When the NCAA basketball tournament and St. Patrick's Day intersect, things can get a little bit crazy. Champps Americana is embracing the madness with a slew of tap takeovers to keep you busy while watching hoops and singing Danny Boy. But that's hardly the only thing going on this week. Buckle up, beer lovers.
Tuesday, March 13
The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) is tapping a one-day old double dry hopped double IPA from Tyranena that was kegged the day before. Get there at 4 p.m. to try the freshest IPA in town.
Champps Americana (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) hosts a Surly tap takeover at 5 p.m. Barrel-aged Darkness is on the menu. Need I say more?
The Fermentorium (7481 Hwy 60, Cedarburg) hosts a Down Dogs and Drafts Yoga from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your own yoga mat at $15. The price of admission earns you tokens redeemable for beer. Namaste.
Wednesday, March 14
Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) taps a barrel of Mystic Knot Barrel-Aged Irish Coffee Stout from Third Space Brewing at 6 p.m. I hear from people I trust that it’s a pretty good brew.
ABV Social (11200 W. Burleigh St.) is tapping the first Harpoon The Craic Irish Red IPA in the Midwest at 5 p.m. And from 5 to 7 p.m., Harpoon brews like Leviathan Imperial IPA and a Boston Irish Stout on nitro will be pouring from the bar.
Tyranena takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.
The Milwaukee Beer Society samples barley wines at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 15
The first full day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off at Champps in a big way. It starts at 11 a.m. with a Toppling Goliath Tip-Off. A few standouts from Iowa’s outstanding brewery are hitting the tap lines, including a double dry-hopped Pseudo Sue Pale Ale. At 4 p.m. the bar is pouring beers from Prairie Artisan Ales including two of their amazing imperial stouts, Bomb and Paradise.
Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) hosts an examination of the lager from 6 to 9 p.m. Joining the discussion are plenty of beer luminaries including Third Space brewer Kevin Wright, MobCraft co-founder Andrew Gierczak, Gathering Place founder Joe Yeado, Jim Klisch of Lakefront Brewery and Miller rep Megan Mares. Cost is $20 for presale or $25 at the door.
Try beers from Untitled Art from 4 to 7 p.m. and New Belgium from 4 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.).
Friday, March 16
March Madness continues at Champps with a Bell’s Tappening at noon. Brews from the Kalamazoo standout that you don’t see very often—like Captain Long Haul (Black Note stout aged in rum barrels)—are on the list. At 4 p.m., Champps taps from standouts from Great Lakes Brewing including a Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout and Hop Madness Double IPA.
Potosi hands out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Please people, no green beer.
Champps rounds out a busy weekend by tapping some big stouts by Stone Brewing at noon on St. Patrick’s Day. The Templeton Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout sounds delicious. Slainte!
The Brass Tap opens at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish breakfast and all sorts of Guinness Stout pours. An early morning Half and Half is a good way to start any Saturday.
Not feeling the corned beef or meat thing on St. Patrick’s Day? Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) hosts a vegan pop-up dinner with Beatrix Foods from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The menu includes some tasty sounding Irish-inspired dishes, and the beer is vegan too.
Try beers from Bofferding from noon to 3 p.m. and (appropriately) Guinness from 5 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.