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A Fourth of July Video Treat I’ve never tried Pittsburgh Brewing Company’s American Beer (and judging by the reviews at ratebeer.com I never want to). But I’ve got to hand it to them when it comes to this old commercial. It’s got all of the stuff you need in a patriotic beer ad – a farmer, a […]

A Fourth of July Video Treat
I’ve never tried Pittsburgh Brewing Company’s American Beer (and judging by the reviews at ratebeer.com I never want to). But I’ve got to hand it to them when it comes to this old commercial. It’s got all of the stuff you need in a patriotic beer ad – a farmer, a horse, two guys playing basketball, a lake, a construction worker, a rousing jingle sung by a guy that sounds like Frank Stallone. All that’s missing is perhaps a smiling assembly line worker, or a sunset over a wheat field, but you can only do so much with 30 seconds. Taste the Glory!

Apple Pie, Chevrolet and Erv’s Mug
The Fourth of July is about fireworks, parades, unrestrained patriotism and picnics. Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd., Oak Creek) is making sure that beer is also on that list. The Celebrate Beer Across America Picnic is an all-day event on Tuesday, July 3 that features breweries from all over North America including the North (Vintage), South (Abita), East (Southern Tier), West (Sierra Nevada) and Central (Three Floyds). Tasty brews from those solid breweries are paired with down home picnic fare like burgers, chips, and apple pie ala mousse. Call 414-762-5010 for more information. The price is just 20 bucks. God bless America indeed! 

Come to July Hungry
Beer dinners have been exploding in popularity over the last couple of years. And that is such a good thing. Keep your calendar (and stomachs) open in July for a slew of them. I’ll provide more detailed information during the week of each, but here’s a rundown of some standouts.

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July 11: Alaskan Brewing at Tess.

July 12: New Belgium at Cafe Hollander.

July 18: O’so at Stubby’s Pub & Grub.

July 26: Hinterland beer and pork (yep, pork) at Hinterland Gastropub.

Barley Pop of the Week
How odd that my first import “beer of the week” happens during the Fourth of July? I’m not very good with timing apparently. But during those ridiculously hot summer days it’s hard to argue with Saison DuPont in your glass. The slightly sweet fruity flavor has a nice crisp dry finish, which makes it one of the most refreshing Belgian farmhouse ales out there. The next time the thermometer reaches 100, uncork one of these tasty imports.

Quick Taps
The Fourth of July issue of Brew City wouldn’t be complete without me mentioning the most patriotic beer of all, the good old Red, White & Blue. I drank plenty of the swill at Marquette’s now defunct Avalanche Bar. It was just 60 cents a can, and all I remember about the flavor is that the first two triggered the gag reflex (it got a little better midway through the third can). 

I made it to Estabrook Park’s beer garden last week. I suggest you do the same.

Events Brewing
Saturday, July 7: Taste hoppy beers (sign me up) at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 7: I wouldn’t tell you about an event in Oshkosh if the beer list wasn’t worth the drive. Brews n’ Blues, taking place from 4-8 p.m. at the Leach Amphitheater and features some 100 beers from roughly 30 brewers including Alaskan, Central Waters, Bell’s, Founders, New Glarus, Three Floyds and a ton more. Buy tickets here

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