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Open Doors
Historic Milwaukee event allows a peek into some beer-related spots

Milwaukee Brewing Company is one of 125 buildings opening their doors this weekend.
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

Doors Open Milwaukee takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23. The event is one big Milwaukee open house and a few of the buildings on the list are places not normally seen by the public. (One spot opening its doors is the Milwaukee Magazine office, where lucky visitors just might get a glimpse of tireless Mil Mag sports guru Howie Magner slaving away at his keyboard and keeping his vast Twitter audience entertained.) Magazine offices are cool, but so are beer-related spots in Milwaukee, and Doors Open will have a few of them. Best Place at the Pabst Brewery (917 W. Juneau Ave.), Brewhouse Inn and Suites (1215 N. 10th St.), Milwaukee Brewing Company (613 S. 2nd St.), the Pabst Mansion (2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.), and the Pabst Theater (144 E. Wells St.), which I realize is a stretch but I included it because their bar will be open. Check the Doors Open website for visiting hours.

Barley Pop of the Week
Tyranena Hop Whore IIPA was mentioned by a few of the people I interviewed a couple of months ago for the Milwaukee Magazine beer issue as one of the best Wisconsin-made beers. I had to wait a few months to try it, but it was worth waiting for. I picked up a couple of single bottles at Discount Liquor Milwaukee. The beer is slightly sweet and malty initially but that flavor is overtaken by hoppy goodness. It’s a bitter finish, but in a good and tasty way.

Quick Taps
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is creeping into Milwaukee store shelves near you (supposedly this week). Keep an eye out for it because I'm guessing it will disappear quickly.

The temperatures are cooling off a bit, so I think it’s now OK to drink an Oktoberfest or two.

Events on Tap
Tuesday, Sept. 18: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts yet another beer dinner. This time, Goose Island Belgians are the highlight and the main course is veal marsala paired with Pere Jacques. And, oh yeah, there will be Bourbon County Stout for dessert, which alone is reason to attend. Call 762-5010 to make a reservation or for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Goose Island heads to Sneesby’s Denoon Saloon (W198 S10857 Racine Ave.) for another beer dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 262-971-0171 for reservations and pricing information.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Sierra Nevada comes to Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) with a few of their limited Beer Camp series selections at 7 p.m. Try the Oatmeal Stout or the Floral IPA.

Friday, Sept. 21: Taste beers from Point Brewery at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21: Get into the spirit of fall by sampling Crispin and Fox Barrel ciders from 4-7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).

Saturday, Sept. 22: Wild Onion brings samples including the aptly named Hop Slayer Double IPA to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 12-2 p.m. Later in the day, try Crispin and Fox Barrel ciders from 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22: Point shows up at Discount Liquor Waukesha from 1-3 p.m., and Wild Onion hands out samples from 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22: Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) doles out samples of “new arrival” beers from 1-4 p.m.

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