St. Francis Brewery

Beer Events Brewing This Week: April 16-20

A big weekend of beer festivals includes the 10th anniversary of St. Francis Brewery. Cheers to brewer Matt Hofmann and the folks on the south side.

Tuesday, April 16

Do you like Peeps? At The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) you can pair the controversial marshmallow treats with Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. From 5 to 11 p.m. the place is pairing Easter candy with beer. For just $20 you can pair four different candies with four different beers.

Head to The Fermentorium (7481 State Rd. 60, Cedarburg) for the Bob Ross-inspired Happy Landscape Event. Have a couple of beers and learn how to paint cool stuff thanks to Stickman Painting Studio. Tickets are $42 and include a canvas and two beer tokens.

Wednesday, April 17

Before hazy became a thing, Pipeworks Brewing was making a name for itself in Chicago with amazingly well-balanced IPAs. They’re bringing some to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.

Lakefront Citrica Mexican Ale has its release party at Bel Air Cantina (1935 N. Water St.) at 5 p.m. The brew is made with orange peel and key lime juice, and sounds like it’s perfect for warm weather drinking.

Thursday, April 18

Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) hosts another delicious pairing of four grilled cheese sandwiches with four beers. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $20.

Friday, April 19

Mikerphone Brewing is making a trip up from the Chicago suburbs and headed to Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.). The occasion is the release of the Explorium collab, Mallrats Orange Julius IPA at 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 20

Stock House Brewing (7208 W. North Ave.) hosts Nano Fest, starting at noon. Here’s how it works, smaller breweries (check the list on the event page) bring one 1/4 barrel to Stock House. The first one to empty is the winner. Also, Lumpia City will be there at 2 p.m. to provide sustenance. It’s a great way to celebrate smaller Wisconsin breweries.

St. Francis Brewery (3825 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) marks it 10th anniversary in an awesomely unique way. The brewery is debuting 10 collaboration beers made with several local breweries. It’s such a cool way to celebrate a birthday, but that’s not all. The brewery is also releasing cans of Shepard Anniversary Ale, a barrel-aged barleywine aged in red wine and cognac barrels. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and cheers to brewer Matt Hofmann for the festivities.

Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.) hosts Joint Beer Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The concept here is a great one. Eagle Park is collaborating with other Midwest breweries to brew 10 beers for the event. Six of those will be available in 16-ounce cans. Pretty cool. Cost is $75 for general admission. Note: Tickets appear to be sold out, so find a friend who was lucky enough to get some.

The awesome Brewery Running Series kicks off at Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) at noon. For $30 you can run a casual 5K and reward yourself with a free beer after.

Good City Brewing takes a trip to Victory Garden Initiative (249 E. Concordia Ave.) to help out from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers get a complimentary beer at Good City after putting in some work.

Sunday, April 21

Adult Easter Sunday fun takes place at MobCraft (505 S. 5th St.). The Hop Along Can Hunt and Brunch features bottomless beermosas, a beer can hunt for prizes and the release of Solid Non Fail Stout. Only 100 of the barrel-aged stout with coffee and maple syrup are available. The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. and costs $50. Happy Easter indeed.



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.