Craft beer fans are certainly thankful for this week. It offers a bounty of limited beer releases, tastings and bottle shares.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Black Husky (909 E. Locust St.) beats the Black Friday rush with its Ahead of the Pack Barrel-Aged Beer Release at 5 p.m. An extremely limited amount of bottles of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Headbutter Barleywine will be available and Black Husky is also tapping Jake Style Imperial Hefeweiss that is aged in pinot noir barrels.
Get the chance to pair beers by 1840 Brewing with empanadas from La Masa. The event starts at 6 p.m. at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.). The $35 cost provides you with four empanadas and four pours of 1840 brews.
The Milwaukee Beer Society hosts its fourth annual Thanksgiving Eve Bottle Share at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) at 6 p.m. Bring a large format bottle of a limited or cellared brew to share. You can bet that this group has some amazing beers to share.
The Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) taps a barrel of Third Space Haunted Barrel Bourbon-Barrel Aged Candy Bar Porter at 4 p.m. Get there on time if you expect to try some of this limited brew. Other Third Space standouts like Happy Happy Double IPA and Mocha Java Porter will also be on tap.
Fans of Chimay need to get to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) for a flight that includes four-ounce pours of Chimay Grand Reserve Blue, Chimay Premiere Red and Chimay Cinq Cents White. You can also try an ounce of rare Cognac Barrel-Aged Grande Reserve. The tasting starts at 5 p.m. and costs $20.
Friday, Nov. 24
There are too many Black Friday events to list. See the rundown of the highlights in a separate post.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) hosts its annual Super Saturday at 8 a.m. Goose Island Bourbon County stout will be on hand, but so will dozens of other rarities including Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout. Start the day in Ray’s Growler Gallery with a Three Floyds Zombie Dust and a bloody mary for $10. Iron Grate BBQ will be there too. Ray’s does big events like this the right way. Get there early to be a part of it.
Join Kaleigh Atkinson for a one-hour yoga session at City Lights Brewing (2210 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.) that starts at 10 a.m. For $15 you get a yoga class and a beer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Kathy Flanigan heads to Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) to sign copies of her book, Beer Lover’s Wisconsin from 1 to 3 p.m.
Thanksgiving 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.
Winter and Christmas beers are taking over the taps at The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) starting at 4 p.m. The beer list includes plenty of holiday cheer like Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Porter, Lakefront Barrel-Aged Spiced Winter Lager and Deschutes Jubelale Winter Ale.
Try samples from Ale Asylum and Bofferding at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26
Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) is the place to be on Sunday. From 4 to 6 p.m. the monthly brewery series hosts Tighthead Brewing Company. For $15 you can try five samples from the Illinois brewer. That’s followed by a Bottle Sharing is Caring Event from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring a bottle of something good and a $20 donation if you’d like to join. The proceeds benefit Savage Support, which offers support for women with breast cancer.
Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) taps its limited 30th anniversary beer and celebrates three decades in the brewing business from 10 to 5 p.m.. The party is hosted by founders Russ and Jim Klisch and includes a chance to win free beer for a year.