Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) is adding an interesting twist to the standard beer dinner. The Central Waters beer dinner on Thursday, Aug. 22 will have five delicious courses paired with Central Waters brews, which isn’t too unusual. The kicker is that the last two beers will be poured from barrels at Rumpus Room that were previously used to age cocktails. So, the cocktail aged Barleywine and Imperial Stout will have a unique flavor that you likely won’t find every again. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs just $55. Call 414-292-0100 to make a reservation.
Barley Pop of the Week
I managed to get my hands on a Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA (the Oregon brewer unfortunately doesn’t distribute in Wisconsin) and now I want to snag a few more. I tend to like IPAs that have a flavor big on citrus and fruit and Fresh Squeezed is the “fruitiest” IPA I’ve ever tasted. Citra hops are prominent and a hint of bitterness ends the outstanding taste experience. It’s really the perfect IPA for warm weather (or I guess any weather really).
A great article about the new Miller Fortune in Advertising Age (http://adage.com/article/news/millercoors-takes-bud-light-platinum-miller-fortune/243682/) last week. I find it astonishing that the move to a higher ABV is frequently mentioned with Fortune, but never the flavor.
Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers are showing up on store shelves. That's a sure sign that it's late summer.
Tuesday, Aug. 20: The monthly beer dinner at Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) features New Glarus brews. Open seating runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $30.
Wednesday, Aug. 21: New Belgium is the special guest at the Brewery of the Month Club gathering at Whole Foods (2305 N. Prospect Ave.) from 6 to 7 p.m. Sample some brews and cheese for just $5. Call 414-223-1500 to reserve a spot.
Friday, Aug. 23: Horny Goat brings samples of Oktoberfest and Pumpkin to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 23: Check out some samples from St. Francis Brewing at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: Try “Northern United States beers” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).
Saturday, Aug. 24: Taste Horny Goat brews from 2 to 4 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.