Last week, Solemn Oath Brewery announced plans to distribute in Wisconsin. And there was much rejoicing. I’ve been decidedly impressed with the few samples I’ve had from the relatively new brewery in Naperville, on the southwest outskirts of Chicago’s ’burbs. Look for Snaggletooth Bandana, a tasty American IPA, or Butterfly Flashmob, an excellent Belgian IPA, when the beers arrive at a local tap near you in the spring. Early distribution plans appear to be limited, but it’s certainly a start and a chance to try brews from an up and coming brewery.
Best of Milwaukee Beer Dinner Returns
Grab tickets now for the Best of Milwaukee Beer Dinner at Hinterland (222 E. Erie St.) on Tuesday, March 25. It’s not to be missed. The chefs involved are Justin Aprahamian from Sanford, Odd Duck’s Daniel Jacobs, Paul Zerkel and Lisa Kirkpatrick of Goodkind, Hinterland’s Dan Van Rite and Matt Kerley of Blue Jacket. The beer list includes treats like Three Floyds Zombie Dust. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. The price of $95 may seem a little steep, but trust me, it’s a bargain.
Barley Pop of the Week
With the winter we’ve been having, a brew by Alaskan Brewing Company seems like a logical choice for mention. Hopothermia IIPA is an excellent addition to the Alaskan lineup. A fair amount of malt sweetness balances out the citrusy hop bitterness nicely. Alaskan is a solid brewery, and Hopothermia is another example of this fact.
A bar in Portland tapped a barrel of the extremely rare Pliney the Younger, and in order to make it last longer they listed it on the menu board as Miller High Life. Hilarious, and great for those who figured it out.
Sprecher Brewery and Milwaukee Pizza Company, not a bad combination. Four new pizza flavors are now available after a tour or frozen in the Sprecher gift shop (701 W. Glendale Ave.). The most intriguing is a beer brat pizza that includes a cheese sauce made with Sprecher Special Amber.
Wednesday, March 5: New Belgium samples are on hand at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 3 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 6: Detroit’s Atwater Brewery brings samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 7: Try tastes of Atwater Brewery at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 7: Guinness samples, including the delicious Foreign Extra Stout, are at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 7: The Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) is pairing four different beers from Central Waters with four Wisconsin cheeses. The deliciousness starts at 7 p.m. and costs just $14.
Saturday, March 8: Taste a slew of brews from Capital Brewery at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 8: A busy day at Discount Liquor Waukesha includes Guinness samples from 1 to 3 p.m. and tastes of Capital Brewery from 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 8: The weekly tasting at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) involves “Beers to Convert Your Miller Drinking Friends” from 1 to 4 p.m.