Are you ready for Oktoberfest? You should be, because this week a couple of big ones are on the schedule.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) gives up its taps to Toppling Goliath at 5 p.m. Nothing more needs to be said.
The Milwaukee Beer Society takes a trip to Milwaukee Brewing (1128 N. 9th St.) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for a tour and some tasting. Cost is $12 for members, $17 for non-members.
Palomino Bar (2491 S. Superior St.) hosts Beer School: Oktoberfest from 7 to 9 p.m. For $30 you get 10 samples of Oktoberfest brews, grilled sausage and pretzels.
Thursday, Sept. 5
Barley’s Angels hosts a Pink Boots Society Panel at The Fermentorium Barrel House (6933 W. North Ave.) where attendees can learn from women in the beer business. The event is for women only and starts at 6 p.m.
The Beer Garden 5K series comes to Roosevelt Park (630 S. Main St.) in Oconomowoc. The run starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $35.
Friday, Sept. 6
Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W. Lexington Blvd.) kicks off its huge month-long Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. The fun starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and continues every weekend until early October. Tickets start at $10.
Try beers from Monkless Belgian Ales at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
New Glarus is bringing samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7
The ninth annual Ervtoberfest comes to Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) from 5 to 9 p.m. One of the better beer events of year features nearly 40 different Oktoberfest brews, some of Wisconsin’s best breweries, and a German-inspired food buffet to provide a base.
Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.) releases three beers to the public at 11 a.m. The list features a double dry hopped Bowie’s Space Suit IPA, Let’s Hear It For Du Bois IPA and Peach Cobbler Sour Ale.
Urban Harvest Brewing (1024 S. 5th St.) releases its Maple Brown Ale at 1 p.m. Just in time for fall.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Head to Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.) for the Backyard Hops Brew. It’s a unique event where Riverwest neighbors, and anyone else who grows hops, bring freshly harvested hops and add them to a beer being brewed that day. Doors open at noon and the brewing begins at 1 p.m. Beer from the four Riverwest Brewery Syndicate members—Gathering Place Brewing, Black Husky Brewing, Lakefront Brewery and Company—will be available on tap.