Beers at Biloba
I was determined to get to the new Biloba Brewing (18720 Pleasant St., Brookfield) over the weekend so I showed up five minutes before its 5 p.m. opening on Saturday afternoon. Within a half-hour, the small taproom was nearly full. There’s a reason why. The nearly dozen oak barrels stacked in the brewing area hint that Biloba is about more than IPAs, lagers and porters. I sampled small pours of most of the menu, which includes Smokin’ Gramma (a smoky, wee heavy, aged in rye barrels), a crisp saison, a rye pale ale, and a pleasantly tart barrel-aged black cherry lambic. My personal favorites were the Belgian golden ale (a fruity and flavorful Belgian) and the Saison on Oak, a saison that has been aged in Pinot Noir barrels and has a nice wine-like finish. As of now, the only place you can try these tasty brews is in the cozy taproom. It’s in your best interest to make a trip. Biloba is a brewery to keep your eyes on.
Beer and Pizza Make Sense
I must have been under a rock when Palermo’s started hosting its beer and wood-fired pizza tastings. Oh well, I’m on board now for this simply genius idea. Attendees try five different pizzas with five different beers and get a short tour of the Palermo’s factory (3301 W. Canal St.) to boot. Each Beer Night starts at 7 p.m. and costs just $30. The next is scheduled for Friday, April 18, and there are others slated for May 16, June 20 and August 15. Make a reservation by calling 414-982-6060. Seriously, under a rock.
Barley Pop of the Week
I stopped by Stubby’s Gastrogrub and Beer Bar (2060 N. Humboldt Blvd.) on Saturday and had a tap of Wisconsinite. The refreshing weiss from Lakefront Brewery is a flavorful reminder that (believe it or not) summer is finally on the way. It has hints of banana and clove and has a low ABV of just 4.4% which means that drinking a couple of them on a hot summer day won’t make you woozy.
File this in the “I can’t miss it” category. Sanford (1547 N. Jackson St.) is hosting a cellared beer dinner on Monday, April 28. The menu features plates from one of the best restaurants in the Midwest paired with some amazing aged beers like a 2004 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (seriously). Peruse the full menu here, and call 414-276-9608 to reserve a spot.
New Belgium announced its Tour de Fat schedule for this summer. Sadly, no Milwaukee stop is planned. The closest that the bizarre day-long event gets is a trip to Chicago’s Palmer Square on July 12. It’s a spectacle that I recommend going to.
Stubby’s isn’t messing around with its Brewers tailgate party. It’s scheduled for the May 10 matchup against the Yankees (big name opponent) and features beer from Tallgrass Brewery (not your average tailgate beer). Apparently, the $100 tickets are going fast, so head to Stubby’s and register if you want to go.
Wednesday, April 16: Head to World of Beer (1300 E. Brady St.) to join the Milwaukee Beer Society in welcoming Coronado Brewing to Milwaukee. The launch party begins at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16: Milwaukee Beer Society meets at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) to sample a few cellared brews from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10.
Thursday, April 17: This might be the “can’t miss” event of the week. Firkin Night at Honeypie (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) features a rare firkin of the new My Turn Johnson IPA from Lakefront Brewery. Get there by the 6 p.m. start time because I don’t expect this anticipated brew to be around for very long.
Thursday, April 17: You can also sample My Turn Johnson at Lakefront Brewing Beer School 101 at World of Beer. You get four free, 5-ounce samples for attending, but you should be there by 5:30 p.m. to register because class size is limited. Class starts at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: Taste “Beers for Easter” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.