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Lakefront is Big in Europe
Last week, the winners of the European Beer Star competition were announced. A fair amount of craft brewers from the U.S. took home medals from the big international competition, including Lakefront Brewery. Eastside Dark landed Lakefront a gold medal in the Bohemian-Style Schwarzbier category, and Holiday Spice Lager (one of my favorites) claimed a silver in the Herb and Spice Beer category. Winning a pair of medals at the competition that includes more than 1,600 entries isn’t easy. Kudos to Lakefront.
Check out the full list of winners here.
The newly opened Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) seems to be making quite an impression. The 16-beer tap list, from which you can fill a growler, has a nice, well-thought variety to it. For example, last weekend the tap lines featured something for any beer lover including a McAuslan St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, a New Glarus Apple Ale and a Victory Hop Devil. Remember when the Shorewood Inn and Village Pub were the only two spots on that strip of Oakland? Now, that part of Shorewood is hopping. And that’s not a bad thing.
Barley Pop of the Week
I met the cold weather head on last week by opening up a Founders Backwoods Bastard. The Scotch Ale balances a sweet caramel and toffee flavor with a hint of butterscotch. The payoff is a boozy, bourbon-tinged finish, which is the result of bourbon barrel-aging. I’ve been on a Founders binge lately, and delicious Backwoods Bastard is one of the reasons why.
Some Sheboygan brewery dudes have shed their work gear in the name of men’s prostate cancer research. The Brew Men Calendar 2015 features guys from 3 Sheeps Brewing, 8th Street Ale Haus and Plymouth Brewing baring all for charity. Get yours for just $20.
At the risk of dating myself, I spent a fair amount of time at the Brown Bottle (221 E. Galena St.) when it was popular in the late ’90s. The next generation of bar goers gets a chance to experience the spot in the former Schlitz brewery when it reopens Monday Nov. 17. Click here for more details on the Brown Bottle.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Dark Horse Brewing brings five tasty beers to Honeypie (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) for a five-course beer dinner. The cost is $65 and reservations can be made at 414-489-7437.
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts a Left Hand Brewery beer dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $40, and you can call 414-762-5010 to make sure you have a spot.
Wednesday, Nov. 19: The Milwaukee Beer Society hosts its second tasting of sour beers from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). The cost is $15 and a one-time $10 membership fee.
Thursday, Nov. 20: Try samples from Sierra Nevada at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20: Lakefront is tapping a “to be determined” cask at iconic Regano’s Roman Coin (1004 E. Brady St.) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20: Chicago’s up and coming Une Annee takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) starting at 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21: Sierra Nevada brings samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21: Sample Belgian brews at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22: Try beers for Thanksgiving at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22: The Belgians return to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.