I don’t know what the numbers were, but judging from the crowds inside and outside of Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) on Saturday, Mitten Fest was a big success. Sure, it was a little cold outside for a block party, but a full slate of great Central Waters and Founders brews served as nice ways to keep people warm. Another excellent event by the folks at Burnhearts, and here’s hoping that it was a big day for the Hunger Task Force too.
The Top Brewers in the World...According to RateBeer.com
RateBeer.com compiled its list of the 100 top brewers in the world and released it last week. The list brought to light the fact that I really want to sample beers from a lot more breweries. But it also offered another revelation...we have access to some damn good beer in Milwaukee. Three of the top five breweries in the freaking world are available in our fair state, including top-ranked AleSmith Brewing Company (Three Floyds ranked third, and Bell’s was fifth). Consider yourselves lucky people, we’ve got it pretty good when it comes to craft beer. Note: New Glarus was the only Wisconsin brewery to make the list.
Barley Pop of the Week
The cold weather needs to be combated. Thankfully, Central Waters has a weapon. The Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout is warming and delicious, and has earned a fair amount of deserving street cred. (It scores a 99 out of 100 on RateBeer.com.) What I like about the stout is how smooth it is. Bourbon flavor is there, but it isn’t overwhelming or overly boozy, largely due to the fact that the ABV is just under 10 percent (by comparison Bourbon County Stout is a whopping 14 percent). They are doing things right at Central Waters, and the Bourbon Barrel Stout is just another example of this.
On Valentine’s Day, the first 100 couples at Lowlands Group restaurants (Cafe Hollander, Cafe Benelux, Trocadero, Cafe Centraal) receive a complimentary rose and a free winter Tripel. Find a date if only to take part in the deal.
I’m extremely curious about 3 Sheeps Ewephoria, a stout that adds ginger to the mix. I plan to try some soon. Wisconsin State Journal beer guru Chris Drosner wrote a great summary of 3 Sheeps last week.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Stubby University samples “date night” beers perfect for Valentine’s Day at Stubby’s Gastrogrub and Beer Bar (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.). Sign up by calling 414-763-6324.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Bierklasse goes to Cafe Centraal (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.). Beginning at 7 p.m., you can learn about, and taste, dark beers. Cost is $30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Sample chocolate beers and pair them with the real thing between 4 and 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
Thursday, Feb. 13: Taste 3 Sheeps brews and pair them with Carr Valley cheeses at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.). The deliciousness starts a 6:30 p.m. and costs just $20.
Friday, Feb. 14: Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) is offering the perfect night out for couples who dig their beer. A three-course beer dinner starts at 7 p.m. (cocktails start at 6:30 p.m.) and includes a rose, raffle items and an optional brewery tour after dinner. The cost is $75 and reservations can be made by calling 414-964-2739. Check out the menu.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Taste Shiner’s FM966 Farmhouse Ale and White Wing Belgian White at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Try beers from the southern part of the U.S. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.