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A weekend whalefest at The Brass Tap highlights a big week for beer lovers. Cap it off with beer altruism at Ray's Growler Gallery on Sunday.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Atlas BBQ (1304 12th Ave., Grafton) hosts a beer dinner with The Fermentorium. For $50 you get four Fermentorium brews and dinner that includes a New York strip steak as the main course. Call 262-618-2181 to reserve a spot.


Wednesday, Jan. 17

Epic Brewing comes to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) and starts pouring brews at 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee Beer Society pays a visit to Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.) at 6 p.m. For just $10 you can sample some of what the Riverwest staple has to offer.


Thursday, Jan. 18

Michigan’s Odd Side Ales takes over the Tosa Tavern taps at Whole Foods (11100 W. Burleigh St.) at 6 p.m.

Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) gives over a few taps to Potosi Brewing at 6 p.m. One “mystery” beer on the menu has never been tapped in Milwaukee.

Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) hosts its third Battle of the Breweries. Blind taste beers from Central Waters and Vintage and pick your favorite. Cost is $35 for seven pairings and a Draft & Vessel tulip glass.


Friday, Jan. 19

This weekend is a great time to make a trip to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.). The bar celebrates its third anniversary on Friday and Saturday with a tap list that’s nothing short of amazing. It includes Founders CBS Barrel-Aged Stout, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and a slew of barrel-aged goodness and rarities. I recommend trying most of them, but make sure to get a pour of Revolution Café Death, the barrel-aged coffee stout is delicious. Keep an eye on the event page to see what the pouring schedule looks like.

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


Saturday, Jan. 20

Day two of big, limited beers at The Brass Tap (see above). Get there when the bar opens at 11 a.m. to get the perfect spot at the bar.

Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) hosts Smokey’s 17th Birthday Celebration, which includes the release of Smoke Monster Rauchbier. At 5 p.m., the brewery starts the smoked snack potluck, so bring a “smokey” dish and get $1 off a pint. The party also includes birthday cheesecake at 7 p.m.

Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) hands out samples from Abita from noon to 3 p.m.

Try samples of Sam Adams at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from noon to 2 p.m.

If one of your resolutions for 2018 was to brew beer, then you’re in luck. Northern Brewer (1306 S. 108th St.) hosts Intro to Brewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The learning is free.


Sunday, Jan. 21

Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is using Sundays in 2018 as a chance to get charitable. When you buy a Three Floyds pint and a bloody mary, one dollar from your purchase goes to the Hunger Task Force. This altruism takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 22

It’s next week, but it’s still probably a good idea to get tickets for the Third Space Brewing beer dinner at Red Lion Pub (1850 N. Water St.). Attendees will be challenged with putting together the pairings they think are the best from four beer and food options. Good luck. Cost is $45.

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