13 Beer Events Brewing This Week in Milwaukee: Oct. 27-31

Halloween seems a little scarier this year. Oh well, plenty of beer events are here this week to take your mind off of 2020 for a while.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

A few folks from Lakefront Brewery will be at Whirlyball (185 S. Moorland Rd.) taking on challengers. If you’re not into games played in bumper cars they’ll also be tapping a Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Thursday, Oct. 29

The final Small Plates, Big Brews is happening at Riveredge Nature Center (4400 County Rd. Y, Saukville). The outdoor beer dinner starts at 6 p.m. and includes brews from The Fermentorium. Feel free to wear a costume.

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Friday, Oct. 30

Trick or treat at Broken Bat Brewing (135 E. Pittsburgh Ave.). The brewery hosts two days of a beer drive-through. Drive to Broken Bat’s back alley and snag a few to-go beers for the weekend. The fun runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Space Time, a hazy IPA made with Galaxy hops, is being released at noon at both Good City Brewing locations (2108 N. Farwell Ave. and 333 W. Juneau Ave.).

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) releases Cranberry Gose Winter Sour at 3 p.m. There are even a few aged in gin barrels.

Saturday, Oct. 31

It’s baaaaaack. On Halloween, Sahale Ale Works (1505 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton) is releasing TEOTWAWKI: Resurrection. The tasty brew won a silver medal at FoBAB (Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer) in 2018. It’s an imperial brown ale brewed with grilled sweet potatoes, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla and pecans that has been aged in bourbon barrels from Handen Distillery in Cedarburg. Get there at noon to try some on tap or snag a can to bring home.

Another day, another drive-through. Drink or Treat pickup is happening at Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.) from 2 to 6 p.m. For $95 you get 24 beers from 13 local breweries. Preorder your batch before driving to Company’s Haunted Alley.

MobCraft Beer hosts a Zoom costume party at 7:30 p.m. If you want to join, or even if you don’t, they’re also offering a Halloween Party Pack. The pack includes a few beers and plenty of delicious snacks to up the ante on any socially distant festivities you plan on having. Get your order in before 8 p.m. on Wednesday and pick it up any time after 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Good City releases the second beer from its limited Indigo Series. Mystic Shade NEIPA is made with BRU-1, Azacca and Citra hops. In one of the best flavor descriptions I’ve ever read the beer opens up “a world of fruit punch waterfalls, mango forests, and tangerine clouds” with the Citra “casting a mystic shadow of nostalgic flavor reminiscent of the first 30 seconds of zebra themed gum, mango altoids, and a refreshing blast of citrus Fruitopia.” That’s good stuff.

Halloween at Stock House Brewing (7208 W. North Ave.) means a heated beer garden, costumes and the release of a barrel-aged IIPA at 11 a.m.

Dead Bird Brewing (1726 N. 5th St.) has a Halloween tailgate planned in its parking lot. It includes vegan brats and hot dogs, live music, scary movies, and beer, of course. Reserve a spot.

Eagle Park Brewing (S64 W15640 Commerce Center Pkwy., Muskego) hosts a fundraiser for one of its own, Michelle, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bartender is battling cancer, and needs your help taking care of medical bills.

Bad weather forced 1840 Brewing to put off the party surrounding its release of Creepfunk Haze Double IPA until this weekend. The event is now at Homestead Hollow County Park (N120 W19809 Freistadt Rd., Germantown) and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The band steez plays from noon to 3 p.m. and the festivities now include costume contests for both adults and kids, and a pumpkin carving contest.

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Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.