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I really thought about composing a beer-related take on “The Night Before Christmas” for this week’s blog. But honestly, I’m not that clever and it’s a long damn poem. So, Saint Nick is off the hook (and so are you…trust me). Christmas Beer Shopping I was told by a friend that the new(ish) Woodman’s Market […]

I really thought about composing a beer-related take on “The Night Before Christmas” for this week’s blog. But honestly, I’m not that clever and it’s a long damn poem. So, Saint Nick is off the hook (and so are you…trust me).

Christmas Beer Shopping

I was told by a friend that the new(ish) Woodman’s Market in Menomonee Falls (W124 N8145 Highway 145, 262-415-4001) had an amazing beer selection. Ummm, yeah. Fans of the suds owe it to themselves to make a trip to the northwest reaches of our metropolitan area. The beer selection is ridiculous (Casey apparently did not lie) and includes a half dozen long coolers full of of craft brews, Wisconsin breweries, imports, singles, and even a gluten free and organic section.

My Christmas Present to You
Last week I blogged about the Will Ferrell Old Milwaukee ads filmed in Davenport, Iowa. This week I’m sharing the ads filmed in Milwaukee (they’ve been in the news so I’m guessing you unwrapped them already).

A friend of mine mentioned late last summer that he saw Will Ferrell riding a bike around Cathedral Square. I believed the story, but wasn’t entirely sure why “Frank the Tank” was cycling around my fair city. Now I know.

I remember the Old Milwaukee ads in the ‘80s and ‘90s where some dude sitting around a campfire with his dude friends boasts, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” (In fact, it does get “better than this” fellas. For one, you could be drinking Sprecher Amber.) I also drank copious amounts of Old Milwaukee Light in college (after handing in the returnable bottles to Marquette Liquor, a case of the stuff was roughly four bucks).

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Anyway, here are the ads.



Quick Taps
I was at the Wilco show at the Riverside two weekends ago and can’t reiterate enough how much I love the $4 PBR special.

The Packers/Bears matchup is an awesome excuse to escape the family and head to a bar on Christmas night.

Just one Lakefront Holiday Spice can be the difference between naughty and nice. 

Barley Pop of the Week
Breckenridge Christmas Ale just exudes “festive.”The red and green of the retro label, the slightly schmaltzy, “Plenty of good cheer, good friends ever near” quote on the bottle, and, oh yeah, this ale doesn’t suck. Cracking each bottle is like opening a new present. Not a disappointing present like a tie (I own just three and don’t need any more), a spaghetti fork, or a Yanni concert DVD. No, opening each Christmas Ale is pulling back the wrapping paper on a 7.4 percent ABV bottle of goodness. Glad tidings indeed. Put a six pack under your tree.

Events Brewing
The Bomb Shelter (1517 S. 2nd St.) will be handing out samples of Guinness Black Lager on Thursday from 9 to 10 p.m. The Guinness Girls will be there. I’m not sure what that means, but it can’t be a bad thing.

I apologize for not mentioning the solid beer list at Stubby’s Pub and Grub (2060 N. Humboldt Ave., 414- 763-6324) until now. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. Stubby’s is tapping a Southern Tier Creme Brulee Milk Stout. A decadent brew for the season.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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