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13 Places to Grab a Beer This Week: Summer Launch Bash, Wisconsin Beer Lover’s Fest & More

Plan to make the rounds this Saturday. It’s a busy day for beer lovers that includes a birthday party for Ray’s Growler Gallery and big beer events going on at Explorium Brewpub and Raised Grain. Oh, and the Wisconsin Beer Lover’s Festival. Like I said, a lot going on.

Wednesday, June 12

Short Fuse Brewing resides in a Chicago suburb a short drive from O’Hare. Avoid the mass of bad Uber drivers and ridiculous traffic by trying their tasty brews at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.

Tyranena takes over a few of the taps at The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) at 5 p.m.

Shorts Brewing comes to Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 13

Fargo’s outstanding brewery, Drekker, comes to Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) from 4 to 8 p.m.

Friday, June 14

Raised Grain Brewing (1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha) hosts the first Guitar City Days. The two-day event features live music, food trucks and, of course, beer. Raised Grain is donating $1 from every beer sold to The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County. The fun runs from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.) releases The Cashmere Sweater IPA on draft from 3 to 10 p.m. Bottle sales start at 11 a.m. on Saturday. I recommend making a trip for this one. The beer has a nice and smooth, not overwhelming, juicy flavor but a hint of hop bitterness. There will likely be a line for bottles on Saturday, but 1840 handles busy releases like pros.

Saturday, June 15

It’s hard to believe that Ray’s Growler Gallery has been around for five years. To celebrate, the outstanding beer spot is pouring some amazing stuff from 3 to 10 p.m. Some of the gems include Third Space Mystic Affogato Barrel-Aged Stout and Eagle Park Bowie’s Space Suit IPA. Stop by and wish the crew there a happy birthday. Cheers, Growler Gallery!

Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.) hosts its Summer Launch Bash. The festivities include live music on the patio starting at 7 p.m. and $5 beers. Mug Club members get a free beer.

The Wisconsin Beer Lover’s Festival happens at Bayshore Town Center (5800 N. Bayshore Dr.) from noon to 5 p.m. It’s a great way to try a variety of brews made in Wisconsin. Tickets start at $50.

Yoga comes to Sugar Maple at 11 a.m. Bring your own mat and get there around 10:45 a.m. Tickets are $20 and include a post-workout beer. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

Sunday, June 16

The Brass Tap celebrates Father’s Day with a few beers from Goose Island, including the delicious Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout. Dads get a free beer when a son or daughter purchases one.

Good City Brewing co-founder Dan Katt leads a Father’s Day bike ride that starts at the brewery’s East Side location (2108 N. Farwell Ave.) at 3:30 p.m. Stops include the brewery’s Century City warehouse, the Landing at Hoyt Park and Good City’s downtown locations. Complimentary beer will be offered at each stop.

Milwaukee Brewing Company (1128 N. 9th St.) honors dads with a free brewery tour, a pint glass and a free beer.



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.