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Blended Brews
A new take on brewing – blending ales with IPAs and ambers with wheat.

The craft beer explosion has resulted in scores of new breweries. For the most part, they all try to do the same thing – brew standard styles of beer that are at least slightly above average.

4 Brothers Blended Beer Company is going about things a little differently. Hence the name, the upstarts are creating “blended” beers. No, not black and tans or shandies. These guys (brothers Robin, Tommy, Jimmy and Andy Gohsman) are blending beers during the brewing process.

The group is recipe brewing at Sand Creek in Black River Falls, and their brews definitely sound intriguing. They are launching with four different beers. Sibling Rivalry is a mix of blonde, brown and red ales. Relative Madness combines a porter with a blonde ale. Prodigal Son blends an IPA with a cream ale. And, Whipper Snapper is the melding of an American wheat, helles and an amber.

On the surface it may sound a little odd, but this technique has been a fringe aspect of brewing for a while. And really, isn’t this sort of blending adding flavor depth? Sibling Rivalry sounds like a pretty good mix to me. I’ll let you know when I try some and keep you posted on availability.

Congrats on a Job Well Done

Kudos to John and Cindy Sidoff for a great ownership run at Hooligan’s Super Bar (2017 E. North Ave.). I don’t expect much to change with general manager Mark Buesing taking over the reins, and that’s a good thing. The affable Sidoff created one of the best bars in the city. Hooligan’s paid attention to good beer before it was en vogue to do so and it still has an eclectic mix of clientele that is a serious selling point. Good luck to Buesing. Read Jenna Kashou’s take on the Changing of the Guard.

Barley Pop of the Week

Hopefully, deep snow is a few weeks away. But New Belgium Accumulation is here. The winter seasonal is a tasty white IPA that combines wheat and ample hops for a smooth flavor with a pronounced bite. Accumulation isn’t too heavy, but it does have an ABV of 6.2 percent to keep you warm when the snow flies.

Quick Taps

According to its Facebook page, District 14 may be open by November. I’m looking forward to checking out the new brewery in Bay View.

Brookfield is getting a microbrewery as well. Look for Biloba Brewing to open in the upcoming months.

Minneapolis-based Surly Brewing is adding Chicago to its distribution area. Can some of the highly regarded beer fall off the truck on the way to Illinois? Wisconsin would make a nice addition to the distribution list.

Events Brewing

Thursday, Nov. 14: Romans Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) has a New Belgium tasting night planned. Starting at 7 p.m. Cocoa Mole 2011, Le Terroir, La Folie Sour Brown and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen hit the taps. As an added bonus, there’s a complimentary taco bar.

Friday, Nov. 15: Samples from Abita and Sprecher are for the tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).

Friday, Nov. 15: Central Waters head honcho Anello Mollica brings tasty samples including La Petit Mort, Bourbon Barrel Stout and a special surprise to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 16: Big Bay Brewing lets patrons taste their brews from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee.

Saturday, Nov. 16: Try Sprecher samples from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.

Saturday, Nov. 16: “Unique Beers” are the weekly sample at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

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