Beer Events Brewing This Week: May 31-June 4

Beer cruises, tastings and fundraisers are all on the schedule for Milwaukee beer lovers this week.

Wednesday, May 31

The Wild Wednesday Craft Beer Cruise hosts Third Space Brewing this week. The 90-minute boat tour starts at Pere Marquette Park (950 N. Old World 3rd St.) and heads down the Milwaukee River to Lake Michigan. During the trip you get a chance to hear from Third Space and sample food and beer. Choose from start times of either 5:30 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $29.

The Milwaukee Beer Society hosts a blind beer tasting of American pale ales at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. See how your favorites rank. Cost is $10.

Milwaukee Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m. They’re bringing some goodies, like Gin Barrel-Aged O-Gii Wit and Barrel-Aged Wolf Hound Imperial Red Ale.

Thursday, June 1

Bell’s is the brewery of the month at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.), and at 6 p.m., Kalamazoo’s best is taking over the taps to kick off June. Expect to find Two Hearted Ale and a gem like Barrel-Aged Traverse City Porter.

Raised Grain Brewing is going mobile. The Pop-Up Beer Garden kicks off a summer tour by visiting Minooka Park (1927 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha) from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The standout brewery is tapping five of its beers. See the summer touring schedule on Raised Grain’s website.

Friday, June 2

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

Try samples from Lake Louie Brewing at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Lakefront pours samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

The beer festival season kicks into gear with the Beer Barons’ World of Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. at Schwabenhof Pavilion (14750 W. Silver Spring Dr.). This is a legit beer festival with some amazing beers on tap. If they’re still available, I recommend getting a VIB (Very Interesting Beer) ticket for access to more than a few rarities. Tickets start at $50.

The Brewery Running Series heads to Big Head Brewing Company (6204 W. State St.) for a 5K run at noon followed by a beer or two as your reward. Sign up for $30.

Try beers from Lake Louie while shopping at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.

Lakefront visits Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.

Camping beers 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.

Sunday, June 4

Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) hosts Beers & Cheers from noon to 4 p.m. to benefit the Fernwood Montessori Fund. Tickets are $45 and get you access to tastings, a raffle and an auction.



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.