Beer samples at Explorium Brewpub

8 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee: Jan. 27-31

Explorium Brewpub turns four. Also, the beer releases keep coming, which is a very good thing.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.) quietly celebrated its fourth year of business on Monday. Swing by and pick up a Barrel-Aged Fourth Anniversary Imperial Stout made with cinnamon, maple and vanilla (while supplies last). Congrats to Mike and Joan Doble for four great years.

Learn about the history of Lakefront Brewery through a Zoom event at 7 p.m. Russ and Jim Klisch will discuss how Lakefront got to where it is. The event is free, but Lakefront suggests making donations to the Eastshore Humane Association during the Zoom.

Friday, Jan. 29

1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.) is releasing Mitten Envy, a collaboration with Saugatuck Brewing. The beer is a wheat and oat lager dry-hopped with Zuper Saazer hops. Presale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pickup is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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Saturday, Jan. 30

Eagle Park Brewing has a big weekend planned. The brewery has three barrel-aged brews slated for public release on Saturday (the members only release happens on Friday). Stave: Batch 1 Imperial Stout is blend of four barrel-aged stouts that I’m guessing will be outstanding. Tiki Dave’s: Zombie is a fruited sour ale aged in rum and bourbon barrels with fruit and spices, and Snickerdoodle Imperial Stout was aged in bourbon barrels for 17 months and conditioned with cinnamon. There are no preorders, but you can pick some up from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Muskego taproom (S64 W15640 Commerce Center Pkwy.) and (823 E. Hamilton St.) from 3 to 10 p.m.

A winter seasonal Weizenbock hits the tap lines at Urban Harvest Brewing (1024 S. 5th St.). Buy some for pickup or reserve a table on Saturday to sample some in the taproom.

MobCraft hosts another fantastic Zoom pairing at 7 p.m. This time it’s four beers paired with four different flavors of pelmeni Russian dumplings from Madison’s Rotunda Cafe. Get your order in by noon on Wednesday. Pickup starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday at MobCraft (505 S. 5th St.).

Celebrate your own Third Space Brewing Ice Bear Fest over the weekend. Snag an event package during the week and host your own apres ski party with Third Space Ice Bear Baltic Porter as the guest of honor. Oh, and there’s also an ’80s ski costume contest. Check out the details.

Sunday, Jan. 31

The first Brewery Series event at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) happens from 4 to 6 p.m. and features visits from New Barons Brewing Cooperative and Component Brewing. For $25 you get beer samples and a Sugar Maple branded mask. The event has a limited capacity; expect to follow safety guidelines.

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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.