July 5, 2017 Kathy Flanigan  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Third Space Brewing to host Wisconsin IPA Fest; plus, steampunk on tap

There’s the hoppy West Coast IPA and there’s the juicy East Coast IPA. Wisconsin, get ready to discover your state India Pale Ale.

Third Space Brewing and the Milwaukee Craft Brewery League and The Crafter Space host the first Wisconsin IPA Fest. Breweries and brewpubs from across the state were invited to submit their best IPA for public sampling and judging by their brewer peers from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 5.

The event is part of the first Milwaukee Craft Brewery Week, which opens July 29 and runs through Aug. 6.

“We wanted to do this because we want to showcase all the great IPAs being brewed in the state of Wisconsin,” said Kevin Wright, brewmaster and co-founder of Third Space Brewing.

“We wanted a fun excuse to bring all these beers and the brewers together in one place for a cool, hopefully annual event,” Wright said.

Admission is free, and sampling tickets will be available for purchase on site. See the event page on Facebook.

July 8: The Milwaukee Steampunk Society hosts Steampunk Biergarten Eins from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humboldt Park Beer Garden, 3000 S. Howell Ave. It’s the same day as Bay View Art in the Park, according to the event page on Facebook.

July 12:St. Francis Brewery and Restaurant, 3826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., introduces its version of a SMASH (Single Malt and Single Hop) ale at 7:30 p.m. The beer, from St. Francis’ new brewer, Matthew Hofmann, is made with Pilsen malt and Amarillo hops, which helps it blur the taste lines between a lager and an India Pale Ale.

July 12: Tess, 2499 N. Bartlett Ave., hosts a fifth annual Beer Dinner with Central Waters with special guest Hook’s Cheese. The beer and the cheese will be paired with a different Central Waters beer. Central Waters co-owner Anello Mollica will share the newest batch of Cassian Sunset for the occasion. Tickets are $65 per person. Call (414) 964-8377.

July 15: The permit has been granted for the Tater Tots and Beer Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sheridan Park. As of late last week only VIP tickets were left. They cost $75. See the event page on Facebook.

July 13: Champps, 1240 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield, opens the taps on Avery Brewing’s Botanicals & Barrels program. Champps will tap barrel-aged Raspberry Sour, Apricot Sour, Ginger Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout, Tangerine Quad, Coconut Porter, Tequilacerbus and The Nuttiest Professor starting at 5 p.m. See the event page on Facebook.

July 15: Enlightened Brewing, 2018 S. 1st St., celebrates its first anniversary with its first bottle release. From the Roots is a dark ale brewed with maple sap instead of water, and 250 bottles will be available for sale. The party begins at 3 p.m. See the event page on Facebook.

July 20: National TV Viewing and Retro Dance Party from 7 to 11 p.m. at Brenner Brewing Co., 706 S. 5th St. Here’s the upshot: The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, Brenner Brewing Co. and Fun Beer Tours Milwaukee will be featured in an episode of the Lifetime network series “Married at First Sight.” This season was filmed in Chicago but included a stop in Milwaukee. All three businesses invite the public to watch and celebrate. See the event page on Facebook.

July 22: Deschutes Brewing sets up a 200-foot-long portable pub serving from more than 60 taps at Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave., the Milwaukee County Historical Society, 910 N. Old World 3rd St., and on Kilbourn Ave., to pour beers and host bands and local chefs. Event time is 2 to 10 p.m.

July 22: Firkin Fest sets in Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., so that beer lovers can sample brews from 50 cask-conditioned ales in firkins and an assortment of ciders. Highlights include more than 150 beers, historic Milwaukee brewing displays, beer memorabilia and live music. Tickets are $49 for general admission. General admission ticket holders enter at 4 p.m. The festival ends at 7:30 p.m. See milwaukeefirkin.com.

July 29: Milwaukee Brewfest, 1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, is a chance to sample more than 100 beers as you look over Lake Michigan. Look for local and out-of-state breweries with samples and booths with information on beers that are part of Milwaukee’s history — from Old Tankard Ale to Schlitz. General-admission tickets are $60 at the door. General admission begins at 3 p.m. and last call is 6:30 p.m.