After a few months of tweaking and development, the Beer Fridge app is finally available for download at the Apple app store. It’s still in its infancy, but I expect Milwaukeean John Lavelle’s creation to be a success. Download it now, because more makes the site much merrier.
Hug a Homebrewer
May 4 is National Homebrew Day. It’s hard to overstate how much influence that the homebrewing population has had on the rise of craft beer popularity in the last decade or so. According to the American Homebrewers Association there are an estimated one million homebrewers in the United States. These barley aficionados have no doubt contributed greatly to a rising interest in quality beers. So, on May 4 I’ll raise a glass of whatever I have in the fridge to groups like the Beer Barons of Milwaukee and homebrewers all over the land.
Barley Pop of the Week
You don’t see IPAs aged in bourbon barrels very often (if ever). Founder’s Brewing Doom is a rare example. The beer hit shelves (and apparently disappeared from them) last week, but I’m told that barrels of it exist in town (hello, Burnhearts). The amber colored brew has a bourbon aroma that smells a little like butterscotch. The flavor is intriguing. Bitter hops come through, but the bourbon barrel hints and malt flavor keep the hops in check. It’s an unusual beer, but a valiant effort. At 10 percent ABV, it’s not for the faint of heart, but hop heads should give it a shot.
San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewery is starting to distribute its highly rated Sculpin IPA in Chicago in early May. No word on if it’s coming to Milwaukee, but I recommend picking some up when you’re in the Windy City.
Kudos to the Brewers (is the team name beer-related enough?) on the recent nine-game winning streak (maybe I should thank the lowly Cubs and Padres).
Note: It’s a slow time for events. My suggestion is to head to your favorite craft beer bar (Burnhearts, Romans’ Pub, Sugar Maple, Stubby’s, Rumpus Room, Benno’s, Palm Tavern, etc.) and make your own event.
Friday, May 3: Sample the brews of Abita from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
Saturday, May 4: The interesting “dark color, lighter body” beers are the samples at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.