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The Budweiser Buddy Cup
A strange new way to make friends and more brew news.

One of the stranger ideas in recent beer news is the Budweiser Buddy Cup (a drinking vessel that connects Bud drinkers on Facebook when they clink glasses filled with rice beer). Stephen Colbert’s take on the Buddy Cup is priceless. Fast forward to 2:30 to see it.

Craft Beer is a Necessity

I got an email last week from Pizza Shuttle (just like plenty of you did) stating that they now carry more than 40 craft beers. Kudos to the Shuttle. I’ve never dined in with my standard thin crust Sausage Amore pizza, but now if I do I know I have plenty of beers to choose from. 

I’ve been noticing for a while now that a decent-sized craft beer list has become the norm and not the exception at newer bars. I made a stop at 42 Lounge (326 E. Mason St.) last week. The friendly place prides itself on its geekiness (there’s a poster of Darth Vader and patrons can play Xbox games), but 42 Lounge also has a pretty solid beer selection. Around 40 different options is a pretty good selection at a place that doesn’t advertise as a craft beer haven. 

The beauty of the ubiquitousness of craft beer is that we all win. It’s always good to have tasty options.

Dark Lord Day Revisited

Dark Lord Day was a few weeks ago (and for yet another year I missed it). But recently, Good Beer Hunting (Michael Kiser’s stellar beer blog that everyone should be reading) posted a summary of the event that sees thousands of beer fans invade the Three Floyds Brewery in Munster, Ind. to obtain Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout and share rare brews with each other. Kiser tells the story well, and accompanies it with great photos that capture the madness.

Barley Pop of the Week

For the second straight week, a creation of Founders Brewing deserves notice. Founders is just that good. Double Trouble is one delicious imperial IPA. It has a lasting hop bite, big citrus flavor and some malt to keep it in check. Get it while it’s in stores, which is now.

Quick Tap

Ballast Point Brewing enters the Chicago market this week. That brings Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, rated 100 on RateBeer.com, pretty close to Milwaukee.

Events Brewing

Thursday, May 9: Capital Brewery comes to Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) at 6 p.m. Try the new Capsized IIPA or Lakehouse Lager run through strawberries in a hop rocket.

Friday, May 10: Sample brews from Squatters and Wasatch at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 11: Hinterland brings some of its delicious beer to sample at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from noon to 3 p.m. The Templeton Rye Whiskey Aged Ale sounds like a winner.

Saturday, May 11: The Belle City Brewfest comes to the Racine Civic Center (5 Fifth St.,) from 2 to 6 p.m. The list of breweries isn’t huge, but it certainly doesn’t lack quality. Tickets are $40.

Saturday, May 11: Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) is sampling “beers that mom will like” from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 11: Hinterland hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15: Sneesby’s Denoon Saloon (W198 S10857 Racine Ave., Muskego) hosts a Founders Beer Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event costs $40 and reservations need to be made by Sunday. Call 262-971-0171 for more information.

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