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There's a lot going on this week in Milwaukee beer land including some big new beer releases from 1840 Brewing Company and Third Space Brewing. Plan accordingly.

Tuesday, March 6

I often applaud the power of beer altruism. The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) puts it on display starting at 4 p.m. MobCraft, Potosi and One Barrel are each putting four of their beers on tap. Each brewery is donating one dollar for every beer of theirs sold. The Brass Tap is matching every dollar. Proceeds benefit The Hunger Task force. Cheers to the bar’s owner, Nick Marking, and the three breweries participating.

School is in session at Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.). The Lakefront Beer Academy kicks off at 6 p.m. Two 90-minute classes in March (the other is on March 20) highlight the history of beer. They also include a small beer pour, light appetizers and a Lakefront mini-snifter. Cost is just $15.

Merriment Social (240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) hosts a beer dinner with Third Space Brewing. The five-course menu includes some tasty sounding items paired with Third Space brews. Reservations are $55 per person. Call 414-645-0240 to make one.

Comet Café (1947 N. Farwell Ave.) hosts a blind IPA tasting at 7 p.m. Test your skills for $25 ($30 at the door).


Wednesday, March 7

The Milwaukee Beer Society samples American pale ales at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10.

The limited brews of Hacienda Beer Company are on their way to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) for a 5 p.m. tap takeover.


Thursday, March 8

The Behind the Brew series at Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) features Tim Eichinger, the enigmatic brewer behind Black Husky Brewing. Tim will talk about the history of beer in Milwaukee and offer a few of his outstanding beers for tasting. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door and include five small pours of Black Husky brews.

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Raised Grain Brewing hosts the final Boerner Brewtanical Series event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Boerner Botanical Gardens (9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners). Taste of a few of their beers for $15. It’s a good idea to register ahead of time.

Lakefront takes over the taps at Fink’s (1875 N. Humboldt Ave.) from 7 to 10 p.m. and is bringing tasty brews like Single-Hop Denali IPA and My Turn Kristin Smoked Maple Weizenbock.


Friday, March 9

Shully’s Cuisine and Events (146 Green Bay Rd. Thiensville) hosts the International Craft Beer Dinner. Try food and beer from Germany, Japan, Scotland and the U.S. The tasting starts at 6:30 on Friday and Saturday. The eclectic menu includes haggis, so now’s your chance to try some. Cost is $45.

Try Tyranena samples while you shop at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) offers samples from Deschutes from 4 to 6 p.m.


Saturday, March 10

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) releases Mystic Knot, an Irish-style coffee cream stout aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels with Stone Creek coffee added. It’s another big release event for Milwaukee beer lovers. A delicious-sounding variant, Mystic Cortado, includes Third Space Java Blanca Coffee Cream Ale in the recipe and replaces the coffee addition with espresso. Wow! Bottle sales begin at 11 a.m.

1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) hosts its highly anticipated monthly release starting at 11 a.m. This month it’s actually two beers. Orbital Motion is a dry-hopped New England IPA made with Azacca, Ekuanot and Galaxy hops. The intriguing Burnt Stout is fermented on bourbon barrel staves and blended with cold brew coffee and cacao nib tea. If you haven’t tried any of the outstanding brews concocted by brewer Kyle Vetter, now’s a really good chance.

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The second International Craft Beer Dinner at Shully’s (see above) starts at 6:30 p.m.

Try beer from Founders at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.

Sample Guinness brews at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 2 to 4 p.m. and get an engraved glass with your purchase. Sláinte.

Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna St.) hosts a bottle release for The Wordsmith Wheat Wine, starting at noon. The second such release for the brewery features a wheat wine that combines flavors of white grapes and berries with sweetness and a touch of bitter hops. The big brew weighs in at 10.8% ABV. Just 400 bottles are available at $13 each (limit of three).

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