21 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: May 18-22

Block parties, beer gardens and new beer releases make for a busy week.

Enlightened Brewing is hosting a block party bash to celebrate its three-year anniversary, despite the fact that it has been in operation for nearly 10 years. Co-owner Tommy Vandervort explains:

“We have a lot of different ‘anniversary dates’ over three years across three different brewery (locations) with all kinds of other milestones in the mix,” said Vandervort. “This party is to celebrate three full years in the Louis Allis building. Maybe we’ll throw a banger in January 2023 to celebrate 10 years in business.”

Wednesday, May 18

Head to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) for a Lion’s Tail Brewing tap takeover. You’ll also get a chance to try There Goes the Rayborhood Imperial Oatmeal Stout before it heads to bourbon barrels for a year.

Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) has a beer dinner with Moody Tongue Brewing. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 414-964-8377 to reserve a spot.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is taking over a few of the taps at The Tap Yard West Bend (4875 County Highway Z) at 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

The Plant and Sip Succulent Bar makes its way to 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) at 6 p.m. For $60 you can test your green thumb and have a beer or two in the process.

Friday, May 20

Great Lakes Distillery (616 W. Virginia St.) hosts the Uncooped Block Party to mark the release of its new Chicken Shack Straight Rye Whiskey. Fear not craft beer drinkers, Central Waters will be there too.

The Tap Yard Milwaukee (1555 N. Rivercenter Dr.) is celebrating its grand opening at 5 p.m. They’ve got a few rarities from Central Waters (XXIV Anniversary Stout for one) planned, live music and general fun.

This week’s beer release by 1840 Brewing is Sea Foam Fruited Sour. Presale starts at 9 a.m. and pickup begins when 1840 opens at 3 p.m.

Great Lakes Brewery and Indeed Brewing are handing out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Try beer from Central Waters Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 21

Enlightened Brewing Company (2020 S. Allis St.) is throwing its Anniversary Block Party in a big way. The outdoor extravaganza starts on Allis Street at 3 p.m. and includes food, music and beer. Enlightened is releasing three new Rough Draught Series beers. The trio of New England IPAs—named Allis, Becher and 1st Street—are all above 8% ABV and are all made with Star Party yeast. Enlightened is also introducing Common Cause, a session pale ale that provides a go-to when the big beers are intimidating. Expect a few oddities to make it to the tap lines as well.

Urban Harvest Brewing hosts its sixth anniversary block party. The festivities start at 1 p.m. and include live music, a food truck, lawn games and more. Check out the event page for more details.

Supermoon Beer Company (3145 S. Howell Ave.) has a pair of releases planned for this weekend, which means its pop-up taproom will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The beers are Wherein Time and Space, a mixed culture saison, and Punchbowl Piquette, a farmhouse ale refermented with raspberries and tart cherries in French oak. Preorder for both is available now.

Barks and Brews is happening at The Tap Yard Milwaukee from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring your dog and check out dog-related vendors. Albert’s Dog Lounge Dog Rescue will be there taking donations and 20% of beer sales will benefit the rescue.

It’s fitting for a brewery that started in the Northwoods host an event that has to deal with wood. Saws and Suds comes to Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) from noon to 6 p.m. Chainsaw artists will be doing their thing, and four wood sculptures carved from the 2021 City of Milwaukee Christmas tree will be up for auction (proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Urban Forestry Fund). A few urban wood vendors and crafters are also making an appearance.

The Vienna Avenue Biergarten is open from 2 to 10 p.m. in front of Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna Ave.). The street will be closed to traffic and open to beer drinking, live music and food from Phatman’s Smash Burgers.

DDH Everything Eventually Galaxy Hazy Pale Ale is being released at Hacienda Beer Co. (2018 E. North Ave.).

The Beer Shots & Ladders tournament returns to New Barons Brewing Co-op (2018 S. 1st St.). Twelve teams battle it out for board-game supremacy.

Discount Liquor Milwaukee has samples from Milwaukee Brewing Company (noon to 3 p.m.) and Maplewood Brewing (1 to 3 p.m.).

Great Lakes Brewing and Indeed Brewery are handing out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

Beer Fest is coming to Bottle House 42 (1130 N. 9th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin. A $35 general admission ticket gets you samples from more than 20 breweries, food and drink specials, live music and more.

If you missed the Plant & Sip Succulent Bar earlier in the week, Indeed Brewing has you covered. Theirs runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $60.



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.