WI - Beer events in and around Milwaukee
By Kathy Flanigan
Hello, Fort Atkinson. There's more beer for you.
Bent Kettle Brewing, 10 S. Water St. West, in Fort Atkinson, has 10 tap lines open with five original brews like its double IPA Insolence, an experimental beer or two and guest brews. What's unusual about the set up is that Bent Kettle produces its beer at House of Brews in Madison and not onsite.
Co-owner James Jorgenson said he and co-owner and brewmaster Mark Cook were looking for a building for a brewery when they found the 131-year-old storefront most recently used for a bar. They've developed a food menu for the location. The location came with a billiards room and poker room.
Bent Kettle is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Here are some beer events going on closer to home:
Wednesday: Beer author and expert Randy Mosher comes to Ray's Growler Gallery, 8930 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, for 5 Rabbit Brewing. Mosher, who also is the creator of several beer labels, will be part of the 5 Rabbit tap takeover from 5 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: The Stilt House, W62-N630 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, pairs food with Deschutes beers starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35, according to the Facebook page.
Friday: The Brass Tap, 7808 W. Layton Ave., celebrates its second anniversary with rare beers and more. The lineup includes: Dogfish Head World Wide Stout; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Coffee 2016; Founders KBS 2016; Bell's Whiskey Barrel Aged Expedition Stout; Sierra Nevada BBA Narwhal; 3 Floyds Zombie Dust; Founders Lizard of Koz; Epic Big Bad Baptista; Summit Dark Infusion; and more. The party begins at 11 a.m., according to the event page on Facebook.
Saturday:Sprecher Brewery will release its barrel-aged Czar Brew and Commando from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the brewery, 701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Czar Brew & Commando will be available for purchase on draft and in 4 packs. The first 24 people will get a signed 4-year-old bottle of either Czar Brew or Commando and everyone that attends will get a 12-ounce, 1-year-old bottle of Russian Imperial Stout while supplies last. A Sprecher beer and tapas pairings available for purchase and the Wicked Urban Grill Food Truck will be on hand.
Saturday: The Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival pairs two of Wisconsin's favorite things from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission and $85 for premium, which gets patrons in early.
Jan. 25: Brewers Unleashed Milwaukee returns to the Miller Inn, 3931 W. State St., with a chance to hear from and drink beers with Jason Pratt, former Miller Coors Taster of the Year and a Master Cicerone. Pratt oversees a team of trade brewers, those who offer beer education, including Megan Mares. Drink Phoenix, a chocolate lager aged in red wine barrels over cherries, a British golden ale and a cherry milk stout. The event is free and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Use Eventbrite.com to make reservations.
Jan. 25: The Brown Bottle, 221 W. Galena St., will have many of the barrel-aged Central Waters beers on tap from 5 to 9 p.m. Sliders will be paired with beers. Members of Element 13 will perform live, according to the event page on Facebook.
Jan. 25: The Explorium Brewpub, 5300 S. 76th St., Greendale, opens. The first four beers from the brewpub are Doc Rae Scotch Ale; Livingstone Porter; Capt. Kidd IPA; and Sutter's Secret Golden Ale.
Jan. 25: Ray's Growler Gallery, 8930 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, hosts a Central Waters Pre-Anniversary Party (in honor of the brewery's anniversary party in Amherst on Jan. 26) from 5 to 8 p.m., according to the event page on Facebook.
Jan. 26: Glorioso's Market, 1011 E. Brady St., hosts its first Beer, Cheese and Sausage event with Potosi,Black Husky,Lakefront,Milwaukee Brewing Co.,Sprecher and Island Orchard Cider along with creameries Clock Shadow, Deer Creek, Red Barn, Sartori and BelGioioso from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available at gloriosos.com.
Jan. 26: The Malt Shoppe, 813 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, presents Sour Power Happy Hour. John Chrustic will be in the store talking about the style and pouring samples from 5 to 7 p.m., according to the event on Facebook.
Jan. 31: New Brewers Beer Dinner features Raised Grain,Black Husky,Good City,Third Space and Enlightened beers with five courses of food at ABV Social, 11200 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is $50 and tickets are available online.
Jan. 31: Champps, 1240 S. Mooreland Road in Brookfield, welcomes Half Acre Brewing into the fold with a tap takeover. Look for Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Gone Away IPA, Chocolate Camaro Milk Stout, Pony Pilsner, Big Hugs Russian Imperial Stout, Navaja Imperial IPA, Deep Space Imperial IPA, and the rare barrel-aged Benthic, an Imperial Stout with Coffee and Coconut.
Feb. 2: ABV Social, 11200 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, hosts a Half Acre Launch Party with Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Gone Away IPA, Pony Pilsner, Chocolate Camaro Milk Stout, Deep Space Double IPA, Big Hugs and Barrel-aged Big Hugs from 4 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 11: The Micro Craft beer Pavilion at Wisconsin State Fair Park hosts Keg Killer Winter Beer Festival, an outdoor beer fest that will include familiar names but also smaller self-distributed breweries. The festival begins at 1 p.m. for VIPs and 1:30 p.m. for general admission. Ticket prices are $65 and $45.
Feb. 15: Champps, 1240 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield, hosts a 3 Floyds tap takeover with Permanent Funeral, Crack the Sky and Zombie Dust and more, according to the Champps Facebook page.
Feb. 18: The Milwaukee Public Museum hosts Food & Froth for the 19th time. Party in the museum. Sip on the Streets of Old Milwaukee. Ticket prices range from $135 to $75.
Feb. 19: The Milwaukee Ale House, 233 N. Water St., is the site of the 20th annual Midwinter Brewfest from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45. The festival benefits the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer fund. See the event page on Facebook.
Feb. 28: Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., pulls out the stops for Fat Tuesday with six beers paired with five courses from Shully's Cusine and Events from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 and are available at Eventbrite.com.
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