Good City Brewing Hosts a Party and Barrel-Aged Bottle Release

Good City Brewing celebrates its second birthday on Saturday. Good City Fest includes rare taps, live music and the bottle release of a new barrel-aged brew.

Barrel aging is generally reserved for strong, bold flavored brews like stouts, porters and barleywines. Pilsners? Not so much.

Summer weather is upon us, and steamy days are less than ideal for drinking big, thick imperial stouts. But a crisp barrel-aged lager has serious potential during warmer days. Salud, Good City Brewing’s latest Barrel-Aged Series beer, is an imperial pilsner that has been aged in tequila barrels with lime peel, orange peel and lime puree. You can decide for yourself how it turned out at Good City Fest, the brewery’s two-year celebration on Saturday. The fun at Good City (2108 N. Farwell Ave.) starts at 11 a.m. and the party ends at 11 p.m.

“We’ve prided ourselves on brewing lagers since day one, and so it was only a matter of time before we incorporated a lager into our barrel aging program,” said Good City co-owner David Dupee. “(Brewer Andy Jones) spent a ton of time developing what we think is the perfect summertime barrel-aged release.”

There are roughly 1,000 of the 22-ounce bottles of Salud available at the brewery, and the beer will be available on tap all day, along with a fresh release of Dr. J New England IPA. Good City Fest also features several limited beer tappings.

Good City Fest Tap Schedule

12 p.m. Strahl Hefeweizen Cask
1 p.m.  Rye Barrel-Aged Lord Lyon Scotch Ale and Knob Creek Barrel-Aged Lord Lyon
2 p.m.  Velocity IPA with Grapefruit Cask
3 p.m.  2017 Barrel-Aged Density Imperial Stout
4 p.m.  Belgian Quad

The two-year anniversary gives Good City owners Dan Katt, Jones and Dupee a chance to reflect on a wild beginning for the young brewery. To say that the trio has been busy since opening in 2016 would be a massive understatement.

In just the last year Good City has doubled production capacity, added an amazing rooftop deck, and opened an event space. And, oh yeah, in May the brewery announced plans for a large taproom and sour production space in the Entertainment Block development near the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena.

“The fact that our second location is part of an anchor development across from the new arena is pretty surreal,” added Dupee. “To go from opening our doors on June 17, 2016, not sure if anyone would show up to where we are now is truly humbling and a testament to our customers and the passionate and hardworking team members who believe in Good City.”



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 20 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for a few years more.