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A Beer Trip to Racine
This might be your best excuse to get down south.

The Great Lakes Brew Fest is one heck of a reason to head to Racine in the fall. The list of breweries attending is pretty outstanding and includes a nice mix of Wisconsin brewers and other regional standouts. The fest runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and general admission tickets (they are the only tickets left) cost $45. I’m pretty sure a fall day in Racine can’t be spent doing anything better.

Barley Pop of the Week

First off, thanks to Marie at Discount Liquor Milwaukee for letting me know when their latest delivery of AleSmith IPA showed up. I grabbed a couple of bottles (and a few other things, which tends to happen after I walk through the doors at Discount) and headed home. AleSmith is a welcomed new addition to the Milwaukee beer scene and I thought the IPA was excellent. It has the unflinchingly bitter finish of other West Coast IPAs (see: Ballast Point Sculpin, Russian River Pliny the Elder, etc.) and has excellent balance. 

Quick Tap

I don’t mean to sound trite (or cliché) but I suggest a quiet cheers with your favorite beer during a short moment of silence on Wednesday. Just sayin’.

Events Brewing

Wednesday, Sept. 11: The monthly Bierklasse comes to Cafe Hollander Wauwatosa (7677 W. State St.) at 7 p.m. This time around, “wild ales” are the focus and you’ll be able to taste four of them. Cost is $20. Email your reservation to bierklasse@lowlandsgroup.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 11: Made in Milwaukee Beer Class makes its debut at the Rumpus Room from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $20 to sample 10 good beers. Sounds good to me. 

Friday, Sept. 13: Central Waters brings samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 13: Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) lets customers taste fall seasonals from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14: Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) hands out tastes of Oktoberfest beers from 1 to 4 p.m.

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