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Beer Menus in the Digital Age
A new bar in Chicago has some state-of-the-art menus.

I made a visit to a great new bar in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Links Taproom has a very good tap list and an outstanding selection of large format brews. But another highlight at the Wicker Park spot is the Digital Pour Dashboard--essentially a digital beer menu that occupies two flat screen TVs. The menu lists the name of each beer, the style, the ABV, and the type of glass it’s served in. Standard right? The cool feature is that it also shows the amount of beer left in the keg and announces new barrels with a “just tapped” indicator. A list of “next-up” beers and a live Untappd feed are both bonuses. The menu is extremely informative to craft beer newbies and can help warn you when the barrel of your favorite IPA or stout is dwindling down to drops. Apparently, these digital menus are big on the West Coast but haven’t made inroads in the Midwest yet. I expect to see more of them soon.

Drone Technology + Beer = Convenience

I haven’t tried Lakemaid Beer, but love this clever method of delivery. I’m thinking it could work extremely well in the parking lots of Lambeau, but apparently the FAA isn’t pleased with the idea.

Barley Pop of the Week

Lakefront Brewing’s My Turn Series has done a really nice job of introducing some new styles of brews to the Lakefront portfolio. The latest, “John,” is a dark sweet cherry lager. I wasn’t sure about this one, but thankfully the brew isn’t overwhelmed by cloying cherry flavor. The cherries bring a nice tartness to the lager that is prevalent but not overwhelming. The beer just showed up on shelves this winter, but I can’t help but think that it’d be a nice spring brew, too.

Quick Taps

This story from Ohio nicely illustrates the madness of limited beer releases in general and Bell’s Hopslam in particular.

Wisconsin Brewing Company beers are hitting Milwaukee. I expect big things from these guys.

Events Brewing

Thursday, Feb. 6: The monthly Barley’s Angels meeting takes place at Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) and includes sampling of the delicious barrel-aged lineup from Central Waters. Cost is $5 and the beer starts flowing at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8: Sample “beers for your Valentine” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8: I mentioned it last week but here’s a reminder to head to Burnhearts for Mitten Fest from noon to 8 p.m. 

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