19 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: Sept. 14-18

Oktoberfest celebrations are picking up steam in Milwaukee, and they’re only getting started.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

It’s a Night of the Pumpkin Beers at The Tap Yard Waukesha (1150 W. Sunset Dr.). From 4 to 9 p.m. you can choose from a few of the fall beers.

The Tap Yard West Bend (4875 County Hwy. Z) is giving over a few of its taps to Stone Brewing, including the 26th Anniversary Triple IPA.

Another Plant & Sip Succulent Bar comes to The Tap Yard Milwaukee (1555 N. Rivercenter Dr.) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include a beer and all the tools needed to create a green arrangement.


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Thursday, Sept. 15

The founders of Chicago’s Dovetail Brewery are headed to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you’re into traditional styles and need a break from the haze, Dovetail is for you. They’ll be pouring a Vienna, Festbier, Saison, Kriek, Helles and Hefeweizen.

When you purchase a Revolution Oktoberfest at The Tap Yard Milwaukee, it comes in a stein that you can keep. The offer is good while supplies last, so it’s a good idea to get there at 5 p.m. when it starts.

Friday, Sept. 16

The Klub Kölsch project at New Barons Brewing Co-op (2018 S. 1st St.) culminates with a release party from 5 to 10 p.m. The winning Kölsch-style ale will be served in traditional glassware and served to you as it would in Cologne.

Oktoberfest is the weekly release at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.). Presale begins at 9 a.m. Pick it up over the weekend, preferably on Saturday during 1840’s OKKtoberfest street party (see below).

It’s Fall Fest this weekend at The Tap Yard West Bend. They will be tapping some rare, barrel-aged stouts, including Central Waters XXIV and 3 Sheeps The Wolf. The schedule includes live music, food trucks and stein holding and liter chugging competitions. The fun happens on Friday and Saturday.

Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) is offering samples from Revolution Brewing from 3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Opetoberfest is happening at Ope! Brewing Co. (6751 W. National Ave.) from noon to 11 p.m. The expansive taproom will the site of live polka music all day and a stein holding competition at 2 p.m. For $30 you can mark the occasion with a t-shirt, and a branded stein that Ope! will fill once with a free beer. You’ll have to pay for the rest.

Explorium Brewpub’s Third Ward spot (143 W. St. Paul Ave.) is honoring its second anniversary by hosting a Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day party. Expect Irish music, food, beer, drinks and good craic.

Swing by Bay View for another Oktoberfest celebration. 1840 Brewing Co. (342 E. Ward St.) is releasing its Oktoberfest lager and hosting an OKKtoberfest street party complete with music, competitive feats (pretzel eating anyone?) and other fun. Be there from noon to 10 p.m.

Prosit Tosa is happening at the Wauwatosa Historical Society (7406 Hillcrest Dr.) from 1 to 8 p.m. There will be German beer, food, music and more. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen.

Don’t Go Changing is a German-style festbier, and it’s the weekly release at Hacienda Beer Co. (2018 E. North Ave.).

Vintage on Vienna comes to Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna Ave.) from noon to 4 p.m. Shop for vintage clothes and other treasures on Vienna Avenue while sipping on a Gathering Place Festbier or two, the beer is being released this weekend.

The Plant & Sip Succulent Bar comes to The Tap Yard West Bend at 4 p.m.

Maplewood Brewery is handing out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Revolution Brewing is bringing steins to The Tap Yard Waukesha. Order a Revolution Oktoberfest and you get one (while supplies last).

Food Truck Day is happening at The Tap Yard West Bend from noon to 6 p.m. This means several food options to pair with a great selection of beers.



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.