Best Beer Bars

The Best Beer Bars in America Draft Magazine’s annual list of America’s top 100 beer bars was released last week. Congrats to Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) and Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) for once again making the cut. The three were the only Milwaukee bars on a list that’s become increasingly difficult to get on. I can’t argue with Draft Magazine for the selections, but I wish deserving places like Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) and Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) could also earn a mention. Have Dinner with Ray’s I’ve…

The Best Beer Bars in America

Draft Magazine’s annual list of America’s top 100 beer bars was released last week. Congrats to Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) and Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) for once again making the cut. The three were the only Milwaukee bars on a list that’s become increasingly difficult to get on. I can’t argue with Draft Magazine for the selections, but I wish deserving places like Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) and Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) could also earn a mention.

Have Dinner with Ray’s

I’ve mentioned before that there are so many quality beer dinners happening each month that it’s tough to find standouts. The Great Growling Gastropub Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Hinterland (222 E. Erie St.) certainly fits the bill. The beers on the menu are the five proprietary beers from Ray’s Growler Gallery – Hinterland IrRAYsistible Rye, Central Waters Belgian RAYcation IPA, (the delicious) Karben4 RAYley’s Comet IPA, O’so RAYdiant Sour and Golden RAY of Sourshine. The food is from the talented Hinterland kitchen. The cost for the whole deal is $77. Reserve a spot soon or there won’t be any left.

Barley Pop of the Week

I was fortunate enough to procure a couple of Bourbon County Coffee Stouts a few weeks ago, and the boozy brew certainly came in handy during the recent cold spell. Bourbon County Coffee is rich, sweet and has a big coffee aroma and flavor. It’s a delicious elixir and the perfect winter warmer. I just wish I had more.

Quick Taps

Bell’s Hopslam is shipping to Wisconsin the week of Jan. 19. Some call the limited IPA overhyped; I call it delicious.

Lakefront Brewery earned a Good Food Award last week for its Organic Belgian White. Props to Lakefront for being environmentally conscious and for making good beer.

This article by Boston Magazine about Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company has been making the rounds and is an interesting look into the state of craft beer.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, Jan. 13: Romans’ Pub spins records and offers $4 pints of Boulder Mojo IPA and Shake Nitro Chocolate Porter. Vinyl at Romans’ is excuse enough to head to one of the best beer bars in America.

Wednesday, Jan. 14: Warming winter seasonals are the featured beers at the weekly Milwaukee Beer Society meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is a meager $10.

Thursday, Jan. 15: Lakefront is tapping firkins of My Turn David Weihnachtsbockbier and My Turn Colin Dunkelweizen at Honeypie (2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) starting at 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16: Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) hands out tastes from Deschutes from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16: One of my favorite beers, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, debuts on Wisconsin tap lines at Burnhearts, Sugar Maple, The Malt Shoppe, Champp’s, Rumpus Room and Potawatomi. Look for it.

Saturday, Jan. 17: Try Deschutes brews from noon to 3 p.m. at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).

Saturday, Jan. 17: Try Belgian beers at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17: Take a road trip to Madison to sample an impressive list of mainly Wisconsin brews at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest at the Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison) from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $50.

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Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.