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9 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: March 17-21

The NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day help make for a busy beer week, and don’t forget Lager & Friends.

Wednesday, March 17

Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day reserve tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Try samples of Sprecher beers paried with artisan cheeses. Reserve a space ahead of time.

Pick up beer to go at Indeed Brewing (530 S. 2nd St.) and help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the process. Taproom proceeds from 3 to 10 p.m. benefit the organization.

Thursday, March 18

Eagle Park Brewing addresses mental health at 7 p.m. during the Things We Don’t Say Facebook Live event. Eagle Park teamed up with Malteurop Malting Co. and Hope for the Day to create an IPA collaboration to raise awareness around mental health and they’ll be discussing that partnership and addressing the stigma that surrounds talking about mental health.

Friday, March 19

The Cashmere Sweater is back at 1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.). The delicious double New England IPA is available for preorder from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Pickup is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The NCAA Tournament returns on Friday, and The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) is having one big contest during the dance. During the tourney, buy a beer from one of 16 Wisconsin breweries and four Wisconsin-centric food items on the menu and you get a chance to win a 50” big screen TV or a barrel party courtesy of The Brass Tap.

The NCAA tourney means that heading to Champps (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) is a good idea. It has become the place to be for the tournament because every game is on, and the beer list is amazing.

Saturday, March 20

This year’s Lager & Friends beer festival is taking place virtually from 2 to 4 p.m. Festival boxes, which are selling quickly, include a dozen Wisconsin craft lagers, glassware and a few other goodies. Pickup runs until Friday, March 19.

Sunday, March 21

Amano Pan is bringing artisanal bread to Vennture Brew Co. (5519 W. North Ave.) for a pop-up from 1 to 4 p.m. Preordering is a good idea.

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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.