Get to Kohler This Weekend
The Kohler Festival of Beer isn’t some afternoon sampling of beers in a park. No, no, the festival lasts an entire weekend and includes some seriously cool events. Kegs and eggs anyone? How about a four-course beer luncheon, or bourbon barrel aged beer pairings? The event list is loaded with interesting options. Lakefront, Central Waters, Hinterland, New Glarus, Sprecher and many more solid breweries will attend. Order tickets by phone at 866-243-8548.
…Or Head to Menomonee Falls
If you don’t feel like driving to Kohler, then Menomonee Falls is a good choice. The Beer Barons’ World of Beer Fest dubbed, “the best beer festival you never heard of” takes place at Schwabenhof (14750 W. Silver Spring Dr.). The fest runs Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and features an impressive list of breweries as well as a homebrew area. Entertainment is provided by the Squeezettes, because Polka and beer just make sense together. Tickets start at $45.
Adding another brewer to the Milwaukee beer scene is never a bad idea. Artist turned brewing artist Mike Brenner is trying to do just that. His effort to create a “community-centered, art-focused brewery in Milwaukee” (sounds good to me) includes a Kickstarter page where he reached his goal well before the June 17 deadline.
Barley Pop of the Week
I hesitated to use this week’s beer of the week because I didn’t want to tempt my loyal readers with something hard to find (and a beer that likely requires a trip to Chicago to taste). Regardless, the bourbon barrel-aged La Petite Mort, a collaboration between Wisconsin’s own Central Waters and Chicago’s Local Option, is fairly amazing. The “Belgian inspired Weissenbock” is aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels, which gives the rich, heavy beer a nice strong bourbon finish. I tried a snifter (or two) at a Central Waters tasting at Local Option (1102 W. Webster Ave., Chicago) during Chicago Craft Beer Week. The bar is a beer lovers delight, and when Central Waters takes over 15 taps, it’s even better.
A brandy barrel of Leinie’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA is setting sail…literally. A barrel of the tasty stuff is stowed on the S/V Denis Sullivan Great Lakes schooner for the summer where it will age until a tasting sometime this fall.
Wednesday, May 30: St. Feuillien samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 31: Mike Romans doesn’t mess around when Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) has an event. Bell’s fans rejoice because at 7 p.m. Romans will be tapping a rare Bell’s Black Note and a Batch 9000. Get there early.
Thursday, May 31: Summit Brewing founder Mark Stutrud will be at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) for a 6:30 p.m. tasting. Cost is $15. Call 258-9821 to make a reservation.
Saturday, June 2: A tasting that Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m. of “Beers for Camping”. Isn’t that pretty much all of them?
Monday, June 4: Sign up early for the Sprecher Cheers for Charities golf outing at The Golf Club at Camelot in Lomira. The $85 fee is a steal and provides 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch, access to a Sprecher and hors d’ ouevres pairing, and dinner.