14 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: July 28-Aug. 1

The craft beer scene is as busy as it gets this week. There’s a block party at Enlightened Brewing, a parking lot party at Ray’s, an anniversary party at 1840 Brewing, a (belated) grand opening at Eagle Park Brewing, the return of Milwaukee Brewfest and more. Plan accordingly.

Wednesday, July 28

Toppling Goliath is taking over the taps at The Tap Yard Waukesha (1150 W. Sunset Dr.) starting at 4 p.m. The deliciousness includes standouts like King Sue DIPA.

Beat the Brewer returns to WhirlyBall (185 S. Moorland Rd.) at 6:30 p.m. Tyranena Brewing Company is the guest of honor. They’ll be bringing some beers to sample and taking on any WhirlyBall challengers. The event is free, but be sure to RSVP.

Sprecher’s Roll Out the Barrel Tour comes to McCarty Park (8214 W. Cleveland Ave.) until Aug. 22.

Thursday, July 29

The Tap Yard Waukesha gets a visit from New Glarus at 4 p.m. Six beers, including the tasty sour brown Lots o’ Peach 21, will be on tap.

Raised Grain Brewing’s pop-up beer garden comes to Mukwonago Park (S100 W31900, County Hwy LO) for the weekend. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday, July 30

Roughly a year since opening to limited numbers in the middle of a pandemic, Eagle Park Brewing is hosting a grand opening party for its Muskego location (S64 W15680 Commerce Center Parkway). Music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., there will be barbecue available, and of course, beer. Better late than never.

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) is releasing a pair of beers this weekend. Citra Fun Times is a juicy IPA with a 7.7% ABV. If you order a tap of it at Third Space this weekend you’ll also get a $10 off promo code for Wisconsin IPA Fest on August 28. The other beer is Lavender Lemonade Fruited Sour, which is part of the Beers About Nothing Innovation Series.

Head to Walker’s Pint (818 S. 2nd St.) for a pop-up beer garden hosted by New Barons Brewing Co-op, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and Love, Milwaukee.

1840 Brewing’s traveling beer garden heads all the way to Heritage Trails County Park (4668 County Hwy. E, Slinger) for the night.

Head up 43 to pick up four packs of The 43, a new West Coast IPA from 3 Sheeps Brewing (1837 North Ave., Sheboygan). If the hazy train is getting old, this brew registers a fair amount of bitterness at 80 IBUs. I welcome the release of an old school IPA.

Saturday, July 31

Englightened Brewing Company (2020 S. Allis St.) hosts a block party from 3 to 10 p.m. Live music and sausages from Vanguard are two good reasons to come, but there’s more. Enlightened is also releasing three new beers from its experimental Rough Draught series. Choose from a French saison, a Belgian saison and a blonde ale with CBD powder added.

1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) celebrates four years of making great beer with a party. The fun starts with the release of four new beers that each sound amazing. There are also four bands scheduled to play and a couple of food trucks showing up.

After a pandemic-related hiatus, Milwaukee Brewfest finally returns to the lakeshore at McKinley Park (1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.). The gates open at 3 p.m. for general admission. The list of participating breweries is a big one, and plenty of locals are represented. Tickets start at $65.

Sunday, Aug. 1

Wrap up the weekend nicely with a trip to the parking lot at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) for the Ray-borhood Barbecue Bash from noon to 6 p.m. The highlight, from a craft beer perspective, is the 20-plus rotating taps of Central Waters beer.



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.