I spent some of a Saturday night at Malone’s on Brady (1329 E. Brady St.) and was impressed by what owners Josh and Sam Malone have done with a spot that used to be the entertaining dive known as Bruno’s. Josh Malone most recently spent more than three years as the general manager for the Nomad, so it was no surprise to find a solid beer list. Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale and Three Floyds Alpha King were two tasty selections from the tap list of 20. Josh Malone knows his stuff, and I plan on keeping an eye on the beer menu at his bar.
As explained by Claire Hanan last week, MillerCoors recently announced layoffs affecting 360 positions (and 27 employees in Milwaukee).
An AdAge article referenced in the post mentions a drop in sales of Coors Light and Miller Lite and a “period of rapid and disruptive change in the U.S. beer industry.” Layoffs are never a good thing, especially from a company that has a rich history in Wisconsin. One thing is certain, growing craft beer sales are changing how macrobreweries operate. The big breweries need to reinvent themselves to not give up market share.
Barley Pop of the Week
It’s in limited supply, but if you look hard enough you can find Founders Harvest Ale. This fall treat has a citrus flavor that just seems to exude “fresh.” A nice piney hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. It’s a flavorful brew that is made even tastier by the fact that it only comes around in October.
Triumph the Insult Comic made a trip to GABF. It’s worth watching.
It’s Halloween. Put on a mask (that you can drink out of) and pour a pumpkin beer.
I’m headed to Los Angeles next week. I’ll keep all six of my readers informed about how many Pliny the Elders I drink.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: The weekly Clean the Cellar night at Stubby’s Gastrogrub (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) has a nice Halloween twist. While you sip on great beer you can also carve a pumpkin. The gourds are free, but Stubby’s is keeping them for decoration. The festivities start at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: Head to Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) for Ghosts in the Cellar, a chance to sample some rare cellared beers. The tasting starts at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 31: From 10 p.m. until close Stubby’s is discounting all of its taps by $3. That’s one scary good deal.
Saturday, Nov. 2: Taste “Beers to Cellar” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.