Five beer samples from Gathering Place Brewing

Beer Events Brewing This Week: Dec. 5-9

A slew of tastings and a couple of big bottle releases are in store for this week.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Millioke (323 E. Wisconsin Ave.) continues its 12 Beers of Christmas at 5:30 p.m. with a visit from Third Space. Try Unite the Clans Scottish Ale and Liquid Layers Spiced Barleywine and learn about brewing at Third Space.

Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) starts an interesting weekly event with Untappd Tuesdays. Every 30 minutes, starting at 8 p.m., the bar will pour a sample of a random beer from the tap menu. You get three chances to guess what it is and earn points based on your accuracy. After five rounds a winner will be crowned.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna Ave.) releases Murdered by Crows Coffee Rye Stout from 3 to 10 p.m. It is made with Kickapoo Coffee and has nice rye spice.

18th Street Brewery makes some tasty IPAs. Try a few when they take over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) starting at 5 p.m.

Sprecher Brewing releases Touch of Blue, a new blueberry lambic, at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) at 5 p.m. It’s the first fruited lambic created by Sprecher since 2010.

The topic for the weekly meeting of the Milwaukee Beer Society at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) was up for a vote. That’s right, members were urged to choose nitro beers, quads, or vanilla stouts/porters. Voting ended on Sunday. Look for the results on the event page.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Revolution Brewery brings samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8

Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) hands out samples from Dead Bird and New Glarus from 4 to 7 p.m.

Try beers from New Glarus (1 to 4 p.m.) and Ballast Point (4 to 7 p.m.) at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.).

Saturday, Dec. 9

Gathering Place (811 E. Vienna Ave.)releases its first bottled beer at noon. Nicholas the Wonderworker is a biere de garde that combines slightly tart fruit notes with some brown sugar. Bottles are $12 each and there’s a limit of two.

Head to Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) for another In the Spirit barrel-aged release. Nexus of the Universe is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon and brandy barrels. A pair of variants, Vanilla Bourbon Nexus and Chocolate Cherry Brandy Nexus, will also be available. Bottle sales start at 11 a.m. but get in line early. See the full details on the Third Space Facebook events page.

Good City Brewing comes to Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) for a holiday bottle swap at 6 p.m. Just bring a bomber of something good and wrap or bag it. Trade it for another bottle and drink Good City brews in the process.

Try samples from Short’s Brewing from noon to 3 p.m. and WarPigs from 3 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).

Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) has samples from WarPigs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Lakefront Brewery from 2 to 5 p.m.

“Not what I thought” beers are the subjects of the weekly free tasting at both Three Cellars locations (7228 S. 27th St. and N72 W13400 Lund Lane, Menomonee Falls) from 1 to 4 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.