Bottle releases, holiday brews and more beer happenings in Milwaukee this week – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Set your taste buds for the early beginnings of beer. So early that they didn’t use hops. So early the recipes are based on archaeological evidence vs. anything written down.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosts the first Iron Brewer/Brew Garden Challenge Friday.

Brewers were called on to brew a prehistoric or early historic fermented beverage from any time period or geographic area using archaeologically and historically accurate plants and no hops. Six brewers accepted the challenge.

The public is invited to sample the beers and vote for their favorites from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room G90 of UWM’s Sabin Hall, 3413 N. Downer Ave. I’ll be a judge along with Eric Gutbrod, a certified cicerone from Draft & Vessel, and Andy Jones, co-founder and head brewer at Good City Brewing. The winner gets an opportunity to brew a commercial version of the beer with Enlightened Brewing. See the event page on Facebook. 

There’s more:

Saturday: Burnhearts, 2599 S. Logan Ave., lets you dig into the beer cellar followed by a tasting and presentation of sour, stout and strong ales during a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association-Wisconsin. The tasting runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and costs $100. Pre-order a seat at 

Saturday: Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., releases Nexus of the Universe, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon and brandy barrels for nine months. Nexus of the Universe will be sold in 750-milliliter bottles and on tap at the brewery. They cost $20 a bottle. Also, look for two Nexus of the Universe variants — Vanilla Bourbon Nexus and Chocolate Cherry Brandy Nexus — released in 500-milliliter bottles. Sales begin at 11 a.m. See the event

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