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Another WOB in Wauwatosa
World of Beer opens its second Milwaukee location with a grand opening on August 25 at the new spot (418 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa) The event included a raffle benefiting The Ability Center, a non-profit organization that provides services and equipment to athletes with disabilities. The new beer haven has 42 taps and more than 500 bottles to choose from. It’s 3,200 square feet and includes an 800 square foot patio. Western burbs rejoice.
More Expansion at Lakefront
Just two weeks ago, Lakefront Brewery announced that it was expanding its cold storage and distribution warehouse. Last week, the busy brewery unveiled preliminary plans to expand its production facility. Lakefront has an accepted offer to buy land at 1890 N. Commerce St., adjacent to the existing brewery. There is no specific timetable for construction, but the plan is to use the facility for its packaging lines and additional fermentation tanks. Now here’s the cool part: The current brewery would then use some of the free space (created by the relocation of packaging) for barrel aging. “We are taking a very measured approach to expansion, and acquiring land is an initial step,” says owner Russ Klisch in a press release. “However, the craft beer market just continues to grow and we need to expand production or we won’t be able to keep up with demand.”
Barley Pop of the Week
I rediscovered Lakefront Fixed Gear last week. It’s one of those beers that I forget about from time to time, but when I have it again it’s always good. The mild hop bitterness blends nicely with a smooth and slightly sweet malty flavor. It’s a beer that won’t disappoint. Not surprising from Lakefront.
A great article by Bart Watson of the Brewers Association about why there’s no such thing as too many choices in the beer aisle.
Sprecher’s second traveling beer garden is making its debut at Wisconsin Harley Davidson (1280 Blue Ribbon Dr.) Aug. 28-31. It’s a converted fire truck outfitted with taps. Well done. Sprecher.
Tuesday, August 26: There still may be some spots available for the Door County Brewing beer dinner at Cafe Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave.). Four beers and four courses start at 7 p.m., and the cost is $45. Find out more at lowlandsgroup.com.
Wednesday, August 27: Fruit beers are the topic of discussion at the weekly Milwaukee Beer Society meeting. (How handy is it that New Glarus makes some of the best fruit beers in the world?) The tasting starts at 6 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.), and the costs is just $10.
Wednesday, August 27: Brewery Ommegang’s Michael Larson comes to the tasting room at Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.), and he’s bringing Belgian ales with him. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $20.
Wednesday, August 27: Hoppy beers are the subject at Bierklasse. Learn about them and sample them at Cafe Hollander (7677 W. State St.) for just $30. Event at 7 p.m. Make a reservation or find out more by emailing email@example.com.
Thursday, August 28: Oskar Blues takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Five of the brews have never been served outside of the Oskar Blues taproom.
Thursday, August 28: KBS is the guest of honor at Romans’ Pub (3475 Kinnickinnic Ave.) along with other gems from Founders, like Double Trouble and Dissenter Imperial Lager.
Friday, August 29: Try Tyranena brews at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 30: Tyranena comes to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 30: “Unique” beers are being sampled at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m. Show up and find out exactly what that means.