This is it.
It was a good, maybe great, Madison Craft Beer Week, and today it rides off into the sunset for a fifth time. We can bid it adieu until next year with a decidedly chill slate of events.
The headliner is the Mother’s Day release of Bouquet Pink IPA. Made by Vintage Brewing as a collaboration with Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, Bouquet features rose hips and hibiscus, chamomile and jasmine flowers. For each pint sold, $1 will be donated to local breast cancer charities.
It'll be poured at Tex Tubb's, 2009 Atwood Ave., and all Vintage locations, including the Woodshed Ale House in Sauk City, as well as several Food Fight restaurants, including Avenue Bar, 1128 E. Washington Ave., and Craftsman Table and Tap, 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton.
A few other highlights:
Beer breakfast: "It's 5:00 somewhere!" according to the old trope. When this event gets going, that somewhere is Delhi, India. Don't let that stop you. For the last four years Stalzy’s Deli has paired a three-course breakfast inspired by traditional German, Austrian and Polish cuisine with Tyranena beers. A rep from the Lake Mills brewery will be on hand to discuss their wares. 2701 Atwood Ave., 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Kill the kegs: With so many events over the 10 days of Beer Week, there's bound to be a lot of orphan kegs. That (often quite special) beer leftover from tap takeovers and other events will trickle out over the next few days at many venues. One Barrel Brewing is making an official Beer Week event out of it, offering $2 pours of guest beers until the partial kegs kick. #value 2001 Atwood Ave., opens at noon.
There are only a handful of other events going on; check out today's full schedule here.
'Til next year, Beer Week...