Five beer samples from Gathering Place Brewing

11 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: Aug. 18-22

Cheers to Gathering Place Brewing for celebrating its fourth anniversary this week, and for participating in the Great Milwaukee Brewery Bike Race the next day.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

Third Space Brewing is making a visit to The Tap Yard (1150 W. Sunset Dr., Waukesha) at 5 p.m. Six beers from Third Space will be flowing from the taps.

Young Blood Beer Co. is bringing a few of its beers to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) from 4 to 10 p.m.

Beat the Brewer returns to Whirlyball (185 S. Moorland Rd.). The folks from Lakefront Brewery will be there from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and they’ll be taking on any and all competitors.

Fox River Park (W264 S4500 River Rd., Waukesha) is the site of the weekly Raised Grain Brewing pop-up beer garden. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.



Friday, Aug. 20

Ahh, the good old West Coast IPA. 1840 Brewing Company is releasing one this week. Frisco to Wisco IPA is dry hopped with Idaho 7, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Preorder on Friday morning and pick up after 3 p.m. at 1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.).

1840 Brewing’s traveling beer garden comes to Leonard J. Yahr County Park (7999 Orchard Valley Rd., West Bend) to kick off the weekend.

Irish Fest begins at 2 p.m. at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (200 N. Harbor Dr.). Head to the Lakefront Brewery Stage for a taste of Snake Chaser Irish Stout. Slainté.

Saturday, Aug. 21

Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) celebrates its fourth anniversary with a block party from 2 to 9 p.m. The brewery is releasing a pair of limited-edition Belgian-style quads – Quad and Quad with Grape Must. Both are available in bottles (presale starts on Wednesday, Aug. 18) and on tap. A few other cellared and limited beers will also make an appearance.

Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) is spending the afternoon discussing why the Midwest is Best. The tribute to best area of the country starts with a market at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m. there’s a panel discussion about the topic. The $5 ticket includes a free beer, which is yet another sign that the Midwest is indeed the best.

Sunday, Aug. 22

The fourth Great Milwaukee Brewery Bike Race begins at 2:30 p.m. Choose a starting point between Team Bay View, which begins at Enlightened Brewing (2020 S. Allis St.), and Team Riverwest, which starts at Gathering Place Brewing. You drink a beer at the starting point, ride to the other brewery where you have another beer, and then return to where you started for your third and final brew. The cost is just $20 ($15 in advance).

New Barons Brewing Cooperative (2018 S. 1st St.) is hosting a Beer Shots & Ladders Tournament. It’s based on the classic board game, Chutes & Ladders but with beer added to the mix. Cost is $50 per team of two.



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 20 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for a few years more.