Last year, Sprecher Brewing made a splash with Hard Root Beer. They’re back at it in 2014. Next week, Sprecher plans to release Beyond Braggot, a mead made with honey, barley malt, and Cascade and Centennial hops. The concoction isn’t a bashful brew and weighs in at 11 percent ABV. Sprecher plans to release limited amounts in three separate annual batches. I personally like mead (I’ve downed my fair share at Irish Fest), and I’m guessing the addition of ample hops will help balance the flavor and eliminate any cloying sweetness. It’s an unusual move by Sprecher, but I applaud them for the effort.
Food and Froth
The Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W. Wells St.) was a pioneer when it comes to beer festivals. Saturday, Feb. 22 marks the 16th annual Food and Froth Fest. More than 50 breweries will be on hand from 7 to 10 p.m. (earlier start time for VIPs) handing out samples of their brews. Plenty of local food vendors will be on hand and there will be live music. Sounds like a pretty good deal for $70 (museum members pay $55 and VIP tickets are $125). Order tickets
for a night of culture and beer.
Barley Pop of the Week
I’ve had my share of IPAs from Black Husky Brewing but not any of their other offerings. I tried the Black Husky Milk Stout recently and found it up to par with what I expect from the excellent brewery up north. The stout was sweet and smooth and had a hint of chocolate flavor. The rich flavor was perfect for yet another cold winter week.
I made a stop at Steny’s (800 S. 2nd St.) a few days ago, a place I haven’t been in a decade. The venerable Walker’s Points tavern still has delicious wings and now there are 28 taps to choose from. Not a bad combo.
The massive Lagunitas Brewery Chicago outpost had a preview party a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t there (dammit) but plenty of folks were and the night looked pretty crazy.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha) hosts a Sierra Nevada beer dinner. The five-course dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and features delicious items like roasted pork loin on coconut rice and Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad. The cost is just $35. Make a reservation by calling 262-548-9800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Abita is the special guest at the monthly Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) beer dinner. The Bourbon Street Stout aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels might be worth the $35 cost. Seating runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is tapping some tasty aged brews from New Holland. Envious, Night Tripper and Dragon’s Milk start flowing at 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21: Try Abita brews at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21: Sample beers from Door County Brewing and St. Francis Brewing from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).
Saturday, Feb. 22: Wisconsin beers are the highlight at the weekly tasty at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23: Don’t miss this version of Brewery Sessions at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.). Black Husky is the featured brewery, and starting at 4 p.m. you can learn more about the great brewer up north and try several samples. Cost is only $15.