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Brew at the Zoo
The annual Zoo Brew takes over four locations at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Lions and tigers and beers, oh my. On Thursday, Oct. 24 the Milwaukee County Zoo (10005 W. Bluemound Rd.) hosts Zoo Brew. A solid list of breweries and an extensive menu of food should be enough to keep patrons satisfied. The event starts with a tapping of a ceremonial firkin and runs from 7 to 10 p.m. The cool part is that it takes place in four locations: Big Cat Country, the Flamingo Patio Beer Garden, the Peck Welcome Center and the U.S. Bank Gathering Place. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased online by Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Philanthropy Through Beer

New Belgium Brewing announced that nearly $160,000 was raised for local non-profits through its nationwide Clips Beer and Film Tour. The event, which paired New Belgium beers with short films made by fans, made a couple of stops in Wisconsin. According to New Belgium, the Milwaukee event, held in August at Veterans Park, raised nearly $7,000 and was attended by almost 1,000 people (55 percent of whom arrived on a bicycle). Madison had an attendance of 1,800 (59 percent on bikes) and raised more than $14,000 in June at Olin Park. Kudos to New Belgium and beer drinkers in both cities.

Barley Pop of the Week

There’s finally a chill in the air, which means a change in beer seasons. Stouts aren’t my favorite style, but I do enjoy a good one every now and then when the weather cools off. One of my favorites is Founders Breakfast Stout. It expertly combines coffee, a hint of chocolate, and some bitterness in a brew that has a subtle 8.3 percent ABV. Plus, it’s got a great label. 

Quick Tap

Last week’s acquisition of Boulevard Brewing Company by Duvel Moortgat created quite a stir in the craft beer world. Here’s hoping that expanded production leads to Boulevard hitting Milwaukee store shelves.

Events Brewing

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Taste Van Steenberge beer from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).

Friday, Oct. 25: New Belgium samples are being handed out from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee.

Friday, Oct. 25: Taste good stuff from Lakefront Brewery, including the delicious Imperial Pumpkin, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.)

Friday, Oct. 25: The Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) is hosting a 3 Sheeps Brewery and cheese tasting starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: English ales from Wells and Young’s are the samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Taste Lakefront brews from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee. As an added bonus, there will also be Milwaukee Firehouse Chili and Hunters’ Stew on hand.

Saturday, Oct. 26: Take the challenge of sampling “Beers to Be Scared Of” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

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