Surly's head brewer jumps ship for Three Floyds, Election Night tap takeovers and tacos, best beers and much more.

Big Craft Beer News from the Midwest
Last week, some interesting news made the Midwest the center of the craft beer universe for a moment. News that Surly Brewing’s head brewer Todd Haug is making the move to Three Floyds was met with plenty of speculation, chatter and substantial Twitter traffic. Details about the move were provided in a great article by Mpls St Paul magazine. It’s going to be interesting to see what Haug, an IPA savant, and Nick Floyd’s band of merry hopheads can conjure up in northwest Indiana. Expect the steady stream of outstanding bitter brews to get even more interesting.

On a side note, I haven’t been to the Three Floyds brewpub in over a year. Fall might be a good time to return.


The Cure for Election Anxiety
Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.), Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) and Boone & Crockett (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) are all part of #TacoTrucksonEveryCorner on Election Night (Tuesday, Nov. 8). That obviously means taco trucks at each location, but it also means that each bar will have TVs on showing election results and tap takeovers by 5 Rabbits Cerveceria to help take the edge off of an uncertain political future. 5 Rabbits is donating $1 from each draft to the Bay View Community Center, so you’ll be doing your civic duty by drinking. Read more about Election Night tacos in this Dish on Dining post.


Barley Pop of the Week
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle of Short’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Huma Luma Licious IPA last week (thanks to Andrew in Sawyer, Michigan for snagging this beauty). I’m not entirely sold on the barrel-aged IPA thing, but Short’s does it right. It’s boozy and sweet initially, with a bitter finish that’s not over the top. Honestly, it reminded me of a slightly bitter barley wine. Great work by Short’s and a beer that I’m lucky to have tried.

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Quick Taps
City Lights Brewing announced last week that David Ryder has joined their team as the chief innovation officer. Ryder has an amazing brewing resume that includes time at the Siebel Institute and as the brewmaster for MillerCoors. It should be interesting to see what he brings to the table at City Lights.

Draft Magazine posted its list of the Top 25 Beers of 2016. Sadly, I’ve tried none of them.

Draft Mag also ranked the 86 best pumpkin beers. Lakefront Brandy Barrel Aged Pumpkin placed second overall, right behind Wasatch Pumpkin. The standard Lakefront Pumpkin Lager earned a respectable mention at No. 44.

Great Dane teamed up with The Bartolotta Restaurants to create Pilot Light Pilsner. Give it a try locally at ABV Social (11200 W. Burleigh St., Tosa) and Harbor House (550 N. Harbor Dr.).


Events Brewing
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Lakefront is taking over the taps at Camino (434 S. Second St.) starting at 7:30 p.m. Look for Latif Double Chocolate Stout, SMaSH Ale with Citra and more.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: The Milwaukee Beer Society heads to Sprecher Brewery (701 W. Glendale Ave.) to taste a few brews. Cost is $10 and an RSVP is required.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave., Tosa) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Stone by putting a few of their brews on tap. Look for lots of delicious IPAs and a few stouts and porters as well.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Sam Adams hands out samples at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Thursday, Nov. 10: Try Iceland’s Einstok Beer Company at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Sprecher Brewery hosts The Big Melt, where 10 restaurants create grilled cheese sandwiches using one of four different randomly chosen cheeses. Those delicious creations will be then paired with four Sprecher brews. This is an idea so fantastic that it requires two sittings, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are just $25 and a few spots were still available as of the weekend.

Friday, Nov. 11: Guinness samples are free at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11: Discount Liquor Waukesha has samples of Sam Adams from 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11: Draft & Vessel taps a Central Waters Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale at 6 p.m. Central Waters is the brewery of the month. Clear the calendar for Nov. 18 when Draft & Vessel taps the amazing Rye Barrel Aged Chocolate Porter.

Saturday, Nov. 12: Imperial brews 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, Nov. 12: Try new Guinness beers at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 2 p.m.