Joe Yeado, owner of The Gathering Place

9 Beer Events Brewing This Week in Milwaukee: Aug. 26-30

Brewery birthdays, a bike race, beer releases. Plenty to do for the beer lover.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Eagle Park Brewing is starting a bike club, and those interested should attend an information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Muskego taproom (S64 W15680 Commerce Center Pkwy.)

Sprecher Brewing’s Pass Me a Pint Tour comes to Wisconsin Avenue Park (10300 W. Wisconsin Ave.) until Sept. 7. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday, Aug. 28

1840 Brewing Company is bringing back its outstanding double IPA, The Cashmere Sweater, this weekend. Presale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and pickup is 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. This is a good one, folks.

Vennture Brew Co. (5519 W. North Ave.) is releasing its take on Black Is Beautiful Imperial Stout, brewed with Pilcrow Ethiopian Coffee, from 4 to 8 p.m. Heaven’s Table BBQ will be there too.

The Fermentorium is pouring beers at The Bend at the Barn, a beer garden at Sandy Knoll County Park (2064 Wallace Lake Rd., West Bend).

Saturday, Aug. 29

MobCraft Beer celebrates its seventh year by hosting Weird Fest, a Zoom party happening on Saturday at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders). Attendees can choose between a few beer and food pairing options, and some of the beers offered are, well, weird. You don’t see a Kimchi Low pHunk everyday or an Oktoberfest made with mushrooms, tomatoes and herbs. If weird isn’t your thing, there’s a non-weird pairing offered too. Tickets start at $40.

Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) is marking its third anniversary with a block party on Vienna Ave. from 2 to 8 p.m. The brewery is releasing an anniversary beer, Atsumaru, a rice saison fermented with sake yeast.

If you want the full Gathering Place experience, sign up for a tour and rare beer tasting from noon to 1:30 p.m. For $40 you learn from founder Joe Yeado about brewing and barrel aging. The tour includes pours of Gathering Place’s anniversary beer and a few barrel-aged rarities.

Sunday, Aug. 30

The third annual Great Milwaukee Brewery Bike Race kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Riders start from either Gathering Place Brewing or Enlightened Brewing (2020 S. Allis St.). They have a beer at their starting point, ride to the other brewery (either Gathering Place or Enlightened, depending upon where they started) for a second beer, and then head back to where they started for a third brew. Cost for the fun is just $15 ($20 day of the race).

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Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.