7 Milwaukee Beer Week Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Milwaukee Beer Week starts on Saturday. Navigating through too many great events to count isn’t easy.

The events list for Milwaukee Beer Week is extensive. Be sure to peruse it at length and pick the tastings and dinners that sound amazing and fit your schedule. But, if you don’t have the time, let me humbly offer some of the highlights that I find incredibly appealing. Good luck, and be sure to hydrate.

KBS Fest at Ray’s Wine & Spirits

Where: 8930 W. North Ave.

When: Saturday, April 14

Why it’s special: Events at Ray’s are not to be missed.

Details: The first 100 people in line when the doors open at 8 a.m. are assured a four-pack of Founder KBS. But wait, there’s more. Ray’s will also have a slew of other rarities for sale. The Growler Gallery upstairs is tapping a Three Floyds Zombie Dust at 8 a.m. and this year’s KBS at 10 a.m. Breakfast of champions.

Crafts & Drafts Spring Beer Fest at Serb Hall

Where: 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.

When: Sunday, April 15

Why it’s special: The amazing selection of rare and limited beers, and the fact that it benefits the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Details: Crafts & Drafts Spring Beer Fest doesn’t appear on the events list Milwaukee Beer Week, but I don’t care much if it isn’t official. The beer fest is one of the best in the area all year. Tickets start at $55.

Central Waters Beer Dinner and After Party

Where: Morel: 430 S. 2nd St. and Camino: 434 S. 2nd St.

When: Tuesday, April 17

Why it’s special: Great food, great beer and two great venues.

Details: Morel hosts the five-course dinner at 6 p.m. The experience costs $70. Call 414-897-0747 to make a reservation, and do it soon. The night doesn’t end with dinner. Walk next door to Camino for the after party, where owner Casey Rataczak is tapping a rare barrel of Central Waters XX Anniversary Stout. That’s one heck of a dessert.

Perennial versus The Bruery at The Brass Tap

Where: 7808 W. Layton Ave.

When: Wednesday, April 18

Why it’s special: Limited beers by two amazing breweries.

Details: I’m a huge fan of both The Bruery and Perennial Artisan Ales. That’s why the Perennial versus The Bruery event sounds pretty awesome to me. Try rare pours like Perennial Prodigal Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout and The Bruery White Chocolate Barrrel-Aged Wheatwine. The deliciousness starts at 4 p.m.

Central Waters Tap Takeover at Burnhearts

Where: 2599 S. Logan Ave.

When: Wednesday, April 18

Why it’s special: When Burnhearts has a Central Waters event, you go.

Details: Burnhearts and Central Waters are besties, and you can expect some crazy beers on tap when Central Waters makes the trip from Amherst. The beer list here is ridiculous and includes Black Gold, XX Anniversary Stout, Peruvian Morning and many more.

Made in Milwaukee Barrel-Aged Takeover at Draft & Vessel

Where: 4417 N. Oakland Ave.

When: Thursday, April 19

Why it’s special: It gives you the chance to see how good the locals are at barrel aging.

Details: It’s rare to get the chance to try barrel-aged goodness from local breweries. The tap list is pretty good and includes gems like Good City Barrel-Aged Density and Third Space Nexus of the Universe. Those are just the tip of the barrel-aged iceberg.

New Belgium The Hemperor Release Party at The Brass Tap

Where: 7808 W. Layton Ave.

When: Friday, April 20

Why it’s special: Because this hemp-inspired brew is as dank as it gets.

Details: Hemp hearts are involved in the brewing process of a beer that I’ve been told has big aromas of cannabis and a dank, but extremely balanced flavor. I’ve heard great things from those who’ve tried it. By the way, there’s no THC in this beer. The tasting starts at 4:20 p.m., of course.



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.