Beer samples at Explorium Brewpub

Beer Events Brewing This Week: Feb. 20-25

Beer dinners and tastings abound this week. The week wraps up with a celebration of all things summer at Explorium Brewpub.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a beer dinner with Epic Brewing. The menu looks fantastic and includes pours of barrel-aged Big Bad Baptist stouts. Cost is $40.

The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) hosts its first Forecast the Draft event starting at 6 p.m. For $10 you get a flight of four small pours. You then get three guesses to decide what beer each is. If you know your stuff, you can win cool prizes. Check out the rules on the events page.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Third Space Brewing comes to the Stilt House (W62 N630 Washington Ave., Cedarburg) for a three-course beer dinner where you can sample four Third Space brews. The cost is $45 and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 262-618-4889 to make a reservation.

Revolution Brewing invades Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) and takes over the taps at 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee Beer Society pays a visit to Urban Harvest Brewing Company (1024 S. 5th St.) at 6 p.m. Cost is just $10 to learn about the cozy brewery.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Sweet Mullets Brewing hosts the Boerner Brewtanical Series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Boerner Botanical Gardens (9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners). Taste a few of their beers for $15. It’s a good idea to register ahead of time.

Friday, Feb. 23

It’s probably a good idea to head to Hi Hat Garage (1701 N. Arlington Pl.) by 7 p.m. That’s where Lakefront is releasing its latest IIPA, Tiny Feet. But wait, there’s more! There’s a good chance that Hi Hat is tapping a Black Friday Imperial Stout as well.

Owner and apparent optimist Mike Doble is hosting Summer in February at his Explorium Brewpub over the weekend. At 11 a.m. on Friday, Explorium is opening the outside patio and tapping a slew of summer brews. On Saturday, there’s a dunk tank. Cheers to summer.

Sample beers from Sprecher at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Try samples from Bofferding at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m.

Discount Liquor Waukesha is handing out samples from August Schell Brewing (noon to 2 p.m.) and Finch’s (1 to 3 p.m.).

Sunday, Feb. 25

Sours and stouts are the focus of this month’s Brewery Series at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.). Sample sours from Upland Brewing and stouts from Epic Brewing, including three in the barrel-aged Big Bad Baptist series. For just $20 you get eight samples. The Sunday fun runs from 4 to 6 p.m.



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.