Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Local Events and Classes

Call 414-935-4099 or visit our new Events Page to sign up for a class and get 15% off a Northern Brewer Starter Kit*

Meet Our Team!

Our employees are a bunch of characters! All are expert brewers with other talents as well. They can give you tips on brewing, advice on things you just “have to have” and more. Ask them to show you the latest and greatest of what we have in store!

In-Store Event & Class Schedule

Intro to Brewing

Saturday, 4/14/2018 (1a1m-12pm) Sign up for 4/14

Jump-start your homebrew adventure! Learn how to brew with our experienced brewmasters in a fun, hands-on setting. We’ll demonstrate how to brew a batch of beer with malt extract, so you can experience the process from start to finish. Learn practical tips and techniques for a successful brew day and get the expert low-down on siphoning and bottling your beer. You’ll also get a free Northern Brewer pint glass and 15% off any in-store purchase, to help with your very first brew day!

Course Overview:

Malt extract brewing
Hop additions
15% off in-store purchase
FREE Northern Brewer Pint Glass

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Growing Hops

Saturday, 4/14/2018 (2pm-3pm) Sign up for 4/14

Flex your green thumb and get back to the roots of brewing. Whether you’re an old hand or new to growing, Josh Havillis is here to school you on the ins and outs of the entire growing season. As a graduate-level Research Assistant in Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota, he will guide you through selecting hop strains to harvesting and everything else in between. Discover how to grow your very own hops and craft a beer that is truly your own.

Course Includes: Overview of the entire hop growing season

Preparation: Selecting the right hop variety
Location: How to choose and plan for proper space, sunshine and soil
Growth and Care
Drying and Storing
Brewing with home-grown hops

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Going All-Grain

Saturday, 3/24/2018 (12pm-1pm) Sign up for 03/24
Saturday, 4/21/2018 (11am-12pm) Sign up for 4/21

Making the move to All-Grain Brewing is a rite of passage to be celebrated! But a little trepidation is only natural. Our expert All Grain gurus will show you how to ditch the dread and learn how to mash, lauter and sparge with complete confidence. Build on your extract brewing skills, or learn from the ground up with practical tips and hands-on demos from the pros. Best of all, there will be plenty of homebrews, brewed by our brewmasters, available for you to taste. You’ll also get 15% off any in-store purchase, to help with you level up to All-Grain Brewing!

Course Includes: Overview of the entire hop growing season

Mashing & sparging
Grain selection

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event


Saturday, 4/7/2018 (11am-12pm) Sign up for 4/7

Love cheese? Who doesn’t? Now get ready to sample the most delicious, fresh cheese you’ve ever tasted…Hand-crafted by you! Our expert cheesecrafters will share everything you need to know about the process, ingredients and tools required to whip up your very own artisan-quality cheese in under an hour. Learn key techniques for mastering the art of cheesemaking with live demonstrations from the pros. Plus, get 15% off any cheesemaking kit. Let the crafting (and sampling) begin! And of course, there will different wine and beer pairings to wash it all down.

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Intro to WineMaking

Saturday, 4/28/2018 (12pm-1pm) Sign up for 4/28

You don’t need a fancy pedigree to make great wine! With our help, anyone can become a Master Vintner and learn how to create exceptional wine from start to finish. Master the art of winemaking first-hand as our winemaking experts guide you through the steps, from blending juice, yeast and fruit, to bottling the finished product. Plus, take 15% off everything you need to craft your own wine at home when you join us in this FUN, hands-on class.

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Intro to Making Mead

Saturday, 4/28/2018 (2pm-3pm) Sign up for 4/28

Ready to heed the call of the honeycomb? You’ll find that mead making is surprisingly easy in this hands-on course. We’ll dive head-first into all the equipment, ingredients and knowledge you need to create your very first batch of mead. Plus, you’ll learn how to personalize the nectar of gods to create a beverage that’s perfectly sweet. Join our mead magicians and discover what all the buzz is about.

Course Includes:

Essential cleaning and sanitizing techniques
Profile of flavors from different honey varieties
Fundamentals of fermentation
Overview of different types of mead: Braggot, Melomel, and Pyment
Backsweetening techniques
15% off any in-store purchase

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

In-Store Keezer Build

Saturday, 03/31/2018 (10:00pm-5:00pm) Sign up for 03/31

Want to start up your own taproom, but don’t know where to start? Here’s your chance! We’re putting together a new keezer for the Northern Brewer Milwaukee Retail Store and we want you to be a part of it! Stop in and learn how easy it is to build a keezer and start serving your brew-static creations on tap. You’ll learn by doing as we demonstrate how to turn a chest freezer into a keezer. Our experienced keezer builders will be available to walk you through the process and answer all your questions. And, as always, there will be beer samples on hand!

Free Admission!


Saturday, 3/31/2018 (2pm-3pm) Sign up for 3/31
Saturday, 4/21/2018 (2pm-3pm) Sign up for 4/21

Tired of bottling beer? Ditch the bottles and switch to kegging! In this intro-’evel class, we’ll take the guesswork out of kegging and show you how to properly set up your draft systems, carbonate your beer, and share your brew-tastic creations. You’ll never have to wait 2-4 weeks to enjoy your homebrew again. Best of all, get 15% off the purchase of any keg system, and kiss bottling goodbye!

Course Includes:

Checklist of requirements to set up a kegging system at home
Tips and tricks to prevent gas leaks and troubleshoot problems
Guide to individual components and how they work


Saturday, 4/7/2018 (2pm-3pm) Sign up for 4/7

Unlock the ancient secrets of Kombucha at home! Whether you’re planning to harness the health benefits often attributed to Kombucha, or simply a fan of the tea itself, we’ll show you the best way to tackle your first batch with our new EverBru Kombucha starter kit!

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Next Step: Making Yeast Starters

Wednesday, 4/11/2018 (5pm-6pm) Sign up for 4/11

One of the easiest and most dramatic ways to improve the quality of your homebrewed beer is through a yeast starter. A yeast starter is essentially a tiny batch of beer through which yeast cells are propagated, or reproduced, to increase the number of cells pitched into 5 gallons of fresh wort. The secret to a yeast starter is in aerobic metabolism or keeping oxygen in the starter so that the yeast ferments very little, mostly just increases in cell count. So, if your ready to improve the quality of your homebrew, than join us in this hand-on class and learn how to build your own yeast starter.

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Next Step: Sours

Wednesday, 4/18/2018 (5pm-6pm) Sign up for 4/18

Learn the ins and outs of mixed culture fermentation at home in this fun, hands-on class. Our very own sour expert will walk you through the entire process. Whether you’re using traditional methods or modern kettle sour techniques, we’ll share crucial tips for managing the process and ensure your brew is a success. Join us in this informative class and learn everything you need to know on getting started with sour beers.

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Water Chemistry

Wednesday, 4/25/2018 (5pm-6pm) Sign up for 4/25

A little bit of this. A little bit of that…This class will compare continental ingredients common to regional beer styles and give you the tools you need to brew to a specific style or create your own altogether. We’ll talk malt, yeast, hops and the calculations necessary to make a beer that’s truly yours.

$10 Registration Fee – Can be applied to purchases the day of event

Class dates and times are subject to change. Classes may be canceled if a minimum number of registrations are not met. Participants will receive 15% Off their entire purchase on the day of the class. Some restrictions apply.

Visit Homebrewing 101 for a complete online guide to beer making.

We will be producing videos of some of the events, classes, demos and lectures taking place at the MPLS location. Please look for updates about these videos on Connect, Facebook, and our YouTube channel. Cheers!

Payment Methods:

Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Sorry, no CODs. Company purchase orders must be prepaid.


To register for classes, please visit our Events Page or call 651-223-6114.

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1306 S 108th St
Milwaukee, WI 53214

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Call Us: 414-935-4099


Mon-Fri: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Hours:

Closed on: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.