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ThE BEST of {WISCONSIN} Milwaukee is all about the craft beer and food scene, so if you’re looking for a good brew, come visit “the city that beer built.” Take a beer tour to taste everything from a local stout to a fruit-infused beer. Visit the Bavarian Bierhaus, where you can experience authentic German hospitality and take one of the weekly brewery tours. The Bavarian Bierhaus is fairly new, but offers up great food and beer in their taproom, and traditional German her- itage that brings cultural flare to the modern brew- ery scene. The next stop is the City Lights Brewing Com- pany, which stands in the historic build- ings of the original Milwaukee Gas Light Company. The structures are over 100 years old, but still stand strong as they house City Light’s state-of-the-art brewing equip- ment. Take a tour of the City Lights and learn about the “art and science of beer.” When you take the tour, you’ll get a behind- the-scenes look at what goes into a day of brewing, and you can even shop for your very own brewer’s shirt. Sample the Brown Ale in a signature Belgian beer glass, and be sure to purchase some to take home before you leave. The City Lights Brewing Company pack- ages all of their beer in cans, and they believe that the cans enhance the quality of the beer to make it as fresh as possible, so that it tastes like it’s from the tap every time. During the tour, they’ll explain the science behind their packaging, and when you leave, you will never look at bottled beer the same again. Sturgeon Bay is another great town, especially in the summer season. Located in Door County, and sitting right on the mitten’s thumb of Lake Michi- gan, Sturgeon Bay is all about sailing and boating. Cruise the bay all the way to the Sherwood Point Lighthouse or take a boating tour to the U.S. Coast Guard Station, and then out into the open Lake Michigan. Events are going on all year long in Stur- geon Bay, like the Amish Quilt Show in July and Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week in the beginning of August. There will be live music and family- friendly activities happening during Maritime Week, all in honor of the U.S. Coast Guard. Bayfield is another lakeside town on the North- ern end of Wisconsin, known for its cozy, charm- ing atmosphere and its ability to make visitors feel like they’ve escaped the hustle and bustle of city life. Bayfield sits at the edge of Lake Su- perior, and is nestled in the tranquility of the Apostle Islands. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is perfect for a summer getaway, with about 12 miles of shoreline open for enjoyment. There are hiking trails, scenic nature walks, pro- tected wildlife, and daring cliffs to take in as you sightsee. Go camping on the islands, or stay at a quaint bed and breakfast for the weekend. You can also go berry picking, or visit during the fourth of July festival, a giant celebration with fireworks at dusk, a full weekend pow-wow, and live concerts on the lake. “Milwaukee is all about the craft beer and Wiscons food scene, so if you’re looking for a good brew, come visit “the city that beer built.”