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The Beer Dinner, Redefined
Kudos to Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) for creating a beer dinner theme that’s long overdue. On Thursday, April 10, the brewery pairs beers with several varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches. That’s right, grilled cheese. Choose a beer cheddar with shredded pot roast sandwich paired with Black Bavarian, or a white cheddar and cranberry with grilled chicken and walnut pesto with Hefe Weiss. After the winter we’ve had, a night of comfort food sounds perfect. The event starts with a brewery tour at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $45 per person and required reservations can be made by calling 414-964-2739.
Barley Pop of the Week
Founders KBS is one of the most difficult rarities to find. It was released last week and the few bottles that made it to Milwaukee store shelves disappeared as quickly as they were stocked. I managed to get my hands on some of the precious stuff. This year’s batch is delicious. It’s got a hint of sweetness, with prevalent dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Despite its 11.2 percent ABV, it’s not overly boozy. A good effort all around. If you didn’t get a bottle, don’t despair. KBS tends to make its way to a few (but not many) taps in town.
Does the fact that Bell’s Brewery will begin distribution in California in May mean that there will be less Hopslam for those of us in the Midwest who’ve been Bell’s fans all along? Doesn’t southern California already have enough good IPAs to choose from?
I stopped by the grand opening of Biloba Brewing Company (18720 Pleasant St., Brookfield) on Saturday. Unfortunately for me (and good news for the new brewery), there was a line to get in and I was pressed for time. I'm looking forward to heading back in a couple of weeks.
Last week, local beer aficionado and email newsletter author Tom “Grynder” Ciula wrote a rave review of the things that Lakefront Brewery is doing. Among the highlights, My Turn Johnson’s Imperial IPA, which should be released in the upcoming weeks, and the sessionable Extended Play IPA. I have to agree with Grynder on everything he said, and I’m especially excited about Johnson’s IIPA.
Romans’ Pub will be closed April 8-14 for a “vacation” for Mike Romans. Mike has earned it.
Wednesday, April 9: Milwaukee Beer Society dissects IPA at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. $10 earns the right to participate.
Wednesday, April 9: Attend Bierklasse at Cafe Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave.) to learn about, and try, “Hoppy Biers” starting at 7 p.m. The cost is just $30.
Thursday, April 10: The beer list at the Bay View Community Center Beer Tasting isn’t huge, but the cause is a good one. The benefit at the South Shore Yacht Club runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $40 and include a buffet dinner. But the tickets here.
Friday, April 11: Try Slovakia’s Golden Pheasant Lager at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: Try samples from Alaskan Brewery, including the delicious Hopothermia, at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: Golden Pheasant makes a second appearance at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: Try porters at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: As if anyone needs a reason to head to the Brat Stop (12304 75th St., Kenosha), the Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival is a good one. From 1 to 5 p.m., attendees can sample Wisconsin cheese and beer from more than 40 breweries. The cost is $45 for general admission tickets or $95 for VIP tickets (which include tastes of a few rarities from the likes of O’so Brewing and Lakefront Brewery).