Riverwest's Company Brewing is off to a strong start. Plus: the latest in Lakefront's "My Turn" series, and news from Sprecher, Surly Brewing and more.

After a weekend visit, it appears that Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.) is off to a pretty good start. A nice variety of beers brewed in house combined with a few solid offerings from guest brewers offers plenty of options. The highlight was the Pomp & Pamplemousse Imperial IPA, a refreshing hopped up offering made with grapefruit peels. The Handshake Patersbier was also delicious. The Belgian becomes slightly creamy on nitro and had a flavor profile similar to a weiss. I also tried an Oaky Doke White Oak Amber, which had a distinct, almost fruity, flavor. That’s three distinctively different styles, and all were done well.

The space (which was formerly Stonefly, and Onopa before that) is open, airy and welcoming. And the bartender, Ann, was well informed and knew the nuisances of each beer. That’s a bonus that is essential in a new brewery (and one that you don’t see often enough at bars or brewpubs). Company has only been open for one month, and brewer George Bregar plans to rotate beers fairly liberally. I give the first round a thumbs up. 

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I’ve been looking forward to the unveiling of Lakefront’s My Turn: Tom Citra-Hopped IPA since hearing about it a few weeks ago. It was what I’d hoped for. The amber brew has a moderate, and refreshing, citrus taste from the Citra hops and rounds out with a solid bitterness at the end. Tom, the production and maintenance guy at Lakefront, apparently also knows a thing or two about brewing. Keep an eye out for this one, it won’t likely stay on store shelves for long.

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Quick Taps

Sprecher announced last week that it has booked legendary punk band X for its 30th anniversary party. The two-day event, which will take place at Juneau Park (801 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) on Aug. 29 and 30, is shaping up to be a big one. Keep those dates open so you can celebrate with them.

Surly Brewing just arrived in Milwaukee and its already cultivating good vibes. On Saturday, Surly hosted its first Wisconsin Surly Gives a Damn event with the Hunger Task Force Farm and had 30 volunteers offer their time to work on the farm for a few hours. This is a regular thing, so keep your eyes on the Surly website for info.

The interesting case of Corona, wildly popular despite being “horrible tasting.” There are some funny lines in this Yahoo! article.

Events Brewing

Monday, June 22: Story Hill BKC (5100 W. Bluemound Rd.) hosts Bar Bite, a five-course pairing with Point Brewery Whole Hog brews. Tasting starts at 6 p.m. and costs $65. Call 414-539-4424 to make a reservation.

Tuesday, June 23: Motor Bar & Restaurant (400 W. Canal St.) hosts the Master Dinner with Master Brewers from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bill Tressler (Hinterland) Jim McCabe (MKE Brewing) and Randy Sprecher (ahem, Sprecher) will be on hand for a five-course dinner and a panel discussion. Call 414-287-2778 to see if there are spots left. Cost is $55 ($50 for museum members).

Tuesday, June 23: Puddler’s Hall (2461 S. St. Clair St.) hosts a Lakefront tap takeover from 5 to 7 p.m. as a pre-party to Chill on the Hill.

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Thursday, June 25: Lakefront is bringing some new goodies and a rare brew or two to The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) at 5 p.m.

Friday, June 26: North Coast is bringing some samples to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday June 26: Sample New Holland’s Hatter brews from 4 to 7 p.m. at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.).

Saturday, June 27: Try a few new items from Lakefront at Discount Liquor Milwaukee from noon to 3 p.m. and refreshing beers from Unibroue (Ephemere Apple is a fine summer brew) from 3 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, June 27: Discount Liquor Waukesha hands out samples of Unibroue from noon to 2 p.m. and North Coast from 2 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 27: The weekly tasting at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m. features American beers.

Saturday, June 27: The release party for My Turn: Tom takes place at Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) at 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 27: Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.) knows how to throw a block party. The Burnhearts/Pabst 8th Annual Street Party takes place from noon to 8 p.m. It features music, food, beer and brandy. What more is there?