Eagle Park hosts a big party, Component Brewing celebrates a year in business, Oktoberfest makes an early arrival, and so much more this week in beer-related activities.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Beer Academy comes to Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Barley Pop and Potables is an examination of beer and spirits on the Lakefront patio. The cost for this delicious tasting is just $20.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
San Diego’s Modern Times Brewery brings a few of its outstanding beers to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.
The Milwaukee Beer Society examines double IPAs at its weekly meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Merriment Social (240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) is hosting a Happy Days Beer Dinner with Third Space Brewing that starts at 6:30 p.m. The five-course meal includes samples of six Third Space brews. The dinner has a 50s theme, so dressing like The Fonz, Potsie or Pinky Tuscadero is encouraged. Cost is $50.
Thursday, Aug. 22
The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) hosts a back to school supply drive with Revolution Brewing at 5 p.m. Bring in a school supply (there’s a list on the event page) and get a free tap of Anti-Hero IPA. That offer is actually good until August 31. Revolution is also taking over a few of taps and offering a short beer school at 4 p.m. to talk about the differences between some of its IPAs.
The Beer Garden 5K Series heads to Greenfield Park (2028 S. 124th St.) for a 6:30 p.m. run. Cost is $35.
Friday, Aug. 23
Oktoberfest is already here. Kegel’s Inn (5901 W. National Ave.) hosts a two-day block party featuring plenty of beers from local breweries, German food and live music. The festivities run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The seventh annual event benefits the West Milwaukee Lions Club.
1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.) releases Second Breakfast Pale Ale over the weekend. The dry-hopped creation is said to be malty, hoppy and juicy. That works for me. Drafts will be available on Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. and the bottle release begins on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Lakefront Brewery is taking over the taps at Hi-Hat Lounge (1701 N. Arlington Pl.) at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., they’ll be tapping a firkin of Funnel Cake Cream Ale with cherries, and the proceeds from that firkin benefit Pink Berets, an organization that helps women in the armed forces and first responders.
Show your brewery loyalty at the Kick the Keg Triple Threat Challenge at Up-Down Milwaukee (615 E. Brady St.). At 6 p.m. the beercade taps limited brew kegs from Third Space, New Glarus and Milwaukee Brewing. The first keg to go is declared the winner.
Try beers from Stone Brewing at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
New Belgium is bringing samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Cheers to Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.) for hosting the family-friendly Eagle Days in its parking lot from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event benefits Onehope27, a group that supports kids and families in Milwaukee’s foster care system. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the fest will include activities for the kids like face painting, carnival games and a bounce house (who doesn’t love a bounce house?). From 4 to 9 p.m., live music takes the stage, including the band Eagle Trace, whose lineup includes Eagle Park co-owners Max and Jackson Borgardt.
Component Brewing Company (2018 S. 1st St.) celebrates one year of business with an anniversary party from 2 to 8 p.m. The festivities include live music, food from Black Sheep MKE and a couple of barrel-aged beer releases. Cheers to this excellent brewery!
Good City Brewing made a significant investment in Milwaukee when it decided to move some of its operations into the Century City building at 3945 N. 31st St. From noon to 3 p.m., Good City and the 30th Street Corridor are hosting a ribbon cutting followed by Family Fest. The event includes food, music, games, a bounce house and a beer or two.
The Wisconsin Brewery Running Series makes a stop at Big Head Brewing (6204 W. State St.) at noon. Registration is $30 and includes a beer after you put in the three miles.
Chicago’s Short Fuse Brewing hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25
The Beer Friends Bike Pub Crawl starts at 10 a.m. at Three Lions Pub (4515 N. Oakland Ave.) and rolls south until ending at Steny’s (800 S. 2nd St.) around 4 p.m. Along the way it makes stops at Draft & Vessel, Stubby’s, Red Lion, The Rumpus Room and Stacked. Each stop includes beers from a featured national brewery. Tickets cost $25 and earn you a pair of complimentary beers, and proceeds benefit Dream Bikes Milwaukee.
If you’re into a slightly shorter bike ride, join the Great Milwaukee Brewery Bike Race, which starts at 1 p.m. Choose your starting point from either Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) or Enlightened Brewing (2020 S. Allis St.). Drink a beer, head to the opposite brewery, drink a beer and head back to where you started, for a beer. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the race.