Brew City: Books and Beer News

Hard-bound reading about beer, Ale Asylum’s Velveteen Habit and lots of events a-brewing.

Literary Brews
I was honored to be asked to provide some of my limited knowledge about the Milwaukee beer scene for Chris Santella’s new book, Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die. Appearing alongside luminaries like Stone founder Greg Koch and Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman is decidedly humbling, not to mention undeserved.

Santella’s book offers short overviews of destinations like Denver, Chicago, Portland, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe.

I spoke with Santella for an hour or so over the phone and he managed to work in a lot of our interview into the portion about Milwaukee. Pioneering breweries Sprecher and Lakefront made the book, as did mentions of Burnhearts, Palm Tavern, Sugar Maple and Romans’ Pub.

The book is a nice addition to any bookshelf and provides beer lovers with more than enough vacation destination ideas.

In other cool beer book-related news. Journal Sentinel reporter Kathy Flanigan is wrapping up the extensive research portion of her book covering pretty much every brewery in Wisconsin. It should be a great craft beer book with some awesome stories from all over the state. I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready to be released.


Barley Pop of the Week
Bell’s decided on a fall release for a limited amount of cans of Roundhouse Imperial Red Ale, a brew that was previously only available on draft. It’s a great decision by the folks in Kalamazoo. The ale has plenty of fruity bitterness, but has a fair amount of malty sweetness to provide a balancing act for your taste buds. It’s a beer with big flavor, and a slightly warming 7.5% ABV to take on the chill in the autumn air.


Quick Taps
What’s in a tap handle? Bonnie Petrie took on the topic of Random Lake’s thriving business, AJS Tap Handles, in a short radio piece on WUWM. In related public radio news, Anne-Elise Henzl tackled the topic of the history of the bloody mary beer chaser.

Ale Asylum’s Velveteen Habit landed on store shelves for good last week. The once limited brew is now available all year long. Cheers to Ale Asylum for mentioning Milwaukee Magazine’s 2015 IPA taste test (Velveteen Habit took home top honors). Velveteen Habit and the amazing Bedlam! Belgian IPA give Ale Asylum a potent combination of outstanding IPAs.

Goose Island has decided to pasteurize the 2016 Bourbon County Stouts to prevent any of them from producing off flavors (like some of the 2015 batch).


Events Brewing
Tuesday, Oct. 4: The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) hosts the New Holland mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. They’ll be mixing Poet Stout, Icabod Pumpkin Ale and the delicious Dragon’s Milk Barrel-Aged to create some tasty beer cocktails.

Wednesday, Oct. 5: Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave., Tosa) is getting a couple of rarities when Fulton Brewing takes over the taps at 5 p.m. The barrel of Tanager Wine-Barrel Fermented Brett IPA is the only one in the state, and the barrel of Maitrise Imperial Farmhouse Ale is the only one in Milwaukee.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Dogfish Head takes over the taps at Whole Foods Market. Eight different pints, including 60 and 90 Minute IPAs, are just $3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6: Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) hosts a Founders Brewing takeover from 6 to 9 p.m. Devil Dancer IIIPA, a 2015 Backwoods Bastard and Mosaic Promise are some of the brews confirmed to be there. Show up and see what else they’re pouring.

Friday, Oct. 7: Coronado Brewing brings samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m. Try the Idiot IPA.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) pours samples of Bofferding from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8: Porters are the subject of the weekly sampling at both Three Cellars locations (7133 S. 76th St., Franklin; N72 W13400 Lund Lane, Menomonee Falls) from 1 to 4 p.m.




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.