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Central Waters Conquers FoBAB
The Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer that is.

One of these years I’m going to make it to Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (commonly known as FoBAB). The annual event held by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild in Chicago offers an incredible array of some of the best and rarest beers on the planet.

FoBAB 2013 took place on Saturday, and Central Waters left with a gold medal. The guys from Amherst claimed first in the Classic Porter/Stout category with the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout. 

I’m a believer that Central Waters has one of the best barrel-aging programs in the United States. It’s nice to see the brewery get big-time recognition for its efforts. 

Bell’s Brewery took Best of Show honors with Le Bretteur, a wild/sour ale, and Goose Island was the runner up with Bourbon County Backyard Rye (which all but ensures that the Backyard Rye will be an extremely hot commodity on Black Friday when it’s released in Chicago). 

Charitable Drinking

I’m all about drinking beer for a good cause. Since last spring, Horny Goat Hideaway (2011 S. First St.) has been using Sunday to raise money for a wide range of charitable organizations. The Goat Gives Back is a program that gives five percent of sales between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to a charity or community group. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society are just a couple of examples of those who have taken advantage of the program. Well done, Horny Goat. 

Barley Pop of the Week

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (beer season). It’s that time of year when I start sampling holiday brews. Anchor Christmas Ale is like unwrapping a present, the fact that it’s made with a different recipe each year means that you’re not entirely sure what you’re going to get when you open the bottle. The 2013 version is a dark brew that blends spices like nutmeg with dark fruit and nice slight hop bitterness. It’s bottle dose of holiday cheer.

Quick Taps

The free food during the Packers/Giants game at Romans Pub on Sunday was “Sloppy Defense Joes.” Gotta love Mike Romans’ sense of humor.

Sounds like there will be big doings at Lakefront Brewery on Black Friday (Nov. 29) again this year. I’ll let you know details next week.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, Nov. 19: The latest beer dinner at Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) is a good one. Lakefront’s My Turn Chad, My Turn Chris and My Turn Terrance are the highlights and the 25th Anniversary Belgian Apricot will be there, too. Check out the menu.

Friday, Nov. 22: Central Waters guru Anello Mollica hands out tasty samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22: Try Big Bay samples from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).

Saturday, Nov. 23: Tastings at Discount Liquor Milwaukee include Batch 19 Goat Roast Bock from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and an array of Horny Goat brews from noon to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Batch 19 Goat Roast Bock (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Horny Goat (noon to 2 p.m.) are also at Discount Liquor Waukesha.

Saturday, Nov. 23: Beers for Thanksgiving are the highlight from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

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