Beer Events Brewing This Week: April 1-7

Ray’s Growler Gallery has a busy week planned, and there are plenty of other beer-related events out there to choose from.

Monday, April 1

The Best Wurst Day of the Year at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) means sausages from Eagle Park Brewing’s head chef Nathan Heck and a few Eagle Park beers on tap at 5 p.m. Oh, and there will be karaoke.

Tuesday, April 2

Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) hosts the release of Unclouded IPA, a collaboration between Third Space Brewing and Solemn Oath, at 6 p.m.

In Pour Taste at Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) is unique because it’s an event that offers a guided tour of what happens to flavor when beer is contaminated. Brewer Tim Eichinger will explain off-flavors and let you taste them. The cost is $30 and includes snacks and water for palate cleansing.

The owners of Monkless Belgian Ales make the trip from Bend, Oregon, to Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) to share their story and pour a few of their beers from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3

Dogfish Head takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery at 5 p.m. One of the beers on the menu is 120 Minute IPA.

There’s a beer and cheese pairing happening at Craft Beer Cellar (1230 George Towne Centre, Pewaukee) at 6 p.m. Explorium Brewpub will be there matching four beers with four cheeses. Cost is $20.

Beer School at the Palomino (2491 S. Superior St.) takes a look at German beers from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost of a ticket to learn and sample is just $20.

Thursday, April 4

The Behind the Beer Series at Ray’s Growler Gallery continues with a panel discussion that includes the people behind Raised Grain Brewing and Good City Brewing. For $25 you can learn about the two breweries and sample a mixed flight of their beers.

Brew & Moo at Milwaukee Brewing (1128 N. 9th St.) starts at 5:30 p.m. For just $50 you can pair six beers with six cheeses. If you’re still hungry, there will be sausage and crackers from Usinger’s and Wetzel’s pretzels on hand. There’s a silent auction and a DJ, and the proceeds benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Head to Thunder Bay Grille (N14 W24130 Tower Pl., Pewaukee) for a beer dinner pairing five courses with five beers from Third Space. The tasting starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $60.

Saturday, April 6

Broken Bat Brewing (231 E. Buffalo St.) is throwing a huge second anniversary party starting at 11 a.m. The brewery is releasing a few beers, including Murderers’ Row Barrel-Aged Cracker Jack Caramel Stout, and giving away brats and hot dogs. And, from 5 to 10 p.m. they’ll be closing down Buffalo Street for an outdoor viewing of the Brewers/Cubs game. Let’s play two!

Brewfinity Brewing (N58 W39800 Industrial Rd., Oconomowoc) gets charitable when it launches Da Crusher Pale Ale. A portion of the proceeds benefit Silver Streak.

Sunday, April 7

Sugar Maple hosts Founders Keepers, an adult egg hunt. At 2:30 p.m. begin looking for eggs that contain raffle tickets for prizes. Beers from Founders Brewing will be on special.

Lakefront takes over the taps at AJ Bombers (1247 N. Water St.) and is offering $5 taps all day. There will also be a Lakefront sampling from 2 to 5 p.m.



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.