The Brass Tap Hosts One Last Oktoberfest Hurrah

If you’ve missed out on Oktoberfest celebrations in the area this fall, this weekend is your chance at redemption at The Brass Tap, a place that does beer events right.

The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) has established itself as an excellent craft beer destination on the far south side. An expansive, well-thought beer menu is the biggest reason why, but an inviting list of events doesn’t hurt.

This weekend, The Brass Tap continues that trend with Taptoberfest 4, a three-day street festival that highlights German food, nearly 50 different Oktoberfest or fall beers, live music and quirky competitions (stein hoisting, anyone?). A happy hour from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday means half-off Oktoberfest pours, and yes, the Brewers’ playoff game on Sunday will be shown on a covered TV.

“We are thankful that the community has embraced us and craft beer for the four years we have been open,” said owner Nick Marking. “We always try to keep events fun and exciting as possible and I think people love that about our bar. We love to have a large assortment of Oktoberfest beers and it’s always fun to see how breweries interpret the style. Also, there are always new breweries brewing the style, like MC Hammerschlagen from Eagle Park.”

Eagle Park Brewing will be represented on the taps and on the music stage. Max and Jackson Borgardt, two of the guys behind the beer at Eagle Park, perform in their band Eagle Trace at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Unlike the majority of other beer-related events, Taptoberfest isn’t exclusive to adults. Sunday is Family Fun Day, which means an inflatable obstacle course, a sumo suit pit, a massive Jenga and other kid-related activities.

“My wife and I have twin daughters and many of my friends have kids so it only makes sense to make Sunday family fun day,” added Marking. “We are also in the suburbs, which means more kids sometimes, so we wanted to include everyone.”

The affable Marking seems to have figured out this whole craft beer bar ownership thing in the nearly four years that The Brass Tap has been open.

Craft beer and the craft beer scene on Milwaukee have grown like wildfire since we have been open and it has been great to see,” he explained. “We can’t wait to see what the next five years has in store for the industry.”

Taptoberfest 4 Schedule

The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.)
Friday, Oct. 5: 5 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, Oct. 6: Noon to midnight
Sunday, Oct. 7: 11 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 cover on Friday and Saturday. Free with three non-perishable food items donated to The Hunger Task Force



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.