Crafts and Drafts

Crafts and Drafts

Beer tasting benefit event Crafts & Drafts kicks off Milwaukee Beer Week. Plus: Milwaukee Brewing is on the move, a craft beer discussion at the Milwaukee County Historical Society and more.

Make sure to pick up a ticket to the Crafts & Drafts Spring Beer Fest. The event, sponsored by Discount Liquor, has become a pretty big deal in just four years of existence largely due to a nice selection of rarities (make sure you get a VIP ticket so you get the full experience).

A short list of the beers announced early for VIP tasting includes Central Waters Black Gold, Goose Island Bourbon County Rare and Cantillon Kriek Lambic. Many more rarities will follow.

The fest benefits the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance and takes place on Sunday, April 17 at Serb Hall (5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.). It’s a great way to kick off Milwaukee Beer Week.

PineappleSculpinBarley Pop of the Week

My love for Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA was been well documented here. So, I was pretty excited to try the new Pineapple Sculpin last week. Hops are still prevalent with this IPA, but the finish is slightly sweet and decidedly pineapple. Ballast Point has managed to keep the sweetness in check and not let it overwhelm the IPA, which is no small feat. I think Grapefruit Sculpin works better, but I’m guessing that Pineapple Sculpin will make for a fine summer brew.

Quick Taps

BizTimes reported last week that Milwaukee Brewing Company plans to move into the Pabst complex. Exciting news and another example of a growing brewing scene in Milwaukee.

An interesting take on AB InBev and the craft beer community that includes some really good infographics. has an extensive list of spring seasonals to try. Quite a few are available in Wisconsin.

Biloba Brewing is releasing a limited amount of Saison du Bourdon Barrel-Aged Saison sometime in the near future. Keep checking Biloba’s Facebook page to find out details.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, March 8: 3rd Sign Brewing comes to The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) at 5 p.m. The brand, a label from Octopi Brewing in Waunakee, has been generating buzz.

Tuesday, March 8: They’ll be blessing the bock at 6 p.m. at The Gig (1132 E. Wright St.). Lakefront Maibock and a host of other bocks will hit the taps.

Wednesday, March 9: Irish and Scottish beers are the focus the weekly tasting of the Milwaukee Beer Society. Head to Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. to taste a few.

Thursday, March 10: Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) is pouring some serious goodness from Hinterland, including some barrel-aged treats, starting at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10: The Milwaukee County Historical Society (910 N. Old World Third St.) is hosting an interesting panel discussion about craft beer. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and a suggested donation is just $5. Expect to hear from the likes of Lakefront and Sprecher. The panel is a part of the Brew City MKE exhibit, which explores the history of brewing in Milwaukee.

Thursday, March 10: The Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) pairs four Pearl Street Brewery beers with four artisan cheeses. The tasting starts at 7 p.m. at tickets are $14.

Thursday, March 10: O’so hands out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, March 11: Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day. Get a personally engraved glass with the purchase of Guinness at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 12: Engraved Guinness glasses are available from noon to 2 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.

Saturday, March 12: Three Floyds invades The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) at 4p.m. and is bringing gems like Blot Out the Sun Imperial Stout and Gumballhead. Check with the bar closer to the event and see if they’ve procured any Zombie Dust.

Saturday, March 12: Unique beers are the weekly sample at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.



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.