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Civic Duty
Casting your vote is good for the country, and good for some hoppy freebies.

Voting is an obligation. That obligation is made just a little bit easier due to the fact that many local establishments offer incentives to patrons who show up on Election Day (that’s Tuesday, Nov. 6) wearing that good old “I Voted” sticker. Examples of Election Day generosity include the Nomad World Pub giving away the first 100 Lakefront Brewery pints away, and places like Cafe Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave. and 7677 W. State St.) and Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) giving a free beer to anyone wearing a coveted sticker.

Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) rewards patrons who participated in the democratic process with $5 off of the price of the $30 Great Lakes Beer Dinner. The dinner, with a main course of the delicious sounding tilapia Oscar, runs from 5-8 p.m.

On Election Day, make it point to vote. And then be sure to call your favorite watering hole to see voting earns you a free brew. Cheers to (America’s version of) democracy!

Barley Pop of the Week
I took a trip to a cabin on the Michigan shores of Lake Michigan last weekend. Traveling is all about forgetting to pack something important, encountering more traffic than you planned on, and of course, trying new beers. I snagged a six pack of Short’s Brew Huma Lupa Licious IPA at a rundown grocery store. (I also grabbed a huge bag of powdered doughnuts...they were delicious.) Short’s is sold only in Michigan, which is a shame because the IPA was pretty good. It had a bitter but tasty bite and still managed some malt flavor to balance it out. The label explains it as “a complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth,” and I have to agree.

Quick Taps
Last week New Belgium announced the last two Lips of Faith series beers, the Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout and Biere de Garde, a collaboration with Brewery Vivant in Michigan. Both sound delicious.

Late last week Lakefront Brewery tweeted some cryptic pics. One of which said “Prepare.” and had the date “11.23.2012”. Is the note for Black Friday? The Holiday Spice release date? The end of the world?

Last week, I got a call from Andy at Discount Liquor telling me that the Bell's This One Goes to 11 that I inquired about a couple of weeks ago had finally arrived. You really can't beat that kind of service. Kudos to the customer service department at Discount.

Good news: Sprecher has created a Pumpkin Spice Brown Ale. Bad news: It's an extremely limited release and is only available at Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.).

Events Brewing
Thursday, Nov. 8: The Barley’s Angels Milwaukee Chapter heads to Milwaukee Brewing Company (613. S. 2nd St.) for some beer sampling and a tour. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and costs just $7.  

Thursday, Nov. 8: I’ve always been a big fan of Glorioso’s Market (1011 E. Brady St.). It’s hard not to like the place more when it hosts a cheese and beer tasting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For $35 you get to sample Wisconsin cheeses paired with Wisconsin craft beer (10 bucks of that serves as a rebate to whatever you purchase...nice). Call 414-272-0540 to make a reservation because space is limited. 

Friday, Nov. 9: Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) is a good place to be. From 4-7 p.m. you can taste samples from Lakefront Brewery and Upland Brewery.

Friday, Nov. 9: Snow Drift Vanilla Porter is the highlight when Leinie’s comes to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Samples of “Beers You Can Cellar” from 1-4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.). Pick up a few standouts for your collection.
Saturday, Nov. 10: Blue Moon hands out Abbey Ale samples from 3-4:30 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Taste samples from Lakefront Brewery from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha. 

Saturday, Nov. 10: Pack up the car and head to Plover, and help O’so Brewing celebrate its fifth anniversary. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and costs just $15 or a donation of a $15 toy for Toys for Tots. Good cause, good beer.

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