I know this has made the rounds, but it’s hard to deny the humor in the short “Hipsters Love Beer” video posted by comedy outfit Nacho Punch. There’s a lot of truth to some of the ridiculousness and I loved the line, “It’s so bitter you’ll no longer be able to dream.” Be warned that the short video is rated PG.
Introducing the Crowler
A post on BeerPulse.com alerted me to the latest beer innovation. The mad scientists at Oskar Blues have invented the Crowler. It’s a 32-oz aluminum can that’s filled with beer and sealed at the Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom. It’s basically a (really) large format beer that doesn’t come in a bottle. I like what they’re brewing at the Colorado-based brewery, so I have every belief that they’re onto something with the Crowler.
Bell’s Hopslam is on the way. Look at your favorite liquor store or bar (if you’re lucky) this week. This year’s batch is as good as usual.
Last week, the Journal Sentinel (and others) wrote about a proposed new beer garden at a Milwaukee County park. If all goes well, Greendale’s Scout Lake Park will be open this summer. I’m all for it.
Barley Pop of the Week
Door County Brewing beers showed up in Milwaukee two months ago. Goat Parade Smoked Imperial Stout is a nice introduction to the newcomer. Smoked beers tend to be a little overwhelming for my taste, but Goat Parade has a moderate smokiness that I liked. It’s not a bad choice during this cold winter.
Tuesday, Jan. 21: This must be the night for beer dinners. Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) is hosting one with outstanding Bruery beers and a flat iron steak topped with dijon brandy butter as the main course. Call 414-762-5010 to make a reservation. Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha) has one on the same night with beers from Great Lakes Brewery. The five-course dinner costs $35. Call 262-548-9800 to make a reservation.
Wednesday, Jan. 22: ILB Beer Club comes to Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) to discuss how important yeast is in the flavor of beer. There will be samples (of beer, not yeast). Tickets are $20 and the tasting starts at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23: Test your hops knowledge with beer geek trivia at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) starting at 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24: Head to Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) for the release of Lakefront Beerline Barley Wine. Start warming up with the 12.5 percent ABV brew at 7 p.m. Get there early because the first 12 who order a Beerline get a snifter.
Saturday, Jan. 25: Who doesn’t love bacon? The Horny Goat Hideaway (2011 S. 1st St.) hosts the Bacon and Brews Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. All you need to know is that for $35 you get all of the bacon and beer you can stomach. Consider it a personal challenge.
Saturday, Jan. 25: Three Cellars samples “breweries that were Three Cellars firsts.” Find out what that means from 1 to 4 p.m.