Travel usually leads to new beer discovery. I took a trip to Maine over the weekend for my brother’s wedding, and sampled all the beer that I could—no surprise, but I had my fair share of brews from Maine Beer Company. The Northeast is teeming with great breweries, but it was a small outfit from Boston that won me over. The pair of brews from Trillium Brewing Company that I sampled—thanks to a friend of the groom for bringing them—were a revelation. Vicinity Imperial IPA was oozing with hoppy deliciousness and enough malt to keep it in check. I loved Vicinity, but when I opened the Fort Point Pale Ale, I knew I was tasting something great. The combination of Columbus and Citra hops gave it a juicy citrus flavor and a hint of bitterness. The brew was phenomenal, and in the running for one of the best beers I’ve tried in 2015. If you’re in Boston, stop by Trillium and find out for yourself just how good they are.
Barley Pop of the Week
I had some New Glarus Staghorn the other day. I don’t drink a lot of Octoberfests, but when I do I enjoy them. Staghorn is a good example of that. It has a nice malty sweetness that isn’t over the top, and the finish is crisp instead of cloying. It’s an excellent beer for fall.
Enjoying a Maine Peeper Ale overlooking the ocean in a coastal Maine town isn’t a bad way to spend the day.
Join the discussion on Beer Advocate about your favorite pumpkin beers. ‘Tis the season.
Tuesday, Sept. 1: The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) gives its taps up to Surly Brewing at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2: The Milwaukee Beer Society samples brews from Schlafly at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10.
Thursday, Sept. 3: Oskar Blues, one of my favorite breweries, takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3: Barley’s Angels is having its monthly meeting at Sprecher Brewing (701 W. Glendale Ave.). The festivities start at 6 p.m. and cost $5. RSVP on the group’s Facebook page.
Friday, Sept. 4: Capital Brewery is bringing samples, including the potent Autumnal Fire, to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4: Capital Brewery comes to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5: Get a taste of the shandy craze with a few samples from Traveler Beer Company at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5: Try Traveler Beer Company samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5: Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) is offering samples of “unique beers” from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5: The theme for football season at Champps (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) is “Big games, big beers.” It doesn’t get much bigger than Wisconsin and Alabama on Sept. 5, but adding to the festivities is the fact that Champps is tapping some good stuff from Three Floyds. Zombie Dust just might make an appearance. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Pregame starts whenever you get there.
Monday, Sept. 7: Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) is celebrating Labor Day in style. Brews from North Coast are the highlight, but they’ll also be cooking up mussels. Sounds fine to me.