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A Rad Way to Quaff Beer
The grand opening of Hubbard Park's beer garden, quick taps and more.

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The Curious Case of the Radler

Last summer I discovered Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, a refreshing mix of beer and grapefruit soda. It’s a tart combination that is pretty tasty on a hot summer day. A minimal 2.5% ABV makes it sessionable, to say the least. A couple of weeks ago, I tried another option in the category – an Amstel Light Lemon Radler. This version tastes more like lemonade than beer, and when I saw the extremely low 2% ABV, I realized why. I like the idea of the Radler, and I understand that the low-alcohol style is intentional and designed for the heat. But I don’t want to sacrifice beer flavor entirely for the refreshing powers of citrus. When it’s hot outside and I want a light beer with some fruity flavor, I may just make own.


Growler Gallery Galas

Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) isn’t wasting any time putting events together to showcase the place. Last Thursday, the space hosted a Karben4 tap takeover. This Wednesday (June 25), the Growler Gallery welcomes Solemn Oath founder Joe Barley at 5 p.m. Thankfully, Joe is bringing some goodies with him, including Snaggletooth Bandana IPA (my favorite from Solemn Oath), Butterfly Flashmob Belgian IPA, Hexafoos American Farmhouse, Scareball Imperial Pilsner, None More Black Farmhouse Ale, Skinny Jeans Are Ridiculous APA, Whisper Kisses Saison and Ultra High Frequency Double American Red. Bring a growler (or two or three) of Solemn Oath goodness home with you.


Barley Pop of the Week

Scream IIPA is another reminder of just how lucky we are to have access to New Glarus beers. It has a pleasant citrus bitterness that is balanced nicely with a touch of malt. Scream was decidedly smooth for an Imperial IPA, and my only gripe is that it’s a limited brew and won’t be around too long. 


Quick Taps

I’m intrigued by Grätzer Ale, a collaboration between New Belgium and Three Floyds, two breweries that I’m a big fan of. Grätzer uses oak-smoked wheat and pours dark despite a fairly low 4.5% ABV.

Another new brew I’m excited for is Founder’s Mosaic Promise Ale. I love the juicy and fruity flavor of Mosaic hops and that’s the only one that the September release will be using.


Events Brewing

Tuesday, June 24: Hubbard Park Beer Garden (3565 N. Morris Blvd.) celebrates its grand opening at 5 p.m. with eight kegs of free beer. That's right.  

Wednesday, June 25: Saisons are the topic of discussion when Milwaukee Beer Society meets at Redbar (2245 E. St. Francis Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost to join in is $10.

Wednesday, June 25: Bierklasse takes place at Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) at 7 p.m. This week’s subject is Trappist Beers. Cost is $45.

Thursday, June 26: Try the latest Lakefront My Turn Series brew at Cafe Bavaria (7700 Harwood Ave.). The release of Pilo Imperial Pilsner runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, June 27: The Kohler Festival of Beer kicks off on Friday and runs all weekend. Beer and food lovers should find plenty to keep themselves busy at this great fest. Check out the busy fest schedule and plan your weekend accordingly.

Friday, June 27: Try New Holland brews at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 28: Sample “big” beers from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

Sunday, June 29: Brewery Sessions at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) delves into brews from Green Flash. Tasting starts at 4 p.m. and costs $15.

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