Brew City: The New MobCraft Brewery

Another brewery? This one’s from Madison. A first look at MobCraft on South Fifth Street.

Featured Brewery of the Week
MobCraft (505 S. Fifth St.) was bustling on a perfect summer day. The glass garage doors were wide open, the outdoor picnic tables were busy, and the long bar in the sleek taproom was nearly full. The recent import from Madison had a dozen or so of its own crowd-sourced beers and an impressive list of guest taps that was big on Wisconsin locals. MobCraft is a nice addition to the bustling near South Side beer scene.

Reason to go: The space is sleek and inviting, whether you decide to sit inside or out.
On tap: Plenty of MobCraft beers and a large selection of brews from other breweries from Wisconsin.
Extras: Ping pong and foosball to keep beer drinkers active.

Barley Pop of the Week
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Lakefront’s ambitious Brandy Barrel-Aged Cherry Lager. Lager isn’t a style that you see in barrels often. The bold flavor of Lakefront’s offering is a mix of tart cherry and booze, and it packs a 10.5% ABV wallop. If you see any of this around town, give it a try. It’s certainly a style you won’t see often.

Quick Taps
It might be a good idea to reserve a spot at the Bar Bites Beer Bash, coming up on Aug. 29 at Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Blue Mound Rd.). Eight different breweries and food pairings are why you need to call 414-539-4424 to save a space.

The Great Taste of the Midwest is this Saturday in Madison. Cheers to all who are making the trip.

I need to make a trip to Enlightened Brewing’s tap room (2018 S. First St.). If you’d like to as well, the hours are 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Draft Magazine has an interactive spot on its site where you can record the bars on the top 100 list that you’ve been to. I like games.

Events Brewing
Wednesday, Aug. 10: Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) is hosting Central Waters at the Pre-Great Taste of the Midwest Tap Takeover at 5 p.m. The fellas from Amherst are bringing some beauties, including the amazing Chocolate Rye Porter and delicious Cassian Sunset. Those two are reason enough to show up.

Wednesday, Aug. 10: The Milwaukee Beer Society tastes wheat beers at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10.

Thursday, Aug. 11: Dark Horse Brewing’s Ryan Wolslegel is pouring samples at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12: Sierra Nevada takes over the taps at Whole Foods from 6 to 8 p.m. Try $3 pints of Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Otra Vez, Torpedo, Summerfest and Hop Hunter.

Saturday, Aug. 13: German-style 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.



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 20 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for a few years more.