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One of Wisconsin's best breweries is making a 200-mile move to Riverwest. Plus: Taptoberfest, Heineken invests in Lagunitas, events galore, and more.

Rendering of the new Black Husky Brewing in Riverwest. By Rich Pipek, in. studio architecture.

Rendering of the new Black Husky Brewing in Riverwest. By Rich Pipek, in. studio architecture. Click for full screen image.

Last week, Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel broke the news that Black Husky Brewing was moving to Riverwest (and the craft beer world let out a huge cheer).

For years, owner Tim Eichinger has been hauling his excellent brews to Milwaukee from Pembine, 200 miles due north of Brew City. Next spring, he’ll be brewing at the corner of Locust and Bremen. The move includes plans for a taproom (more cheers).

“We will have limited hours and intend to serve only our beer,” explained Toni Eichinger, Tim’s wife and Black Husky’s media relations guru. “We will leave the craft beer bar model to those who are already doing it and doing it extraordinarily well.”

I consider Black Husky to be one of the best breweries in the state, and I’m thrilled that they have the opportunity to get a little more exposure to those who aren’t already familiar with their name.

Explained Tim Eichinger more succinctly: “(Milwaukee) is where all of the customers are.”

Taptoberfest

The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) is hosting quite a party over the weekend. Taptoberfest takes place outside (they have a tent) and includes bands like U2 Zoo and The Eddie Butts Band, a pig roast, more than 20 fall brews and even Three Floyds Zombie Dust. Some of the proceeds benefit Chickens 4 Charity. The fall festival runs from Friday to Sunday and seems like a good idea for you south siders. Check out the details and the tap list.

Quick Taps

In other big news last week, Heineken invested in a 50 percent stake of Lagunitas Brewing. The good news is that the press release promises that Lagunitas will continue to operate independently. If this is a move designed to give Lagunitas more global reach, then I’m all for it.

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A great write up last week at DraftMag.com about the brewing innovations of New Zealand’s Garage Project.

Barley Pop of the Week

I made a trip to Cleveland this week (more on that next week) and discovered a fine IPA that was new to me until my jaunt to Ohio. Columbus Brewing Company’s IPA is a delicious pale ale that mixes a nice piney bitterness with a hint of citrus that keeps it in check. If you’re ever in northern Ohio where they sell this stuff, I highly recommend that you buy some.

Events Brewing

Monday, Sept. 14: Fight or Flight takes place this week at Goodkind (2457 S. Wentworth Ave.) and features German-inspired brews from Metropolitan and German-inspired food from Goodkind. The pairings last all week.

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) is hosting a 3 Sheeps tap takeover. The tap list includes a cask of the delicious Happy Summer IPA and a barrel-aged beer to be named later.

Thursday, Sept. 17: Lakefront celebrates the release of the delicious barrel-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale at The Garage (1709 N. Arlington Pl.) from 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17: Dogfish Head comes to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m. and the brewery is bringing some good stuff. At this point, Ray’s expects appearances by 120 Minute IPA and the potent Higher Math 20th Anniversary Strong Ale, which comes in at a whopping 20 percent ABV.

Thursday, Sept. 17: The big beers are coming out at Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) at 5 p.m. Mike is pouring the 2014 Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee Stout and Bourbon County Barleywine, and he’s pairing them all with charcuterie. Get there when the doors open, and if you haven’t had any of these before, I highly recommend trying the Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

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Thursday, Sept. 17: Firkin night at Honeypie (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) features something special from Lakefront Brewery. The cask opens at 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18: Try a pair of fall brews from Goose Island at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18: Coronado rep Kris Graham is coming to The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) and he’s pouring brews from the San Diego standout from 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19: Sample a few Oktoberfests at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19: Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) celebrates Oktoberfest starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20: The monthly bottle share at The Malt Shoppe takes place at 5:30 p.m. and the theme is Colorado brews. So bring a rarity or beer not normally distributed in Wisconsin and a small snack and join the community.

Monday, Sept. 21: It’s a little early, but I’m guessing the Surly beer dinner at Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) will be a popular choice (and may already be sold out). The five-course dinner starts at 6 p.m. and wraps up with a dessert of maple and bourbon pecan banana cake paired with Surly Smoke Oak Aged Smoked Baltic Porter. That’s reason enough to show up. Make a reservation by calling 414-763-6324.

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