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18 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: Sept. 21-25

Cheers to Raised Grain Brewing and Third Space Brewing for big birthday celebrations, and good luck navigating a Saturday filled with beer events.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Raised Grain Brewing (1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha) is celebrating its sixth anniversary in a big way. They’re raiding the cellar for special taps all week leading up to two new beer releases on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday, they’ll be pouring the 2020 Barrel-Aged Anniversary Stout. Wendesday, it’s Barrel-Aged Six Stone Scotch Ale on tap, and on Thursday they’re pouring a 2018 Anniversary Stout aged in rye barrels. Friday’s new release is Haze Before the Storm Triple IPA, and the fun culminates on Saturday with the release of the 2021 Barrel-Aged Anniversary Stout. Check out their website for more details about the awesomely busy week.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Beat the Brewer returns to WhirlyBall (185 S. Moorland Rd.) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Try some beers from City Lights Brewing and challenge some of the City Lights crew to WhirlyBall. If you beat them, you win stuff.

WarPigs Brewing is celebrating an anniversary, and they’re doing it at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.). Try the IV Anniversary Weizendoppelbock and a few other treats from 4 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.) is hosting a three-course beer dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $50.

Oktoberfest continues at Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W. Lexington Blvd.) at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday.



Friday, Sept. 24

Milwaukee Oktoberfest comes to the lakefront over the weekend. Head to the War Memorial (750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for German brews, food by Kegel’s Inn, and live music.

1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) is releasing The Cashmere Sweater Wet Hop IPA over the weekend. Presale begins at 9 a.m. and pickup is all weekend.

The 1840 Brewing Traveling Beer Garden Show comes to the Rotary Park (4100 Highland Rd., Mequon) pavilion from 4 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a party from 2 to 10 p.m. and a couple of fantastic beer releases. The beers are FIVE Anniversary Solera, an intriguing brew that has spent time in bourbon, brandy and sherry barrels. The other beer is Rock The Green IPA a juicy IPA that benefits Rock The Green. Preorder both before the big party.

Vennture Brew Co. (5519 W. North Ave.) is hosting BashtoberFest Fest at noon. Hoist a stein, drink Oktoberfest beers and be German.

The first annual Nomad Hammerschlagen Tournament comes to The Nomad World Pub (1401 E. Brady St.) at 2 p.m. Enjoy $4 taps from Lakefront Brewery while swinging the hammer.

Head to the Racine Zoo (2131 N. Main St., Racine) for Zoo Brew from 2 to 6 p.m. Sample from a list of more than 100 beers and ciders.

Finding great beer is never a problem The Tap Yard (1150 W. Sunset Dr., Waukesha). From noon to 9 p.m. food is the focus. Food Truck Frenzy means that seven different food trucks will be there to keep people full.

Remember Zur Krone? The fantastic German bar that was once a staple in Walker’s Point will be reminisced at Bavarian Bierhaus Oktoberfest (700 Lexington Blvd.). The Gasthaus Zur Krone Reunion is happening at 3 p.m.

Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) is hosting a sanctioned Strongman competition starting at 9:30 a.m. Tire flips, keg carries and similar tests of strength will be happening.

The Brewery Running Series resumes its schedule with a 5K run co-hosted by New Barons Brewing Co-op and Component Brewing (2018 S. 1st St.). at 11 a.m. Get some cardio in and then grab a beer. It just makes sense.

Beer runs are big this weekend. The Ultimate Beer Run starts at both City Lights Brewing (2200 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.) and Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.), you get to pick one. The 3.7K route heads to the opposite brewery, where runners partake in a brew before returning to their starting point. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the run is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Ellsworth Park (600 E. Ellsworth Ln.) hosts 1840’s Traveling Beer Garden Show from noon to 8 p.m.



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.