Many fans of Central Waters have already heard the word about the latest batch of Peruvian Morning Imperial Coffee Stout. The amazing brew was recalled a week ago because testing revealed that the flavor profile is changing and some of it may start to sour in a few months. I feel for Central Waters. Peruvian Morning has had similar issues before and I can’t imagine how hard the elixir must be to brew. But the difficult process is likely why (according to my humble opinion) it’s one of the best barrel-aged stouts brewed in the United States.
A blog post by Central Waters co-owner Anello Mollica offered a heartfelt apology and put the future of Peruvian Morning in doubt. The blog also highlighted just how committed the guys up in Amherst are to the quality of their beer and their customers. Cheers Central Waters!
The Beer Selection in Milwaukee Keeps Improving
Dogfish Head Brewery returns to Milwaukee store shelves this week after a three-year hiatus. That’s good news for hop heads who want to get their fill of the delicious 90 Minute IPA and those who want to get their hands on the hard-to-find 120 Minute IPA (an unabashedly boozy Imperial IPA that is one of the most unique brews I’ve ever had). Dogfish Head is the latest craft beer to either return to Milwaukee or show up for the first time on store shelves. Other notable recent additions include Avery, Epic and AleSmith. More choices are a good thing. I just hope that Firestone Walker has Wisconsin on its radar.
Barley Pop of the Week
Live a Rich Life, a Belgian IPA from Three Floyds, is dedicated to a former employee who passed away in 2011. The name is one of my favorites and the beer isn’t too shabby either. It’s more IPA than Belgian in my opinion, but I expect big hop flavors whenever I open a bottle from the finest brewery in Munster, Indiana. The bitterness is noticeable but not overbearing. Rich life indeed.
A new beercentric book worth keeping an eye on is Beerology, a guide to beer that will be available in May. The reason is the author. Mirella Amato is a Master Cicerone (which is a decidedly big deal) based in Toronto and I’m guessing she’ll have good insight to share.
Milwaukee Brewing just expanded distribution to the Twin Cities. Props to MKE.
Tuesday, March 11: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) is bringing out some excellent Sierra Nevada brews for a beer dinner. The beer menu includes Bigfoot Barley Wine, Ovila Quad and a 2011 and 2013 vertical tasting of Narwhal Imperial Stout. The food menu isn’t too bad either. Cost is $40 and reservations can be made at 414-762-5010.
Wednesday, March 12: A Three Floyds tap takeover at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) is a midweek diversion that’s hard to pass up. From 6 to 9 p.m. they’ll be tapping great stuff like Zombie Dust (that won’t last long), a 2012 Behemoth, Live a Rich Life (see above) and many more.
Wednesday, March 12: Learn about strong ales at the next Bierklasse at Cafe Hollander (7677 W. State St.). The education starts at 7 p.m. Learn more and RSVP at the Bierklasse site.
Thursday, March 13: Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) hosts Black Husky Brewing gurus Toni and Tim Eichinger for a five-course beer dinner at 6:30. Cost is $55 and reservations can be made by calling 414-292-0100.
Thursday, March 13: Wisconsin Brewing samples are on hand at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 14: Sample beers from Tyranena at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 14: Try blended beers from Four Brothers at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 15: Tyranena comes to Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 15: Hop bombs are the sample of the day at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St. ) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 15: Get a taste of beers from Four brothers at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 2 to 5 p.m.