Brewing

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Wizard Works Brewing uses its magic to battle the retail curse of the pandemic

Published May 28, 2020

When Wizard Works announced, a full year ago, that it would occupy the Third Ward brewery and taproom being vacated by Broken Bat, the beer scene in Brew City was mashing it up. Who could've guessed that by the time the brewery was ready to open, a global pandemic would stand in the way?

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New Sprecher team hits the ReFresh Button on a classic Milwaukee brand

Published May 21, 2020

Nearly four decades ago, Sprecher Brewery was a small start-up tucked away on the Burnham Canal in Walker's Point, trying to figure out how to make its mark on the beer industry in a brewing town still ruled by Miller and Pabst. Now, Sprecher is moving into the future with new owners.

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Indeed's Guest Brewer program spotlights friends and aids "great beer rescue"

Published April 30, 2020

With craft brewers around the country being forced to dump beer, the effort to enact - in the words of Whistlepig Whiskey - a "great beer rescue" is underway both locally and beyond. Indeed is doing its part with its Guest Brewers program, spreading the word about Milwaukee brewing colleagues.

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Urban spelunking: Former Zinn / Kurth Malting silos, site of future Harbor Yards

Published April 27, 2020

Announced in September, the Mandel Group's $150 million Harbor Yards mixed-use development with a hotel, apartments, office space, public green space and more will remake the south bank of the Milwaukee River as it heads out to the lake. I went to see the former malting silos there before they come down.

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Is the shutdown sending Milwaukee beer down the drain?

Published April 24, 2020

News reports about dairy farmers being forced to dump milk and produce have been joined by stories of craft brewers in Portland, Oregon, and South Carolina facing the same horror of seeing their product and profit go right down the drain as sales tank during the coronavirus shutdown. Are brewers here dumping beer?

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Brew news you can use: 4 upcoming beer events you should drink in

Published Feb. 25, 2020

Black Husky hosts another Riverwest Brewing Syndicate collaboration brew at its Riverwest Brewery, 909 E. Locust St., from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Plus Sour Fest is back, 414 lager is almost here and John Harry's going to lay some history on you at Vennture.