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


Host a Holiday Party or Event at The Sugar Maple

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Schlammerschlagen - A Hammerschlagen League

Every Wednesday | Sept 26th - Nov 14th

2 person teams
45 min - 1 hour of matches per night per team
September 26th - Practice Week
October 3rd through November 7th - League Play
November 14th - Finals

We would like to welcome you all to the first season of Schlammerschlagen, a team based Hammerschlagen league. Our first week of practice is sponsored by Eagle Park - as we tap their Oktoberfest beer aptly named... M.C. Hammerschlagen!

We've (hopefully) figured out a team based league format and want to test the waters for match time and scoring before we launch into week 1 in early October. We hope you can join us! Teams that register on the 26th will be guaranteed a spot, and week 1 we'll fill in any extra teams we can accommodate based on time restrains each Wednesday to finish by 10pm. Your team will be most likely needed 1 hour each week - 7-8pm, 8-9pm, or 9-10pm (give or take) to finish your match play. Scoring will be explained the week of in the event discussion, along with safety and additional rules moving forward. Any questions or comments, please feel free to chime in on our facebook page!

Please register IN PERSON at Sugar Maple (names and emails for your two person team), as well get far too many people 'interested' that don't show up for scheduling each week - not my first goat rodeo. Greatly appreciate it!

Free Jeannie's Weenies Wednesdays at Sugar!

Every Wednesday | Oct 3rd - Oct 31st

Jeannie's Weenies Food Cart wants to make sausages for YOU - for FREE!

Join us every Wednesday in October from 7pm-10pm ending on Halloweenie, for sausages on the patio courtesy of the woman behind the food herself - Jeannie.

We're also starting up Schlammerschlagen - a Hammerschlagen league on the patio during the exact same times, so get a team of two registered the last Wednesday of September when we run a practice round!

On the Table: A Pre-Slam Discussion

Tuesday, October 9th | 6:15pm-7:15pm

Members and guests of Ex Fabula attending our Oct. 9 Story Slam have a bonus opportunity to join a community conversation pre-event as part of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table initiative.

On Oct. 9, thousands of people throughout the region will participate in On the Table by gathering in small groups to engage in meaningful conversation about our community. Ex Fabula invites you to join our table to discuss Raising our voices – leveraging our stories for greater community impact.

To participate, please reserve your space! This venue is 21+.

StorySlam: Misunderstood (non-competitive slam)

Tuesday, October 9th | 7:30pm-9:45pm

Ex Fabula StorySlams strengthen community bonds by creating spaces where people can connect over true, personal stories. No props, no notes – just the elements of “Story. Stage. You”. This StorySlam will feature stories related to the theme of “Misunderstood”.

You can come just to listen – or, if you have a story related to the night’s theme and can share it in 5 minutes or less, throw your name in the hat for a chance to take the stage. Another way to share stories is via UltraShorts, which are brief, true personal stories written on slips of paper and then read onstage by the emcee. This is a non-competitive StorySlam, so we won’t be voting on an Audience favorite.

Ticket Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Thank you to our event sponsor Lulu Cafe & Bar! Please note that for Ex Fabula’s monthly StorySlams, doors open at 6:30 and seating is General Admission. Stories may contain adult content and some venues are 21+.

Ballast Point Luau Party

Thursday, October 11th | 3pm

Not ready to let go of Summer just yet?

Stop down for a Tiki filled night with Ballast Point!

-Rare Ballast Point Beers on tap
-Island Music
-Hawaiian Finger foods
-Hula Hoops and more

1. Dead Ringer
2. Spruce Tip Sculpin
3. Tart cherry Sour Wench
4. Tart peach Kölsch
5. Peanut Butter Victory at Sea
6. Heaven Hill BA Sea Monster
7. Willet Rye Sea Monster
8. Rum and Rye Sea Monster
9. RW BA Sour Wench
10. Brandy BA Quad
11. Willet BA Piper Down

The Sugar Maple Comedy Show

Thursday, October 11th | 8:15pm-11:15pm | $8

We're back from our summer break with more stand up comedy at The Sugar Maple!

The show is $8
Starts at 8:30PM

The October 11th Line-up:
AJ Grill
Ryan Mason
Chris Schmidt
Raegan Niemela
Mike Berg
& Jeff Spankowski

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

Yoga at Sugar Maple

Sunday, October 14th | 11am-1pm

Join us at Sugar Maple in Bay View for some yoga and unique craft beer in this super dope space! Jessica and Jess will be leading an hour long no shame all fun class. Afterwards spend some time connecting with other Yogis over some specially picked brews just for the event!

25% of the proceeds are going to Bay View Community Center

Get your tickets on the Facebook event page

Kuzu with Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon

Sunday, October 14th | 8pm-10pm

Kuzu is:
Dave Rempis - reeds
Tashi Dorji - guitar
Tyler Damon - drums

Kuzu, a new trio featuring Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis (Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ballister, The Engines) alongside the incredible duo of Tashi Dorji - guitar, and Tyler Damon - percussion, will be taking off for a fourteen concert North American tour this October. This first tour by the band coincides with their debut release HILJAISUUS now available from Astral Spirits Records.

Kuzu is a hard-charging but patient trio that came together in the fall of 2017, after saxophonist Dave Rempis, a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music scene, worked with both Tashi Dorji (guitar) and Tyler Damon (drums) individually as part of a lengthy solo tour of the U.S. that he undertook in the spring of that year. Dorji and Damon’s work as a guitar/percussion duo has become well-known, a highly refined and specific language developed through relentless touring and recording over the last few years, with a sound that straddles improvised music, rock, and any number of as-yet-undefined territories. These two provide an incredibly fresh take on the possibilities inherent to spontaneous composition. Superimposing Rempis into this mix was a logical next step after the relationships they’d forged individually. The trio’s forthcoming debut record Hiljaisuus (“silence” in Finnish…) is slated for release on the well-known Astral Spirits label in summer 2018, to be followed by two separate tours of the United States in late summer and fall.

Musically, these three create a highly focused pallet of sounds. At times, spacious gestures carve up the canvas with the austerity of a calligrapher, while at others those sparse gestures build into an unstoppable tsunami of energy. Those waves are never impulsive or impetuous though, they ebb and flow logically and patiently out of simple and clearly defined sources. This trio pursues every gesture with tenacity, passing them back and forth until they’ve explored every facet of an idea.


Film Festival Ticket Giveaway - Matangi / Maya / MIA

Monday, October 15th | 7pm-9pm

Join us Monday October 15th from 7-9pm, drink Good City Film Fest Lager and watch the trailer for our film festival sponsored music documentary this year - Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. Every beer purchased enters you to win a pair of tickets to the 3 showings at this year's Milwaukee Film Festival. Drawing will take place at 9pm.


Though her name is Maya, you know her better as M.I.A., the global music superstar behind such hits as "Paper Planes" and "Bad Girls." Composed of over two decades of colorful personal footage, most of which was shot by M.I.A. herself, we chart her meteoric rise from a Sri Lankan immigrant teenager in London to global superstardom and the increased scrutiny and pressure that has come with it. Bursting with energy and style like its subject, this painstakingly compiled portrait is unconventional, uncompromised, and utterly engrossing. Directed by Stephen Loveridge.

Haunted Metal Monday

Monday, October 15th | 8pm-11pm

Come rock out in your best metal costume (or costume in general) this month with DJ Nasty Neil and his ever growing metal collection. Justin will be there fully robed and ready to serve you the blood of christ and his libations.

Nasty Neil be spinning from 8-11pm with plenty of $5 drink specials. Best Dressed gets a beer or two on the house!

Name That Beer Returns!

Every Tuesday | Oct 16th-Nov 6th | 8pm

Name That Beer makes its triumphant return!


5 random pours
3 guesses each pour
Score points for correct answers (5, 3, 1 pt)
Win gift cards/brewery swag
Expand your pallette
School your friends, loser buys

Lit Fam Reading Series Kickoff

Wednesday, October 17th | 7pm-10pm

Join us for a monthly reading series curated by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press and The Art Shore, bringing the best and brightest writers to spew in Bay View.

This month features:
Kristina Ten (Chicago)
Kelsey Marie Harris (Racine)
Joe Altamore (Milwaukee)
Bryon Cherry (Milwaukee)
Franklin K.R. Cline (Milwaukee)

We plan on making this fun. 21+

Lumpia City at Sugar Maple

Sunday, October 21st | 12pm-4pm

Option Milwaukee Presents: Gerry Hemingway and Jason Stein

Tuesday, October 23rd | 8:30pm-11:30pm

Option Milwaukee at the Sugar Maple welcomes the legendary composer, percussionist, visual artist and educator Gerry Hemingway for a set of solo music followed by a duet with Jason Stein on bass clarinet.

GERRY HEMINGWAY, Composer/Percussionist/Visual Artist/Educator, has been at the forefront of creative music for four decades. He was born in 1955 in New Haven, Conn., to a family with musical interests (his grandmother had been a concert pianist and his father studied composition with Paul Hindemith). He became interested in drums around the age of ten and by the age of seventeen was working as a professional musician primarily in the jazz and bebop traditions. In the 1970's, New Haven was home for a number of interesting musicians. This was where Gerry met and first played with Anthony Davis, Leo Smith, George Lewis and Anthony Braxton. In the late 1970's, Hemingway, trombonist Ray Anderson, and bassist Mark Helias formed a collective trio which they eventually named BassDrumBone. The trio was awarded a grant from Chamber Music America on the occasion of their 30th anniversary in 2007 to compose a new set of works reflecting their then 30 year collaboration. These compositions appear on a release on the Clean Feed label entitled the "The Other Parade".
He joined and remained a member of the Anthony Braxton quartet for eleven years from 1983 - 1994. In 2007 he and Anthony Braxton had a historic reunion as a duo resulting in a 4 CD release on Mode/Avant entitled "Old Dogs (2007)". In the late eighties he began performing with the Reggie Workman Ensemble who at different times included Oliver Lake, Jeanne Lee, Marilyn Crispell, John Purcell and Don Byron among others. He was a core member of Anthony Davis' Episteme Ensemble, and has performed and recorded as a featured soloist on Mr. Davis' violin concerto "Maps" as well as the operas "Under the Double Moon" and "Tania" (released recently on Koch Classics). Hemingway also performed in duet with pianist Cecil Taylor in May of 1999 on the invitation of De Singel in Antwerp, Belgium.
A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hemingway has become increasingly prominent as a composer and improvisor and a leader of several long standing quintets and quartets of international acclaim (see below). In addition to receiving fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation on the Arts, he has also received four commissions through the Parabola Arts Foundation with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, including a 1998 grant supporting the creation of the "The Visiting Tank", which concludes his Tzadik release of "Chamber Works". In 1993, he premiered a commission from the Kansas City Symphony with funding from Meet the Composer for a concerto for percussionist and orchestra entitled "Terrains". In June of 1998 a co-composition with the Amsterdam based composer Guus Jannsen was commissioned by the NPS radio of the Netherlands and performed at the Holland Festival. Entitled "Cycles", the work used a unique computer controlled conducting system that allowed the ensemble to play in multiple tempos.
Between 1997 and 2007 his primary working band was a quartet with either Ray Anderson-trombone or Herb Robertson-trumpet, Ellery Eskelin-tenor sax and Mark Dresser or Mark Helias on bass. The band performed 40 concerts in the US in 1998 and it's first recording, "Johnny's Corner Song" was released on the Auricle Record label in March of 1998. The quartet completed a studio recording entitled "Devil's Paradise" which was released in May 2003 on Clean Feed records, who since also released "The Whimbler" (on CF) with Herb Robertson, Ellery Eskelin and Mark Helias (5/05).
This follows nine years of performances and recordings with his European based quintet whose final cd was released on GM Recordings in the fall of 1999 entitled "Waltzes, Two-Steps and Other Matters of the Heart". Previous recordings include, "Special Detail" (91), "Down to the Wire" (93), "Demon Chaser" (94) and "The Marmalade King" (95) all on the Swiss Hat Art label (all except "Demon Chaser" currently out of print) and "Slamadam" (95) and "Perfect World" (96) (both out of print - but still available from this site) on Random Acoustics. The quintet formation began a reactivation with new personnel and instrumentation and a performnce and recording in Lisbon, Portugal in the fall of 2002. A release of that material "Double Blues Crossing" was released in April 2005 on Between the Lines (whom has merged with SunnyMoon Records).
In 2008 A hybrid quintet formation was conceived with Ellery Eskelin (ala quartet), Oscar Noriega (multi-reed, ala quintet), Terry McManus (guitar, ala previous cello chair), Kermit Driscoll - ac & el bass. This has become the current working band with a recording entitled "Riptide" released on Clean Feed, and with occasional performances in New York and a tour in 2012 this group performs new repertoire as well as material from both previous quintet and quartet book. In 2012 Mr. Hemingway formed a mixed quintet combining the WHO trio - pianist Michel Wintsch, bassist Baenz Oester, as well as guitarist Terrence McManus, and original quintet member Michael Moore with multi reeds.
A significant part of Mr. Hemingway's body of work is represented in his work as a solo percussionist which began in 1974. His interest in extending the vocabulary of the instrument for the purpose of creating richly textured, vibrant and engaging compositions for the drum set have been previously documented in four recordings including "Electro-Acoustic Solo Works (84-95)" and "Acoustic Solo Works (83-94)" on the Random Acoustics label as well as the previous vinyl editions "Solo Works" on Auricle Records and "Tubworks" (now re-released on cdr) on the Sound Aspects label. Mr. Hemingway has been developing a new solo CD + DVD project for the past fifteen years which will weave together some of his more recent solo works and his work as a film artist as it relates to his solo percussion work. Release is scheduled for September 2011. He currently is performing a solo program entitled "Behaviors" in collaboration with video artist Beth Warshafsky with whom he has been collaborating since the late 80's. The program puts a collection of his new electro-acoustic solo works in a theatrical framework that includes video projection and real time interactive visual and sound work. A major new release of his solo work both as a drummer and electronic musician, combined with his visual art work as fimmaker was released on Auricle Records as a CD+ DVD in January of 2014 called "kernelings".
His work as a composer and percussionist includes recordings, collaborations and performances with Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, George Lewis, John Cale and Hank Roberts among many others. Collaborative trios include the GRH trio with German pianist Georg Graewe and the Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Swiss pianist Michel Wintsch and bassist Baenz Oester, and Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka.
As well there are a number of ongoing duos including one with John Butcher which began performing duos in 2000, Tom & Gerry is another duo with Thomas Lehn who performs live analog electronics which began in 1997. In the fall of 2010 Mr. Hemingway released recordings of three more recordings of ongoing duo projects, a duo with guitarist Terrence McManus, a duo with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and a duo with komungo player Jin Hi Kim. In addition the duo with pianist Marilyn Crispell continues after a long hiatus, and documented with a new release on Intact records entitled "Affinities". Another duo project is with vocalist Andrea Goodman known for her work with Meredith Monk. They released a recording on Ruby Throated Records entitled "Divine Doorways". His work for multimedia includes "Waterways", for multiple slide projectors, tape and percussion, as well as numerous ongoing collaborations with video artist/animator Beth Warshafsky.
The many facets of Hemingway's work as composer/soloist/collaborator/ensemble member can be heard on over 150 recordings from many different record labels, among them: Tzadik Records, Enja, Palmetto, Mode/Avant, Random Acoustics, Intact, Auricle Records, and Hat Art.
Between 2005 and 2009 Mr. Hemingway was part of the faculty of New School's "Jazz and Contemporary Music" program where he ran the Sound in Time ensemble and taught two different history classes, one in World Music History and the other in Contemporary Jazz and its Exponents, the latter of which focused on the music of the 1960s until the present. Both history courses were taught as multimedia lectures, incorporating audio and visual data including numerous fims Mr. Hemingway had collected to help intensify the experience of assimilating these important history topics. Since the fall of 2009 Mr. Hemingway has joined the faculty of the Hochshule Luzern in Switzerland where he is now lives and is based for the forseeable future. In this context Mr. Hemingway teaches drumming, improvisation, composition, songwriting, multimedia and history as well running a variety of workshops each semester.

Jason Stein is among the mere handful of improvisers who play the bass clarinet exclusively. Stein leads the acclaimed trio Locksmith Isidore as well as his own quartet. He contributes to several of the leading bands on Chicago’s new-music scene and has brought a vital voice to the freest of free-jazz jams. Stein’s playing showcases an extraordinary expertise on the bass clarinet, which ranges from powerful post-bop lines to ear-grabbing wails in the altissimo range. Chicago writer Neil Tesser notes that “Stein’s playing has a rawboned swagger particular to Chicago jazz in all its manifestations – from the trad playing of Bud Freeman and Jimmy McPartland in the 20s, through the tenor titans of the 50s, through the adventurers who formed the AACM in the 60s, and right up to the city’s renowned modern cadre of new-music improvisers.” Stein moved to Chicago in 2005 and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Not Two, Atavistic, 482 Music, Clean Feed, Astral Spirits, and Northern Spy. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe as both a bandleader and sideman and has amassed a discography of over 40 albums.

(Photo by Jordan Hemingway)

Underground Science Society

Every Second Monday of the Month | 7pm | Next Up: November 12th

We are a monthly meeting of curious minds who want to expand their knowledge of science and how it relates to all aspects of life.

Guerrilla Ghost album listening party

Wednesday, November 7th | 8pm-1a

Stop down to The Sugar Maple to party with GGHOST and Triple Eye Industries as we give their forthcoming album, "Perpetually Sad Motion Machine" a full spin all the way through. Spin starts at 8pm, album will be cued at 9pm.

21+ // FREE

Listen to "Everybody Rap"

Album Pre-order

More info on GG:

"Perpetually Sad Motion Machine" is 9 tracks of brooding electronics, emotional catharsis & incendiary political commentary featuring guest appearances by Carnage The Executioner (Hecatomb), Lorde Fredd33 (New Age Narcissim), members of Fox Face (Dirtnap Records) Mario Lanza (Human After All), Sarah Long (Fahri / Jab Jugular) & more.

FOR FANS OF: Ho99o9, Death Grips, Skepta, Sleigh Bells, Fever Ray, Moodie Black, JPEGMAFIA and Godflesh.



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.

Find Us

Email: sugarmaplegogo@gmail.com

Call: 414.509.6035

Address: 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI

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