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Headlined by Friday's "Masters of the Midwest Dinner" at Bacchus, a bunch of great beer dinners are on tap for this week.

Some beer dinners are special. On Friday, Nov. 20, Bacchus (925 E. Wells St.) hosts the Masters of the Midwest Dinner starting at 6 p.m. The dinner combines the talents of New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey, master cheesemaker Sid Cook, James Beard chef Adam Siegel and pork guru Herb Eckhouse. That’s quite a lineup. Carey is bringing some great beer with him including a one-off sour beer that’s a collaboration with Siegel. For $75 attendees can sample from an amazing menu. Call 414-765-1166 to make a reservation.

Barley Pop of the Week

The latest Thumbprint Series brew is New Glarus Milk Stout and it’s a really good one. The stout isn’t overly sweet and has a nice dark chocolate finish with a hint of coffee. The beer is flavorful, but not decadent. It’s a nicely drinkable brew and perfect for the arrival of fall.

Quick Taps

Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) always seems to sell out its beer dinners. The restaurant sold out a New Holland beer dinner on Dec. 2, but added another one on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The menu includes four rare variants of Dragon’s Milk Barrel-Aged Stout and ancho smoked bison sliders (wow). The cost is $59 and it’s a good idea to call Tess today at 414-964-8377 to reserve a spot.

Oddly enough, I’ve never tried Sam Adams Utopias. This year might be the year. The 2015 version sounds like a winner according to Draft Magazine.

Last week, Molson Coors acquired MillerCoors, an expected move that helps with U.S. regulatory concerns resulting from AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller. The Denver Post has an interesting take on the whole big beer thing.

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Events Brewing

Tuesday, Nov. 17: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts beer dinner featuring Surly Brewing. Check out the menu and call 414-762-5010 for more information.

Tuesday, Nov. 17: On Tuesday nights between 7 and 8:30 p.m., The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) will open a random beer or two for sampling. That’s just a good idea.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Merriment Social (240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) hosts a five-course beer dinner with 5 Rabbits from 6 to 9 p.m.  The cost is $45 and reservations can be made by calling 414-645-0240.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Brouwerij Troubadour is the guest of honor at Bierklasse. Café Benelux hosts this installment of sampling and learning, which starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30. Get your tickets online.

Thursday, Nov. 19: The second annual Punk House Kegger Party kicks off at 6 p.m. at Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.). It pairs live music from Dorth Nakota and Piles with a pretty solid list of Three Floyds beers. Amber Smashed Face, Jinx Proof, Alpha Naught, Arctic Panzer Wolf, Battle Priest, Yum Yum and this little beer called Zombie Dust are all hitting the tap lines. Note: I tried Amber Smashed Face over the weekend, and it’s delicious.

Thursday, Nov. 19: Head to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 5 to 7 p.m. to try beers from Wisconsin Brewing.

Thursday, Nov. 19: The latest Lakefront My Turn Series brew is a big one. Todd Belgian-Style Quad registers a 10.5% ABV and has a release party at Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19: Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) is having a release party for Mob Craft’s Night & Day Vanilla Black IPA starting at 7 p.m.

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Thursday, Nov. 19: Black Husky and Wolf Peach (1818 N. Hubbard St.) are teaming up for an amazing beer dinner. Five courses are paired with great Black Husky brews. Check out the menu. The cost is $75 and reservations can be made at 414-374-8480.

Friday, Nov. 20: Try Sierra Nevada brews at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20: Nick Reistad and Jimmy Gosset from Raised Grain Brewing Company are pouring their beers from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Malt Shoppe. A fresh keg of Paradocs Imperial Red is reason enough to show up.

Saturday, Nov. 21: Pair four beers from MobCraft with four cheeses at Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Saturday, Nov. 21: Wisconsin Brewing is bringing a few samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21: Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) provides samples of Thanksgiving beers from 1 to 4 p.m.

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