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Warmer weather means beer tours in Milwaukee! Plus, check out this week's events for beer enthusiasts.

Spring means the second season of Fun Beer Tours Milwaukee. Founder Paul Hepp was busy in 2016 and has even more scheduled for 2017.

“The first nine months have been great. Since May, there have been 52 tours or events with a combined 764 people,” explains Hepp. “Plus, we have generated contributions to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Habitat for Humanity, the Arthritis Foundation and the MACC Fund.”

The popular Beer Capital of the World Tour reboots on April 22, but there’s plenty else going on with the tour outfit. The new Games of Milwaukee Pub Crawl Challenge combines beer with fun distractions, like giant Jenga, retro arcade games and beer trivia. The first anniversary Road Rally Team Pub Crawl Challenge is a treasure hunt that takes place on May 20. Check out the full schedule.

Also, Hepp teased that the tour was filmed for a cable TV series that he can’t yet name. Stay tuned.

Barley Pop of the Week

I hesitate to mention beers here that are no longer available because it’s just not nice. But I can’t help but talk about Raised Grain Brewing’s No. 100 Russian Imperial Stout, which was released on February 11 (and has since sold out) as a way to mark the brewery’s 100th batch. The rich stout is made with cinnamon and bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans from Hawthorne Coffee Roasters. The cinnamon flavor certainly comes through first, with dark chocolate and coffee following right behind. No. 100 has nice balance, is just rich enough (without being overwhelming) and is another example of how good the guys in Waukesha are at brewing beer.

Quick Taps

* 3 Sheeps Brewing earned a mention on CraftBeer.com’s list of 14 Spring Beers Brewers are Excited to Release in 2017. We’ll give the article a pass for transposing brewmaster Grant Pauly’s name as Pauly Grant.

* Peter Rowe penned a great article for the San Diego Union-Tribune about San Diego’s saturated brewery scene. Don’t worry Milwaukee, we aren’t even close to the 136 breweries in San Diego County.

* Events at the Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.) seem to sell out quickly. So, if you’re interested in a cheese and beer pairing with Black Husky Brewing on March 9, get your tickets soon.

Events Brewing
Tuesday, Feb. 28:

* Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) hosts a Fat Tuesday beer dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.  The menu for the five-course affair looks amazing and tickets are just $65.

* The Brass Tap (7808 W. Greenfield Ave.) has the perfect event slated for Fat Tuesday in Milwaukee – a paczki pairing. Try four of the Polish pastries with four beers for just $20. Plus, the place is tapping six brews from Abita.


Wednesday, March 1:

* The Milwaukee Beer Society examines doppelbocks from 6 to 9 p.m. at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.).

* Tyranena takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.

* Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) hands over the taps to The Fermentorium from 6 to 9 p.m.

* New Holland is bringing four beers to the tap lines at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd., Tosa) at 5 p.m.


Friday, March 3:

* Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) hands out tasty samples from The Fermentorium from 4 to 7 p.m.

* Try Wisconsin Brewing samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow St.) from 4 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, March 4:

* Discount Liquor Milwaukee offers samples from Wisconsin Brewing from noon to 3 p.m.

* The Fermentorium visits Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.

* German beers are the subject of the weekly sampling at both Three Cellars locations (7133 S. 76th St., Franklin and N72 W13400 Lund Lane, Menomonee Falls) from 1 to 4 p.m.


Monday, March 6:

* Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Blue Mound Rd.) hosts its Bar Bites beer dinner with Central Waters. The five-course dinner is $65. Reservations are required; call 414-539-4424.

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