Try to find an extra 15 minutes at some point in the week. If you do, spend it watching this great video, Craft Beer: A Hopumentary. Ed McMahon’s old Budweiser ad is worth watching by itself, but stick with it after that. It’s a great sample of (northern California) beer culture. Thanks to Beer Pulse for bringing it to my attention.
Doing Things Right in Door County
Door County is a fabulous place when there’s nothing going on. But when the Door County Beer Festival is happening on June 15 (noon to 4 p.m.) at Town Hall Park in Baileys Harbor, it’s about as good as it gets. The brewery list is solid, but that standout event is the beer swap. Bring one of your best cellared or rare beers, and you get to choose from what other beer aficionados bring. It’s a great way to get access to some rarities or brews that you can’t find in Wisconsin.
General admission tickets are just $15.
Barley Pop of the Week
I don’t drink many Allagash brews, and until last week it had been a long time since I had an Allagash White. Allagash makes one of the tastier wheat beers I’ve tried, and White is fruity, fairly light and very refreshing. My tastes have swung to the bigger and more bitter beers, but a solid wheat beer is never a bad choice in the summer.
I just brewed a IIPA (I cheated; it was from a kit) that didn’t turn out half bad. I added Citra hops to the mix, which already included ample Centennial hops. It was significantly better than a disastrous lager that I made a couple of months ago.
Lakefront Brewery Fixed Gear earned a mention in the spring Beer Connoisseur Magazine. It garnered a more than respectable 88 rating (out of 100). Well done Lakefront.
Tuesday, June 4: Meet Milwaukee Brewing founder Jim Hughes and taste some of his beers at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.). Milwaukee Brewing has done a great job rebranding themselves in the last few years. Learn from Jim how it was done. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $15
Friday, June 7: Try the new Leinenkugel Big Eddy Ryewine and a few other Big Eddy samples from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.). If that doesn’t work for you, try Lost Coast brews, also from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, June 7: The folks from Coors will be handing out Third Shift Amber from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).
Friday, June 7: Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) is pairing Three Sheeps brews with tasty cheeses at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $10 (link: https://www.wisconsincheesemart.com/06-07-13-3-sheeps-brewery-tasting/)
Saturday, June 8: Tallgrass hands out samples (try the Ethos IPA) at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 8: The Big Eddy beers come to Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 8: Sample Third Shift Amber from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee.
Saturday, June 8: Just in time for summer, Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) is sampling pilsners from 1 to 4 p.m.