There are wine dinners and there are beer dinners. Mason Street Grill (425 E. Mason St.) is upping the ante with the Red, White or Brew Beer and Wine Dinner. Each of the four courses includes a beer pairing from Deschutes and a wine pairing from Stags’ Leap. You choose which you like best. The tasty battle between beer and wine takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 21. The cost is $89 and the menu includes deliciousness like glazed sea scallops and hazelnut semifreddo. Call 414-298-3131 or email info@MasonStreetGrill.com to make a reservation.
The Oracle is a great example of why Bell’s Brewery is world class. The double IPA is a decided departure from Bell’s Hopslam, its juicier and sweeter cousin. The Oracle is the bitterest member of the Bell’s family. The dry hopped brew has a moderate malt backbone, but not enough to hold back the piney hop punch at the end. The Oracle, which is a limited late-summer release, is a gift to true hop heads. Pick some up if you see it and challenge your palate.
A couple of locals, Sprecher and Ale Asylum, made Draft Magazine’s list of “Where to Drink Beer in August.” Nice.
I love this handy Wisconsin State Fair craft beer pairing guide put together by The Micro. Use it as you eat your way through the fair until it ends Aug. 16.
Next month, you’ll no longer have to travel to Madison to sample Great Dane brews. They’re being distributed statewide by Wirtz Beverage starting in September.
Keep an eye on Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha). Last week, Bernie’s had both Three Floyds Zombie Dust and the amazing Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker flowing at the same time. That’s a solid effort.
I hope those of you who made it to the Great Taste of the Midwest had a good and tasty time. We’re lucky to have an event of that magnitude in Wisconsin.
Monday, Aug. 10: Taste beer made from wastewater at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.). It’s true. Homebrewer Theera Ratarasam cleans and treats wastewater and uses it to brew beer. You can sample the results.
Wednesday, Aug. 12: This week’s meeting of the Milwaukee Beer Society is a good one. The crew will be sampling beers that have earned a perfect score of 100 on RateBeer.com. The tasting runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). The beer list and price isn’t determined yet, but it certainly won’t disappoint. Check the Milwaukee Beer Society for added details.
Wednesday, Aug. 12: Each new proprietary release at the Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is cause for celebRAYtion (sorry, I had to). At 5 p.m. you can get your first taste of O’so BlackberRAY Berliner Weisse. O’so is bringing more goodies too.
Thursday, Aug. 13: Tallgrass takes over the taps at Draft & Vessel.
Thursday, Aug. 13: Tyranena hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14: Samples of Ballast Point brews make shopping easier at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14: Try Krombacher brews at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) from 5 to 7 p.m. with rep Susie Wilson.
Saturday, Aug. 15: German beers are the focus of the weekly free tasting at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16: The monthly Sunday bottle share at The Malt Shoppe features Michigan beers. Bring either two 12-ounce bottles or one 22-ounce bottle of a hard-to-find Michigan brew, and a snack. The sharing begins at 5:30 p.m.