Broken Bat Gets Rid of Tipping
Baseball-themed brewery hikes wages, tells customers tipping no longer expected.
Another Milwaukee hospitality business is eliminating tipping as a norm for its serving staff.
Broken Bat Brewing, 135 E. Pittsburgh Ave., announced Monday via social media that “We no longer expect a tip!”
While tipping is no longer expected, it’s not forbidden at the brewery. Only, your tip wont be going entirely to the person serving you. Any tips will now be split evenly among the entire Broken Bat staff. “We want to make sure that all employees from ‘Grain to Glass’ feel appreciated.”
Broken Bat is the first brewery in Milwaukee to announce it’s moving to this method of compensation for its workers. In 2021, three well-known restaurants moved to a non-tipped compensation model for its servers. The hospitality organization Pie Inc. moved its three restaurants, Palomino, Honeypie and SmallPie, to a higher wage and eliminated the expectation of tipping. Pie Inc. also offers its employees health insurance, a 401(k) and free yoga classes.
Broken Bat Brewing was opened in 2017 by Tim Pauly and Dan McElwee. Their first brewhouse and taproom was in the Historic Third Ward at 231 E. Buffalo St. They relocated the brewery to Walker’s Point in 2020. The Third Ward brewery is currently home to Wizard Works Brewing.
The building in Walker’s Point, at 14,000 square feet, gave the brewery space to nearly quadruple its production and to install an indoor whiffle-ball field.
If it’s not clear from the name, the brewery is a baseball-themed business. Nearly every beer it produces is given a name inspired by ball-game phrases; others are baseball puns or more loosely allude to some aspect of the game. For example, there’s a cherry Hefeweizen called Harry Cherry (a play on the longtime baseball announcer Harry Caray), and a Czech-style Pilsner called Czech Swing.
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Company Brewing puts a standard 20% service fee right on your check for dining in. I’m not sure if that applies to just having a drink at the bar. As a customer I MUCH prefer knowing the staff can always expect a fair wage for their hard work!