Brewer Tim Eichinger runs his well-regarded nano-brewery out of a log cabin in tiny Pembine (just a stone’s throw from the Upper Peninsula). The Black Husky Pale Ale is delicious, and the Sproose Joose IIPA (brewed with spruce tips) is like no other beer I’ve tasted. Eichinger is making the 200-mile trek to Milwaukee to share his beers at the Black Husky Brewing Dinner at Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) on Thursday, March 21. The four-course menu includes pork ribs, chicken tarragon sausage, stuffed quail and a delicious dessert paired with Twelve Dog Russian Imperial Stout. Call 414-292-0100 for more info.
Bernie’s Three Floyds Beer Dinner
I haven’t made it out to Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha) yet but it’s on the slate for next week. The spot is doing a nice job with beer dinners. On Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. Bernie’s hosts a Three Floyds beer dinner. Gumballhead, Alpha King, Pride and Joy, Behemoth, and Robert the Bruce are the five tasty brews that accompany the five-course meal. The cost is $40, and be sure to call 262-548-9800 to make a reservation because the dinner will likely sell out.
A Revolution is Brewing in Wisconsin
Last week, Chicago’s Revolution Brewing, announced plans for expanding its distribution area. The good news is that expansion includes Wisconsin. Revolution’s output has exploded since opening a 40,000-square-foot brewery last year, and apparently beer drinkers in Wisconsin are benefactors. Revolution brews quality stuff (I really like the A Little Crazy Belgian Pale Ale) and their beers will be a nice addition once they arrive on store shelves later this year.
Barley Pop of the Week
Speaking of Revolution. One of their best is the Revolution Anti-Hero IPA. The beer is fairly crisp and has a hop bite that is prevalent but not overwhelming. Anti-Hero resides in a nice middle ground between hop heads and those who are learning to get a taste for a dash of bitter in their beer. It’s a fine brew for the beer drinking proletariat.
Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) tweeted last week that all of its bartenders are Cicerone certified beer servers. That’s pretty cool and something I expect to see more of.
Good beer goes pretty well with the NCAA tournament. Good luck to Marquette and Wisconsin in the Big Dance.
Tuesday, March 19: The string of solid beer dinners continues at Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) with Southern Tier. Four courses are paired with four beers. Of course, the Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout ends the night (that stuff is dessert in a glass). Open seating runs from 5-8 p.m. and costs $30. Call 414-762-5010 to make a reservation.
Friday, March 22: Sample beers from Abita and Sam Adams from 4-7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
Friday, March 22: Lakefront Brewery samples from 4-7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow) include the “Chad” Barleywine. I recommend trying some.
Saturday, March 23: Lakefront brings Chad (and some of his friends) to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 12-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: Sam Adams samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 12-3 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: Try “unique beers” from 1-4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).
Sunday, March 24: Brewery Sessions at the Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) continue with Sixpoint Brewery. For just $15 you can taste at least five 6-ounce Sixpoint samples. Sunday funday starts at 4 p.m.