12 Beer Events Brewing This Week in Milwaukee: Feb. 28-March 5

A busy week starts with a big event at Component Brewing Company and includes the start of a full slate of Women’s Month beer-related activities.

Five-year-old Mac Kowalske is one of an incredibly tiny segment of the population to have Malan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Mac’s dad, Component Brewing co-founder Jon Kowalske, is using the brewery to bring attention to Rare Disease Day on Tuesday, and brew a great beer in the process.

At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Component (2018 S. 1st St.) is releasing Fancy Genes, a double New England IPA, brewed with oats and Strata and El Dorado hops. The event also includes live music, food, a visit by representatives from Audio & Braille Literacy Enablement, and more. Mac will be there too, keeping an eye on things.



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“We wanted a way to create more awareness for the approximately 7,000 rare diseases that effect 300 million people worldwide,” said Kowalske. “We are pushing for better funding for research, more genetic testing to find these diseases at an earlier age and better inclusion for anyone with a rare disease or disability cause by a rare disease.

We did a small batch (of the beer) a couple of years ago and brought it back on a larger scale using new technology in brewing products to represent our desire to have new technology and medical advances available for helping people with rare diseases.”

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Component Brewing is releasing Fancy Genes to mark Rare Disease Day at 5 p.m. See above.

Tickets for Eagle Park Brewing’s Joint Beer Fest are on sale. The actual event isn’t until April 22, but it’s a good idea to reserve your spot now.

Wednesday, March 1

California’s FiftyFifty Brewing is stopping in at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.). Try a few of their brews, including one the of the best-named beers out there, Calvin and Hops.

Thursday, March 2

Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) is the site of Playworks Wisconsin’s Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. Test your mad skills for just $10. Also, Lakefront is donating $2 from every beer sold that day to Playworks Wisconsin.

Friday, March 3

The weekly release at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) is Eric B. & Rakau, a double IPA. Preorder is at 9 a.m. and pickup happens all weekend.

Component Brewing is handing out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Try samples from 3 Floyds Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 4

Yoga + Beer is happening at both Central Waters Brewing (1037 W. Juneau Ave.) at 9:30 a.m. and  Eagle Park Brewing (S64 W15640 Commerce Center Pkwy, Muskego) at 10 a.m. Bring a mat and thirst.

Time is an Illusion is a hazy double IPA. It’s the weekly release at Hacienda Beer Co. (2018 E. North Ave.).

Try samples from Ommegang Brewery (noon to 3 p.m.) and 3 Floyds (noon to 2 p.m.) at Discount Liquor Milwaukee.

Company Brewing hands out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 5

March is Women’s Month and a group of women in the beer industry have put together a full slate of events. One early standout is a bottle share at Ray’s Growler Gallery from 2 to 5 p.m. The price of participation is $20 and a cellared bottle to share. Proceeds benefit the Sojourner Family Peace Center.



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.