I love the fact that now bargain shoppers and those who think it’s okay to brawl over deals on crappy TVs aren’t the only ones that get excited for Black Friday. Lakefront hit a home run last year when it put a limited amount of Black Friday IIPAs out for public consumption. The brewery is repeating the promotion this year starting on, ahem, Friday, Nov. 29. At 8 a.m. those lucky souls waiting in line get their chance to purchase up to three bottles of the coveted brew (at just $10 a pop). Lakefront is upping the bottle count from 1,200 to 5,000 to allow more people to taste the delicious brew. The beer isn’t the only draw. Karma Bar & Grill is bringing breakfast, there’s a live deejay, and bottle sharing and swapping is part of the holiday cheer. Cheers, Lakefront.
Festivities at Romans’ Pub
When Mike Romans hosts an event, beer aficionados pay attention. On Saturday, Nov. 30 Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) opens up for a 35th Anniversary/Christmas Party at 7 p.m. I don’t have details yet, but you can bet that Mike will pull out some really good stuff to add to holiday cheer. Looking for rarities? Romans’ has a cellar full of them. Happy anniversary, Mike.
Barley Pop of the Week
Lagunitas Brewing has a gem with Brown Shugga’. The fall seasonal pours a perfect amber, and has a lot going on. Big sweet malt flavors battle with a sneaky hop bitterness with glorious results. Brown Shugga’ is big and bold and weighs in at 10 percent ABV, but it’s still incredibly drinkable. I’m a fan.
Goose Island Bourbon County hits shelves on Black Friday, but I’m not really sure which shelves. The adventurous can drive 90 miles south really early in the morning to wait in line at Binny’s Beverage Depot (1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago) for a shot at getting some of the rarer BCS concoctions brewed this year. Black Friday at Binny’s has become an institution (an institution that I’ve never been a part of...I don’t like lines).
Every year about this time I wonder what Sam Adams Utopias tastes like. And every year about this time I realize that I can’t spend $200 on a bottle of beer.
Friday, Nov. 29: Goose Island samples like Bourbon County Stout, Pere Jacques and Lolita are being handed out at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30: Try Goose Island brews from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
Saturday, Nov. 30: Toppling Goliath takes over the taps at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from noon to 6 p.m. Get there for a rare chance to try a few brews from the pride of Decorah, Iowa.
Saturday, Nov. 30: The Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) hosts the Barley and Whey Festival from 1 to 7 p.m. Sample cheese, chocolate, sausage and beer (oh my).
Saturday, Nov. 30: After the crowd has cleared from the Barley and Whey Festival, Lakefront founder Jim Klisch heads to the Uber Tap Room to pair Lakefront beers with gourmet cheese. The tasting starts at 8 p.m. and costs just $14