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Drink beer, get smart. (PHOTO: North Point Lighthouse)

Celebrate Oktoberfest at North Point Lighthouse with John Gurda, history & beer

We call it Brew City for a reason. Next Thursday, find out why. Join Milwaukee's foremost historian and author, John Gurda, for a fun and informative talk on the beverage that made our town famous: beer.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the North Point Lighthouse on Sept. 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for Milwaukee on Tap, as Gurda presents a lively look back at the brewing history, beer barons and growth of the industry that for decades defined the city. Naturally, beer will be served, and the first one's courtesy of the Lighthouse.

Lakefront Brewery's seasonal fall beer will be tapped fresh from a traditional German Stichfass keg; don't forget to wear your special Oktoberfest shoes. In addition, you get a free pint glass with every ticket purchased, and you could win a drawing for a one-year Lighthouse membership and a signed Gurda book. There will also be hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and a cash bar available.

Tickets for the event are $35 ($25 for members), and proceeds benefit the North Point Lighthouse Museum. For more information, click here; to buy your tickets, click here.

Gurda, a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972, is the author of 21 books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries and places of worship.

His most ambitious and perhaps best-known efforts are "The Making of Milwaukee," the first full-length history of the community published since 1948, and "Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods," a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for an "Urban Spelunking" feature on the lighthouse during next week's special Lake Week series of articles.


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