Beer Events Brewing This Week: Sept. 26-29

A couple of limited beer releases, a beer run, tastings galore and a street fest are sure signs that the Milwaukee beer scene has no plans for slowing in the fall.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

The Milwaukee Beer Society takes a look at Oktoberfest beers during its weekly meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests.

Door County Brewing Company and its experimental offshoot, Hacienda Beer Company, are both coming to take over a few of the taps at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) at 6 p.m. I highly recommend trying a few Hacienda brews.

The weekly tap takeover at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is one not to be missed. They’ll have taps of each of the four varieties (cacao nibs, chili peppers, coffee and vanilla) of Prairie Deconstructed Bomb! Imperial Stout available. There will also be a couple of wild ales available in Prairie Vape Tricks and Blueberry Boyfriend.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.) is releasing Lost in the Sauce B1 Hazy IPA at 3 p.m. It’s the first in a series of three juicy IPAs being released by the brewery. There are just 350 bottles of the stuff available at $10. The beer will also be available on tap.

The Behind the Beer Series at Ray’s Growler Gallery continues with a visit from the three visionaries behind Vennture Brew Co. The discussion starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25 (beer and coffee samples included).

Friday, Sept. 28

Like pumpkin beers? It’s a good idea to head to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) at 4 p.m. The beer haven is tapping around 20 of them to kick off fall.

Eagle Park Brewing pours at the beer garden at John J. Malone Park (3952 S. Casper Dr., New Berlin) from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Mocha Java returns to Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.). The coffee porter is on tap at the brewery and available in four packs.

Try beers from City Lights Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Dogfish Head comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.) releases Audacity, a barrel-aged Belgian quad aged in port wine and rum barrels. Get there at 11 a.m. to ensure that you get your bomber.

The Ultimate Beer Run starts at 11 a.m. (registration is at 10 a.m.) at both Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) and City Lights Brewing (2200 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.). Pick one of the breweries as your starting point. You then run to the other brewery, have a beer, and run back to where you started. You’re rewarded for finishing the 3.7K course with a second beer. The cost for this great event is $45.

Kwaktoberfest comes to Café Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave.), and the middle of Hackett Ave., from 4 to 10 p.m. The street party celebrates Kwak, the strong ale, as well as other tasty Belgians. The varied beer list includes Lowlands Locals collaborations with Black Husky, Third Space, Good City, Raised Grain and The Fermentorium. Food and live music offer a nice accompaniment to the beer. The event is free, but VIP packages are available for $75 that include limitless samples, a t-shirt and a bottle of DeuS Brut des Flandres.

Discount Liquor Waukesha hands out samples from Bofferding and Goose Island from noon to 3 p.m.

Try samples from Dogfish Head and Untitled Art from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee.



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 20 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for a few years more.