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Beer gardens, beer dinners, tastings...summer really is a nice time to be a beer drinker.

Tuesday, June 19

Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a beer dinner with Good City Brewing from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu includes four courses and pours of five beers. Call 414-762-5010 to ensure that space is available.


Wednesday, June 20

Upland Brewing excels at sours and has a couple of standout IPAs on its resume too. Try a few when the Indiana brewer takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.

The Milwaukee Beer Society takes a road trip to Enlightened Brewing (2018 S. 1st St.) for its weekly meeting from 6 to 9 p.m.

Bauhaus Brew Labs hosts a patio party at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) from 6 to 10 p.m. The menu includes five beers from the Minneapolis brewery, bratwursts and German potato salad.

Third Space Brewing hosts beer school at G. Groppi Food Market (1441 E. Russell Ave.) from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn a few things and sample a few Third Space brews for just $15. Call 414-747-9012 to make a reservation.

Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) hosts a history lesson from 6 to 8 p.m. John Gurda, historian and Miller archivist, explains how Miller Brewing Company started and how it grew. He’ll also show off some historical items from Miller. The event is free and comes with a glass of High Life.


Thursday, June 21

I don’t really follow many beer writers, but I pay attention to Josh Noel. The knowledgeable scribe for the Chicago Tribune comes to Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.) at 7 p.m. to discuss his book Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out. The book tells the story of Goose Island’s growth from brewpub to property of AB InBev. I’ve heard from a few trusted sources that it’s an excellent read.

Solemn Oath Brewery takes over some of the taps at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) starting at 6 p.m.

Raised Grain Brewing Company’s pop-up beer garden comes to Naga-waukee Park (651 Hwy 83, Hartland) near picnic areas 1 and 2 over the weekend. They’ll be pouring from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Matty’s Food Truck will be there too.


Friday, June 22

Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) hosts the Fruity, Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer by pouring some tasty IPAs from Deschutes and OddSide Ales. The haze descends at 4 p.m.

Eagle Park Brewing sets up its beer garden at Valley View Park (5051 S. Sunny Slope Rd.) over the weekend. The hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Furthermore, Essers’s and Sandcreek are all pouring from the taps at Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park (3000 S. Howell Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Shorts Brewing comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Try samples from Bell’s Brewery at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Gathering Place Brewing hosts a movie night at the Goat Palace (3740 N. Fratney St.) behind the brewery. Beer and German food from Döner MKE will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the screening of Anchorman will start around 8:30 p.m. Stay classy Milwaukee.


Saturday, June 23

Third Space comes to the Depot Beer Garden in Old Falls Village (corner of Pilgrim Rd. and County Line Rd. Q). They’ll be pouring from 2 to 9 p.m.

Discount Liquor Waukesha gets a visit from Lake Louie Brewing from noon to 3 p.m.

Gathering Place (811 E. Vienna Ave.) releases a unique Dry Debate Brut IPA at noon. Expect an IPA with low bitterness and a dry finish.

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