Ray's has big plans for its second-year celebration, including an amazing list of barrels being tapped. Plus: Stone Brewing has arrived in Wisconsin.

Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) has far exceeded the expectations of the ownership of Ray’s Wine & Spirits. And the place is thanking its devoted clientele on Saturday, June 18, at 5 p.m. The Growler Gallery didn’t have a one-year birthday party, but is making up for it with an outstanding plan for a second-year celebration that includes big beer and big barbecue from Iron Grate.

Ray’s co-owner Orey Laev gave me preview of some of the barrels being tapped, and the list is pretty amazing. Barrel-aged beauties like Central Waters Cassian Sunset Imperial Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Imperial Stout are on the list. If those aren’t enticing enough, how about a barrel of Dogfish Head 120 Imperial IPA or Perennial 17 Mint Chocolate Stout? There are a few more rarities that Laev has decided to keep close to the vest, but it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’re going to be good.

“We thought (the Growler Gallery) would be a little growler filling station,” Laev says. “It has grown bigger than we ever thought it would and we feel very fortunate. This is a fun way to thank everyone that supported us beyond what we expected. Now I need to find a birthday cake shaped like a growler.”

The Arrival of Stone

Stone Brewing has arrived in Wisconsin. Look for official launch events next week and see the list of options here. But you beer fans in the know realize you don’t have to wait to try some of the great IPAs that Stone makes—the brews started showing up on store shelves earlier this week. Cheers!

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