I made it to Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub (1203 N. 10th St.) last weekend. It’s the new spot adjacent to the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. Both are the latest additions to the old Pabst Brewery, an area that intrigues me largely because plenty of new development is still surrounded by the eerie ghost town provided by massive abandoned buildings. Jackson’s occupies the brewery’s Building 21 nicely. Thirty-foot ceilings and rustic red, blue and beige walls create a pretty amazing feel inside the bar, and the airy pub has room for plenty of beer drinkers. The beer list is solid. Pabst is on tap, of course, and is joined by 12 Wisconsin beers (New Glarus, Lakefront, etc.). The bottle list includes roughly 40 options, and if you feel like slumming it, you can order a can of Old Milwaukee.
Barley Pop of the Week
I don’t drink beers from Stevens Point Brewery very often (or really ever) but I gave Point Nude Beach Wheat Ale a shot last week. I don’t drink too many wheat beers either, but I was looking for something light and refreshing. Nude Beach fit the bill. The summer seasonal has a dominant citrus flavor and a clean finish. Its ABV is around five percent, which makes it a good choice for hot summer days when a boozy brew will make you wilt.
I’m intrigued by the latest concoction of Founders Brewing. Mango Magnifico, released in August, is a combination of refreshing mango and spicy habanero. It sounds weird, but I trust the recipe since it’s in the hands of Founders.
Brenner Brewing has plans for a Walker’s Point brewery, and the update appeared on the Radio Milwaukee website last week.
Tuesday, June 18: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a Goose Island beer dinner and the menu looks delicious. The highlight is 2012 Bourbon County Stout paired with country ribs. Open seating runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $30. Call 414-762-5010 to ensure a reservation.
Thursday, June 20: Learn what beer tasting is all about at the ABCs of Craft Beer Tasting event at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.). The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is just $15. Get tickets early.
Friday, June 21: Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) hosts a Berghoff Relaunch Party starting at 5 p.m. Try new recipes (I’m intrigued by the Germaniac Extra Pale Ale) and eat brats from Odd Duck. Not a bad night.
Friday, June 21: Hang out with Lakefront Brewery co-founder Jim Klisch at Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third) and pair four different Lakefront brews with gourmet cheese. The tasting starts at 7 p.m. and the cost is $10.
Saturday, June 22: Taste “beers for camping” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.
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