Hop Head Beer Tours Comes to Town

Madison-based Hop Head Beer Tours is back in Milwaukee. Plus: Door County Brewing’s new IPA, World Beer Cup winners, tastings around town and more.

I mentioned last week that Hop Head Beer Tours is starting up again in Milwaukee. Now, here are some of the details. Bus tours use Lakefront Brewery as a home base and include the Beer Titans History Tour on Fridays and the Suds and Spirits Tour on Saturdays. Check out pricing and tour info on the Hop Head websiteHop Head Bike Tours give beer fan bikers a chance to ride around the city and learn about Milwaukee’s brewing heritage.

“The Cream City is famous for their beer brewing heritage where four of the world’s 10 biggest breweries once resided,” said co-founder Justin Schmitz in a press release. “Fast forward to now and we’ve heard of at least 10 craft breweries and several distilleries that will open up this year to compliment an already solid foundation of existing, local craft breweries. It’s an exciting time to expand.”

Barley Pop of the WeekDoorCountySideshow

Door County Brewing has a winner with Sideshow IPA. The flavor is big on Belgian, thanks to a Belgian yeast strain that adds a touch of spice. The hop bitterness is extremely mild but noticeable. Sideshow isn’t your standard IPA, but it’s a nicely balanced brew that is a good choice if your palate has been punished by hop bombs and needs a reprieve. Sideshow gets extra points for having a great label.

Quick Taps

Speaking of beer tours. Fun Beer Tours Milwaukee is donating profits from its May tours to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Cheers to Paul Hepp for the generosity.

Draft Magazine is here to help your summer drinking with this recipe for “the best” beergarita .

Winners of the 2016 World Beer Cup were announced last week and a few local craft breweries took home hardware. Vintage Scaredy Cat Oatmeal Stout grabbed the only gold from Wisconsin breweries. Grumpy Troll Spetsnaz Stout claimed a silver, and Beast of Bray Road Amber earned a bronze for Whitewater’s Second Salem Brewing.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, May 10: The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) hosts a Ballast Point mixer at 5 p.m. Try beer cocktail blends made with Wahoo Wheat, Mango Even Keel, Habanero Sculpin and The Commodore.

Wednesday, May 11: Potosi is the guest of the Milwaukee Beer Society at its weekly meeting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10.

Wednesday, May 11: Great Lakes Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) at 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 12: Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Third St.) is pairing four Sprecher beers with four cheeses from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are just $14.

Thursday, May 12: Beer guru Tom “Grynder” Ciula mentions that Matty’s Pub (14460 College Ave.) is having a Founders event that includes KBS, Devil Dancer and some other treats starting at 5 p.m.

Friday, May 13: Try Brenner Brewing samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday, May 13: Tyranena takes over the taps at the Humboldt Park beer garden (3000 S. Howell Ave.).

Saturday, May 14: Beers for the cellar 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 15 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for close to 25.