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The Best Summer Saisons
What to try before summer's end. Plus, a can't-miss beer dinner.

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Central Waters Fans Should Keep Sept. 17 Open

Central Waters has been making the rounds in Milwaukee lately. On Wednesday, Sept. 17 they hit Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) for a can’t-miss beer dinner. The highlight is the fact that Central Waters is tapping the delicious 16th Anniversary Stout and a new experimental sour. That’s cool enough, but Central Waters isn’t showing up alone. Prearis Brewery brings a quad and saison all the way from Belgium for diners to try. Central Waters owner Anello Mollica and Prearis founder Andy DeWilde will both be there to mingle with patrons. Shockingly, the entire thing costs just $59. I’m guessing that getting an early reservation is essential. Call 414-292-0100 to make one.


Barley Pop of the Week

Pipeworks churns out dozens of different brews from its small spot south of the border (two weeks ago they announced a brewery expansion, which hopefully may result in distribution in Wisconsin). One of the latest concoctions I managed to get my hands on is Grillz, a golden ale brewed with grilled pineapple. I thought it might work nicely as a summer beer, but the boozy 10% ABV is just fine for any season. Pineapple flavor is prevalent, and the beer is slightly sweet without being cloying. Pipeworks seems to enjoy experimenting, and Grillz is a tasty byproduct of that.


Quick Taps

This great article -- about the guy who approves (or denies) beer labels -- made the rounds last week. It’s an entertaining and insightful read.

Esquire recently posted a nice list of some of the best saisons to try before the end of the summer. I haven’t tried them all, but I’m a big fan of both Tank 7 and Sorachi Ace.

This week’s specialty beer served during the Lakefront Brewery fish fry (Friday from 4 to 9:30 p.m.) is Fixed Gear with Chinook and Calypso hops.


Events Brewing

Tuesday, August 19: The next dinner at Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) is a winner. Finch’s Beer Company brings some tasty barrel-aged brews to the event, including Sobek in the Wood Black IPA and Stache in the Woods, a stout aged in Willet barrels. The food menu is just as good and includes bacon whiskey chicken kebabs and grilled tenderloin with a tomato cream Gorgonzola sauce. Cost is $40. Call 414-762-5010 to make a reservation.

Wednesday, August 20: New Holland brings both beers and spirits to Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) for a great tasting event. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $25. Call 414-258-9821 for a reservation.

Wednesday, August 20: Smoked beers are the guest of honor at the weekly Milwaukee Beer Society get-together. The cost is $10 for new members. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.).

Thursday, August 21: Firkin night at Honeypie Cafe (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) includes a firkin from Solemn Oath. Try some for just $5 a pint.

Thursday, August 21: New Holland Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, August 22: Milwaukee Brewing Company brings four beers to pair with four cheeses at the Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Third St.). Tasting starts at 7 p.m. and costs $14.

Saturday, August 23: Try beers from the northern U.S. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 23: Make the drive to Lake Geneva for a picturesque beer dinner on the Cobalt Lounge deck at Gordy’s Marine (320 Lake St., Fontana). The five-course dinner is paired with beers from Lakefront. The great way to bid summer adieu costs just $45 and starts at 6:30 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 262-275-1570 or emailing events@gordysboats.com.

Sunday, August 24: Milwaukee craft beer guru Mike Romans celebrates his birthday with a barbecue at Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.). The fun starts at 3 p.m. and you can bet that Mike will be tapping some special brews.

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