How you commemorate National Beer Day is completely up to you. But you can’t go wrong with a few of these suggestions.
If you haven’t experienced all of the newer breweries in town, make it a point to get to three or four. It can be done without over imbibing. Stop at a local craft brewery, ask what their flagship beer is, and try it. Or order a flight. After sampling, head on to the next spot or stick around if you’re enjoying yourself. There really are no rules.
Get an Education at Brew City MKE
Brew City MKE (275 W. Wisconsin Ave.) offers an extremely succinct self-guided tour of Milwaukee’s beer past. But there’s still a fair amount of cool breweriana to check out. And, after the tour you can belly up to the bar and order a beer from a menu that includes a nice representation of locals. I’ve yet to see a better use of a former TGI Friday’s.
Get an Education at Romans’
Stop by Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) early enough to get a barstool. Ask owner Mike Romans what he thinks about beer (or virtually anything else), sit back and enjoy.
Pour One Out for the Beer Barons
Pour one out metaphorically, because I’m pretty sure the grounds crew at the immaculate Forest Home Cemetery (2405 W. Forest Home Ave.) wouldn’t appreciate the real deal. The cemetery is the final resting place of members of Milwaukee’s big beer families like Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and Gettelman. Pay your respects.
Host a Bottle Share
If you have a beer cellar then you know that they tend to grow out of control (my beer collection started in a small refrigerator and now occupies that and an entire closet). The best way to declutter is to invite a few beer loving friends over, ask them to bring a bottle, and spend a couple hours sharing. Everybody wins.
Find a Quiet and Cozy Barstool
We’re fortunate enough to have an abundance of great beer bars. You can’t go wrong choosing any of them, but if you want to have a more intimate experience with your favorite brews — please don’t get weird — there are a few standouts. Draft & Vessel’s (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) low-key vibe, the corner bar coziness of Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) and the welcoming darkness of Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) are a few of my favorites.