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Early Bird Gets the Beer
Two events at Ray’s Wine & Spirits that you might want to buy tickets early for.

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Two big events are coming up soon at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.). On Wednesday, April 17, certified cicerone Adam Schulte hosts a tasting competition between London’s Meantime and the Dutch trappist Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven. Cost is $25 and the fun starts at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 30 the ABCs of Craft Beer Tasting will help explain beer basics. Learn about the different tastes of beers, and find out how brewers make different styles. The cost is just $20 and it starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for both can be purchased online.

St. Patrick’s Day
My tips about St. Patrick’s Day from last year still hold true, with one exception – the NCAA tourney starts a week later. If you want more ideas on places to go on March 17 (shameless plug alert) check out the article An Irish Toast in the March issue of Milwaukee Magazine. 

I prefer when St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday. It lets the parade of inebriated green-clad clowns have its fun on Saturday, and makes the day more tolerable for the rest of us.

Barley Pop of the Week
Baseball season is right around the corner, and I think I’ve found a beer perfect for Miller Park tailgating. Founders All Day IPA has a nice hop bitterness but an alcohol content of just 4.7 percent, which means that having a couple before you head into the ballpark won’t hamper your ability to make it through the ninth inning. All Day IPA has a crisp and refreshing finish, which I’m pretty sure will pair nicely with the warm asphalt of the Miller Park parking lot.

Quick Taps

Brad Todd at Stubby’s let me know that they’ll be visited by New Glarus Brewing founder Deb Carey for a beer dinner on April 18. I’ll give you the details soon, but be sure to clear your calendar.

Green beer = just plain wrong.

Milwaukee Beer Week starts April 13.

Events Brewing
Wednesday, March 13: Class is in session at Stubby University at 7 p.m. Head to Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) to learn about IPAs. This is one class you don’t want to miss.

Thursday, March 14: Mike Romans doesn’t mess around when he has a beer event. The Sierra Nevada release at Romans’ Pub at 6 p.m. is no exception. Try the new Ovila Quad with plums, the Ovila Barrel-Aged Quad, or a 2010 Jack and Ken’s Ale, an extremely rare barley wine. Come early, and come thirsty. 

Thursday, March 14: Get your supper club on at the Capital Brewery beer dinner at Joey Gerard’s in Greendale (5601 Broad St.). The fun starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $50. Call 414-858-1900 to make a reservation.

Friday, March 15: Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) hosts a tasting of Third Shift (10th and Blake) and brews from Squatters and Wasatch. The fun runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, March 15: Taste Third Shift at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).

Saturday, March 16: Leinie’s is bringing its new Canoe Paddler to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 16: Canoe Paddler shows up at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 16: Hop bombs are the featured beers at the weekly Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Right up my alley.

Homepage photo two glasses of beer close-up from Shutterstock.

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