Beer Events Brewing This Week: July 30-August 5

Drink Brew City Week is in full swing, and there’s a big Sunday parking lot party going on at Ray’s Wine & Spirits. Plenty to do, beer people.

Monday, July 30

Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.) hosts Starting a Brewery: Risk, Reward and Red Tape from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Crafter Space moderates this discussion on just how difficult it is to open a brewery.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

The Humboldt Park Beer Garden (3000 S. Howell Ave.) hosts Homebrew Day, where you can learn how to brew beer from a slew of experts. The learning runs from 2 to 8 p.m.

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

It’s homebrew night for the Milwaukee Beer Society. Taste what members created at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 2

Raised Grain Brewing’s pop-up beer garden comes to Naga-Waukee Park (651 State Road 83) for the weekend. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Try samples from Sprecher at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 3

Eagle Park Brew & Food Fest comes to the parking lot of Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Try beers and food from several local breweries. Admission is free; just pay for what you drink and eat.

Try samples from Dead Bird Brewing and Untitled Art at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Fermentorium hands out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Wisconsin IPA Fest comes to Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and for just $2 you can sample four-ounce pours of IPAs from around the state. It’s the signature event of Drink Brew City Week.

The Mikkeller Running Club meets at noon at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.). Get in a run and then enjoy a beer.

Good City Brewing takes over the taps at the Depot Beer Garden (corner of Pilgrim Rd. and County Line Rd. Q) from 2 to 9 p.m.

Hinterland Brewing hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.

Madison’s Dead Bird Brewing is at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Save up your strength for Sunday, because Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) is hosting a pretty big party. The Ray’s and Central Waters Pre-Great Taste Parking Lot Party runs from noon to 5 p.m. There will be 12 rotating Central Waters taps, and the folks at Ray’s promise a few special pours (expect barrel-aged goodness). Food trucks will be there and they’re making slushies from Central Waters Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout.

Project Terroir Beer Festival and Street Party at D14 Brewery & Pub (2273 S. Howell Ave.) wraps up Drink Brew City Week. Local breweries compete by crafting beers made from the same ingredients. We all benefit.



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.