19 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: May 11-15

It’s hard to believe that 3 Sheeps Brewing is turning 10. The Sheboygan brewery’s weekend party is one of a full slate of beer-related events.

Wednesday, May 11

The Traveling Beer Garden season is upon us. The partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and Sprecher Brewery begins another summer with a firkin tapping and free beer (while supplies last) at Juneau Park (900 N. Prospect Ave.) at 5 p.m.

The Tap Yard West Bend has its grand opening at Ackerman’s Grove County Park (4875 County Highway Z, West Bend) at 4 p.m. Eagle Park Brewing is bringing seven different beers to pour.

Sierra Nevada is taking over some of the taps at The Tap Yard Waukesha (1150 W. Sunset Dr.) at 6 p.m.

Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) is pairing beer with chocolate at 6:30 p.m. For $30 you get six small beer pours paired with chocolate from Kilwin’s.

Thursday, May 12

Try beers from Hinterland Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, May 13

Barrel-Aged Mexican Drinking Chocolate Imperial Stout is one of two releases happening at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) this week. The other is Cold As Rice, a West Coast pilsner with a potent 8.3% ABV. Presale starts at 9 p.m. and pickup beings at 3 p.m.

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) is releasing It Was All a Dream, a juicy IPA, at 2 p.m.

The Tap Yard Milwaukee isn’t messing around with its kickoff party. The tap list at Schlitz Park (1555 N. Rivercenter Dr.) includes four Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts. Get there at 4 p.m. and be sure to hydrate for these boozy pours.



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Head to The Tap Yard Brookfield (2925 N. Barker Rd.) if you’d prefer barrel-aged beers from Chicago standout, Revolution Brewing. The weekend kickoff part begins at 4 p.m. and includes 2021 Deth’s Tar barrel-aged imperial stout and the amazing 2021 Vanilla Deth.

Try summery beer samples from Leinenkugel’s at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Indeed Brewing is handing out samples from 4 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.

Saturday, May 14

It’s a big day at 3 Sheeps Brewing (1837 North Ave., Sheboygan). Founder Grant Pauly and his crew celebrate 10 years in the business. The party starts at 11 a.m. and includes food trucks, live music and beer. 3 Sheeps is marking the occasion with a pair of barrel-aged anniversary beers available on tap. (The bottles sold out during the presale period.) Once More Around the Sun Double Barrel Imperial Stout is finished in 12-year Elijah Craig barrels. Double Digits is a barrel-aged imperial stout made with cocoa nibs from Ghana and vanilla from Uganda. Other special brews will be on tap at the party as well. 

Radix Fermentation is taking over the taps at New Barons Brewing Co-op (2018 S. 1st St.) from 1 to 6 p.m. Head there if you’re a fan of spontaneous fermentation.

Shred & Stretch returns to Broken Bat Brewery (135 E. Pittsburgh Ave.). Head there by 10:30 a.m. for 30 minutes of HIIT training and 30 minutes of yoga. The cost is just $10 and includes a beer when you’re done.

This Is Not a Sandwich Pilsner is the weekly release at Hacienda Beer Co. (2018 E. North Ave.).

Sunday, May 15

The 34th annual Blessing of the Bock is happening at Falcon Bowl (801 E. Clarke St.) from noon to 4 p.m. Lakefront Brewery co-founder Jim Klisch will be there per usual, and plenty of beer. Cost is $20.

Yoga in Your Third Space gives you a chance to center yourself at Third Space Brewing with a 75-minute yoga session. For $20, you get a workout and a free beer when you’re done.

The Walker’s Point Maker’s Market and Bar Hop gives you a chance to shop from more than 70 vendors of handmade items. Stroll between Indeed Brewing (530 S. 2nd St.), MobCraft Beer (505 S. 5th St.), Broken Bat Brewery (135 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) and Great Lakes Distillery (616 W. Virginia St.), who are all participating.

Create a cool succulent arrangement and get a free beer from Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna Ave.) when you get started at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance.



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.