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New Ownership Hopes to Revitalize the Bier Stube
The Germantown bar reopens with a new owner and a new plan.
I haven’t been to Germantown’s Von Rothenburg Bier Stube (N116 W15863 Main St.) in years, but I loved the place anytime I made a trip to the distant suburbs. It had hundreds of beers to choose from and a great quaint German feel. The place closed in June 2012, but thanks to new owner Chaz Hastings, it reopened last week. The beer list is now 10 German taps served in half-liter or liter steins and Hastings plans to expand the beer garden. Sounds good to me.

A Take on Watered-Down Budweiser and Craft Beer
In case you missed it, last week the beer world was abuzz with news of a lawsuit filed against Anheuser-Busch accusing the brewing giant of watering down its beer (insert myriad jokes here). CNN writer Nathan Berrong has a nice take on the whole Bud controversy in his recent column, Why I Drink Good Beer. His points all seem valid to me.

Barley Pop of the Week
Lakefront’s My Turn Series has churned out some tasty beer. The latest is “Chad” a big and tasty barley wine that beer newsletter aficionado “Grynder” has been praising for at least a week. Rightly so. Chad, made by the cellarman at Lakefront, is rich and malty and has a slightly bitter and boozy finish. What I liked about it was that Chad isn’t too sweet and it does a nice job of hiding the fact that’s it’s 12 percent alcohol (sure, there's some booze in the finish, but less than I expected). Plus, I think I picked up a bomber for just five bucks at Discount Liquor. That’s an absolute steal.

Quick Taps
I expect to see New Belgium Rampant IIPA on Milwaukee shelves this week...and I expect to buy some.

Keep April 17 and April 30 open because Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) is hosting two more great beer events. More details next week, but remember the golden rule when it comes to events at Ray’s, “register early because they always sell out.” 

Events Brewing
Friday, March 8: Milwaukee Brewing Company brings samples of Black Iron and more to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 9: Taste Milwaukee Brewing samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 12-3 p.m.

Saturday, March 9: Sample “beers to convert your Miller drinking friends” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1-4 p.m. Have to hand it to Three Cellars, they have some unique themes for beer tastings.

Sunday, March 10: Sample dozens of chili recipes and wash it all down with beer from Milwaukee Brewing Company at the 11th Annual Rockabilly Chili Contest at MSOE’s Kern Center (1245 N. Broadway) from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $12 and tickets can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit WMSE 91.7 FM.

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