April 17, 2017 Jimmy Carlton  On Milwaukee

Third Space Brewing launches Growler-Sausage Drive-Thru this weekend

What’s more Milwaukee than beer and brats? Well, enjoying said beer and brats during a true Miller Park tailgate before the Brewers beat the stupid Cardinals, of course! And this weekend, for Milwaukee’s series against St. Louis, Third Space Brewing is helping you do just that, offering a very special and authentically Brew City experience: “The World’s First Growler-Sausage Drive-Thru.”

Third Space is partnering with SipMilwaukee and Usinger’s to launch the Growler-Sausage Drive-Thru for baseball fans heading to Miller Park to tailgate April 21-23. The seven-month-old brewery announced the drive-thru Monday in a news release, and OnMilwaukee reached out for some additional information about this one-of-kind event.

The Growler-Sausage Drive-Thru will operate for one hour prior to the Brewers’ upcoming home games against the Cardinals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (times are below). Cars will pull into the Third Space parking lot – the brewery is located just off I-94 between Downtown and the stadium, at 1505 W. St. Paul Ave. – place their orders and soon be on their way with Milwaukee-made beer and brats, the two most essential ingredients for a successful Miller Park tailgate.

Andy Gehl, the co-founder and director of sales and marketing for Third Space, said there was no specific reason to introduce the drive-thru this weekend. But, he said, “We knew we wanted to launch it early in the season, and the St. Louis rivalry is a fun one that draws a lot of fans.”

Two of Third Space’s most popular core beers will be on sale as growlers at the drive-thru – the Upward Spiral IPA and Happy Place Midwest Pale Ale (also available as a six pack), both of which are also offered at Miller Park this year. Happy Place growlers are $20 and Upward Spiral is $23, with the Third Space jugs able to be refilled at a reduced price. While only those two beers will be available at the drive-thru, all of the brewery’s craft growlers can be purchased inside at the bar. Usinger’s sausages will be sold at a discount – $4 per package or two packs for $6.

Gehl said staff members will be on site to direct cars during their pit stop, and Third Space has devised plans for the flow of traffic in the drive-thru so as not to impede other customers who are visiting the brewery.

This is the first time Third Space has partnered with Usingers, the 137-year-old historic local meat-maker, and Gehl said, “We’re excited to work with such a great Milwaukee staple.” It’s a marriage of old and new styles, traditional and contemporary tastes, as Third Space – which opened only last September and was named Best New Brewer in Wisconsin in 2016 by RateBeer – characterizes its beer as a “blend of bold West Coast flavors with Midwest drinkability.” Gehl said the drive-thru “bridges the gap between Milwaukee’s rich history and the city’s up-and-coming craft beer scene.”

Third Space has worked before with SipMilwaukee on a video marketing campaign for the brewery. Helping organize and document the launch of the drive-thru, SipMilwaukee will officially kick off its online video series and social media movement, “The Rebirth of Brew City,” in collaboration with the event. The new series tells the stories behind Milwaukee’s beverage brands – from beer to coffee to spirits – and emphasizes the current craft brewing boom.

Third Space Brewery Growler-Sausage Drive-Thru details

Friday, April 21: Drive-thru is open from 5 to 6 p.m. for 7:10 p.m. Brewers-Cardinals game

Saturday, April 22: Drive-thru is open from 4 to 5 p.m. for 6:10 p.m. Brewers-Cardinals game

Sunday, April 23: Drive-thru is open from 11 a.m. to noon for 1:10 p.m. Brewers-Cardinals game