Craft beer enthusiasts are in the thick of Milwaukee Beer Week. There are still plenty of events  until May 3 to attend. One of the most intriguing left on the schedule is a Hinterland tasting at Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) on Wednesday, April 30. Try Hinterland Whiteout IIPA and barrel-aged Whiteout. Mike is […]

Craft beer enthusiasts are in the thick of Milwaukee Beer Week. There are still plenty of events  until May 3 to attend. One of the most intriguing left on the schedule is a Hinterland tasting at Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) on Wednesday, April 30.

Try Hinterland Whiteout IIPA and barrel-aged Whiteout. Mike is serving artisanal brats and jumbo hot dogs to go along with the delicious beer. Get there at 6 p.m. and indulge.

 

Misfortune

Disclaimer: My job with this blog isn’t to disparage beers. I prefer craft brews but don’t want to be a beer snob and realize that people are allowed to drink whatever beer they want.


I have no problem with MillerCoors and, in fact, like an ice cold High Life on a hot summer day (ideally at Miller Park). But, Miller Fortune is another story. The problem isn’t that Miller tried to market a higher end beer with an elevated ABV (Fortune is 6.9%). The problem is the result. The malty sweetness isn’t pleasant and the complexity that I hoped for was nonexistent. It simply misses the mark. The beer has been disparaged by plenty of bloggers and beer geeks. But this take by (conspiracy theorist) Oliver Gray just might be the best.

 

Barley Pop of the Week

Three Floyds doesn’t slouch when it comes to IPAs or great beer names. War Mullet Imperial IPA is just another example. The brew balances malt, citrus and a nice substantial bitterness. War Mullet fits nicely into the Three Floyds hoppy portfolio.

 

Quick Taps

  • I hope all that attended Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds last Saturday had a good time and got home safely. 
  • The Esquire story about how Boston Beer Company head honcho Jim Koch stays on an even keel while drinking went viral last week. I’m not entirely sure I buy the yeast theory.
  • I’m attending Beer Summit held by Beer Capitol on Thursday. Some big names in craft brewing will discuss the state of the industry. I hope to have some good nuggets next week.

 

Events Brewing

  • Monday, April 28 to Saturday, May 3: Milwaukee Beer Week continues. Check out the busy schedule of events.
  • Friday, May 2: The Kwak N’ Roll Bike Pub Crawl starts at Cafe Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave.) at 5:30 p.m., winds its way to Trocadero (1758 N. Water St.) and Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) and finishes at Cafe Centraal (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.). Email LCC@lowlandsgroup.com to RSVP.
  • Saturday, May 3: Try dark colored but light bodied brews at the weekly Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) tasting from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Beer glasses photo from Shutterstock Beer Week hits its stride this week with more events than any one person could possibly attend. Check last week’s blog for some goings on that you shouldn’t miss and keep an eye on the Beer Week site to find others that appeal to your beer drinking senses. Barley Pop […]


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Beer Week hits its stride this week with more events than any one person could possibly attend. Check last week’s blog for some goings on that you shouldn’t miss and keep an eye on the Beer Week site to find others that appeal to your beer drinking senses.

Barley Pop of the Week

One of my favorite IIPAs is out in stores (but likely only for a few more weeks). The New Glarus Thumbprint IIPA is absolutely delicious. It’s got strong but not overwhelming hop bitterness with a tasty citrus bite. It truly belongs among the upper echelon of IIPAs. Every now and then I forget that New Glarus only distributes in Wisconsin. We’re pretty darn lucky.

Events Brewing (A Tasting Menu)

There are too many events to mention, but I’ve stumbled across a few tastings around town. Again, this is only a sample (ahem).

Wednesday, April 17: Try Summit’s new organic Unchained IPA at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: New Belgium brings a full sample menu, including Rampant IIPA, to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Try free samples of Oskar Blues and Kentucky Bourbon Ale at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Taste samples from Hinterland Brewing from 6 to 8 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).

Thursday, April 18: Lagunitas brings samples to Downer Wine & Spirits (2638 N. Downer Ave.) from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, April 19: Goose Island brings its Belgian ales to Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Friday, April 19: Join Sprecher brewmaster Craig Burge for a tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Three Cellars.

Friday, April 19: Try samples from Founders from 4 to 7 p.m. at G. Groppi Food Market (1441 E. Russell Ave.).

Friday, April 19: Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) is sampling New Belgium Lips of Faith series beers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20: End beer week with samples of Oskar Blues, Kentucky Bourbon Ale, and a slew of Goose Island beers from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 20: “Southern beers” are the free sample from 1 to 4 p.m. at Three Cellars.

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Beer Week Marches On Once again, check milwaukeebeerweek.com to find the massive amount of beer events going on this week. There are too many good ones to list.  Take Me Out to the Ballgame I made it to a Brewers game last Wednesday (a thrilling walk-off win in the 10th inning for the Crew) and […]

Beer Week Marches On
Once again, check milwaukeebeerweek.com to find the massive amount of beer events going on this week. There are too many good ones to list. 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
I made it to a Brewers game last Wednesday (a thrilling walk-off win in the 10th inning for the Crew) and headed straight for the craft beer kiosk. Props to the powers that be at Miller Park for expanding the beer selection this season. The lower level beer cart had solid choices from Bell’s, New Belgium, New Glarus, Milwaukee Brewing, Capital Brewery, Lakefront, Sprecher, Sierra Nevada, and more. It’s nice to have options at the ball yard. America’s pastime may be baseball, but beer drinking is a close second.

A Couple of Locals in the Brewers Association Top 50 List
Last week, the Brewers Association released a list of the top 50 craft brewing companies based on sales volume in the United States. Congrats to New Glarus (19th) and Stevens Point Brewery (31st) for making the list. The top three are Boston Beer Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing and New Belgium Brewing. 

Barley Pop of the Week
Tallgrass Brewing out of Manhattan, Kan., is another craft brewery that eschews bottles and distributes its brews in aluminum cans (see: Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, etc.). Their cleverly named 8-Bit Pale Ale (an homage to old video games) is one of the more accessible pale ales I’ve had recently. The hop flavor is there, but not as overwhelming as it can be in other similar beers. And, the folks at Tallgrass made this cool/bizarre 8-Bit video that doesn’t cost a thing. 

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Quick Taps
This whole Milwaukee Beer Week thing certainly gives people a chance to try hard-to-find beers (Founders KBS, Central Waters 1414, etc.), which might be my favorite aspect of the festivities.

I tried the Watermelon Wheat at the Horny Goat Hideaway (2011 S. 1st St., hghideaway.com) last week. It sounds a little odd, but brewmaster Dave Reese’s creation is crisp, not too sweet or watermelony (is that word?) and honestly would go down pretty smoothly on an 80-degree day.

Events Brewing
Saturday, April 28: Enroll in Beer School hosted by Black Husky Brewing founder Tim Eichinger from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.). Learn what it takes to created a successful brewery. Call 235-3336 or stop into Three Cellars to make a reservation. Cost is $20.

Sunday, April 29: Join Lagunitas’ Sean McHugh from 4 to 6 p.m. at one of Sugar Maple’s Brewery Series events. Learn about the beer and sample some all for $15.

Sunday, April 29: Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) is Brewing Up a Cure (link to: http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/imgpdf/brewing_up_a_cure_2012.pdf) for cancer from 12 to 4 p.m. The day includes brewery tours every hour, lunch provided by Bravo, several short health workshops during the afternoon, and much more. Tickets are $25 in advance ($10 for kids 16 and under) and $30 at the door ($15 for kids). Proceeds go to Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin. Call 964-2739 to make a reservation (required).

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