Traveling beer gardens and tastings galore give beer drinkers plenty to do during this holiday week.
Tuesday, July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with the Raised Grain Pop-Up Beer Garden at Fox Brook Park (2925 N. Barker Rd., Brookfield) from 1 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, July 5
Epic is the brewery of the month at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) and takes over the taps starting at 6 p.m.
The Milwaukee Beer Society is hosting a bottle share at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring a rare, odd or limited bomber to pass around.
The Wild Wednesday Craft Beer Cruise hosts City Lights Brewing. Choose between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are just $29.
Thursday, July 6
Raised Grain’s Pop-Up Beer Garden returns to Fox Brook Park from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Try beers from Next Door at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, July 7
Central Waters takes over the taps at Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park (3000 S. Howell Ave.).
Try beers from Great Lakes Brewing at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Revolution Brewing and 3 Sheeps are both handing out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 8
Revolution Brewing comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Sample brews from Great Lakes and Milwaukee Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.
Staff favorite beers are the subjects of the weekly free tasting at both Three Cellars locations (7228 S. 27th St. and N72 W13400 Lund Lane, Menomonee Falls) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 9
Sprecher’s two traveling beer gardens wrap up stays at their respective parks. The Roll Out the Barrel Tour ends its four-week stop at Grant Park (100 E. Hawthorne Ave.), and the Pass Me a Pint Tour raises a glass to two weeks at McCarty Park (8214 W. Cleveland Ave.). Plan around the rest of the summer schedule.
Wednesday, July 12
You need to know about this event in advance because beer dinners at Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) always seem to sell out. The fifth annual Central Waters beer dinner is a good one. The five-course dinner includes five different Central Waters beers and five different cheeses from Hook’s Cheese. Owners of both—Anello Mollica of Central Waters and Tony Hook of Hook’s Cheese—will be there to explain their delicious creations. Tickets are $65 and reservations can be made by calling 414-964-8377.