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MobCraft opens up for homebrewers, and what a week for beer-related fun, including a fish boil at Draft & Vessel.

Raised Grain Is Brewing Something Special
The guys at Raised Grain Brewing (2244 Bluemound Rd., Waukesha) are celebrating their 100th batch in style. On Saturday, the brewery is releasing No. 100 Imperial Stout, made with cinnamon and bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans from Hawthorne Coffee Roasters. A Raised Grain insider says the beer turned out extremely well, with flavors reminiscent of Central Waters’ amazing Cassian Sunset Imperial Stout.

Bombers of the beer go on sale at 10 a.m. and are just $15 (limit two). It will also be available on tap. Get out to Waukesha early, because this limited beer could go fast.


Homebrew Like a Pro
MobCraft (505 S. Fifth St.) is opening up its production facility on Saturday to homebrewers who register for the Homebrew Rally. MobCraft provides the barley, hops and water to brew your own Bat$h!t Crazy. (Brewers will create the wort and add the yeast at home). The fun starts at 11 a.m. for homebrewers and at noon for members of the Milwaukee Brewing Society, MobCraft Mug Club and American Homebrewers Association.

It’s a great chance to meet and trade stories and recipes with other homebrewers, and it’s pretty cool that MobCraft is willing to open its doors. Find out more at the event page.


Barley Pop of the Week
I felt compelled to combat winter with a 3 Sheeps 2016 Uber Joe Imperial Black Wheat Coffee Ale that I had in my beer fridge. The Sheboygan brewery does a lot of things well, but excels at dark wheat ales. This rich brew is just sweet enough and has a welcoming coffee flavor with a hint of bitterness. That’s all balanced with a bit of vanilla and a slight maple finish. The complex beer is a delicious winter warmer.


Quick Taps
A big congrats to Third Space Brewing for earning a best new Wisconsin brewer mention from the reviewers at RateBeer.com. The top beer went to Central Waters Ardea Insignis Imperial Stout (thanks to Grynder for sharing his with me), and New Glarus earned top brewer status, no big surprise there.

Erv’s Mug  (130 W. Ryan Rd., Oak Creek) is hosting a Goose Island Beer Dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 21 that features some great beers, including 2013 and 2016 Bourbon County Stouts. Tickets are $50, and it’s a good idea to make a reservation early. Call 414-762-5010 to ensure a spot.


Events Brewing
Tuesday, Feb. 7: Deschutes is taking over a few of the taps at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa) at 5 p.m. Try the new Pacific Wonderland Lager and a few others.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Beer School at Comet Café (1947 N. Farwell Ave.) pairs cheese from Clock Shadow Creamery with beer. Tickets are $30 and available at Comet.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: I don’t post a lot of cider-related events, but this one is unique. Lost Valley Cider Co. (408 W. Florida St.) is hosting a tasting of Finnriver Cider with Clock Shadow Creamery cheeses starting at 6:30 p.m. Pairing cheese with cider sounds intriguing.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Mark the calendar because Three Floyds is taking over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave., Tosa). The tap list wasn’t out when I wrote this, but you can bet that the folks at Ray’s have some good stuff ready to tap.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Milwaukee Beer Society discusses and tastes beers from Tyranena Brewing at its weekly meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 plus a one-time $10 membership fee.

Thursday, Feb. 9: New Belgium is bringing samples to The Malt Shoppe from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10: Abita Brewery brings samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Try samples from New Belgium at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Valentine’s beers 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.

Saturday, Feb. 11: I’m all for new beer festivals, so here’s a warm welcome to the Keg Killer Winter Beer Festival. Sample beers from more than 30 breweries at The Micro at State Fair Park (640 S. 84th St.). But dress warm because this fest is outside. The tasting begins at 1 p.m. and tickets start at $45.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) teams with Bumstead Provisions for an outdoor winter fish boil from 5 to 8 p.m. Wash down the deliciousness with beers from Ballast Point.

Sunday, Feb. 12: Join Lakefront and Engine House 19 for the second annual chili cook-off. The doors at Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) open at noon. Try 14 different chili recipes while benefiting Milwaukee Survive Alive House and Feeding America. Chili tasting costs $10, and tours are also available for $10. Do them both for $18.