The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Aug. 15

Supermoon Beer Co., Serpentine Salvage, sunflowers and more make this week’s list of recs.

1. Have a Beer at Supermoon Beer Co.


The Friday early evening airport pickup was serendipity: a chance to see a friend for the first time in five years and stop by Supermoon for founder Rob Brennan’s now weekly beer popup. Each Friday and Saturday, Brennan is the friendly face behind the table at the door of his soon-to-be taproom at 3145 S. Howell Ave. in Bay View. He’s pouring from kegs and bottles of his utterly unique mixed fermentation beers, rich in biota and barrel terroir, flavor and aroma. He expects the taproom to be open to visitors by early September (16 weeks behind schedule), but until then the little front-yard patio will do just fine for enjoying his complex, often funky takes on saison and other beers that just take time. 

Rob Brennan is the co-founder of Supermoon Beer Co. in Bay View. Photo by Chris Drosner

2. Catch One of the Last ‘Live on the Plaza’ Concerts


The Live on the Plaza monthly concert series has been running at the War Memorial Center’s beer garden (750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) this whole summer. There are only two more left, so now’s your chance to catch one before the series ends. On Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m., the band Kharma Shotguns will be playing – plus there’ll be food and drink. The family-friendly event is presented by the Southeastern Wisconsin Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force, and there will be “information and resources for veterans and their families” available. Admission is free. Good concert, good cause – what more is there to say?


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3. Shop at Serpentine Salvage’s Open House Event


Milwaukee-based vintage and antique store, Serpentine Salvage, has a new brick and mortar space/showroom at the Hide House (2625 S. Greeley St., 3rd Flood) in Bay View, and they’re showing it off this weekend with an open house event this Saturday (noon-6 p.m.) that also supports the Women’s Medical Fund in Wisconsin. I’d like to consider myself a new, but quite dedicated vintage and second-hand clothing shopper and home decor enthusiast, so I’ll definitely be making my way over there to shop. Slow Wave Vintage, Wrapped Up Jewelry, Atamo and Alchemist Vintage will be selling vintage goods too. Also, Lauren K Hickman will be doing astrology readings and Kayla Hang of K Inx will be doing flash tattoos, if you’re feeling impulsive and/or adventurous (I, unfortunately, am way too much of a planner for that). 

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4. Check Out This New Cookbook


Chef Sally Schmitt opened the renowned Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry in 1978. Many consider her a trailblazer of California cuisine. I’m bookmarking lots of recipes from her cookbook/memoir, Six California Kitchens, released just a few weeks after Schmitt’s death at age 90 last March. One recipe I can’t wait to make is the apple cranberry kuchen with hot cream sauce. Fresh cranberries can’t come soon enough.

5. Stop by a Sunflower Field While They’re Still Blooming


Sunflower season is particular. The flowers only bloom for a short while each year, and right now we’re in peak season. There are a handful of options for where to see the tall yellow flowers (see our guide from last year, but click the links for new dates). One of my favorite spots is Jerry Smith Farm in Somers. It’s a bit of a drive, but the field is free to visit and take photos, and it’s only $1 for every flower you cut. Make sure to stop by the farm while you’re there, it’s a charming one.