I made a trip to Big Head Brewing (6204 W. State St.) last week and liked what I saw. Big Head highlights a nice trend of new breweries opening in the area that includes Biloba Brewing coming to Brookfield, District 14 slated to open in Bay View and the development of Brenner Brewing. Wauwatosa’s new brewery has an inviting, casual feel and occupies a large warehouse. I sampled a flight (five small pours for the unbeatable price of five bucks) and liked the malt-heavy brown ale the best. The amber had a nice hop bite and was a close second. Brewer Andrew Dillard has plans to add a “diabetic friendly” beer to his expanding list of offerings this winter. The craft beer explosion is a good thing to beer drinkers in Tosa.
A Seminar That’s Actually Fun
Sprecher Brewing (701 W. Glendale Ave.) has an interesting learning experience scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3. “Tasting Synergies: Wisconsin Artisanal Cheese and Sprecher Beer Pairing Seminar” is a great way to find out how to pair cheese and beer just in time for the holidays. Sara Hill, the director of culinary education for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Randy Sprecher, founder of the brewery team up to provide a first-rate education. The cost is just $20, and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Make reservation by calling 414-964-7837 (ext. 252).
Barley Pop of the Week
I was fortunate enough to sample the American IPA from Wisconsin Brewing Company. The beer has limited distribution for now, but should be showing up in Milwaukee in early 2014. Brewmaster Kirby Nelson, a longtime brewer at Capital Brewery, brings his expertise to Wisconsin Brewing, and I expect big things from the brewery. The American IPA is smooth and crisp but with a nice lingering hop bitterness. My first sample was tasty, and I expect I’ll try plenty more.
I managed to secure a bottle of Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout. Its coconut greatness won’t last long in my fridge.
I didn’t attend, but a friend John made it to Ray’s Wine & Spirits for the big craft beer “Super Saturday” over the weekend. The selection at Ray’s was amazing, and he was happy to walk away with Founders Backwoods Bastard. I’ll try to alter Thanksgiving plans to be there next year.
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Capital Brewery brewmaster Brian Destree comes to Ray’s Wine & Spirits for a tasting of eight seasonals. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is just $15.
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Another Bierklasse is hosted by Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway). The theme is Holiday Biers and the cost is $25. Class starts at 7 p.m. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Barley’s Angels meets at the Boelter SuperStore (4200 N. Port Washington Rd.) to learn from “The Beer Cook” Lucy Sanders. The event starts at 6 p.m. and costs $5.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Finch’s brings samples from Chicago to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5: Winter seasonals are the sample of the day at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Try winter seasonals at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: New Holland Brewing brings samples of Into the Woods, Hopivore and Incorrigible Sour to Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: New Holland comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 3 to 5 p.m.