OK, so “Eastern takeover” is probably a bit of an overstatement, but if you’ve been paying attention, the Oregon-based brewery has been steadily opening new markets throughout the East and Midwest this year. There was Ohio and Kentucky. There was Pennsylvania. There is Wisconsin this month and soon to be Michigan.
And Deschutes doesn’t just send beers into a bars and stores around town — they make it known that they have entered a new locale. Take a look at what they have planned for Wisconsin this month:
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
What: Bike Pub Crawl! With Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery is in town to celebrate its launch in Wisconsin and invites locals and visitors to join in the bike crawl fun. The evening starts at Machinery Row Bicycles and ends up at Dexter’s Pub. Each stop has special Deschutes Brewery beers and Hophead Beer Tours ride leaders will provide us all with safe passage.
Where (and in this order):
- Machinery Row Bicycles, 601 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703
- Gates & Brovi, 3502 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711
- Tipsy Cow, 102 King St., Madison WI 53703
- Dexter’s Pub, 301 North St., Madison, WI 53704
Wednesday, July 16, 7-10 p.m.
What: Hats Off to Homebrewers! With Deschutes Brewery and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Attention homebrewers and beer geeks … come share your love for craft with the staff from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. and Deschutes Brewery during this special event. Chat with brewers and sip on six samples (three from each brewery) out of your commemorative snifter along with a full pour at the end. Gather clone recipe cards and whole hop Cascades to use in your next homebrew (supplies are limited). But that’s not all.
Enjoy those beer samples paired with three gourmet Great Dane small plates and mix in a “Stump the Brewer” Q&A session, and you’ve got an amazing event. Tickets are just $20 and include a commemorative snifter, six beer samples, one full pour, three small plates and a raffle for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to a local homebrew supply store. And Fred Swanson, founder of the Great Taste of the Midwest, will be present to talk shop and lead the Brewer Q&A.
Where: Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. Hilldale, 357 Price Place, Madison, WI 53705
Tickets: $20 per person,www.
Tuesday, July 15, 7-10 p.m.
What: Hats Off to Homebrewers with Deschutes Brewery and Northern Brewer
Similar to the above event, but enjoy those beer samples paired with gourmet tacos from Belair Cantina and mix in a “Stump the Brewer” Q&A session with former Wisconsin resident and Deschutes Brewery Assistant Brewmaster, Ryan Schmiege and Kyle Ciske, brewer-in-residence at Northern Brewer, who also brews for Silver Creek in Cedarburg, Wis. Tickets are just $20 and include a commemorative snifter, four beer samples, one full pour, four gourmet tacos, hop demos and raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply.
Where: Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply,1306 S 108th St., West Allis, WI 53214
Tickets: $20 per person,www.
Wednesday, July 16, 6 p.m.
What: Flight Night!
Calling all foodies! Decadent delights are in store. Four of Deschutes Brewery’s beers have been paired with four small plates from the amazing chefs at Goodkind. The gang from the Oregon brewery is in town to celebrate their Wisconsin launch and talk all things beer and food.
Where: Goodkind, 2457 S Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.
What: Deschutes Brewery Beer Dinner
The sixth largest craft brewery in the U.S. is celebrating with a courtyard beer dinner. Enjoy a sampling of Deschutes Brewery beers along with a perfectly paired, four course, farm-to-table menu featuring the products of Fox Valley Farms. From Mirror Pond Pale Ale to Chainbreaker White IPA, enjoy these tasty brews and more from Bend, Oregon. And you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get a taste of the very rare and absolutely delicious 26th anniversary imperial Porter, Black Butte XXVI!
Where: The Wisconsin Room Courtyard at The American Club Resort, 419 Highland Dr., Kohler, WI 53044
Tickets: $45 per person, call 855-444-2838 or visit http://www.americanclubresort.
Friday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
What: 26 x 26 Birthday Bash with Deschutes Brewery
The Oregon brewery is also celebrating its 26th year of making damn tasty beer, so come on down and let’s help them celebrate. Tasty treats from a local food truck food will be paired with six of the brewery’s beers, including their limited anniversary Imperial porter, Black Butte XXVI. Original works of art inspired by “beer” and “Wisconsin” from local artists will be on display for a silent auction to benefit the Fernwood Montessori School. Round out the evening with a DJ spinning tunes and a raffle for some great swag, and you’ve got the perfect way to spend your Friday evening.
Where: The Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
What: River Cleanup Work Party with Deschutes Brewery
Always big supporters of river health both in their Oregon headquarters and beyond, Deschutes has teamed up with Milwaukee Riverkeeper to sponsor a “river cleanup work party.” Get ready to get down and dirty cleaning up trash and helping out our river. All this hard work will be rewarded with an after party celebration by the river, with beers and food from the Rumpus Room courtesy of Deschutes Brewery.
Where: Meaux Park, 1904 W Villard Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Signup: Limited to first 50 signups. www.milwaukeeriverkeeper.org
Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m.
What: Beerlesque: Tastings And Tassels! With Deschutes Brewery
What’s better than an evening full of craft beer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery? An evening full of craft beer, coupled with nationally renowned MC Naughty Pierre, famous featured performers Foxy Tann and the Wham Bams (all the way from Minneapolis) and local star, Sarah Jacobson. They will feature a Deschutes Brewery beer in each of their burlesque and variety stage acts. This is sure to be a night of excitement, laughter and unforgettable fun. No admission fee.
Where: The Hotel Foster, 2028 E North Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202