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A late season beer festival, beer tastings, beer dinners, Oktoberfests and a tailgate party for the Packers make for a busy week.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

The theme at Beer School at Comet Cafe (1947 N. Farwell Ave.) is “scary beers to drink in the dark.” Get in the mood for Halloween for just $25.


Wednesday, Oct. 4

Raised Grain Brewing makes the trip from Waukesha to take over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.

Pilot brewer Kain Escobar from Miller Valley Brewery comes to the weekly Milwaukee Beer Society meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) to share unique samples, including some barrel-aged brews.


Thursday, Oct. 5

Meraki (939 S. 2nd St.) hosts a beer dinner with Eagle Park Brewing. The five-course beer dinner costs $55 and starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. See how one of Milwaukee’s up-and-coming breweries pairs with food.

How’s this for awesome? Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) hosts a pairing of Lakefront Brewing beers and four flavors of mac and cheese. Wow. The cost for delicious is $20 and the tasting starts at 6 p.m.

Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) gives a few taps up for Third Space Brewing beers from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) hosts the Ballast Point Luau a Wow Wow at 5 p.m. That means a tap list filled with Ballast Point brews and a smattering of Hawaiian shirts.

Get a look at the amazing equipment offered by Spike Brewing (3866 Fratney St.). The Crafter Space, New Barons Brewing Coop and Gathering Place are teaming up to provide tour of Spike’s facility. Tickets start at $15 and include two beer tokens.

Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna Ave.) releases Porte des Morte Belgian Tripel made with Door County cherries from 3 to 10 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 6

The second weekend of Milwaukee Oktoberfest kicks off at 5 p.m. at Pere Marquette Park (900 N. Plankinton Ave.). The party runs through Sunday.

The Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W. Lexington Blvd.) also wraps up its Oktoberfest celebration this weekend starting at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $10.

Try samples from Surly Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 7

Milwaukee Cider & Nano Beer Fest takes place on the former grounds of one of the big beers that made Milwaukee famous. Schlitz Park (1543 N. 2nd St.) hosts a tasting of more than 70 different ciders and beers from more than two dozen different purveyors. Tickets start at $39 for general admission and are $65 for VIP early entry.

Red 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.

Surly Brewing hosts a Surly Gives a Damn event at the Hunger Task Force Farm (9000 S. 68th St.). Sign up to help out on the farm from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Afterward, head to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) for an after party with a few tasty Surly brews on tap.

Try samples of Bofferding Brewery at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Bofferding and Untitled Art hand out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 8

Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) hosts a tailgate party for the Packers/Cowboys game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. but the party starts at noon. The festivities include complimentary sausages from Usinger’s and, of course, great beers from Third Space.

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