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Growlers Anyone?
Bring your Stubby's beer home with you. And some repeat best beer bar honors.

Stubby's  now has growlers. Photo courtesy of Stubby's Facebook page.

Now you can take most of the tap beers at Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar (2060 N. Humboldt Blvd.) home with you. Buy a reusable 64-ounce growler for just $5 and fill it with nearly any beer on the impressive tap list at Stubby’s. A few rarities aren’t available, but that still leaves you with roughly 50 brews to choose from. The price for the refill depends upon the beer, but starts at around $12. “A lot of beer that we have, people won’t see at the liquor store,” says co-owner Brad Todd. “It’s a great opportunity to bring that stuff home.”

Draft Magazine Best Beer Bars
The highly anticipated yearly list of the top 100 beer bars in the country just came out, and a few locals were mentioned. The Milwaukee spots included were repeat honorees Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) and Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.). I feel for the staff at Draft Magazine. This list has to get tougher to put together every year because quality beer bars seem to be popping up at a decidedly fast rate. Despite the limited space, I was really hoping to see the addition of Stubby’s and The Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.). Both are more than worthy to be on the exclusive list.

Incidentally, the list included The Malt House Tavern in Madison and seven bars in Chicago (Bangers & Lace, Local Option, Fountainhead, Hopleaf, Map Room, Old Town Pour House and Sheffield’s). So basically, we’re lucky enough to live within an hour and a half (with good traffic) of more than 10 percent of America’s best beer bars. Not too shabby.

Barley Pop of the Week
Russian River’s Pliny the Elder is my beer of the week only because I got a chance to try it last week. Am I name dropping, beer geek style? Maybe, but I can’t help it; you just can’t get the stuff anywhere close to here. A friend of a friend (yeah, one of those deals) snagged a bottle while on the West Coast. Pliny was as good as advertised. The big citrus flavor was followed by slightly more bitterness than I expected. The double IPA is well balanced and deserves being mentioned as one of the best beers on the planet. My goal now is to try it fresh from the tap. A trip to southern California is in my future.

Quick Taps

The arrival of Bell’s Hopslam is right around corner. Just a reminder.

It’s nice to see the arrival of Green Flash Brewing on Milwaukee store shelves.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, Jan. 15: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a Bell’s Brewing beer dinner from 5-8 p.m. The main pairing is stuffed pork chops with a 2011 Double Cream Stout. Good stuff. Cost is $30. Call 414-762-5010 for a reservation.

Thursday, Jan. 17: Sprecher Brewing (701 W. Glendale Ave.) unveils "Tapas and Beer" from 6-8 p.m. The event lets visitors pair 12 Sprecher beers with 12 tapas plates. It costs just $30 and will be a regular Thursday night event. Call 414-964-2739 to make a reservation.

Friday, Jan. 18: Sample brews from Bridgeport at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Belgian beer tasting at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1-4 p.m.

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