The Oktoberfest schedule is picking up. Also, be sure to pay Waukesha's finest brewery a visit on Saturday.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
The weekly tap takeover at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is always something good, but this week it’s pretty amazing. 3 Sheeps Brewing makes the trip from Sheboygan with goodies like Bourbon Barrel-Aged Uber Joe Imperial Stout and The Wolf Barrel-Aged Stout. Get there at 5 p.m. and prepare to be wowed.
The Milwaukee Beer Society samples and discusses ambers and reds this week from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). Cost is $15 ($10 for members).
Lakefront Brewery’s My Turn: Junk Kettle Sour may have had some issues with overcarbonated bottles (we forgive Lakefront and appreciate the fact that they let us know), but it’s still a tasty beer. Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) is tapping the brew at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19
The Beer Garden 5K wraps up its season with a 3.1-mile trail run at Minooka Park (1927 E. Sunset Dr.). The run starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $35.
ABV Social (11200 W. Burleigh St.) hosts a beer dinner with Third Space Brewing from 6 to 9 p.m. The four-course dinner features five Third Space brews, including Mystic Knot Barrel-Aged Irish Coffee Style Stout, which alone is worth the trip. Cost is just $39.
Third Space Brewing and City Lights Brewing have collaborated on Menomonee River Valley Urban Escape, a lager made with wild rice (the Algonquin word for rice is “menominee”). Third Space (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) hosts a tapping for the media at 11 a.m. The beer will be available at both breweries after that.
Lakefront Brewery takes over five of the taps at East Town Kitchen & Bar (323 E. Wisconsin Ave.) at 6 p.m. Pours are just $5.
Try Brew City Distribution beers from the likes of Monkless Belgian Ales and FiftyFifty Brewing at The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) from 5 to 9 p.m.
Six tasty Three Floyds brews, including Zombie Dust Pale Ale, hit the taps at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) at 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20
Check out the new digs of Dead Bird Brewing (1726 N. 5th St.) from 3 p.m. to midnight. The grand opening festivities include a few food trucks and a full slate of beers on tap (including three firkins).
Milwaukee Brewing Company (1128 N. 9th St.) hosts its first Oktoberfest and it lasts all weekend. It includes a beer tent and beer garden with plenty of food, Milwaukee Brewing beers and live music. The event is free but drink packages are available for $35 and you can reserve a table for $25. Hours are 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Raised Grain Brewing (1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha) celebrates its fourth anniversary with a party at its expansive taproom from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The brewery is releasing two varieties of its 2019 Anniversary Stout, one aged in bourbon barrels and the other in rye barrels. The day is full of other limited releases, as well as live music and food. Congrats to Raised Grain on four years of great beer.
Beer events are rarely unique, but this one is. Head to Discovery World (500 N. Harbor Dr.) and board the S/V Denis Sullivan schooner for the Black Husky Brew Sail. Cruise Lake Michigan from 6 to 8 p.m. while enjoying a beer or two. Tickets are $95 ($85 for Discovery World members).
Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.) releases cans of the delicious Tony Had Hair in the 90s Hazy IPA and Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake Milkshake IPA at 11 a.m.
Riverwest Oktoberfest comes to Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.). From noon to 8 p.m. you can enjoy hammerschlagen, yodeling, German beer and a neighborly vibe. Get there at 2 p.m. for a firkin tapping.
The Ultimate Beer Run returns to the Menomonee Valley. Choose either Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) or City Lights Brewing (2200 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.) as your starting point for the area’s only 3.7K race. Runners head to the opposite brewery where they have a beer before running back to their starting point for yet another complimentary beer. The run starts at 11 a.m. and costs just $45.
Good City Brewing’s latest Seek the Good Saturday is helping out at Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll at Hart Park (7300 Chestnut Ave.) from 9 to 11 a.m. Your altruism will be rewarded with a complimentary beer when you’re done.
If you feel like a short road trip, head to Sheboygan for the Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival at the Blue Harbor Resort (725 Blue Harbor Dr., Sheboygan) from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 craft beers and ciders will be available. Tickets start at $40. Be sure to swing by 3 Sheeps Brewing (1837 North Ave., Sheboygan) on your way home.