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Getting the Hang of Home Brewing
A big addition to the local craft beer scene, quick taps and more.

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You Brew with UBrew

Simple home-brewing is an easy thing to get the hang of (perfecting it and getting creative with your brews are different stories). UBrew is a great hands-on way to learn the basics. Home-brewing experts lead attendees through the process from brewing to bottling. “Students” are actively involved in every step, which is a great way to learn how to do the brewing at home. And, all attendees get to take home a 12-pack of home-brewed beer.


“The facility to bring home-brewers of all experience levels together to brew is definitely our main goal,” said UBrew’s Steven Wroblewski. “We want to create a fun culture around home-brewing that knocks down the walls for anyone looking to get started, but also to foster the advanced and experimental education of those who already actively brew.”


The next class is at Braise Restaurant (1101 S. Second St.) on Saturday, July 19. The learning happens between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sign up at UBrewmke.com and keep an eye on their events calendar.


Big News from Ballast Point (image attached)

I hinted at a big addition to the Milwaukee craft beer scene a few weeks ago. The rumors have started to fly, so I’ll make it official (at least as official as I can). Ballast Point brews should be Milwaukee store shelves by the end of summer.


Hop heads rejoice. Ballast Point makes some world-class pale ales including the well-known Sculpin IPA, which snags a perfect rating of 100 from RateBeer.com. I’ve tried several Ballast Point brews and can vouch for others, including the delicious Big Eye IPA and Dorado IIPA. (The Black Marlin Porter, Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter and Sea Monster Stout are also highly regarded, but I can’t claim to have tried them.) I'll let you know when Ballast Point hits stores shelves.


Barley Pop of the Week

I promise to stop my run of hoppy selections, but I had to throw another one in this week. I spent a couple of days at the beach over the Fourth of July weekend, and became acquainted with Founders All Day IPA. It has a crisp flavor and nice hop bitterness. And, it checks in at just 4.7% ABV, which means having a few in the warm sun won’t turn you into a slobbering mess.


Quick Taps

Learn about the new wild fruit cave at New Glarus by reading this great article from Isthmus. New Glarus continues to do things right.


Founders Brewing is expanding so that it can double capacity. That’s good news for all of us.


Events Brewing

Wednesday, July 9: Milwaukee Beer Society takes a look at the delicious American Pale Ale from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 Juneau Ave.). Cost is $10.


Wednesday, July 9: Strong Ales are the subject of Bierklasse at Cafe Hollander (7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa) which starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $30. Click here.


Thursday, July 10: Barley’s Angels holds its monthly meeting at Lakefront Brewery. All Angels get a tour of the brewery at 6:30, but get there at 6 p.m. to get started. Cost is just $7.


Friday, July 11: Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) is the place to be from 4 to 7 p.m. Both New Belgium and Chicago newcomer Une Annee will be handing out samples, and both have good stuff.


Friday, July 11: Upland Brewing brings samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, July 12: Try Sprecher’s new Hard Ginger Beer at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.


Saturday, July 12: Discount Liquor Milwaukee hosts Upland Brewing from noon to 3 p.m. and Robinsons Brewery, purveyors of Iron Maiden inspired Trooper, from 1 to 3 p.m.


Saturday, July 12: Try samples of Wisconsin beers from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

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