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The main reason that I love Milwaukee Brewfest is the location. When the weather cooperates, the spot at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion on the lakefront is perfect. The selection of breweries isn’t too shabby either. The expansive list includes a sizable amount of Wisconsin brewers, which is never a bad thing. This year’s Brewfest takes place on Saturday, July 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. VIP tickets are already sold out but $45 general admission tickets are still available.
Guinness Wins Again
The Made of More ad campaign by Guinness is a good one. The latest in the stellar series was posted a couple of weeks ago.
Barley Pops of the Week
Sierra Nevada drummed up a lot of buzz last week when Beer Camp Across America 12-packs started showing up (briefly) on shelves. Each 12-pack has 12 different collaboration brews (all different styles) from some of the best breweries in the country. Examples include the There and Back English-Style Bitter (brewed with our friends at New Glarus), Chico King Pale Ale (brewed with Three Floyds) and Yvan the Great Belgian Blonde (brewed with Russian River). Beer Across America is an ambitious undertaking. If you are lucky enough to see a 12-pack, grab it.
This week’s specialty beer served during the Lakefront Brewery fish fry (Friday from 4 to 9:30 p.m.) is Pumpkin Lager with vanilla beans. Wow.
The Sprecher Brewing traveling beer garden wraps up a stint at Red Arrow Park (920 N. Water St.) on Sunday, July 27. It’s headed to Greene Park (4235 S. Lipton Ave.) next.
Tuesday, July 22: Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) hosts a highly anticipated beer dinner with Lagunitas. The five-course dinner starts at 6:30 and costs just $49. If there are any spots still available, you can reserve one at 414-292-0100.
Wednesday, July 23: Sprecher is the guest of honor at c.1880 (1101 S. 1st St.). The outstanding restaurant hosts a five-course beer dinner that pairs deliciousness like pork belly with Beyond Braggot and short rib with Black Bavarian. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and costs $75. Make a reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 414-431-9271.
Wednesday, July 23: It’s a big night for Milwaukee Beer Society at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). Sours are the beer of choice at the group’s weekly get-together and the list is still under wraps. Get there by 6 p.m. to find out what’s being poured.
Wednesday, July 23: Saisons are the subject at Bierklasse at Cafe Centraal (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.). Class costs $30 and starts at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 24: Chicago brewery Une Annee takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) from 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday, July 25: Hacker-Pschorr brings Sternweisse and Hubertus Bock to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 3 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 26: Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) has an interesting tasting. From 1 to 4 p.m. the place is sampling “beers for people who don’t like beer.”
Sunday, July 27: The monthly Brewery Sessions at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) puts the spotlight on Green Flash Brewery at 4 p.m. Tasting costs $15.