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Old School Christmas Wishes
A blast from Christmas past and enough beer-related events to keep you warm.

I grew up on the old Miller Lite ads featuring sports personalities. Here’s an (oddly heartfelt) old Christmas ad from the fellas. You get a gold star if you can name all of these guys. 

Discount Liquor 
Generally, the excellent beer tastings at Discount Liquor are listed below. But this week, they’ve got one that deserves special attention. On Thursday from 4-7 p.m., Central Waters comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.), and they’re bringing some goodies. Their excellent bourbon barrel stout will be there, but the highlight is the 1414, a 14th anniversary barrel aged stout that’s absolutely delicious and ridiculously tough to come by. Maybe I’m being a homer for the Wisconsin brewery, but I’ve tried 1414 on two occasions, and I really think it compares to Goose Island’s legendary Bourbon County Stout. Get to Discount and find out for yourself. 

Barley Pop of the Week
Barrel-aged beers just make sense when the weather turns chilly. Milwaukee Brewing’s Louie’s Resurrection is reason enough to appreciate the coming of winter. The ale is aged for two months in bourbon barrels. The result is a sweeter ale with a hint of oak and bourbon. The subtleness of the bourbon flavor makes it a great choice for those who don’t care for the big (massive, actually) flavor of barrel aged behemoths like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Quick Taps
Sprecher is wrapping up production of Citra Bomb IIPA, and it should be showing up soon. They had me at “Citra.”

Check out this interesting list of the best beers in every state. For the record, I prefer the Belgian Red if choosing New Glarus fruit beers. But picking No. 1 in Wisconsin is tough. 

Events Brewing
Wednesday, Dec. 12: The beer club at Puddler’s Hall (2461 S. St. Clair St.) gets festive this week by sampling Goose Island Christmas Ale, Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter Winter Warmer Ale, and Leinie’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. The drinking starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $12 (includes beer samples).

Thursday, Dec. 13: An interesting tasting mix at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4-7 p.m. includes Southern Tier’s 2Xmas and Krampus, as well as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Timmerman’s Strawberry Lambic.

Thursday, Dec. 13: Henry Weinhard’s samples from 4-7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.). Central Waters will be there too (see above).

Friday, Dec. 14: Try the Leinie’s Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout and Baltic Porter at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4-7 p.m. If those aren’t your style, New Belgium will be handing out samples as well.

Friday, Dec. 14: We’re lucky that we get to enjoy samples of New Glarus and not think twice about it. The local brewery will be at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4-7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14: Rumpus Room is tapping a firkin of Oskar Blues Oaked Ten Fidy at 4 p.m. It’s not free, but I’m guessing it will be tasty.

Saturday, Dec. 15: New Belgium heads to Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15: Try Big Eddy samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 3-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15: From noon to 3 p.m. you can try Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Corsendonk Christmas, Founders Breakfast Stout and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (they’re all good, trust me). And if those aren’t enough, New Belgium will also be there. 

Saturday, Dec. 15: Get into the holiday spirit with a sampling of Christmas beers at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1-4 p.m.

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