It's one busy week for beer lovers. The full slate of events even includes a couple of beer-related bike rides.
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a beer dinner with Third Space Brewing. Open seating runs from 5 to 8 p.m. It features some limited gems from Third Space and deliciousness from Erv’s kitchen. The cost is $40. Make a reservation by calling 414-762-5010.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Short’s Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) starting at 5 p.m.
The Milwaukee Beer Society is examining the wonderful world of double IPAs at its weekly meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). Be there from 6 to 9 p.m. to join them.
Come to Estabrook Park Beer Garden (4600 Estabrook Pkwy.) to drink Third Space Happy Place IPA and chat with co-founder Andy Gehl, at Meet the Founder Night. Gehl is a likable enough guy, and I’m guessing he’ll have plenty to talk about.
Thursday, Aug. 23
The Beer Garden 5K Series comes to Juneau Park (900 N. Prospect Ave.). The run costs $35 and starts at 6:30 p.m. A free 1K for the kids starts at 6:15 p.m.
Raised Grain Brewing’s pop-up beer garden comes to Fox Brook Park (2925 N. Barker Rd.) for the weekend. It’s open 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m.
Try samples from Sprecher at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 24
Kegel’s Inn (5901 W. National Ave.) is starting the Oktoberfest season with a bang. The West Allis spot is hosting a street party on Friday and Saturday. The festivities take place on National Avenue between 58th Street and 60th Street, and in the large beer garden taking over 59th Street for the weekend. Nearly 20 breweries are pouring their best German beers to accompany live music, German food and feats of strength like stein holding contests. Proceeds benefit the West Milwaukee Lions Club. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Raised Grain is setting up a second pop-up beer garden at Ackerman’s Grove County Park (4875 CR-Z, West Bend) from 4 to 9 p.m. It’s also open on Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m.
Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) is releasing its Oktoberfest all day at the brewery.
Try samples from Sprecher at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
Untitled Art is at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Tune up you bicycle in time for the Radler Ride Bike Crawl at noon. Sign up for either the South Loop, which starts at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) or the North Loop, which starts at Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.). The cost is a donation to Dream Bikes.
If you miss the Radler Ride you can still make it to the Great Milwaukee Bike Race. Actually, “race” is probably a little aggressive. It’s more accurately a fun ride between Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna St.) and Enlightened Brewing Company (2018 S. 1st St.). Here’s the deal. You pick one of the two breweries to start and decide if you’re riding for Team Riverwest (Gathering Place) or Team Bay View (Enlightened). At 1 p.m., you drink a beer at your starting point and ride off toward the other brewery. Once there you drink another beer and return to your starting brewery for a third brew. See, it’s fun, right? The cost is just $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the big event.
Brewfinity takes over the taps at the Depot Beer Garden (corner of Pilgrim Rd. and County Line Rd. Q) from 2 to 9 p.m.
Bofferding brings samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 27
It’s a good idea to get tickets for the Bar Bites Beer Bash at Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Bluemound Rd.) ahead of time. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $55. The annual event is a casual pairing of a variety of food options with really good beers from breweries like Central Waters, Founders and Lakefront.