You know, I know, we all know that Milwaukee is not up-and-coming: we’re here, we’re beer, get used to it. Still, as great as Milwaukee continues to get, we’ll always inevitably reside in the windy, un-athletic shadow of our big sister to the south, Chicago.

But perhaps The City of Shoulders is finally taking notice of our northern renaissance: this coming week, the venerable Goose Island Brewery, makers of such classic craft beer as 312, Sofie, and the original Bourbon County Stout, will be spending their “Migration Week” in Milwaukee. What’s the mean for you, my dedicated readers? Why, more beer and food events, of course!

Biggest takeaway: Milwaukee’s beer, bar, and chef scene is now at a level that cities like Chicago and successful companies like Goose Island Brewery are taking notice and making moves to ingrain themselves locally.

Below info directly per Sarah Borchardt of Golin Media:


Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. All photos by Joe Powell for The Squeaky Curd.

Wednesday, Sept 27 
Event: Meet the Brewer
• Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
• Location: Draft & Vessel (Shorewood)
• Description: Geek out with Brewer Di, sample some Chicago-only rare beers and enter a raffle for a chance to purchase some gems.
• Beer Featured: Regal Rye, Vanilla Rye and Grand Prestige
• Cost: FREE

Event: Flash Flock
• Time: 9 PM
• Location: Brass Tap (Greenfield)
• Description: The Goose Island crew always visits old friends and is looking forward to meeting new ones while we’re in Milwaukee. Come join us and sip on some Chicago favorites!
• Beer Featured: Prop 2016
• Cost: FREE

Thursday, Sept 28
Event: Beer & Cheese Class
• Time: 5-6 PM
• Location: Bavette La Boucherie (Third Ward)
• Description: At Goose Island our people are as passionate about cheese as we are about our beers. Join us and the talented Bavette crew as we teach you about cheese and beer and the magic they make when paired together.
RSVP for FREE here.

Event: Beer Dinner: Chicago meets Milwaukee
• Time: 7:30-9:30 PM
• Location: Tess (Murray Hill)
• Description: We’re bringing the best of our city to Milwaukee to create a unique beer dinner for you. Join us as Chicago Chef Matt Troost joins the mastermind chefs of Tess to create a four-course beer dinner perfectly paired with our beers. Food, friends, and beers – what more could you ask for?
• Beer Featured: Madame Rose, Matilda, Sofie, The Cooper Project
• Reservations: To make reservations, please call Tess at (414) 964-8377
• Cost: $35 per ticket

Friday, September 29 
Event: Chicago Pop-up Bar
• Time: 8-11 PM
• Location: Sugar Maple (Bay View)
• Description: Come sip on some beer, get down to Motown with local DJ Marcus Doucette from Radio Milwaukee and watch a live art show by OJ Hays (if you know Chance the Rapper, you’re familiar with OJ’s work). We’re even serving up some Chicago-style late night food on us, so come say hi.
• Cost: FREE

Saturday, September 30
Event: Volunteer Event with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful 
• Time: Volunteer Event – 9:30-1 PM; Post-Party at the Rumpus Room – 1:30-3 PM
• Location: Lynden Hill
• Description: We’re partnering with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful to give back to your community. So come get your hands dirty and help restore a prairie grass field. We’ll celebrate after with beer and food on us at The Rumpus Room!
Register for FREE here.

Saturday, September 30
Event: Flash Flock II
• Time: 9 PM
• Location: Romans’ Pub (Fernwood)
• Description: It’s our last night in Milwaukee, so we’ll be hanging out with the wonderful people at Roman’s. Come give us a hug goodbye and try not to tear up on our last night together.
• Beer Featured: BCBS Coffee
• Cost: FREE

Sunday, October 1
Event: Brunch with Sofie 
• Time: 11:30-2:30 PM
• Location: Victory Garden Initiative Urban Farm
• Description: We’re always down to support local organizations, so we’re bringing a few friends with us to throw a Charity Bunch at Victory Garden. Kick back as Chicago’s famous Bang Bang Pie Shop prepares an amazing on-site brunch as we pour you our Belgian-style Saison, Sofie. We’ll have some tasty Sofie-mosas as well, because, what’s brunch without mosas? 100% of the proceeds go back to Victory Garden, and you get to decide how much you’d like to donate!
Tickets here.
• Cost: Donation-based


We’ll see you at Brunch with Sofie, ready to get beer-mosa’d.

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