There's plenty to keep beer drinkers busy this week, including the start of Milwaukee Craft Beer Week, an exciting slate of events put on by the Milwaukee Craft Brewery League.

Wednesday, July 26

The Milwaukee Beer Society tries out a cool new concept at its weekly gathering at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). Members get the chance to host a meeting with the theme of their choice. First up is Nick, who will share memorable beer experiences with the crew.

Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is pouring Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and a few other Dogfish Head brews starting at 5 p.m.

The Wild Wednesday Craft Beer Cruise hosts Founders Brewery. Choose between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are just $29.

Epic Brewing’s Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout is taking over Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) starting at 6 p.m. They’ll be pouring Son of a Baptist, Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist and Baptista.

Thursday, July 27

Get to Champps Americana (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) early for a 5 p.m. tapping of Central Waters 19 Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. Try a tasty creation from the best barrel aging program in Wisconsin.

Lakefront Brewery takes over the taps at Craft Cow (2675 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) at 5:30 p.m.

The Raised Grain Pop-Up Beer Garden comes to Naga-Waukee Park (651 Hwy 83, Hartland for a two-night stay. The beer garden is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Friday, July 28

The first Milwaukee Craft Brewery Week kicks off all over town with the release of collaboration beers from the locals. The Milwaukee Craft Brewery League is to thank for a slate full of events that I’ll detail later this week. The kickoff starts at 7 p.m. at seven different breweries. Head to District 14, Enlightened, Eagle Park, MobCraft, Milwaukee Ale House, Broken Bat, Third Space or City Lights and when you want to go to another one of these breweries just hop on a free shuttle. Sounds good to me.

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The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) hosts the Dogfish Head Ale Trail starting at 4 p.m. Try Dogfish Head cans and a few taps, including 90 Minute IPA and the potent World Wide Stout.

Madison’s Dead Bird brewing is bringing a few IPAs to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m. and 3 Sheeps will be there from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tighthead brings samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 29

Milwaukee Brewfest hits the lakefront at McKinley Park (1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) from 3 to 7 p.m. (doors for the sold out VIP tickets open at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door if there are any left.

Karben4 Brewing takes over the taps at Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park (3000 S. Howell Ave.).

“Beers for people who don’t drink beer” are the subjects of the weekly free tasting at both Three Cellars locations (7228 S. 27th St. and N72 W13400 Lund Lane, Menomonee Falls) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dead Bird brings samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 30

The Fermentorium (7481 Hwy 60, Cedarburg) begins its Limitless Grains experimental beer pairing series with a pairing of beer and sundaes made with Purple Door ice cream and Sweettrio toppings. Chocolatier Claire Preito will explain the deliciousness as you taste it. Ice cream socials have never been so inviting.

Revolution Brewing is the subject of the monthly Brewery Series at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m. Try five samples from the Chicago standout for $15.

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