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Good Beer, Good Cause
The first Best of Milwaukee Beer Dinner benefits Sgt. Ed Matayka and his family

The first Best of Milwaukee Beer Dinner in 2013 is for a great cause. The event takes place at Wolf Peach (1818 N. Hubbard St.) on Monday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. And, all proceeds from the $80 ticket price are going to help Sgt. Ed Matayka and his family. Matayka was injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010 and has endured a grueling rehabilitation since then. The featured brewer is Goose Island, and the menu will certainly be delectable. There’s really no reason not to make a reservation now.

Draft Magazine Tips
The folks at Draft Magazine know their stuff. Draft’s list of 12 Ways to Do Beer Better offers great (and simple) ways for beer novices to approach craft beer, or for brew aficionados to enhance the beer experience. My favorite was “Taste. A lot.” Will do.

Barley Pop of the Week
A friend handed me a four-pack of Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout last week. In order to show my appreciation, I drank it. I’m not a big fan of big fruit flavors in my beer, and Dark Horse manages to keep the blueberries in check. Hints of berries are a nice compliment to the malty and dark chocolate flavor. Stouts made with fruit can be tricky and don’t always work for me. This one did.

Quick Taps
The Milwaukee Beer Week dates were confirmed last week. Block off the week of April 13 to 20. 

So, the empty oak barrel that held Old Fashioneds at Burnhearts’ Mitten Fest two weekends ago was hauled up to Central Waters Brewery and will be filled with an (as of yet) unknown beer. It might be a good idea to be at Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) when that beer comes back.

Events Brewing
Tuesday, Feb. 19: The menu for the Abita beer dinner at Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) sounds incredibly delicious. Gumbo, red beans and rice, muffaletta pinwheels, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie all paired with Abita brews. The taste of NOLA happens from 5-8 p.m. and costs just $30. Call 414-762-5010 to make a reservation.

Friday, Feb. 22: Taste Abita samples from 4-7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).

Saturday, Feb. 23: Sample Wisconsin beers and wines at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

Sunday, Feb. 24: The latest Brewery Session at Sugar Maple starts at 4 p.m. and includes samples from Livery Brewery. Cost is just $15 and includes at least five 6-ounce beers.

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