Music Monday: Steering Ships with Empty Bottles
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

Music Monday: Steering Ships with Empty Bottles

One of WDBC’s own, Cris Bissell and his pals Steering Ships with Empty Bottles treat the taproom to a glorious evening of tunes, tones, & suds.

Spontaneous. Surprising. Weird. Energetic. Boozy. These are just some of the words that have been used to describe Milwaukee dark-roots band Steering Ships With Empty Bottles. With an eclectic mix of traditional roots sounds, fast-paced punk and rock riffs, and soulful lyrics it's no wonder they've set themselves apart in an expansive musical landscape. With songs to get your feet stomping and your heart weeping, there truly is something for everyone in their craft. This has offered them the fortunate opportunity to spread their sound both all across the United States and abroad.


With five full-length albums, multiple split EPs, and tracks on a slew of samplers across the globe, you can always be sure that there's something new on the way.

The tides may change, but the ship will always sail.

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Bandwagon Beer & Bike Ride 2019
Aug
24
11:00 AM11:00

Bandwagon Beer & Bike Ride 2019

Do we know what's hot right now? What curls the handlebar mustache? What haze wheezes the most juice? What tropical fruit to kettle-sour or what breakfast cereal to mash?

We sure do.

And you will, too, when you join us on the 2nd Annual Bandwagon Beer & Bike Ride with Hop Haus & Working Draft!


Starting at Working Draft's taproom on the Near East side of Madison & ending at Hop Haus' taproom in Verona, riders will enjoy a great day of cycling, drink the hippest beers around, & come away with some sweet limited-edition swag.

The Bandwagon beers this year are two versions of Hard Seltzer. The claws are out. The fizz is spiked. Glug glug glug.

Swag includes:
👍 Hop Haus / slash / Working Draft socks!!!
👍 BOGO Passport from The Passport Program (first 40 riders) !!!
👍 HH + WDBC Waterbottle (while supplies last)!!!
👍 One day trail pass!!!

We're partnered with Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens again this year, who will receive proceeds from the event.

The ride leaves Working Draft at 1pm and heads to Hop Haus. Arrive early to check in and get your swag (&a beer or two!).

If you plan to come from Verona / West Side, there will be a contingent of riders meeting up and leaving Hop Haus at 11am, getting to Working Draft around noon. Then the entire group will ride together to Hop Haus.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Om Brewers Yoga in McPike Park
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Om Brewers Yoga in McPike Park

Everyone’s favorite way to start a Saturday…yoga at a park. Or is it yoga with a beer? Or is it just beer? Whatever your motivation, we don’t judge. Join us at McPike Park, right across the street from Working Draft Beer Company, where we don't take things too seriously! You work hard enough, time to have s(Om)e fun.

Pre-register at https://www.ombrewers.com/sign-up/working-draft-brewery-yoga-beer-mcpike-park-august
Taught by Om Babe Caroline Madsen with our Ombassador Nora Schreier!

This class is perfect for beginners & experts. Your newbie coworker, boyfriend, girlfriend, or anyone that just likes to have fun. Join our c(Om)munity of #Madison Thirsty Yogis - maybe even meet someone new! The beer can be your social lubricant.

Some $3 rental mats will be available for rent.
Sign up online to save your spot: https://www.ombrewers.com/sign-up/working-draft-brewery-yoga-beer-mcpike-park-august

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Great Taste Pre-Party: Triple Threat x Triple Kveik
Aug
9
3:00 PM15:00

Great Taste Pre-Party: Triple Threat x Triple Kveik

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🚨PARKING UPDATE🚨 AFTER 4.30PM overflow parking at 179 South Ingersoll St. (off East Washington & Ingersoll St.)
We can't wait to kickoff one of the best beer weekends in the country on Friday, 8/9 with our friends from Third Space Brewing & Omega Yeast, when 3 special IPAs, feat. 3 Kveik farmhouse strains, will be tapped in the WDBC taproom! 🕺🤸
Each IPA showsoff the unique flavor & aromatic profiles of the Voss, Hot Head, & Hornidal Kveik strains, & TS & WDBC's Brewmasters, Kevin & Clint, turned their hop prowess on matching each with huge doses of complimentary dry-hops. 🍍🍓🍊🥝
It'll be a big party in the taproom Friday night, with a WDBC kitchen special to boot, & then TS and WDBC will be slotted right next to each other at Great Taste of the Midwest the next day, tapping these collabs at 2.30PM.🕝 🎊 🔥
More details about these beauties 👇
🍺SMÖRGÅSBORD VOSS -- Mandarina Bavaria & Lotus dry-hop
🍺SMÖRGÅSBORD HOT HEAD -- Sabro & Denali dry-hop
🍺SMÖRGÅSBORD HORNIDAL -- Lotus & Nelson Sauvin dry-hop

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Music Monday: Joshua Cohen
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Music Monday: Joshua Cohen

Great tunes to go along with house-made beers and scratch-made food!

Josh Cohen is a multi-award winning six-string electric bassist, composer, session musician, and music educator based out of Madison, Wisconsin. He travels frequently throughout the United States to perform and teach clinics/workshops including; Bass Boot Camp 2016 and 2019, Gruv Gear’s Clinic Series at Steve’s Music Toronto, Bass Break Live 2017, and more. He has garnered a lot of attention for his solo electric bass compositions and arrangements, and his arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” was ranked as the number one bass video of 2015 by No Treble magazine.

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MagPro: Business of Booze
Jul
27
12:30 PM12:30

MagPro: Business of Booze

Magnet Member – $12.00
Non-member – $16.00

Locations: State Line Distillery, Working Draft Brewery, Giant Jones Brewery, Old Sugar Distillery

Madison is known for local brews and spirits, but starting a new boozy business takes more than a love of liquor and some home brew equipment. Join Madison Magnet as we meet the entrepreneurs behind four of our community's favorite booze businesses.

Making our way along the Capitol East Corridor, we'll hear from local brewers and distillers about how and why they got started, challenges they faced along the way, and sample some of their tasty products.

Starting at State Line Distillery, attendees will continue their tour walking to Working Draft Brewery, Giant Jones Brewery, and Old Sugar Distillery. Come meet these entrepreneurs, taste what makes them great, and get to know some of Madison's favorite boozy businesses.

Ticket cost covers samples at each stop as well as some light snacks.

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WDBC TRIVIA NIGHT: '90s Night
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

WDBC TRIVIA NIGHT: '90s Night

'90s Decade themed Trivia Night!
Bust out your Starter Jacket, put down the SqueezIt, turn off that episode of Daria, pop in the Ace of Base CD, & clear your calendar because winners get to choose a prize from the MYSTERY BOX or WDBC Gift Cards. ❓🤔🤞
Oh, & Nachos Trivia Night food special also returns! 🤤

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Kristin Shafel Art Opening at WDBC
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Kristin Shafel Art Opening at WDBC

Join us for the opening night of local artist Kristin Shafel's drawings at Working Draft Beer Company, on display through October 2019.

Madison-based, self-taught artist Kristin Shafel recently returned to drawing after many years as a musician. Her photorealistic graphite pencil drawings focus closely on a meaningful physical gesture or a particularly significant facial expression. Through the intimacy and delicacy of black-and-white portraiture she strives for connection between viewer, subject, and herself.

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REAP Social Hour
Jun
27
4:00 PM16:00

REAP Social Hour

** AT Heritage Tavern - 131 E Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin**

We've been working with the amazing team at Heritage Tavern since we first opened the Working Draft doors, and that partnership continues when we join forces for the REAP Social Hour on Thursday, 6/27 🤝

Featuring Heritage, Raleigh's Hillside Farm, LLCLandmark Creamery, and REAP Food Group, this Social Hour offers a menu of special small plates crafted by Chef Jon Rosnow alongside WDBC kegs of Hindsight Pilsner, Oat IPA, and the soon-to-be-released Mango Milkshake IPA 🤤

This FREE event takes place at Heritage from 4-7pm, and you can easily register right here 👉 bit.ly/ReapSocialHour

Let's Get to Work, Madison!


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Make Music Madison w/ Hollow Bill
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Make Music Madison w/ Hollow Bill

Live music is all over the WDBC event calendar this month, and in addition to Ryan Burns at Working Draft Music Monday and Music Monday w/ Russell Pedersen, we're also hosting a magnificent Make Music Madison show featuring Madison's own Hollow Bill!!

A foot-stomping, beer-drinking good time, Hollow Bill stretches through eras and genres, mixing elements of classic rock, country, folk and blues to create a sound that blends their biggest influences with a modern folk-rock twist. Through a mix of originals and covers, Hollow Bill uses songs to highlight life's simplicity & complexity, good & bad times, love, loss and everything in between.

We absolutely loved hosting our Make Music Madison show last year, and Hollow Bill is sure to bring an amazing energy on a night of city-wide musical celebrations! And in addition to the live tunes, we'll have 16 craft beers and sodas on tap + fantastic food from the WDBC kitchen.

Cheers to all the great musicians who've come through the WDBC taproom, and stay tuned for more and more live music throughout the year!

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Outdoor Yoga + Beer at Working Draft
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Yoga + Beer at Working Draft

We’re back at Working Draft Beer Company! And this time, we’ll be outside in the park! https://www.ombrewers.com/sign-up/working-draft-beer-outdoor-yoga-june-fathers-day-madison-wisconsin

Saturday, June 15
10:00AM - 11:00AM
McPike Park, right next door to Working Draft

$20 = Yoga + Beer
OR…Get two tickets for $35 using code WORKINGDAD at checkout.

This class conveniently falls on Father’s Day weekend, so grab the special dude in your life that is freaked out about trying yoga. This is the class to do it! Let’s help our men feel less intimidated about this yoga stuff. Touching toes not required to earn your beer. And yes, even w(Om)en are afraid of farting in class…

Some $3 mats available for rent on site. Questions? Email Info@OmBrewers.com

https://www.ombrewers.com/sign-up/working-draft-beer-outdoor-yoga-june-fathers-day-madison-wisconsin

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Ryan Burns at Working Draft Music Monday
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Ryan Burns at Working Draft Music Monday

Join Ryan Burns for his first time in Madison at Music Monday at Working Draft Beer Company as he tours to support his upcoming EP release!

Raised throughout the midwest and living in Chicago, Ryan Burns plays music colored with the simple values of his surroundings. After spending his childhood singing and playing songs, it wasn't until he was an adult that he realized his calling to make music.

Now Ryan plays genre-bending Americana songs on his banjo and guitar, winning over audiences with his combination of thoughtful songwriting and cathartic vocals. He’s played many regional festivals and shows over the past year solo and with the band Distant Brothers, including sharing the stage with The Last Bison, The Crane Wives, and Parker Gispert.

After honing his stage presence with dozens of shows since the Fall of 2018, Ryan is releasing his debut EP, The Institute, in May 2019.

As always, there’s NEVER a cover for our Music Monday shows!!

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Happy Hour at Working Draft - Featuring: Make A Wish WI
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour at Working Draft - Featuring: Make A Wish WI

Feel free to bike to our June happy hour at Working Draft Beer Company, an awesome newer addition to the Willy Street Neighborhood with a community feel and a passion for hops.

Aside from the beer and atmosphere, we love that WDBC sponsors an Artist-in-Residence program, so that local artists can find dedicated space to their craft in the taproom, whether that's a gallery space, a venue for acoustic music, or a backdrop for a poetry reading. They also host a ton of trivia nights and fun collaborations with other local breweries!

During this Happy Hour, we'll be featuring Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since their founding in 1984, more than 6,700 children and their families throughout the state have experienced the life-changing power of a wish. This year, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin granted more wishes than ever before - 402 wishes. Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses.

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Lake Loop Shake-Up - Beer & Bike Ride 2019
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Lake Loop Shake-Up - Beer & Bike Ride 2019

We're all itching for the summer weather where we can bike brewery to brewery, aren't we? Let's get together for an afternoon of fun at the Karben4 Brewing & Working Draft Beer Company taprooms!

But...there's a catch: we're releasing each other's beers. Whaaat? That's right - we're shaking things up and each brewery will create a special beer to be released on the day of the ride. Karben4 will release Working Draft's beer, and Working Draft will tap Karben4's beer!

Sign up:
- $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-loop-shake-up-beer-bike-ride-2019-tickets-61055722309
- $25 day-of the event in the Karben4 Brewing taproom
starting at 11am

Want more? How about:
- Proceeds will be donated to the Clean Lakes Alliance!
- FREE event hat at the start of the race!
- $1 off pints at both locations ALL DAY when you show the bartender your wrist bands!

Start time: 1pm at Karben4 Brewing and will loop around the lake ending at Working Drafts taproom.

Brewery Tour: Working Draft 3pm, with an emphasis on water consumption at the brewery.

Let's get on those bikes and RIDE!!

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Working Draft Trivia Night
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Working Draft Trivia Night

If you love trivia nights, craft beer, and delicious scratch-made food, you may very well want to join us as we present our very own Working Draft Trivia Night - taking place every Wednesday and kicking off on 1/16/19!

Hosted by the world famous, Mat "The Wiz" Adams, our WDBC Trivia night will start at 7pm and offers a bounty of prizes and intellectual excitement. Teams of 4 are encouraged, but we can easily make anything work within trivia reason.

And in an effort to keep your brains fueled and agile, we're also introducing a brand new *NACHO* plate to the WDBC kitchen menu - created exclusive for our Trivia Night Wednesdays!

Many thanks to Mat for working so hard to bring this brain-busting event to the WDBC taproom, and we'll look forward to spending 2019 alongside our trivia-loving brethren!

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Working Draft Trivia Night
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Working Draft Trivia Night

If you love trivia nights, craft beer, and delicious scratch-made food, you may very well want to join us as we present our very own Working Draft Trivia Night - taking place every Wednesday and kicking off on 1/16/19!

Hosted by the world famous, Mat "The Wiz" Adams, our WDBC Trivia night will start at 7pm and offers a bounty of prizes and intellectual excitement. Teams of 4 are encouraged, but we can easily make anything work within trivia reason.

And in an effort to keep your brains fueled and agile, we're also introducing a brand new *NACHO* plate to the WDBC kitchen menu - created exclusive for our Trivia Night Wednesdays!

Many thanks to Mat for working so hard to bring this brain-busting event to the WDBC taproom, and we'll look forward to spending 2019 alongside our trivia-loving brethren!

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Music Monday w/ The Late Bloomers
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Music Monday w/ The Late Bloomers

We've had a blast hosting local and traveling musicians for our Music Monday shows in the WDBC taproom, and that excitement continues as The Late Bloomers take the WDBC stage from 7-9pm on Monday, May 20th!

Between communicative guitars, pocketed rhythms, and methodically-formulated lyricism, The Late Bloomers spin a hard web to escape - and while the quartet hails from a variety of different backgrounds, their sound is close to home...wherever home may be.

As always, we'll have 16 taplines full of craft beer and soda + delicious in-house food available throughout the entire performance, and we can't wait to have you through for another Monday Funday at 1129 East Wilson!

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Working Draft Trivia Night
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Working Draft Trivia Night

If you love trivia nights, craft beer, and delicious scratch-made food, you may very well want to join us as we present our very own Working Draft Trivia Night - taking place every Wednesday and kicking off on 1/16/19!

Hosted by the world famous, Mat "The Wiz" Adams, our WDBC Trivia night will start at 7pm and offers a bounty of prizes and intellectual excitement. Teams of 4 are encouraged, but we can easily make anything work within trivia reason.

And in an effort to keep your brains fueled and agile, we're also introducing a brand new *NACHO* plate to the WDBC kitchen menu - created exclusive for our Trivia Night Wednesdays!

Many thanks to Mat for working so hard to bring this brain-busting event to the WDBC taproom, and we'll look forward to spending 2019 alongside our trivia-loving brethren!

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Working Draft Trivia Night
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Working Draft Trivia Night

If you love trivia nights, craft beer, and delicious scratch-made food, you may very well want to join us as we present our very own Working Draft Trivia Night - taking place every Wednesday and kicking off on 1/16/19!

Hosted by the world famous, Mat "The Wiz" Adams, our WDBC Trivia night will start at 7pm and offers a bounty of prizes and intellectual excitement. Teams of 4 are encouraged, but we can easily make anything work within trivia reason.

And in an effort to keep your brains fueled and agile, we're also introducing a brand new *NACHO* plate to the WDBC kitchen menu - created exclusive for our Trivia Night Wednesdays!

Many thanks to Mat for working so hard to bring this brain-busting event to the WDBC taproom, and we'll look forward to spending 2019 alongside our trivia-loving brethren!

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Benjamin Scully at Working Draft Beer Company
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Benjamin Scully at Working Draft Beer Company

Come see Benjamin Scully at Working Draft Beer Company for the first Music Monday in May!

Benjamin Scully is an indie rock artist originally from Appleton, WI, and Scully’s debut “Silhouettes – EP” produced by Mike Mains of Mike Mains & the Branches was released in November 2018.

The EP offers a variety of sounds with rock and acoustic folk while incorporating the sounds of influences such as Colony House, The Lumineers, Tom Petty, and Jack Johnson - and you can easily stream / purchase Silhouettes on all major music platforms.

Alongside Scully's live show from 7-9pm, we'll also have 16 taps full of craft beer and soda + delicious, scratch-made food from the WDBC kitchen - what more do you need?

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Above Ground Pool Party 2019!
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Above Ground Pool Party 2019!

Fans of lagers, backyard cookouts, and above ground pools REJOICE - the return of Madison Craft Beer Week also brings about the return of our annual Above Ground Pool Party...this time featuring 10+ lagers, a brand new collaboration beer, and delicious grilled food from the WDBC kitchen!

The party itself stems from the return of our incredibly-sessionable 3.5% 'Above Ground Pool' Premium American Light Lager - and while we might not have an actual pool on premises, we're sure as heck gonna party with this killer lager lineup:
- 'Above Ground Pool' Premium American Light Lager
- 'Hindsight' Pilsner
- 'Ain't Bad' Vienna Lager
- WDBC Maibock
- WDBC Imperial Red Lager
- Collaborative DDH India Pale Lager brewed with 1840 Brewing Company (!!)
- New Glarus Brewing Co. 'Totally Naked' Wisconsin Lager
- Lakefront Brewery 'Riverwest Stein' Amber Lager
- Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen 'Danger Close' Rye Lager
- Capital Brewery and Bier Garten Blonde Doppelbock
- Wisconsin Brewing Company guest lager

And for those of you looking for something non-lagered, we'll have:
- Our next limited batch of DDH 'Pulp Culture' Hazy IPA
- The malty-yummy goodness that is 'Seeing Single' Belgian Abbey Ale
- The absolutely scrummy Pale Weizenbock from Giant Jones Brewing Company
- And as always, we'll have one of Alt Brew's local gluten-free beers at the ready

As for the cookout-inspired menu, our fantastic WDBC kitchen will be showcasing some delicious pool party specials, including local brats and hot dogs + house-made potato salad and coleslaw *plus* a meal combo for those of you looking to take in the pool party for all it's worth!

Want more? We'll also have a massive 5' x 12' art installation entitled 'Above Ground Pool' in the house thanks to our good friend and local artist, Eric Thomas - so even if we can't get a real pool, we'll have a huge painting inspired by one!

BEST YET: we're bringing back our *commemorative Above Ground Pool Party glassware* - and you can grab a Pool Party glass filled with 'Above Ground Pool' for just $10 - with $1 off all your full pours of lagers throughout the duration of the event!!!!....!!!!!!!!

This party will once again serve as both our farewell to MCBW and our welcoming party for the warm weather we've all been waiting for...and we'll look forward to seeing you at the pool (party)!

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WDBC + Funk Factory Collab Release
May
3
11:00 AM11:00

WDBC + Funk Factory Collab Release

We've been talking this one over for months now, and after bouncing all kinds of ideas around we're incredibly excited to finally release our first collaboration beer with the fantastic folks at Funk Factory Geuzeria - and just in time for Madison Craft Beer Week 2019!

What on earth did we create, you ask? How about a *Fruited Sour ‘Pulp Culture’ Hazy IPA*, inoculated with FFG's beautiful sour cultures, hopped with Amarillo, Denali, Enigma, and Mosaic, and infused with gallons of fresh peach puree...all lined up and set to hit the WDBC tapwall at 11am on Friday, 5/3!

This wild collab is exploding with notes of ripe peach, fresh cantaloupe, and extra dank hops - with flavors of oats and wheat bringing a soft balance to the hoppy-tartness...and needless to say we're SUPER pumped to add this collaborative gem to the WDBC tapwall!

Cheers to Mandrew, K-Bone, Frisky, and Levi for all the help bringing this collab to life, and we can't wait to have you through for a Madison Craft Beer Week Friday to remember!

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Beer-Inspired Trivia Night at WDBC
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Beer-Inspired Trivia Night at WDBC

With our WDBC Trivia Nights running every Wednesday through the end of May, we're incredibly excited to celebrate Madison Craft Beer Week 2019 with a 100% beer-focused night of trivia and good times!

That's right - if you think you know your way around a trivia night AND you think you know a thing or two about beer, this is the perfect night for you! While the WDBC trivia format will remain the exact same, we'll have all kinds of brewing and brewery-related questions to send your way!

And in addition to the beer-inspired trivia, we'll also have a *beer-inspired* NACHO plate - and if you've ordered our nachos before, you know it's a beast of shareable deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more trivia, nacho, and beer updates as Wednesday, 5/1 draws closer, and we'll hope to see you for a bevy of brewery brain-busters!

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