery made a transition from bottles to cans for all its beer styles. Alongside this transition, the company also underwent a brand refresh, introducing new labels for its products. These changes aimed to enhance the brand’s image and appeal to consumers in a dynamic and evolving market.


At the Sprecher Brewing Co. we are proud to participate in Milwaukee’s great brewing tradition and we’re grateful for the opportunity to present our best to you.

Beers Tried

Abbey Triple

Belgian Tripel

5.9% ABV

39 IBU

Rating: 3.54

A Belgian Trappist triple yeast culture balanced with the finest imported pale barley, Belgian aromatic malt and oats, gives this golden ale a fruity bouquet and a light refined taste.

Black Bavarian


6% ABV

32 IBU

Rating: 3.59

This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it a world champion.

Special Amber

Lager – Vienna

5% ABV

22 IBU

Rating: 3.37

A delicate balance of toasted malt and fresh hops give this medium-bodied German-style lager an intriguing, complex malt flavor. A creamy head, deep golden color and an impressive hop bouquet make this a very special beer

Hop On Top

Pale Ale – English

 4.5% ABV


Rating: 2.81

Brewed for Chameleon Brewing Company. Savor this aromatic non-bitter brew featuring a complex bouquet of dried flowers and hops. Light-bodied and refreshing, Hop on Top has a toasty pale malt finish.

Pipers Scottish Ale

Scottish Ale

6.6% ABV

21 IBU

Rating: 3.52

This hearty red-brown ale has a slight, smokey aroma complexed with caramel and lightly toasted malt. The flavor is malty, yet very smooth, with a delicate hop finish and a creamy head.
Hops: Goldings, Hallertau
Aromatic, Caramel, Pale, Roasted, Vienna

India Pale Ale (IPA)

IPA – English

6.25% ABV

90 IBU

Rating: 3.37

Good hop profile throughout with lingering hop finish.

Fire Light

Mild – Other

4.2% ABV


Rating: 3.31

Easy drinking with toasty light malt finish

Hometown Brew

Lager – Pale

6.3% ABV

Rating: 3.27

Creamy, well-balanced lager with an edgy hop finish.

Grapefruit Radler

Shandy / Radler

4.3% ABV

Rating: 3.17

Refreshing Hefe Weiss with sweet and tart citrus flavors reminiscent of pink grapefruit.

Imperial Stout

Stout – Russian Imperial

8.3% ABV

32 IBU

Rating: 3.64

Once brewed in Britain for the Russian Czars, this tremendously rich and thick ale uses a profusion of burnt and caramel malts. A massive mouthful of dark roasted malt and coffee flavors finishes with hints of chocolate, caramel & licorice.

Pub Brown Ale

Brown Ale – English

4.8% ABV

17 IBU

Rating: 3.57

Seven varieties of malted barley are combined to give this English-style ale its complex flavor and deep, brown color. A select British yeast culture adds a subtle fruitiness and a blend of choice hops gives this non-bitter ale a soft finish.

Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

8% ABV

21 IBU

Rating: 3.24

This hearty red-brown ale has a slight, smokey aroma complexed with caramel and lightly toasted malt. The flavor is malty, yet very smooth, with a delicate hop finish and a creamy head.



6% ABV

15 IBU

Rating: 3.53

Traditionally brewed to celebrate the harvest season, this reddish-brown lager has a rich caramel character and a long flavorful finish. Its delicious malty sweetness is nicely accented by a slightly fruity bouquet and a mild hop flavor.

Hard Root Beer

Root Beer

5% ABV


Rating: 3.45

Root Beer-oak bourbon barrel flavored malt beverage.

Hard Apple Pie

Fruit Beer

5% ABV

Rating: 3.54

Tastes like an apple pie. Sweet-tart apple, cinnamon, and pie crust.


Belgian Quadrupel

10.5% ABV

Rating: 3.97

For Sprecher’s 30th anniversary our brewmaster created a remarkable Quad: rich in color, flavors and character. This beer can be savored now; it should also be cellared for several years. We encourage Quad lovers to compare XII to Belgium’s best. Only 460 cases were bottled.

Hard Ginger Beer

Hard Ginger Beer

4.7% ABV

Rating: 3.26

More like a hard Ginger Ale than a Ginger Beer. Very good… need to try it mixed with bourbon. Next time I have a cold I want a growler of this with my saltines!