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Bottle Sharing is Caring
I was invited to a bottle share at a friend’s last week. It was an event with a charitable twist. Everyone who showed up was required to bring a decent bottle of beer, an appetizer and a toy to donate to kids in need.
The event was a great idea and made better by the quality of beers available. A mix of aficionados and craft beer novices drank brews like Mikkeller Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Hole Stout, Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, and Firestone Walker XVII Ale. The most intriguing contribution was a Three Floyds Dreadnaught that had been sitting on a shelf for five years — ancient for an IPA. The beer had a funky almost tart flavor that gave way to a smooth and bitter finish. Surprisingly, the Dreadnaught retained a fair amount of its hop flavor.
You can discover great beers at a bottle share. And, if you add a charity to the mix, sharing is even better.
New Glarus Earns High Praise
Draft Magazine released its list of the Best Beers of 2014. The list had a wide range of styles and breweries from around the United States, but it also included New Glarus. That’s right, the locals earned a mention for Oud Bruin, which Draft called “a masterful example of the age-old Belgian style.” That’s certainly high praise from a magazine that knows its stuff.
Barley Pop of the Week
Another one of the options at the bottle share that I went to was Three Floyds Alpha Klaus. The porter is one of my favorite holiday brews because it is able to blend the coffee and chocolate malts of a porter with a fair amount of hop bitterness. Alpha Klaus is balanced and doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds.
I’ve linked to it a few times before, but I can’t overstate how well done the Good Beer Hunting website is. Michael Kiser’s creation combines compelling beercentric storytelling with excellent photography. It’s worth frequent visits.
Last-minute Christmas shoppers may want to check out the Everything Under $60 Beer Lover’s Gift Guide.
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Founders takes over seven of the taps at Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Bluemound Rd.) from 6 to 9 p.m. and they’re bringing the good stuff. Look for highlights like Devil Dancer Triple IPA, the new Big Lushious Imperial Stout and Dark Penance Black IPA.
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts its holiday party from 5 p.m. until “the reindeer fly (patrons) home.” Twenty bucks gets you access to drink specials and complimentary food to pair with Erv’s great beer list.
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Guinness and Southern Tier hand out samples from 4 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).
Wednesday, Dec. 17: The Milwaukee Beer Society tries holiday beers from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). The list of samples is a good one and includes Revolution Fistmas Ale, Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Imperial Porter, Port Santa’s Little Helper and Black Husky St. Nikkilaus Ale.
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Holiday beers are the topic of discussion at Bierklasse at Cafe Hollander (7677 W. State St.). The cost is $30 and the tasting starts at 7 p.m. Email Bierklasse@LowlandsGroup.com to reserve a spot.
Thursday, Dec. 18: Try brews from Guinness and Southern Tier from 4 to 6 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).
Thursday, Dec. 18: Lakefront brings the delicious Holiday Spice, and a few other treats, to Discount Liquor Waukesha from 4 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 18: Firkin night at Honeypie Cafe (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) features a cask ale from Karben4. The firkin is tapped at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 18: Southern Tier comes to Palomino Bar (2491 S. Superior St.) for Festive Flights starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19: Sample beer from The Hop Garden in Madison from 4 to 7 p.m. and try Stella Artois from 5 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.
Friday, Dec. 19: Discount Liquor Waukesha hosts Lakefront from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20: A busy day at Discount Liquor Milwaukee includes a visit from Sprecher and The Hop Garden from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20: New Belgium hands out samples from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha.
Saturday, Dec. 20: Appropriately, Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) is sampling beers for Christmas from 1 to 4 p.m.