Things are busy in Milwaukee when it comes to craft beer events. Drink Brew City Week starts on Thursday and kicks off a full slate of beer-related fun.
Wednesday, July 25
Sprecher Brewery and the Stilt House combine to host Feast on the Beach at Doctor’s Park (1870 E. Fox Ln.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Sprecher brings the beer and Stilt House provides blue crab, corn on the cob, red potatoes and Kielbasa. The $60 ticket gets you food, two pints of beer and beach-inspired music by Jay Matthes.
Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) gives its taps over to juicy New England IPAs. Get there at 5 p.m. to see what’s on the menu.
The Milwaukee Beer Society samples easy-drinking lawn mower beers at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from to 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 (plus a one-time $15 membership fee).
Plant Nite comes to MobCraft Beer (505 S. 5th St.) at 7 p.m. For $55 you can drink beer and build a cool terrarium to take home.
Thursday, July 26
Drink Brew City Week starts with the Collaboration Pub Crawl. From 6 p.m. to midnight, a pair of buses will run beer drinkers between Lakefront Brewery, Good City, Bavarian Bierhaus, Sprecher, Gathering Place, Company Brewing and Eagle Park. The transportation is free and a great way to sample the locals. Drink Brew City Week is a celebration of local brewers and lasts until Aug. 5.
Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) hosts Third Space Brewing in its Behind the Beer Series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn from brewer Kevin Wright, co-founder Andy Gehl and sales rep Nick Cusatis what it’s like to be a brewer in town. These guys are as personable as it gets, so the event should be worth going to. The cost is just $25 and you get a flight of six Third Space beers.
Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) hosts Evolution to Revolution: IPAs for Days from 6 to 8 p.m. John Graham of The Crafter Space moderates a panel that includes some big hitters in the local brewery scene. Talk about IPAs and sample a few pours of them for just $13 ($15 at the door).
Raised Grain Brewing (2244 W. Bluemound Rd.) releases Naked Hope Bravo IPA at 4 p.m.
Raised Grain is also busy over the weekend with its pop-up beer garden at Fox Brook Park (2925 N. Barker Rd.). The hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 3 to 9 p.m.
The Beer Garden 5K Series comes to Lake Park (975 N. Lake Park Rd.). The run is at 6:30 p.m. and costs $30.
Friday, July 27
Drink Brew City Week continues with a night of Keg Killer Pub Crawls. There are three to choose from, including Brady Street, Third Ward and Bay View. The events start at a specific location, and move on down the road once a barrel is emptied. See the event website for more details. Cost is $20.
Karben4 takes over the taps at Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park (3000 S. Howell Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m.
Eagle Park Brewing sets up a beer garden at Malone Park (16400 Al Stigler Pkwy.) over the weekend from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Try beers from New Belgium (3 to 6 p.m.) and Odell (4 to 6 p.m.) at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
Untitled Art brings samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 28
Milwaukee Brewfest returns to McKinley Park (1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) and brings a whole lot of beer to an idyllic location. General admission entry starts at 3 p.m. and last call is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, and if they don’t sell out, $65 at the door.
Biloba Brewing comes to the Depot Beer Garden (Pilgrim Rd. and County Line Rd. Q) from 2 to 9 p.m.
The Brewery Running Series heads to City Lights Brewing (2210 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a 5K that starts at 11 a.m. It costs $30 and you get a beer when you’re done.
Milwaukee Brewing and New Belgium come to Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.