Monday, Sept. 17
Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) hosts Ante Up for Teal, a poker party for women that benefits the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $35.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
The Milwaukee Beer Society heads to Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) for its weekly meeting. Get there at 6 p.m. to learn from Black Husky owners Tim and Toni Eichinger. Cost is $12 for society members and $17 for guests.
Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave., Tosa) gives over its taps to Oktoberfest brews starting at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) hosts a pre-Great American Beer Festival tap takeover of sorts. Central Waters Brewing and Bell’s Brewing are each bringing four of their beers.
Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.; entrance of the Shops at Grand Avenue) hosts a talk by Bonnie Byrd of the Waukesha Historical Society. She’ll explain Waukesha’s brewing past from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21
Raised Grain Brewing (2244 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha) starts its anniversary weekend off right with the release of Haze Before the Storm, a double dry-hopped triple IPA. Four packs of the potent stuff will be available for $15. The fun runs from 3 to 11 p.m.
The 6th Annual Barley and Whey Festival comes to the Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) all weekend. Sample beer, cheese and sausage from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are free, but you should register in advance.
Waukesha’s Oktoberfest celebration takes place at Frame Park (1150 Frame Park Dr.) on Friday and Saturday. It kicks off with a tapping of a firkin at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs until 11 p.m. on both nights. Check out the details.
Saturday, Sept. 22
It’s a big day at Raised Grain. The standout in the western ‘burbs celebrates three years in business with an anniversary bash that starts at 11 a.m. and includes a pretty amazing sounding beer release. The 2018 Anniversary Stout is their Black Walnut Imperial Stout that has been aged on either bourbon or rye barrels. Both varieties will be available at the party, and mixed four-packs can be pre-ordered for just $20. The event also features live music from noon to 10 p.m. and special beer releases throughout the day, including Rum Barrel-Aged Porter (2:30 p.m.), Rye Barrel Saison (4:30 p.m.) and the 2017 Anniversary Stout (6:30 p.m.). Congrats on the big day, fellas.
The Beer Garden 5K Run Series wraps up with a night run at Frame Park during Waukesha’s Oktoberfest celebration. The run starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $35.
Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival comes to the Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center (725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan) and brings with it more than 100 samples from over 30 breweries. General admission tickets start at $39.