Brew City: Award-winning Beers, Like Minds, Oktoberfest in MKE

Drinking IPA and eating hop-leaf tabbouleh, celebrating anniversaries with special tappings and tap take-overs, and lots more foamy talk.

Like Minds Opens
Another anticipated brewery opened last week. Like Minds (823 E. Hamilton St.) combines smartly brewed beers that pair nicely with a menu created by one of the best chefs in the midwest, Justin Aprahamian. Ann Christenson gave an overview of the food menu in last week’s Dish in Dining.

I made it in last Friday. The bright, airy space is certainly welcoming, and the beer is worth . I tried the Horehound IIPA, which was bitter but not overpowering, and Archimedes, an IPA that features a nice spicy funk from the presence of the yeast strain Brettanomyces.

The thing I like about the new spot is the menu. There are plenty of small plate options, like spiced nuts and hop leaf tabbouleh, which are perfect for sustenance that won’t fill you up while sampling beer. Aprahamian knows what he’s doing.


Raised Grain gets GABF Love
Not too many Wisconsin breweries took home medals at the Great American Beer Fest last weekend in Denver, but one local did just fine. Raised Grain grabbed a gold medal for Paradocs Red Imperial IPA. It’s a well-deserved honor for a great brewery and a fantastic beer. Cheers to the guys in Waukesha!

Silver medals were grabbed by two Madison breweries – Vintage for Better of Red and Greenview’s Copperhead.


Barley Pop of the Week
It’s hard to overstate how good the barrel-aging program is at Central Waters. What they’re doing in Amherst stands up against anyone in the world, in my humble opinion. Another example is this year’s Bourbon Barrel Belgian Quad. Sure, it’s boozy, but the heat is countered by a rich dark fruit flavor that makes it an excellent sipper. If you see this beer, try it.


Quick Tap
I don’t normally mention too many beer releases (due to the sheer volume of them), but an announcement by Upland Brewing has me intrigued. Latitude Adjustment is a pale ale made with Mosaic hops, pineapple and coconut. Interesting enough, but I love the fact that Upland is releasing this tropical pale ale during the chill of November.


Events Brewing
Tuesday, Oct. 11: Champps (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) has a couple of big, and limited, Central Waters brews hitting the taps at 6 p.m. A keg of the Bourbon Barrel Belgian Quadrupel is worth the visit, but Champps also has a small firkin of Fat Elvis Imperial Stout with Cherries and Vanilla. Get there early.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: MobCraft is taking over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) starting at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: As of late last week, there were still tickets available for the grilled cheese and beer pairing at Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.). Deliciousness starts at 6 p.m. and costs just $20.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Camino (434 S. 2nd St.) opened a year ago, and we’re glad. To celebrate, the bar is letting 3 Floyds take over the taps. I hear from owner Casey Rataczak that Arctic Panzer Wolf IIPA, Moloko Milk Stout, and yes, Zombie Dust, are just a few of the barrels being tapped.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Monsters Bierklasse at Café Centraal (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) tackles big beers with ABV’s of 11% or more. The cost is $30, plus your Uber fare home. Reserve a space at

Thursday, Oct. 13 – 16: Milwaukee Oktoberfest sets up shop in Veterans Park. It starts with a ceremonial keg tapping at 5 p.m. on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Check out the full schedule.

Friday, Oct. 14: Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) is handing out samples of Summit from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14: Some tasty samples from Stone are coming to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15: Wisconsin Brewing brings samples to both Discount Liquor locations from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15: Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) is simply one of the best beer drinking spots you’ll find, anywhere. Celebrate its two-year birthday with food from Tess, music, and tappings of Vintage 2015 Bourbon Barrel Ulfberht Baltic Porter at 6 p.m. and 2016 Founders KBS at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 16: Pours start flowing for the Sunday bottle share at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) at 5:30 p.m. The theme is Clear the Cellar, so snag whatever unique beer you have sitting around and share with others. Bring a snack and a bomber (or a pair of 12-ounce brews).




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.