Save up for Saturday. It's a day filled with brewery anniversaries, block parties and other fun and frivolity. It'll be a great way to wrap up this week if you're a beer lover.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
The NEWaukee Night Market returns to West Wisconsin Avenue (between Plankinton Ave. and Vel R. Phillips Ave.) from 5 to 10 p.m. The night includes food, entertainment and plenty of activities for everyone, but it also features a craft brewery village that includes beers from Eagle Park, Gathering Place, Milwaukee Brewing, MobCraft, Sprecher and Third Space.
Church Street Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m. The tap list looks good, and decidedly German.
The Milwaukee Beer Society examines wheat beers at its weekly meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for guests ($10 for members).
Thursday, Aug. 15
Modern Times Beer hosts a Milwaukee launch tap takeover at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. The outfit out of California makes some tasty beer and we’re glad to have them.
Friday, Aug. 16
If you’ve ever wanted to try running an official beer mile, this is your chance. Brew Fitness (408 W. Florida St.) is hosting one from 6 to 8 p.m. and it benefits Best Buddies Wisconsin. Here’s how it works. You pay $20 to participate and Brew Fitness supplies the beer. You drink a 12-ounce beer before you start and then another one every 400 meters. That’s four beers and four laps, which equals a mile.
Saturday, Aug. 17
MobCraft celebrates six years of beer with Weird Fest, a block party that takes place outside of the MobCraft taproom (505 S. 5th St.) from 10:30 a.m. to midnight. The day includes limited beer releases, food trucks, a beer made with durian fruit, yoga with puppies, keg painting and so much weirdness I can’t fit it all in this description.
Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) is also hosting an anniversary block party from noon to 10 p.m. At noon, Gathering Place releases its anniversary beer, Per Apsera Triple IPA. They’ll follow that up with four more limited beer releases that take place every two hours. The event also includes food, music, games, fun and frivolity.
The third block party to choose from takes place at 1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The brewery’s second anniversary celebration includes music, food and the release of the NINE, a stout aged in bourbon barrels for nine months. Plenty of special tappings are scheduled throughout the day.
Good City Brewing needs your help for the latest Seek the Good Saturday. They’re teaming up with Northwest Side Community Development Corporation for Big Clean MKE, with the goal of cleaning up 27th Street from Capitol Drive to Hampton Avenue. Meet at 9 a.m. at Century City Tower (4201 N. 27th St.) and help clean the neighborhood until 11:40 a.m. At noon there will be an after party.
Saturday is a busy day of beer events (see above), but you can get started with a healthy one-hour yoga session. The Fermentorium (7481 State Rd. 60, Cedarburg) hosts Downdogs & Drafts from 11 a.m. to noon. For $15, you get yoga and a free beer afterward.
Sip on beers from 3 Sheeps and Third Space at Bay View’s Fat Fest, from noon to 8 p.m. The party takes place on Lenox Street behind Crafty Cow (2675 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.).
Try samples from Tyranena at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from noon to 3 p.m.