It's a week filled with fests, beer tastings, and the arrival of one of Chicago's best breweries.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
The Central Waters beer dinner at Fauntleroy (316 N. Milwaukee St.) includes five delicious courses and five Central Waters beers. Black Gold Barrel-Aged Stout just might be there too. Get there at 6:30 p.m. to find out. Tickets are $75.
The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) hosts a Night of the Pumpkin Beers at 5 p.m. The spot is giving up several of its taps to pumpkin beers like Southern Tier Pumking and Tyranena Painted Ladies.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Chicago’s outstanding Maplewood Brewery is coming to Wisconsin, which is cause for celebration. Try a few of their brews at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m. If you haven’t tried Son of Juice IPA yet, I recommend it.
The Milwaukee Beer Society compares Wisconsin brews with others made all over the world. Come to Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) at 6 p.m. to taste a few.
Cheers to the Riverwest Brewery Syndicate. The group—featuring Lakefront Brewery, Gathering Place Brewing, Black Husky Brewing and Company Brewing—releases its collaboration beer at Nessun Dorma (2778 N. Weil St.) at 6 p.m. The brew, Sticke Alt, is a Dusseldorf altbier.
Thursday, Sept. 26
If you miss Maplewood’s visit to Ray’s, head to Burnheart’s (2599 S. Logan Ave.) for another launch party.
Bierklasse examines Oktoberfest beers at Cafe Bavaria (7700 Harwood Ave.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For $35 you can explore the tastes of these seasonal brews from around the world.
Friday, Sept. 27
The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) is tapping an amazing mix of Central Waters and Eagle Park brews at Fall Fest, a parking lot party which runs on Friday and Saturday. They’ll be tapped on the second day of the fest at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The list includes Central Waters barrel-aged rarities like Black Gold and XX Anniversary Stout and a few gems from Eagle Park.
Try samples from Maplewood and New Glarus from 3 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
In the Oktoberfest mood this weekend? You’ve got a few to choose from. Waukesha’s Oktoberfest at Frame Park (1150 Frame Park Dr.) kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday and wraps up on Saturday night. Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof (N56 W14750 Silver Spring Dr.) starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and also finishes Saturday night.
Head to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) to try samples from locals Gathering Place Brewing (3 to 6 p.m.) and Lakefront (4 to 7 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 28
Head to the rooftop of Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) for Kwaktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. Sample Belgian brews and be sure to be there at 7 p.m., when Belgium’s Bosteels Brewery taps its first new release in 17 years.
The Beer Barons Bash comes to the Pabst Mansion parking lot (2023 W. Wisconsin Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Try brews from a number of great local breweries at one of Milwaukee’s most historic beer-related locations.
Oktoberfest comes to Red Lion Pub (1850 N. Water St.) at 2 p.m. For $40 you get 18 total samples, a free pint and entrance into a raffle to win a keg of beer. Sound good?
Germantown’s Hunsrucker Oktoberfest (Dheinsville Historic Park, N128 W18780 Holy Hill Rd.) takes place on Saturday and Sunday. It features racing dachshunds. That’s reason enough to go.
Urban Harvest Brewing (1024 S. 5th St.) is releasing the limited Redder Double Red Ale at 1 p.m.
The Brewery Running Series comes to Lost Valley Cider Co. (408 W. Florida St.). Get there in plenty of time for the three-mile run at noon. It costs $30 to participate.
Lakefront hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Urban Harvest Brewing (1024 S. 5th St.) is screening For the Love of Craft, a documentary short about the craft beer industry. Get there by 5 p.m. to watch while sipping on a beer or two.
Sunday, Sept. 29
Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) hosts the Fall Fest of Ale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out arts, crafts, music while sipping on beer from Lakefront, Black Husky, Company Brewing and Gathering Place Brewing. It’s a great way to say hello to fall.
Wrap up the weekend with yoga at Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St.) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For $15 you get a yoga session and a beer.