Press releases and samples of a couple of beer-related books made their way into the Milwaukee Magazine office recently and they’re both worth noting.
Chicago photographer Anna Blessing photographed 20 breweries in the Midwest to create Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America’s Heartland. The book includes short profiles of each brewery and includes Lakefront, New Glarus and Central Waters. The images are well done and Locally Brewed serves as both an entertaining coffee table book and a fantastic summer travel guide.
History buffs should find some interesting nuggets in Brewing in Milwaukee. Brenda Magee’s book chronicles brewing from Lake Brewery in the 1840s, has a heavy dose of the likes of Miller and Pabst, and finishes with mentions of homebrewing and breweries like Lakefront and Sprecher. The book relies less on words and more on an impressive collection of old photos to tell its story.
Avery Returns to Wisconsin
Avery Brewing recently returned to Milwaukee beer shelves (much to the delight of Milwaukee Magazine Senior Editor Howie Magner). The Boulder brewery disappeared for a couple of years after it couldn’t meet distribution demand. Avery is a solid addition to the local beer selection. The Maharaja Imperial IPA by Avery is one of my favorite beers. Howie is partial to The Reverend Quad.
Barley Pop of the Week
It certainly doesn’t seem like a time for spring seasonals, but I’m glad that Breckenridge Brewery released Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale. The American pale wheat ale has hints of citrus from Mosaic hops (a hop variety that provides deliciously juicy fruit flavors) and a drinkable 5 percent ABV. Ophelia would taste great on a warm spring day. Here’s hoping that we have one before the beer is gone in April.
A new Busch variety? Oddly enough, yes. Wisconsin is one of 12 states chosen to debut Signature Copper Lager (beer drinkers can decide if that’s a good thing).
In similar macrobrew news, Miller Fortune is making the rounds. The amber lager has an ABV of 6.9 percent. Jim Vorel offers an interesting take on the new product and misinformation about beer in general.
Cafe Bavaria (7700 Harwood Avenue) recently opened. The new spot by the Lowlands Group (Cafe Benelux, Cafe Holander and Cafe Centraal) has an impressive list of German brews.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Bierklasse at Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway Ave.) highlights Trappist beers and starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $45. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Friday, Feb. 28: Try some brews from Abita to get into the Mardi Gras mood at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: Grand Teton will be handing out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 1: Bock beers are the free samples at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.