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

Beer List

60 American Craft Beers On Draft

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Staff

Lopez

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

Adrienne

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

Cat

I am continuing my medical eduation by bartending and this year I plan to use my bartending skills in the medical field. Oh, and I love my Joli!

Daner

The Scholar, Historian, and Beer Keeper. Say the Magic Word and the Beer Shall be Yours.

Travis

"Timshel"

Anna

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

Events

Tomeka Reid & Nick Mazzarella Duo

Thursday, September 21st | 8pm

Tickets $10 at the Door

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid perform in the Sugar Maple back room in support of their recent release Signaling, a collection of improvised duets inspired by avant-garde music of the 1970s. The idea to record as a duo arose when the two discovered a mutual admiration for the music of saxophonist Julius Hemphill and cellist Abdul Wadud. Using this touchstone as a starting point, Mazzarella and Reid play with a "striking amount of originality" (Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine), adapting the duo setting as a vehicle for their own unique voices.

Critical praise for Signaling:
"On this captivating, fully-improvised duo recording by alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid, we find a superlative example of two leading-edge musicians who continue to draw vital inspiration from their forbears." (Troy Dostert, All About Jazz)
"Completely sublime duets between alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid – working here together at a level that seems to both bring a whole new sense of energy to duo improvisation, and also put the record at the level of some of the most exciting work of the 70s!" (Dusty Groove)

Tomeka Reid:
Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid has been described as "a remarkably versatile player," (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Ms. Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Ms. Reid's music combines her love for groove along with freer concepts. She is an integral part of Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, and co-leads the internationally recognized string trio, Hear in Now with performances in Poznan, Poland; Paris, France; Rome, Venice, Milan, Italy; Soazza, Switzerland; and in the US: Chicago, New York and Vermont. As a composer, she has been commissioned by the AACM, the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble , and has had several opportunities to showcase her work abroad at festivals such as Umbria Jazz, An Insolent Noise and Vignola Jazz.

Nick Mazzarella:
Saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has bee n described as a "student of jazz’s deep history and a freedom seeker unwilling to let rules hold back expression." (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) . He has maintained a consistent presence in Chicago's music scene since the early 2000s, and his regular performances there represent an aesthetically unique contribution to the city's rich jazz and improvised music culture. His working trio and quintet have served as the primary vehicles for his endeavors as a composer and leader, while as a collaborator or sideman he has performed and recorded with such artists as Tomeka Reid, Makaya McCraven, Hamid Drake, Joshua Abrams, and Rob Mazurek. He has released recordings on Nessa Records, Clean Feed Records, and the International Anthem Recording Company imprint, among others, and has performed throughout the United States and Scandinavia. Mazzarella also curates two concert series: the Anagram Series, presented weekly at Elastic Arts in Chicago, and the Ratchet Series, presented monthly at Cafe Mustache in Chicago.

Sugar Maple | Brewery Series

Door County Brewing Co.

Sunday, September 24th | 4pm-6pm

5 Samples for $15

We are excited to announce the next installment of the Sugar Maple Brewery Series will be featuring Door County Brewing Co. with special guest Danny McMahon. Danny will be on hand to share beer and stories about the growth and future of his families' brewery.

County Lineage- 6% Chardonnay BA Saison with multiple Brett strains
Everything Eventually - 6% Hazy IPA with Hellertau Blanc & Citra
In A Factory Downtown - 7% IPA w/Peaches, Lactose, and hopped w/ citra
Tropique - 8% dry hopped Super Saison with notes of pepper, orange, peach and grapefruit
LAutomne - 7% Bier de Garde with biscuity malt, touch of honey and fruity yeast

Stuffed | Pierogi Truck

Last Monday of the Month @ The Sugar Maple

Monday, September 25th

Ballister

Dave Rempis Fred Lonberg-Holm Paal Nilssen-Love

Ballister, the powerhouse transatlatic trio comprised of Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis, Chicago anti-cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Norwegian percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, takes off this fall for a thirteen-date tour of North America, in support of their recent Aerophonic Records release Slag, and their recent Dropa Disc release Low Level Stink. We hope you can join them along the way!

This free-wheeling grouping was an idea discussed for several years by the band members before they eventually met at a closed session in 2009. Since the session felt great, they went ahead with some live dates in 2010, also self-releasing the limited edition live recording Bastard String that year. Since that time, this band has become a regular working group, touring frequently in both the U.S. and Europe, and releasing five more recordings : Mechanisms (Clean Feed Records, 2012) Mi Casa es en Fuego (self-released, 2013), Both Ends (Bocian Records, 2014) and Worse For The Wear (Aerophonic Records, 2015). Their most recent release, Slag came out on Aerophonic Records in January, and was soon joined by a limited edition LP/DVD combo titled Low Level Stink on the Belgian imprint Dropa Disc.

As fans of the music will recognize, this is inevitably a hard-hitting group. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70’s and 80’s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70’s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.

The sixth release by Ballister, recorded live at the renowned Café Oto in London in March of 2015, finds a well-honed working unit that’s settled into the deep groove of their stride in the middle of a long European tour. Exactly halfway through the journey, on the eve of Rempis’ fortieth birthday, the band bursts out the gate screaming, spewing fire and ash into what might have otherwise been a quiet Monday in London. Although the band and these players are often characterized as working in “improvised music,” or “jazz,” or some other equally insufficient moniker, this music rocks in a way that “Rock” hasn’t in years. The trio’s rhythmic drive drags the listener along face first, at times with flat-out abandon, and at times in lurches and spurts. But the overall trajectory for this concert, and this group generally, remains full speed ahead with no time to look back.

Meet Joe Shorts!

Thursday, September 28th | 6pm-10pm

Featuring 6 special beers from SHORTS BREWERY! Event details TBA...

Cullah

Saturday, September 30th | 7:30pm-10:30pm | $8

What are the sounds of autumn? Do they resemble that of The Sugar Maple tree? Could you hear the crimson leaves? Let's sing to The Sugar Maple to ask it how it paints such beautiful colors...

Ballast Point Luau a Wow Wow!

Thursday, October 5th | 5pm

Tap Takeover:
Nitro Victory at Sea
Nitro Red Velvet
Sour Wench Apricot
Sour Wench Blueberry
Sculpin
Indra Kunindra
Fathom IPA
Rest of the List TBA

Underground Science Society

Every Second Monday of the Month | 7pm

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.

Find Us

Email: sugarmaplegogo@ gmail.com

Call: 414.481.2393

Address: 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI

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