Deschutes Announces Series of Launch Events in Wisconsin

Bend, Oregon — Craft beer fans in Wisconsin can now enjoy Deschutes Brewery beers in their home state, so the Oregon brewery’s gang is headed over to help celebrate. Everyone’s invited to come to any and all of the following events to sample a few delicious Deschutes Brewery beers and chat with the team.

From beer dinners to simple meet & greets, fans can pick and choose what events they’d like to attend in Milwaukee, Madison, and Kohler. The beers showcased at the events include Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale and Chainbreaker White IPA. At select locations, the brand-new Foray Belgian Style IPA and limited anniversary beer Black Butte XXVI will be flowing.

The brewery is hosting a series of “Meet, Greet, Sample” events in the area as part of its launch party. It’s the perfect opportunity to try some combination of the beers above while making small talk with personalities from Deschutes Brewery.


  • Tues., July 15, 4-6pm Steve’s Wine Beer Spirits, 3618 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705
  • Wed., July 16, 4-6pm Riley’s Wines Of The World, 402 West Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703

Milwaukee Area

  • Wed., July 16, 4-6pm Otto’s Wine & Spirits, 15380 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, WI 53209
  • Thurs., July17, 4-6pm Discount Liquors, 919 Barstow St., Waukesha, WI 53186
  • Thurs., July17, 4-6pm Woodlake Market, 795 Woodlake Rd., Kohler, WI 53044
  • Friday, July 18, 4-7pm Discount Liquors, 5031 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219
  • Friday, July 18, 4-6pm Otto’s Wine & Spirits, 3476 N Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211
  • Friday, July 18, 4-6pm Ray’s Wine & Spirits. 8930 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226


Tuesday, July 15, 6:30pm

What: Bike Pub Crawl! With Deschutes Brewery

Riding bicycles from pub to pub is one of our favorite things (isn’t it everyone’s?). Deschutes Brewery is in town to celebrate its launch in Wisconsin and invites locals and visitors to join in the bike crawl fun. We’ll start out the evening at Machinery Row Bicycles, and make our way through the area to end 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, 7-10pm

What: Hats Off to Homebrewers! With Deschutes Brewery and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

Attention homebrewers and beer geeksÔǪcome 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 allÔǪ

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 (second oldest brewfest in the countryÔǪonly GABF is older), 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,


Tuesday, July 15, 7-10pm

What: Hats Off to Homebrewers with Deschutes Brewery and Northern Brewer
Attention homebrewers and beer geeksÔǪcome share your love for craft with the staff from Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply and Deschutes Brewery — in town from Oregon celebrating their Wisconsin launch. Chat with brewers and sip on four samples out of your commemorative snifter along with a fifth 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 allÔǪ

Enjoy those beer samples paired with gourmet tacos from Belair Cantina and mix in a “Stump the Brewer” Q&A session with former WI resident & Deschutes Brewery Assistant Brewmaster, Ryan Schmiege and Kyle Ciske, brewer-in-residence at Northern Brewer, who also brews for Silver Creek in Cedarburg, WI. 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,

Wednesday, July 16, 6pm

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, 6:30pm

What: Deschutes Brewery Beer Dinner
Welcome Deschutes Brewery to the state of Wisconsin! The sixth largest craft brewery in the U.S. is here, and we are 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

Friday, July 18, 6:30pm

What: 26 x 26 Birthday Bash with Deschutes Brewery

Deschutes Brewery just brought its beer to its 26th stateÔǪyou guessed itÔǪWisconsin. 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 am — 1 pm

What: River Cleanup Work Party with Deschutes Brewery

Deschutes Brewery is here from Oregon celebrating their Wisconsin launch! Always big supporters of river health both in their Oregon headquarters and beyond, they’ve 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.

Saturday, July 19, 8 pm

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 beerÔǪcoupled 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

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