C.1880 Puts a Sconnie Stamp on its Beer Dinner With Good City Brewing

A new twist on the beer dinner trend

This latest Milwaukee collaboration shows just how the beer dinner trend has evolved into something less-than-predictable. For his July 27 event at c.1880 (1100 S. First St.), owner/executive chef, Thomas Hauck, has six intriguing courses planned, each combined with a beer from Milwaukee’s Good City Brewing (which recently debuted its handsome rooftop patio). Inspired by “classic beer-friendly bar fare,” Wisconsin beer food and late-night imbibing eats, Hauck and c.1880 GM Joshua Wolter have achieved a true Sconnie feel:

  1. The menu starts with an amuse bouche: “Chips & Dip” served with Good City’s pilsner.
  2. Course No. 2, “Chix Wings” (blue cheese, orange and Thai chile), is paired with Good City’s Reward, a double IPA. 
  3. The next course, “Fish Broil” — trout, lemon, fennel — comes with Good City Motto Mosaic Pale Ale.
  4. The fourth course is “Gyro” (pita, goat, feta), partnered with Good City’s Varietal #6, a Belgian Wit.
  5. Next up is “Country Fried Steak” (crimini, fingerling potato and mustard) with Good City’s Risk IPA.
  6. The final course is “Ice Cream Sundae” (cocoa, banana, peanut) with Good City’s Detail Porter.

Reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.

Cost: $55 per person, including beer pairings. For reservations, call 414-431-9271.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.