20 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: April 19-24

Eclectic doesn’t even begin to describe this list that includes everything from big beer releases to a strongman competition.

Tuesday, April 19

Charcuterie class sounds like a fine idea to me, and Fermentorium (7481 WI-60 Trunk, Cedarburg) hosts one at 5 p.m. For $80 you get two small pours of Fermentorium beer, a charcuterie board, meat, cheese and expert instruction.

Wednesday, April 20

The Tap Takeover Podcast is coming to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.), and they’re picking their own taplist for the day. Kelly’s Greens CBD bakery will also be there.

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) is releasing Couch Snacks, an aptly named dank brew made with terpenes. It’s available on tap and in cans at 4 p.m. Music by Jack Reed & The Lil’ Reefers starts at 7:30 p.m.

Troublemaker’s Cocina returns to Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) for another beer dinner. This time, the four-course menu is vegetarian. Tickets are $45.

Thursday, April 21

Lakefront Brewery is having a release party for its new summer seasonal, Tropical Nimbus, at St. Paul Fish Company’s Palapa Bar in the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.). The beer is made with pineapple, orange and guava juice.

MobCraft (505 S. 5th St.) is pairing beer with Girl Scout cookies at 7 p.m. For $18 you get the delicious five-course pairing. A virtual option is also available. Check out the event page for details.

Friday, April 22

Ray’s Growler Gallery is offering a preview of Vennture Brew Co.’s Doughnut Don, an imperial stout made with Cranky Al’s crullers, a day before the official release. Try both the OG Doughnut Don and the Double Barrel Don, made with both barrel-aged beer and barrel-aged coffee.

There’s a lot going on at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) this weekend. Three beer releases mean plenty to choose from. Marie’s Gap Year is a Belgian tripel, Seedling is a spring saison, and Anything But Ordinary is a low alcohol (3.6% ABV) table beer. Preorder starts at 9 a.m. and bottles can be picked up after 3 p.m. The beer go on tap Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The Estabrook Beer Garden (4600 Estabrook Dr.) kicks off the 2022 season with a maibock keg tapping and free beer from 6 to 7 p.m.

Monk’s Water will be flowing at Third Space Brewing. The latest in the Beers About Nothing Series is a Belgian single.

Crate Club is happening at Milwaukee Brewing Company (1128 N. 9th St.). Fill up a crate with a selection of 20 different beers for just $17.

Saturday, April 23

The official release of several variants of Doughnut Don is happening at Vennture Brew Co. (5519 W. North Ave.). The imperial stout hits the taps at 11 a.m., and cans will be available at noon. The list of variants is impressive.

The first Vienna Ave. Biergarten of the season opens at Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) from 2 to 10 p.m., and the event includes a double beer release. Shades of Blanc #2 is a sauvignon blanc barrel-aged red rye ale, and Shades of Blanc #3 is a sauvignon blanc barrel-aged black ale. Riley’s Good Dogs will be there providing food.

Broken Bat Brewing (135 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) hosts Brews & Bats for Wishes, a daylong Wiffle ball tournament that benefits Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. For $20 you can join in the festivities in the cool new event space at Broken Bat.

German Beer Day is being recognized at the Estabrook Beer Garden at noon. There will be a reading of the Reinheitsgebot (aka: purity law) and a tapping of Hofbräu Dunkel, which will be handed out as free samples while it lasts.

The TimVitational Strongman event is happening at Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) from noon to 3 p.m. Watch competitors lift really heavy barbells while you settle for lifting pint glasses.

Hacienda Beer Co. (2018 E. North Ave.) is releasing Closer Everywhere, a hazy IPA made with Mosaic, Cashmere and Chinook hops.

Sunday, April 24

The Standard Tavern (1754 N. Franklin Pl.) hosts the release party for Lakefront’s latest My Turn Series beer. My Turn: Trista is an Irish pub ale and you can try it after 1 p.m.

Get crafty with a terrarium workshop happening at Component Brewing (2018 S. 1st St.) at 2 p.m. In just 90 minutes you can build your own green world, and you get a free beer to provide inspiration. Cost is $65 and includes all that you need to create a mini greenhouse.

The Sharpening Company is coming to Enlightened Brewing (2020 S. Allis St.) from noon to 4 p.m. to sharpen any of your dull blades. They’ll even sharpen mower blades. A taproom is a fine place to wait for them to finish.

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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.