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Friday, Sept. 22
Eighth-anniversary celebrations begin at Raised Grain Brewing (1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha) with the release of Before the Storm Triple IPA and a tailgate party to watch the Wisconsin-Purdue game. The fun continues on Saturday (see below).
Opetoberfest is going on all weekend at Ope! Brewing Company (6751 W. National Ave.). There will be hammerschlagen competitions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and plenty of music. Saturday includes a stein holding competition and bags tournament.
Waukesha’s Oktoberfest happens from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Frame Park (1150 Frame Park Dr.). Get there right at 5 p.m. on Friday to partake in a free beer firkin.
New Barons Brewing Co-op is pouring its Oktoberfest beer at the Fox Point Beer Garden (7040-7098 N. Santa Monica Blvd.) from 4 to 8 p.m.
The Tap Yard – Menomonee Falls (W220 N7884 Town Line Rd.) celebrates Fall Fest with limited release beer tappings, a few Oktoberfest brews, a food truck and live music.
Raised Grain Brewing’s Carry the G Cream Ale is being released at The Tap Yard – Brookfield (2925 N. Barker Rd.) at 6 p.m.
1840 Brewing’s Beer Garden Road Show is still making the rounds. It’ll be at Homestead Hollow (N120 W19809 Freistadt Rd.) from 4 to 8 p.m.
Try samples from Broken Bat Brewing and Toppling Goliath at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
Sam Adams is offering samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) marks another milestone with its 7th Anniversary Party, from noon to 10 p.m. The brewery is releasing SEVEN, the latest iteration of Third Space’s complex and delicious solera blend beer, and Super Frog, and imperial version of Frog Weiss fruited sour. Seven bands are slated to play and a handful of food trucks will be there. Camp Minikani is setting up a kids corner at the family-friendly event.
At 11 a.m., Raised Grain is releasing 8ight Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. That kicks things off, with live music, food and rare beer tappings to follow.
Bayside’s Fall Fest is slated from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Bayside Village Hall (9075 N. Regent Rd.). There are all sorts of family friendly activities planned, and 1840 Brewing will be pouring the beer.
Oktoberfest at Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) means a free firkin tapping at 1 p.m., a pet costume contest, yodeling and more.
There’s a full day of activity happening at Vennture Brew Co. (5519 W. North Ave.). It starts at 11 a.m. with a Wisconsin Brewery Running Series 5K. At noon, Ok Toberbest begins. Vennture has four food trucks coming, a stein hoisting competition, hammerschlagen, music and beer, of course.
Component Brewing (2018 S. 1st St.) hosts its Oktoberfest party from 1 to 10 p.m. Live music starts at 2 p.m. It’s also a chance to renew your Mug Club membership.
Czechtoberfest is coming to Amorphic Beer (3700 N. Fratney St.) and Crops on Top. They’ll be pouring three Czech lagers and serving Czech-style sausage.
The Fermentorium Vinyl Lounge (6933 W. North Ave.) is the site of Fermentober Fest from noon to 11 p.m. They’ll be pouring Oktobefest beers and serving brats and sauerkraut.
Pumpkin beers are pouring all day at The Tap Yard – Brookfield during the aptly named Pumpkin Beer Day.
For every alcoholic beverage you purchase at The Tap Yard – West Bend (4875 County Highway Z) from 2 to 6 p.m. you earn an entry into their meat and cheese raffle.
Sample Sam Adams Oktoberfest and Jack-O at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 2 p.m.
Discount Liquor Waukesha has samples from Raised Grain Brewing available from noon to 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24
Oktobrewfest is happening at the J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard (1 Brewers Way) from noon to 3 p.m. Beers, the Packers and live music will all be happening.
St. Augustine of Hippo (2530 S. Howell Ave.) goes all out for its Oktoberfest from noon to 8 p.m. Beer, provided by Sprecher Brewing, Lakefront Brewery and Eagle Park Brewing, will be blessed at 12:15 p.m. There’s rouladen, brats, live music and even a stein hoisting competition hosted by the Milverine. Yep.’
The Tap Yard – Waukesha (1927 E Sunset Dr.) is tapping Revolution Brewing’s Oktoberfest at 2 p.m. You get to keep the stein it comes in, while supplies last.