Beer Events Brewing This Week: Sept. 10-14

Lakefront Brewery unveils a big art installation. Third Space Brewing celebrates a birthday. Those are just two of the bigger beer events you need to put on your schedule this week.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Have a green thumb? Head to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) to build a mum arrangement planter and enjoy a pint of Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty IPA while you do it. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and costs $10.

Taste 10 different Oktoberfest brews, along with a few snacks, at Palomino (2491 S. Superior St.) from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) has an ambitious tap takeover starting at 5 p.m. The Foodie Tap Takeover includes brews with food-themed flavor profiles. Anyone for a Stillwater Artisanal Ales Kung Pao Imperial Stout?

The Milwaukee Beer Society takes a field trip to the amazing Hacienda Brewing Company (2018 E. North Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join them for samples and to learn about the brewery.

The final NEWaukee Night Market of the year comes to 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.

Head to Stilt House (W62 N630 Washington Ave., Cedarburg) for a beer dinner with Third Space Brewing at 6:30 p.m. For $65 you get four Third Space brews, including a couple of rarities, and a three course dinner.

1840 Brewing (342 E. Ward St.) taps it’s latest, Alt Fest Altbier, at 4 p.m. (In related news, 1840 is now open on Wednesday.) The bottle release happens on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Spend some time kayaking the Milwaukee River thanks to Milwaukee Kayak Company (318 S. Water St.) and Good City Brewing. Meet at the Kayak Company at 5:30 p.m. and hit the river around 6 p.m. When you get back to land, enjoy a Spare Time Hazy Pale Ale. The cost for everything is $30.

Potosi Brewing takes over the taps at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) is participating in some cool public art. Lakefront recently installed 71 beer kegs working their way up 40 feet of the northeast exterior of the brewery. The “kegnado” will be formally unveiled at 6:30 p.m. and lit up at 7:15 p.m. Strange? Yes, but oddly cool.

Kegnado. Photo courtesy of Lakefront Brewery.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Third Space (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) celebrates its third anniversary with one heck of a party that starts at noon. Expect live musics, food trucks and plenty of limited beers. This year’s anniversary beer is Billy Mumphrey’s Downfall Triple IPA, which will be available on tap and in limited four-packs. Brandy Barrel-Aged Warrior Poet Wee Heavy is another limited brew available during the festivities. The party is free, but for a $30 presale you can ensure that you get both rare beers to take home. Twenty percent of the day’s sales of Billy Mumphrey’s Downfall go to a local charity.

One of the last beer fests of the summer, Great Lakes Brew Fest, comes to the Racine Zoological Gardens (2131 N. Main St., Racine) from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Fermentoberfest comes to The Fermentorium (7481 State Road 60, Cedarburg) at 11 a.m. Try your skills at pretzel eating and stein holding contests. And of course, indulge in a few brews from The Fermentorium.

Good City releases its taproom only Scarcity: Hazy IPA at both of its locations (2108 N. Farwell Ave. and 333 W. Juneau Ave.) at 11 a.m.

Head to Hartland for a Brewery Running Series 5K at Melms Brewery (418 Merton Ave.) at noon. It costs $30 to run and have a free beer afterward.



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 20 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for a few years more.