Tony Lewanovich behind beer taps

Beer Events Brewing This Week: Nov. 27-Dec. 2

Christmas comes early for beer lovers. This week includes plenty of gifts, including the Champps anniversary party, which features arguably the best beer selection you’ll find in the Milwaukee area. Cheers, Milwaukee.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

OddSide Brewing is bringing a few brews to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.), but that’s not all. At 7 p.m. the spot is hosting It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia trivia.

Erv’s Mug (190 W. Ryan Rd.) continues its 39th anniversary with two special pours from Lakefront Brewing. They’ll be tapping the 30th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Eisbock, and the last My Turn: Latif Double Chocolate Stout that exists outside of the brewery.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Epic Brewing comes to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) and brings a few of its outstanding beers to the taps.

The Milwaukee Beer Society takes a trip to Component Brewing (2018 S. 1st St.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 to visit a brewery that impressed me when I stopped by a couple of weeks ago.

The Brass Tap hosts a tap takeover from Founders Brewing, and it’s a good one. The list includes CBS, KBS and Curmudgeon’s Better Half, a deliciously potent ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels.

The Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.) celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a five-course Deschutes beer dinner. Cost is $50 (plus tax and gratuity).

Three Cellars (N72 W13400 Lund Ln.) is giving its taps over to Eagle Park Brewing at 6 p.m. A dozen standouts from Eagle Park are on the tap list including quite a few hazy IPAs, a style that the brewery excels at.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Brew City Confidential at Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) takes a look at Gathering Place Brewing from 6 to 9 p.m. For $10 you can try a few samples of Gathering Place beers and hear from founder Joe Yeado.

Friday, Nov. 30

Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) has samples from WarPigs (4 to 7 p.m.) and Ale Asylum (3 to 6 p.m.).

Saturday, Dec. 1

The anniversary party thrown every year by Tony Lewanovich at Champps (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) has achieved legendary status, and the reason why is a beer list that is nothing short of amazing. The long list of limited beers on tap includes three variants of Toppling Golliath Term Oil Imperial Stout, a few Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout varieties and vintages, Central Waters Black Gold Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, a few of this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout variants, and too many more to mention. It truly is one of the best beer lists of barrel-aged beers that you’ll ever see. Lewanovich has developed a fair seating system to help limit mayhem and reward those who are regulars. Admission for whale hunters who haven’t previously secured a table starts at 10:30 a.m.

If you can’t get in the door at Champps, Mike Romans has a pretty good back-up plan for you. Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) hosts its 40th anniversary/annual Christmas party starting at 6 p.m. Expect some goodness flowing from the great taps. Extra points for those beer fans who make it to both Champps and Romans’. Just be sure to behave.

1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.) has a pair of public bottle releases scheduled for Saturday when it opens at 10 a.m. Mexican Drinking Chocolate Imperial Stout is made with cacao nibs, Mexican coffee, Mexican vanilla beans, Mexican chile peppers and cinnamon. Paula Red Apple Wild Ale was brewed with apple wood smoked malts and apple juice.

Try samples of the St. Bernardus Christmas Ale as well as a few brews from Ale Asylum at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.)

Sunday, Dec. 2

Milwaukee Brewing (1128 N. 9th St.) releases Louie’s Cherry Bounce at 11 p.m. The limited release is an amber aged in brandy barrels with Door County cherries. It’ll be available on tap and in four packs (limit two).



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.