Good City Brewing's grand opening for its downtown location and Wückfinter at Ray's Wine & Spirits should be the highlights of the week. But don't miss what's going on at The Brass Tap on Tuesday night. The Epic Big Bad Baptist tap takeover there will help get you through the week.
Monday, Feb. 18
Paint your own shotski at Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. That’s right, for $49 you get a wooden ski, a beer and painting materials. You’re in charge of the creativity. Check ahead of time to ensure that there are available spots.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Not too many Tuesday nights are quite like the one The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) has planned. The place is tapping a few Epic Big Bad Baptist Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout variations, including the deliciously complex Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist (aged in rum and whiskey barrels with shaved coconut, almonds and coffee beans added) and the tasty Big Bad Baptista (made with Mexican coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and cacao nibs).
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Founders Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m. and they’re bringing CBS.
The Milwaukee Beer Society takes a field trip to Café Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for its weekly meeting. Them: Beers of the Lowlands Countries.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Monkless Belgian Ales are featured at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22
Good City Brewing hosts a weekend grand opening party for its downtown location (333 W. Juneau Ave.). It kicks off at 10 a.m. with a horse and wagon beer delivery. On Friday, they’re tapping a few cask rarities — Density Imperial Stout with vanilla beans, wow — and hosting live music. The fun continues on Saturday when the doors open at 10 a.m. It’s a pretty amazing spot. Get a good glimpse of it over the weekend.
Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) hosts Evolution to Revolution: Ancient Brews to Craft Brews from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn what the earliest beer tasted like and how it was made from an amazing panel of experts that includes brewers, anthropology professors and other smart folks. There will also be a few beers available made with recipes and ingredients similar to ancient brews. Cost is $20 for the learning and a flight.
Milwaukee Brewing Company releases its latest Brewer’s Day Off Series beer, French Silk Pie Stout, at both of its locations (613 S. 2nd St. and 1128 N. 9th St.) and the Milwaukee Ale House (233 N. Water St.).
Head to Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust Ave.) wearing a flannel shirt, and you get $4 pints from 3 to 5:55 p.m. Your first pint is free if that flannel has a Black Husky logo on it.
Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) hosts a Half Acre Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
Play some pinball and sample some Lakefront brews like Hazy Rabbit Hazy IPA and Clean Machine Brut IPA at Blackbird Bar (3007 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24
Ray’s Wine & Spirits stares defiantly in the face of winter and declares, “cheers” at Wückfinter. The winter fest starts at noon includes nearly 20 taps from Three Floyds, slushies and a food truck with some tasty items straight from the Three Floyds kitchen. Save the trip to Indiana: Three Floyds is coming to the Rayborhood.
The monthly Brewery Series at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) features Indeed Brewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Meet Tom Whisenand, the brewery’s owner, and try flights of a few Indeed brews for $20.