Beer samples at Explorium Brewpub

Beer Events Brewing This Week: Oct. 17-22

Beer tastings, a beer dinner and the last Brewery Running Series event should keep craft beer fans busy this week.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a beer dinner with some standout brews from Founders Brewing. The four course dinner is paired with some beauties, including Doom Barrel-Aged Imperial IPA and KBS Barrel-Aged Stout. The cost $40 and it’s open seating from 5 to 8 p.m.

Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.) taps its collab with 1840 Brewing Company, Funky Doc Rae Scotch Ale aged in wine barrels, at 3 p.m. Both breweries are doing good things, and this is a chance to sample some of their work.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) releases the delicious Sparkly Eyes Imperial IPA at 5 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to wear sparkly outfits.

Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is embracing the darkness, thanks to Surly Brewing, with a tap takeover at 5 p.m. The highlight is a barrel of Barrel-Aged Darkness Russian Imperial Stout.

Thursday, Oct. 19

Benno’s Bar & Grill (7413 W. Greenfield. Ave.) hosts a release party for Lakefront’s My Turn: Michael. It’s a stout with spiced black tea that sounds ideal for fall. Get there at 7 p.m. to try some.

Friday, Oct. 20

Do you side with me when it comes to pumpkin beers? You can choose from a dozen of them at The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) starting at 4 p.m. Each comes with a garnish of chocolate, caramel, cinnamon or graham cracker. Pumpkin carving is also scheduled. It’s a big fall night.

Try brews from Surly at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Try beers from New Belgium at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21

The Brewery Running Series wraps ups its season with a 5K that starts at Leff’s Lucky Town (7208 W. State. St.) at 10 a.m. The run is decidedly casual and the $30 entry fee gets you a free beer, a pint glass and other cool stuff.

Volunteer with Good City Brewing at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park (1859 N. 40th St.) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Seek the Good service project involves a lot of planting. Good citizens are rewarded with a complimentary beer and snacks. Reserve a spot, there aren’t many available.

It’s a full day at Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Bofferding hands out samples from noon to 3 p.m. and Fulton Brewing will be there from 3 to 6 p.m.

Try samples from Sprecher at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22

Watch the Packers while swigging a Dogfish Head beer or two at The Brass Tap. The tap takeover includes an Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout. Get there at noon.



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.