Craft Beer Pioneers Get Together for Milwaukee Legends Beer Dinner

The founders of Sprecher Brewery and Lakefront Brewery will join forces for a night of great beer and great food at Five O’Clock Steakhouse. Plus: national attention for Milwaukee’s brewery boom, Firkin Fest and much more.

There are plenty of outstanding beer-related events every week in Milwaukee, but some deserve added mention.

The Milwaukee Legends beer dinner, appropriately at the Five O’Clock Steakhouse (2416 W. State St.) on Friday night at 6 p.m., is one of those. Join Jim Klisch, co-founder of Lakefront Brewery, and Randy Sprecher, founder of, well, Sprecher Brewery for a night of great beer and amazing food.

The festivities start with beer-inspired appetizers and dinner complete with a relish tray, filet medallions and Fixed Gear beer battered shrimp. Dessert, paired with tasty brews, ends the tasting and is followed by music from Christopher’s Project.

I think people forget just how ahead of the curve Milwaukee was in the late 1980s when it comes to craft beer, led by true pioneers like Lakefront and Sprecher.

Enjoy a night discussing the early days of craft beer with the legends. The cost is just $70 and reservations can be made by calling 414-342-3553.

The Milwaukee Brewery Boom Gets National Recognition

All of us locals are excited about the influx of new breweries coming this summer and in the near future. Apparently, Draft Magazine noticed too. Last week, Kate Bernot put together the article, 9 Openings That Prove Milwaukee Is Seeing a Serious Beer Boom. It’s a pretty comprehensive list (with the exception the omission of Like Minds) with some great backstory on each spot. It’s awesome to see Milwaukee’s brewery scene get some love from a well-respected national beer publication.

Barley Pop of the Week

I’m thrilled that Revolution Brewing is available in Milwaukee now. Citra-Hero IPA is one good reason why. It combines a delicious citrus hop flavor and mild bitterness with a hint of malt that rounds out the taste. It’s extremely well balanced and packs a punch with a 7.5% ABV. Revolution does good work, try Citra-Hero and find out just how good. It’s one of the better IPAs made in the Midwest.

Quick Taps

Good Beer Hunting has a long, but oddly intriguing, story about the origin of Ballast Point Sculpin.

An interesting read by Jim Vorel for Paste Magazine lists the 20 Best Breweries Over 25 Years Old. Props to Lakefront for making the list.

Events Brewing

Wednesday, July 20: Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) hosts Abita starting at 5 p.m. Try brews from the Bourbon Street series.

Wednesday, July 20: Learn how beer judges do their thing when the Milwaukee Beer Society discusses how to evaluate beers at its weekly meeting. Cost is $10 and the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.).

Thursday, July 21: Camino (434 S. 2nd St.) celebrates the grand opening of its great patio with a pig roast starting at 3 p.m. Lakefront is bringing a cask to the event and one buck from every cask purchase goes to Helping Pitties in the City, an organization devoted to finding loving homes for abandoned and abused pit bulls.

Thursday, July 21: Pair four Wisconsin beers with spicy cheeses at Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World 3rd St.) from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are just $14.

Friday, July 22: Raised Grain Brewing (2244 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha) has quite an event this weekend. The Naked Hop Tasting Party lets patrons try Raised Grain’s single hop beers. The supply is limited so snag a $9 ticket ahead of time. The ticket gets you a four-beer flight that includes single hop brews made with Amarillo, Chinook and Galena hops, as well as combination of all three, called Naked Threesome. The tasting takes place on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday, July 22: WMSE is once again creating a SMaSH Ale for the summer. Company Brewing is helping out to create a beer using nugget hops and Munich malt. Look for it around town or try it at the release party at Urban (2301 S. Logan Ave.).

Friday, July 22: Try samples from 3rd Sign Brewery at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday, July 22: Sand Creek Brewing pours at the Humboldt Park beer garden (3000 S. Howell Ave.).

Saturday, July 23: Founders takes over the taps at The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) starting at 4 p.m. with beers that include Devil Dancer IIIPA (you don’t see this on tap too often), Mango Magnifico, ReDANKulous Imperial Red Ale and many more. If you get there early enough you get a Founders pint glass.

Saturday, July 23: Firkin Fest rolls into Cathedral Square Park (520 E. Wells St.) from 4 to 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are still available for $49.

Saturday, July 23: Colorado beers are the subject of the weekly sampling at both Three Cellars locations (7133 S. 76th St., Franklin and N72 W13400 Lund Lane, Menomonee Falls) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 24: Ray’s Wine & Spirits is celebrating its 55th birthday in style with a parking lot party from noon to 5 p.m. There will be games, live music, food trucks and an ice cream stand by Lili Malone (an amazing 8-year-old who donates half of her profits to the Hunger Task Force). Of course, the event will also have beer. A beer truck will be pouring some tasty brews, including Founders All Day IPA, Milwaukee Brewing Cer-RAY-Za, Oskar Blues Priscilla Wit and Sprecher Root Beer. There’s also a changing tap of Ray’s reserve. I’ve seen a preview of one of the barrels slated for the “reserve” tap line, and trust me when I say that it’s a beer you don’t want to miss. Cheer’s to the gang at Ray’s.



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.