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.

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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.

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