I’m a big fan of the Milwaukee Brewfest, which invades the lakefront on Saturday at 2 p.m. if you’re a VIP and 3 p.m. if you’re not. Last year’s fest was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had at a beer tasting. The weather was amazing, the brewery list was extremely varied, and it’s really hard to beat the location at McKinley Park (1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.).
I recommend getting tickets.
Alterra Has Beer
That’s really all I need to say, right? I dig Alterra. They do a nice job creating welcoming spaces, and the chorizo breakfast burrito is delicious. The latest location in Wauwatosa (6745 W. Wells St.) has added beer to the menu. The One Tun Pale Ale is mildly hoppy and delicious. The Cortado stout is more potent and has a distinct coffee flavor (go figure). The beers are brewed through a partnership with 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan.
Barley Pop of the Week
Lakefront Brewery’s Belgian-Style Apricot Ale is a good way to fend off any hot days left this summer. The hazy orange beer mixes noticeable Belgian yeast with a refreshing fruit flavor. The apricot isn’t overpowering (which is a good thing) but instead adds a tasty and refreshing flavor. Get it while you can.
Upstart local brewer Mill Street Brewing will be bringing several varieties to the Milwaukee Brewfest. Check this young nanobrewery out.
Wednesday, July 24: Another great event at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) starts at 6:30 p.m. Try a blind tasting of “old world” brews and their “new world” craft beer counterparts and see if you can guess which is which. Tickets are just $20, but get them before it sells out.
Wednesday, July 24: Summit’s Mike Lundell hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: It should be an interesting selection for the weekly tasting at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m. This week it’s “beers for people who don’t like beer”, which is intriguing.