National Beer Day was just a week and a half ago, but that was just a small thimble of hoppy fun, as Milwaukee Beer Week is currently on tap with foamy festivities pouring across several restaurants and bars throughout the city now through April 21.
The week-long celebration features local and national tastings, tappings, pairings, collaborations and better-than-usual excuses to drink some good beer with great people around the city.
To keep up with Milwaukee Beer Week's full keg of activities, follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter, its official website or through its official app, which includes real-time event updates, check-ins and confirmations, as well as the full list mapped out by date, location or brewery and other helpful features to make the most out of your Milwaukee Beer Week. But to help get your hops on, here is a quick sip of some of the standout sudsy celebrations coming to Brew City the rest of the week!
Tuesday, April 17
MKE Brewing 4th Base Tailgate: 4th Base Restaurant, 3-7 p.m.
The Brewers will play the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night, but the best tailgate in town won't be at Miller Park but at 4th Base, where $20 will snag you a tailgate dinner, a free MKE Brewing Co. beer, a MKE Brewing Co. t-shirt and a pint glass to take home after hopefully a Brewers win.
Third Space Dinner at Wy'east: Wy'east, 4-10 p.m.
Why just drink beer when you can eat what went into it too! Third Space and Wy'east Pizza have teamed up for a special never-before-seen menu, featuring specialty dishes that use spent grain and wort from the brewery.
Mounties Versus Demons: The Brass Tap, 4-11:55 p.m.
It's a beer battle as Founders Brewing Company faces off against Surly Brewing. The guaranteed winner: anybody drinking at The Brass Tap that night.
Vintage Anniversary Party: Vintage, 4:20-8:05 p.m.
It's Vintage's anniversary down on the East Side – and what better way to celebrate one's anniversary than with the tapping of an exceptionally rare beer: Waldos' Special Ale, the rarest one Lagunitas has to offer.
Meraki Meets Good City
Throughout the entire week, enjoy Meraki's menu paired with Good City brews – not just for the taste, but for the savings, as you get an appetizer for $1 with the purchase of a Good City beer.
Wednesday, April 18
Artisan Ale Battle: The Brass Tap, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Artisan ales go head to frothy, foamy head as The Bruery and Perennial battle it out with brews like White Chocolate and Prodigal on tap.
Bell's Beer and Wing Pairing: Steny's, 4-10 p.m.
Wings and beer: a match made in heaven. Or at Steny's on Wednesday night, as the popular sports bar will serve up its famous TB wings alongside Bell's beers – available as a flight or an individual pairing.
Specialty Tasting at Ray's: Ray's Wine and Spirits, 4-6 p.m.
Check out new seasonals, barrel-aged offerings and classic favorites from Third Space – plus prize giveaways – at this tasting.
2018 KBS Tapping: Badlanders Pub & Grill, 6-10 p.m.
Founders KBS is a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that only comes out once a year. So yes, you should check out this special tapping out in Wind Lake.
Thursday, April 19
New Belgium Night at Fink's: Fink's, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Get some New Belgium beer to go with your pinball Thursday night at Fink's, as the brewery will bring some rare beers, along with its core favorites, to the bar.
Brewery Showdown: Milwaukee Burger Company
Thursday through Saturday during Milwaukee Beer Week, the best of Wisconsin brews will face off against breweries from across the country – with your lucky, lucky palate as the main battleground. Enjoy a flight and see how Wisconsin fares!
MKE Barrel Aged Beer Showcase: Draft & Vessel, 6-11 p.m.
Taste what the Milwaukee craft brewing scene's been cooking up at this barrel aged beer bonanza, featuring limited-time offerings from Third Space, Good City, Black Husky, Lakefront, MobCraft, Sprecher, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Raised Grain, Explorium and Fermentorium.
Whole Foods Trivia New Belgium: Whole Foods Wauwatosa, 6-8:30 p.m.
Tasty beers and trivia? No, it's not the local bar; it's the grocery store! Whole Foods in Wauwatosa will play host to free trivia, complete with $3 beers – including some limited, brand new options – and prizes for the winning teams.
2nd Annual Karaoke Throwdown: Fixture Pizza Pub, 7-11 p.m.
What better time to get into a karaoke battle than after a week of drinking beer across the entirety of Brew City? OK, maybe there's a better time – especially those who have to listen – but live a little with this karaoke contest, featuring food and drink specials as well as plenty of local brews.
Steny's Home Brew Hero: Steny's, 7-9 p.m.
Want to kick off your own brewing legacy? Steny's might be able to help, with a chance to win a home brewing kit and other cool swag from Sierra Nevada. And if you don't win, you can at least sample some of their Experimental Hop DIPA.
Friday, April 20
Third Space Invades TomKen's
Get ready for a sudsy, saucy time as starting Friday and running through the whole weekend, TomKen's will create special one-of-a-kind sauces and dishes to pair with Third Space brews.
420 The Hemperor Release Party: The Brass Tap, 4:20-10 p.m.
It is another particularly herbaceous holiday next Friday, so celebrate it at The Brass Tap with $4.20 New Belgium beers for the first hour, a new IPA called The Hemperor HPA and a chance to win tickets to the new comedy, "Super Troopers 2."
Pre Anniversary Party: Rumpus Room, 6-8 p.m.
Celebrate 3 Sheeps's anniversary (well, almost) by buying a 3 Sheeps flight at Rumpus Room and entering for a chance to purchase three bottles of its special anniversary brews: bourbon barrel aged Uber Joe and Paid Time Off.
Stack'd with Third Space: Stack'd Burger Bar, 6-9 p.m.
Even if you've scoured the Stack'd menu five times over, you'd still never taste anything like its special never-before-made burger, made just for Milwaukee Beer Week and made just to pair with Third Space beer.
The Good Old Days: Stubby's Gastrogrub and Beer Bar, 6-11 p.m.
Blast to the past during Milwaukee Beer Week with this nostalgia (and beer) soaked event, joining Good City's Andy Jones and Perennial's Phil Wymore to discuss their days with Goose Island and where they went after.
Saturday, April 21
The Wreckoning 4: The Vanguard, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Get ready for The Wreckoning, featuring Surly brews like barrel-aged Darkness and Four Horsemen along with food specials.
Brews and Blues Festival: The Ridge Hotel, 1-5 p.m.
Head up to Lake Geneva for this special festival featuring more than 100 craft brews and spirits from regional breweries and distilleries. But plan ahead and get your tickets now, because sales will be cut off at 500.
MKE Brewing Wrap Up Sampling: Avenue Wine and Liquor, 4-6 p.m.
Wrap up Milwaukee Beer Week with a sampling of MKE Brewing Co. beers both standbys – MKE IPA, Weekend at Louie's – and brewed especially for Beer Week.
MKE Beer Trivia Beer Dinner: Mikey's, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
For only $35 a person, enjoy four courses, five Milwaukee Brewing Company beers and plentiful questions to test your brain. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
Record Store Day Celebration: Sugar Maple, 7-10 p.m.
Please all your senses on the final day of Milwaukee Beer Week by scoring some sweet sounds at a local record store and then showing your receipt at Sugar Maple for a dollar off a DFH tap – plus a chance to win a record player to play your awesome new auditory finds on.
Special Releases at Lowlands
Throughout Milwaukee Beer Week, Lowlands Brewing Collaborative and Hacienda Beer Company from Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin, will release its Seasonal Saison Series for spring 2018 at Lowlands Group restaurants – Cafe Benelux, Cafe Centraal and all four Hollander locations – with special tappings and swag.
Beer & Sliders at Crafty Cow
Beer and burgers is a tough combination to beat – and Craft Cow in Bay View will feature Beer Week special sliders paired with Third Space brews to help cure your cravings.
Camp'ing with Third Space
Enjoy Third Space Brewing beers at any Camp Bar location during Milwaukee Beer Week and earn a chance to win awesome prizes. And even if you don't win, you at least still get to drink a tasty brew.
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