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AleSmith is Coming to Town
The well-regarded San Diego brewery is on its way to Milwaukee.

AleSmith, the well-regarded San Diego brewery is bringing its tasty brews to Milwaukee. Get an early taste of the stuff and meet owner/brewmaster Peter Zien at Rays Wine & Spirits at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Tickets are just $25 and were apparently selling at a brisk pace over the weekend. I’m excited to greet the AleSmith IPA when it hits store shelves.

Barley Pop of the Week

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb. After trying some, it’s easy to see why. The reddish brew smells like strawberry jam and the flavor follows. But the slightly sweet strawberry quickly gives way to a tart finish, which ensures that the beer isn’t cloying. It’s an extremely well-balanced fruit beer from a brewery that’s one of the best in that department. It’s gotten to the point that I trust New Glarus implicitly. If I were to hear that New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey was brewing a beer from beets and radishes, I’d be excited to try it.

Quick Taps

I was given a lovely new beer fridge last week and filled it with a few rarities and beers I’m saving. My only concern now is that it might not be big enough.

The Wisconsin State Fair kicks off this week. Celebrate by eating a 5,000-calorie item on a stick and washing it down at The Micro, the best spot on the grounds for craft beer fans.

Events Brewing

Thursday, Aug. 1: Barley’s Angels celebrates a year of existence at the Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) and the fun starts at 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2: Oskar Blues is the beer of the month at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.). Try some of the good stuff from Colorado from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3: Oskar Blues comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3: Sample Wisconsin beers from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

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