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Well Played Central Waters
Breweries shut out of the Great American Beer Fest in Denver get a shot in Amherst.

Can’t make it to the GABF (Great American Beer Fest) in Denver this weekend? There’s a worthwhile substitute taking place in Amherst (and it’s a lot closer). The GABF (Great Amherst Beer Festival) is open to breweries that were shut out of the big event in Denver. Some good stuff by Hinterland, Founders and more are scheduled to be there, but the big draw is courtesy of the host brewery. Central Waters will have everything they make on tap. And at 1 p.m. they will sell 400 bottles of Black Gold, which is their delicious 1414 Stout aged for 35 months in bourbon barrels. I’m guessing the line for this gem will form very early in the morning (or very late at night) and each bottle is only $10 (limit one). Check out the tap list. The Wisconsin version of the GABF runs from noon to 5 p.m. and it’s free. Well done Central Waters.

Quick Taps

Need an early Christmas present for that special beer geek in your life (one who preferably has a large blank wall)? The impressively detailed Magnificent Multitude of Beer chart is a flow chart of more than 100 beer styles and 500 specific brews. Put it on the wall, pour your favorite beer in appropriate glassware, and stare at the thing for hours. That’s what it’s for.

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again. Get on the list for the craft beer email put out weekly by Kaleb Schwecke at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.). It’s very well done, informative, and will certainly give you tips on new beers to try.

Congrats to Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha) which had its one year birthday party over the weekend. 

I found Green Flash Green Bullet to be a little easier to track down than I figured it would be. Good thing. The triple IPA is potent and clearly hop heavy, but not so much that it hurts to drink it, which is a risk that triple IPAs pose.

Barley Pop of the Week

One of the first Oktoberfests I remember trying is Sprecher Oktoberfest (I’m fairly nostalgic when it comes to beer). I don’t claim to know the style very well, but I still really like Sprecher’s version. It’s got some malt to it, but also has a noticeably hoppy finish that ensures that the flavor isn’t too sweet. Sprecher does German beers right. 

Events Brewing

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) hosts another stellar beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. New Belgium is the guest this time around. The five-course meal includes samples of French Aramis IPA, Yuzu Berliner Weiss, and of course, Fat Tire. Cost is $48. Call 414-964-8377 to make a reservation.

Wednesday, Oct 9: Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) hosts the October Bierklasse at 7 p.m. This month’s topic is dark beers. Sample some and learn a thing or two for just $25. Email your reservation to bierklasse@lowlandsgroup.com

Saturday, Oct. 12: Sample some interesting new brews from New Belgium at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m. The tasty Pumpkick and the odd Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefeweizen are a couple of the highlights.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Try “Flagship Beers” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

Saturday, Oct. 12: The latest trip hosted by Madison’s Hop Head Beer Tours is an Oktoberfest jaunt to Port Huron Brewing (Wisconsin Dells), Central Waters Brewing (Amherst), and O’so Brewing (Plover). The trip starts at Next Door Brewing Company (2439 Atwood Ave., Madison) at noon and ends around 8:30 p.m. It’s just $70 per person.

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