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On Saturday, firkins all around town will be tapped to kick off Milwaukee Beer Week. From April 26 to May 3 the calendar is filled with tastings, beer dinners, and other beer-centric events. The list of options is simply too massive to fit here. But there are a few highlights. The big event is Discount Liquor’s Crafts & Drafts on Sunday, April 27. The event was a big hit last year, and 2014 appears to be no different. Sample hundreds of beers, including a fair amount of rarities, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hart Park’s Muellner Building (7300 W. Chestnut St.). Advance tickets are $60 for VIP and $45 for general admission. Click here.
The Stein & Dine Beer, Cheese and Sausage Festival on Saturday, April 26 is a good way to kick off the week. Tasting beer, cheese and sausage at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center (640 S. 84th St.) from 2 to 6 p.m. makes for a fine weekend. Advance tickets are $70 for VIP and $35 for general admission.
There’s a lot going on, so map out a schedule and prepare to taste plenty of beer from April 26 to May 3.
Barley Pop of the Week
A visit to Hotel Foster (2028 E. North Ave.) last week gave me the chance to have one of my favorite beers on tap. Boulder Beer Company’s Mojo Risin’ IIPA is pretty amazing when it’s on a nitro line. The nitrogen used to bring the beer to the tap causes a cascading effect of the golden brew when it’s in the glass. It also adds a creaminess to the mildly bitter IIPA, which I don’t generally need or look for when it comes to hoppy beers but seems to work extremely well with Mojo Risin’.
Congrats to Sprecher Brewing for claiming a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup. The highly respected Black Bavarian claimed the top spot in the German-style Schwarzbier category, beating 46 other entries. Shakparo took home a bronze in the gluten-free beer category.
Three Floyds Brewery expansion is good for everybody. Check out the details.
Tuesday, April 23: Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha) hosts a spring beer dinner with Alaskan Brewing starting at $35. The cost is $35 and reservations are required.
Tuesday, April 23: Bierklasse comes to Cafe Hollander (7677 W. State St.) where attendees can learn about (and sample) Tripels. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30. Reservations are required.
Saturday, April 26: The weekly beer tasting at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) involves staff favorites from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: Milwaukee Beer Week kicks off. Check out events here.