Welcome to the Sugar Maple

American Craft Beer Bar

Mon-Fri 3pm-close | Sat & Sun 12pm-close

Located in the heart of downtown Bay View | 441 E. Lincoln Avenue

Happy Hour | Mon-Thurs 3p-7p | $1 off all Beer and Cocktails


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Underground Science Society

Dirty Milwaukee - Our City's Industrial Past & Present

Monday, February 11th | 7pm-9pm

Come one and all!!! Return and gather with your fellow science nerds in the cozy back room of the Sugar Maple to hear hydrogeologist and wetland biologist Tom Kroeger speak on the sources and locations of the environmental impacts to soil and groundwater that we are still addressing today in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area. Tom will also briefly cover the evolution of the remedial approaches following the Clean Water Act and its amendments.

Tell your family, friends and fellow nerds!!! Hope to see you there (if the polar vortex doesn't get you first, so be sure to stay warm!!)

Mexicans, Italians, and Contrabands

Tuesday, February 12th | 3pm-8pm

1840 Mexican Drinking Chocolate Stout
1840 Italian Drinking Chocolate Stout

And an 1840-Mikerphone Collaboration:
Contraband Contraband Contraband

The Sugar Maple Comedy Show

Wednesday, February 13th | 8pm-11pm

The show is $8
Starts at 8:30PM

Our Line-up for this one Includes:
J Tyler Menz
Kristin Lytie
Ricky Madeja
Ben Hofman
Darrell Cochran &
AJ Grill

All Lakefront draft beers are $1 off all night long.

Party Knüllers w/ Jaimie Branch at Acme Records

Wednesday, February 13th | 8pm-10pm

Please note this show has been moved to ACME Records (there will be seating). BYOB!

Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello & electronics
Stoli L. Sozzleberg – drums & percussion

Described by The Wire as ” . . . mischievous gremlins at play . . . ,” Party Knüllers (Stoli L. Sozzleberg, drums, and Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello and electronics) was formed in 2013. The duo has recorded and performed around the US and Europe both on their own and with a variety of guests including synth wiz Jim Baker.

Jaimie Branch (trumpet) first played with Stoli L. Sozzleberg in 2015 and they immediately felt a connection. One reason they hit it off so quickly may have been their mutual long term friendship and collaborations with Lonberg-Holm. Branch has collaborated with Lonberg-Holm over many years on various projects, including the trio Sherpa, her rock band Free Coffee at the Banks, and his ongoing Lightbox Orchestra. In addition to the Party Knüllers, Stoli L. Sozzleberg and Lonberg-Holm have worked together on the quartet VCDC and a number of odd projects throughout the years including the trio GAP (Gorilla Ass Piano).

Jaimie Branch is a Brooklyn-based trumpeter working in the areas of improvisation and composition. In her practice, Branch is particularly interested in extending and expanding the technical limitations of the trumpet and the musical language of free jazz and improvised music. Before moving to the Red Hook part of Brooklyn in 2015, Branch was an active member in the Chicago creative music scene as a performer. presenter, and recording engineer. In May 2017, she made her debut recording as a leader entitled “Fly or Die” (IARC 011), which has been met with critical acclaim by The New York Times, The Wire, Jazz Times, The Observer and more.

Fred Lonberg-Holm is a cellist/composer currently living in upstate NY. His long history includes extended periods in Chicago where he was active in the free improvisation, experimental, noise, and pop scenes including the Vandermark 5, Wilco, and Peter Brotzmann’s Chicago Tentet as well as in NY where he played in numerous “downtown” projects including Anthony Coleman’s “Self Haters Orchestra” and God is My Co-Pilot”.

Current projects include Ballister (w/ Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen Love), Survival Unit III (w/Joe McPhee and Michael Zerang) and the Sync (w/ Eve Risser, Mike Reed and Sylvaine Helary). Stoli L. Sozzleberg is a Norwegian drummer, percussionist and improviser. His main focus is improvised music and that includes groups and projects with John Russell, Steve Beresford, Frode Gjerstad, Paal Nilssen-Love, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Butcher, Lotte Anker, Joe McPhee, Ryley Walker and many more. He has a BA in Jazz from University of Stavanger (2007) and MA in improvisation from the Norwegian Academy of Music (2011). Stoli L. Sozzleberg tours extensively and he has played at festivals and clubs like All Ears, Blow Out!, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, DOM, End of the road, Fete Quaqua, Jazzaldia San Sebastian, Mopomoso, Okka Fest, Cafe Oto, Constellation and more. When Stoli L. Sozzleberg isn’t touring he spends time teaching drums and also programming and organizing the Blow Out! series and festival as well as Kongsberg Jazzfestival.

Pipeworks and Sweet Cheeks

Thursday, February 14th | 7pm-10pm

Be your own sweetheart waffle mountain!
Just for you!
Enjoy 8 Pipeworks beers and Iron Grate's pork cheek skewers.

Sweetheart Waffle Mountain
Cherry Coffee Abduction Stout
Baklabot Ale
Super DImension NEIPA
Heavy Bough Finnish Sahti
S'more Money S'more Problems Stout

Long Mama w/ Caley Conway

Saturday, February 16th | 7pm-10pm | $10

Join us at Bay View's beautiful Sugar Maple for an intimate, back room concert featuring two of Milwaukee's veteran songwriters. We have limited available seating, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.
Buy Tickets Here

Long Mama
Much like the contents of her trunk after a decade of cross-country moves between the Midwest and Alaska, Kat Wodtke’s music scales back to what's most essential: a pure voice, a steady guitar, and a good story. Her songwriting weaves true (and not-so-true) tales of outlaws, pilots, snowshoe chases, bad elephants, and dirt roads into an experience as captivating as the landscapes she has traveled. Wodtke leads Andrew Koenig (guitar), Nick Lang (percussion), Gavin Hardy (bass), and Eva Nimmer (vocals) on this western journey of wide open spaces and tight spots, each song shimmering with honesty, heart, and grit.

Caley Conway
Caley Conway takes the stage in candy apple red, slinging a matching telecaster and a new set of rules for the singer/songwriter paradigm. Rooted in folk but hardly bound to it, her inventive style ranges from jazz to post-rock, hints at the familiar, and embraces a dissonant beauty. The Milwaukee native’s breezy voice and disarming wit belie a deep complexity that has earned her praise as “the next big thing in folk music” by No Depression Magazine. Paste Magazine praised her 2016 full-length Silk for Life as “an ambitious piece that puts Conway on the map." 2018 saw her sharing stages with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Joan Shelley and more. Equally enthralling as a solo performer or a full band with backup singers, Conway leaves rooms hushed; her audiences somewhere between chilled and chuckling. Her new EP is slated for release early this year.

Happy Landscape Event

Sunday, February 17th | 2pm-4pm

We're excited to be back at The Sugar Maple! We are excited to be back with our Happy Landscape Event! Formerly known as Bob Ross Night, due to copyright issues, the name has been changed!

Bob Ross attire is still highly encouraged! A cardboard cutout of Bob will also be there for you take take as many selfies as you want!

This painting will be taught on a 16x20" canvas using acrylic paints. The class is 2 hours in length.
Beverage are available for purchase from the Sugar Maple.

*Images used are originals of Stickman Painting Studio and were inspired by Bob Ross and the Joy of Painting. None of the paintings used are Ross originals. We also teach differently from Bob Ross and don’t teach in the traditional Ross style of wet on wet.

Also please take note of the location, Stickman Painting Studio is currently hosting offsite events, so the locations and times will vary.
There is street parking available.
Please try to arrive 15 minutes early so we can start on time.
If you have a groupon, please contact the studio to redeem.

Get Tickets Here!

Lit Fam 5: Moxified

Wednesday, February 20th | 8pm-10pm

We'll be back in the back room for you to savor more of the most literary excellence. February's edition features:
Mai'a Williams (Winona, MN)
Peter Burzynski (MKE)
A couple 3/4 more TBA

Brewery Series:

Building a Brewery with Indeed Brewing Owner, Tom Whisenand

Sunday, February 24th | 4pm-6pm

Specialty Beer Flights 5 selections for $20

Indeed Beers for Series:
Mexican Honey Light (new release!)
Flavorwave IPA
Mexican Cousin
Barrel-Aged LSD (limited tapping)
2018 Rum King

Additional Beers on Tap:
2018 Rum King with Orange and Cacao (limited tapping)
Wooden Soul: Torus

Soup & Soul 2019

Wednesday, February 27th | 5:30pm-8pm

We are pleased to support The Hunger Task Force with this year's Soup & Soul event. All proceeds from ticket and raffle purchases will benefit their mission: Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. We work to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.

For a $15 donation ($5 for kids 12 and under, tickets only available at the door), please join us for a wonderful evening raising funds for a wonderful local charity. Please note - we are only able to except cash for admissions and raffle tickets. Sugar Maple no longer has an ATM, so please plan accordingly!

10 home chefs will make one of their favorite soups or stews (vegan and gluten free options will be available) for you to sample. Sugar Maple will be offering their full bar, and many amazing local vendors have donated splendid raffle items ($5 per ticket or 5/$20, must be present to win).

Follow this event, and our facebook page as many details, will be announced very soon!

Fire! with Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin

Monday, March 25th | 8pm-10pm | $15

Mats Gustafsson (tenor, baritone saxophone, live electronics), Johan Berthling (bass), Andreas Werliin (drums)

Fire! consists of members from The Thing, Tape and Wildbirds & Peacedrums. Fire! formed in 2009 to develop a fresh approach to improvised music drawing on influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock and noise.

Fire! has played and recorded with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi.
New album The Hands was released on Rune Grammofon, January 2018. It is the trio´s sixth album and once again displays a totally uncompromising and intriguing mix of (mostly) heavy, dark and intensely burning music whether one decide on calling it jazz or rock.

Few bands in any genre generate so much raw visceral impact.(AAJ)
…makes Earth sound like Return to Forever. (Jazzwise)
…Mats Gustafsson, whose sax has never sounded more bloodied and bruised than it does here, now has a three-piece unit easily The Thing’s equal in sheer heft and force. (the Quietus)
Ducking clichés in taking a different approach, Fire! could be seen to be freeing up free jazz. (Record Collector)
The Hands is Fire!´s sixth release and it continues to fan the flames of the Scandinavian trio's explosive soundworld. (BBC Music)

Rempis / Lopez / Packard

Sunday, April 14th | 8pm-10pm | $15

Dave Rempis (Reeds)
Brandon Lopez (Bass)
Ryan Packard (Percussion)

This working trio finds journeyman Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis alongside two of the brightest talents in a younger generation of improvising musicians. Bassist Brandon Lopez is a musician whose virtuosity knows no bounds, currently one of the most in-demand bassists on the New York jazz and improvised music scene. Percussionist Ryan Packard counters that depth with his own breadth of interests, working in contemporary classical ensembles, indie rock bands, and jazz groups alike around Chicago, not to mention his doubling abilities on electronics. These two together provide a formidable rhythm section that can veer from hard-driving grooves to luscious soundscapes with total ease.

Active since the summer of 2017, the trio made its first studio recording in March of 2018, released in early 2019 on Rempis’ Aerophonic Records imprint. This debut outing is titled The Early Bird Gets, and is perhaps the “jazziest” project any of them are involved with; a result that even the band members found surprising. But after honing their sound through live gigs in 2017 and early 2018, it became apparent that their free-improvised conversation kept returning to a similar destination: a three-way exploration of rhythm and tempo that left them working solidly within the jazz tradition. Not the one fixed into predictable stylistic corners, but the one defined by a spirit of boundless curiosity and exploration. A tradition they stretched back and forth like so much taffy.

The way these three unite into a groove is truly remarkable. Not as something to be closely adhered to, but as something to turn upside down, inside out, and ass backwards, as they expose every last facet of it. At times this means slowing it down, speeding it up, or splitting those two approaches up amongst the band simultaneously. At other times it means jumping to another dimension on the turn of a dime. And while that methodology may feel counterintuitive to the end result, it’s not. This band has a classic approach that has an inherent life and energy to it that dates back to the beginnings of jazz as an art form. It truly swings.


Ken Vandermark / Nate Wooley

Tuesday, April 30th | 8pm-10pm

Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet player Nate Wooley had been operating in each other’s orbits for several years- having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, and Terrie Ex- before putting together their duo project in October 2013, when they toured the United States for the first time. With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other’s iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies and have created a book of original material that takes inspirational cues from the under-appreciated work of John Carter and Bobby Bradford (two of their compositions are part of the group’s repertoire). Vandermark and Wooley have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of this duo.

On June 22nd, 2014 they recorded an album that combined their performance at Okka Fest 6 in Milwaukee with a studio session the following day. Entitled, East By Northwest, the record was released in December of that year as a co-production between their two independent labels, Pleasure of the Text Records (Wooley) and Audiographic Records (Vandermark). In January 2014, the duo went back on the road in the United States for their second tour together, which culminated in the release of their second disc: All Directions Home. These first two albums were critically acclaimed (East By Northwest [2014] received a 5 star review in the "Free Jazz Collective"; and "The New York City Jazz Record" stated that All Directions Home [2015] "showcases the strengths that have made the duo luminaries in their respective scenes."). In addition, their performance at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, on May 16th, 2017 was heralded as one of the "Concerts of the Year" by "The New York City Jazz Record".

The duo released their third recording, an LP entitled "Deeply Discounted/Sequences of Snow" in December 2018. This latest album is an exciting new statement from the duo, featuring long-form compositions for the first time, written specifically for the LP format and developed while touring in North America during 2017. Nate Wooley's piece, "Deeply Discounted II," is inspired by John Cage's "Cheap Imitation" which, in turn, was inspired by Erik Satie's, "Socrate;" Ken Vandermark's composition, "Sequences of Snow," is dedicated to the visual artist and musician, Michael Snow, and was influenced by several of Snow's experimental films, such as "Wavelength," "Dripping Water," "La Région Centrale," "So Is This," and "See You Later." The material was recorded in Chicago by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio on June 24, 2017, and the album artwork was designed by Fede Peñalva.

Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley will be on a tour of the US in between April 23



Painter, Mother, Manager, and Maintenance. Make Beer, Not War.


'The Most Interesting Man in Milwaukee.' *Title Still Pending. Beer Event Coordinator in the interim.


“Most lovable redhead”


This is my 10th year at the Sugar Maple, still here, with beard, get used to it


When I'm not bartending, I'm exploring the world or writing about travel!...Or working my 9-5 gig and dreaming of beer!


I like walks in the woods and fires at night, add a splash of bourbon, and I'm feelin' alright.


"Give me Fernet and a steak and I will love you forever. Da Bears."


You can't hoard fun. It has no shelf life.


Keeping it nasty.


At the door keeping the peace since 2012.


You can find me on the other side, wearing scrubs, on my home from my new job!


I no longer work at the Sugar Maple as I now concentrate on everything Milwaukee and beer as the Site Manager of the Milwaukee County Historical Society's permanent installation Brew City MKE, a Milwaukee Brewing History Museum and Milwaukee Beer Bar.


I’m moving on with my studies, but am occasionally behind the bar to lend a hand when needed


I found a calling to create boozy Slushies that put smiles on Tosa’s finest imbibers. I continue to share my passion for talking about all things beer and whiskey with the family at Ray’s Growler Gallery.

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Email: sugarmaplegogo@gmail.com

Call: 414.509.6035

Address: 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-close | Sat & Sun 12pm-close