This spring the U.S. has experienced some catastrophic natural disasters, including F5 tornadoes and outsized forest fires. Local and national news have offered glimpses into these disasters, how families and communities have been affected — from trauma to pulling together. We’ve also heard on the ground reports from friends in Oklahoma who told us that even after one month, you cannot believe the devastation. Back in June we started planning a fundraiser for the Oakies and the Rockies (people affected by the Black Forest Fire in Colorado); then the Yarnell Fire that killed 19 Firedfighters occurred. So now, Draughts for Disasters will benefit folks in Oklahoma, Colorado and the families of the deceased Arizona firefighters whose lives have been epically altered.

This being Milwaukee, we are not doing the fundraiser alone. We have many local partners for this event, partners who didn’t hesitate when we asked including: Great Lakes Distillery, Bartolotta’s, Ferrante’s, Larry’s Brown Deer Market, SPiN, Beans and Barley, Rocket Baby Bakery, Il Mito, Sugar Maple, Donald Driver, Renaissance Theaterworks, Iron Horse Hotel, Cousins Subs, Sobelman’s, the Milwaukee Wave, the River Club of Mequon and several more who have donated food and auction or raffle items. But the event will not be just beverages, food and cool auction items. Yes – there’s more, there’s entertainment! Two WAMI award winners will perform, Ethan Keller and Katie Lafond.

We’ve got all the ingredients to make this one of the most memorable fundraisers ever, and we hope you’ll join us.

Thursday, July 11th   6-9ish pm

Sprecher Brewery, 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI.

$20 – admission, two beers, live music, food, unlimited soda, raffles and silent auction.

Special Great Lakes Distillery-Sprecher cocktails will be available for purchase, as will wine, rail drinks, water and additional beer.

All money raised will be divided equally between the following non-profits: Operation USA (Oklahoma), Pikes Peak Community Foundation: Black Forest Fire Fund (Colorado), and the 100 Club of Arizona.

*Special thanks to Donald Driver who donated autographed copies of his Quickie children’s books, and James Jones who donated an autographed jersey. #GoPack!

James Jones Signed Jersey

James Jones Signed Jersey

There are so many fun and flavorful events happening during Milwaukee Beer Week — April 28 – May 8 — we thought we’d help you out by listing the Sprecher beer events, beginning with tastings and a Sprecher Beer Dinner at the Karl Ratzchs, Milwaukee’s landmark German-American restaurant. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

April 28th, 7pm ’til close $1 off all taps of Sprecher.  http://www.spingalactic.com/milwaukee/

April 29th, 6pm  Taste of Great Brewers, Harley-Davidson Museum, $40/person.  Get your tickets at: http://milwaukeebeerweek.com/tickets.php.

May 3rd,  4 -5pm   Groppi’s

May 3rd,  5:15 – 6:15pm   Blackbird

May 3rd,  6:30 -7:30pm  Frank’s Power Plant

May 3rd,  8:00 – 9:00pm  Tonic Tavern

May 4th — 5 Course Sprecher Beer Dinner, Karl Ratzschs,   $45/person (RSVP Karl Ratzch’s: (414) 276-2720) Click here for menu: http://www.karlratzsch.com/Promo.htm

May 4th,  8:00 – 9:00pm  Three Lions Pub

May 4th, 9:30 – 10:30pm  Karma

May 5th, 8:00 – 9:00pm    Hooligan’s

May 5th, 9:30 – 10:30pm   Rosie’s

May 6th, 6:00 – 7:00pm   Steny’s

May 6th, 7:15 – 8:15pm    Fat Daddy’s

To learn more about Milwaukee Beer Week, visit: http://milwaukeebeerweek.com/.