News From the Lowlands Group

The newly announced Lowlands Group collaboration is cause for celebration. Plus: congrats to Shorewood’s Draft & Vessel, Two Brothers beers arrive in Milwaukee, Hopslam news, the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival, and more.

Last week, the Lowlands Group announced the creation of the Lowlands Brewing Collaborative. In short, the group is working with breweries around the world, and in Wisconsin, to create some really good beer that you can try at Lowlands Group Grand Cafes (Café Centraal, Café Bavaria, Café Benelux and two Café Hollanders).

The new Hollander IPA, brewed in Belgium at Brouwerij The Musketeers, is an example and combines Citra hops (delicious) with the taste of Belgian malts. The folks at Lowlands plan on making a Beligan Quad with Central Waters next. I’m a big fan of this type of collaboration. It provides beer lovers in Milwaukee with the chance to try beers that simply can’t be found anywhere else. The future appears bright for the Lowlands Group.

Props to Draft & Vessel

One of my favorite places in town to enjoy good beer is Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.). The cozy spot is part bar and part tasting room and always seems to have a nice selection of brews on tap and in bottles to take home. The place celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday in style. Draft & Vessel teamed up with Enlightened Brewing to create the D&V ESB, which makes its debut at the anniversary party. That’s reason enough to head to Shorewood, but if you stick around you’ll be rewarded with Founders KBS, which goes on tap at 7 p.m. Cheers to Draft & Vessel, and congrats.

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Beers from Two Brothers Brewing are arriving in the Milwaukee area. One of my favorites from the brewery in the Chicago suburbs is Domaine DuPage French Country Ale. It has a nice malty sweetness that isn’t overly done and a just a hint of hops at the finish. Domaine DuPage is a fine introduction to the Two Brothers family.

Quick Taps

Big news from Bell’s Brewery. The 2016 batch of Hopslam Ale won’t be bottled this year. Look for the January release in cans and kegs only.

Save room on the calendar for Oct. 23 and 24. That’s when the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival comes to the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.). There are three sessions to choose from (a night session on Friday and two sessions on Saturday) and ticket prices start at $49.99. The list of breweries attending is solid and a few of them are bringing a limited beer or two. The event also includes a number of beer-related classes. Beer fests taper off in the fall and winter, and there’s really no reason to miss this one.

Events Brewing

Monday, Oct. 5: Draft & Vessel hosts a bottle share at 7 p.m., so bring a special 22-ounce bottle or a pair of 12-ounce bottles.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Two Brothers Brewing returns to Milwaukee and celebrates with a tap takeover at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) starting at 5 p.m. It’s a solid brewery, and they’ll be bringing their best.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Bierklasse at Café Bavaria (7700 Harwood Ave.) features Oktoberfest brews. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30. Email Bierklasse@LowlandsGroup.com to make a reservation.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: The Milwaukee Beer Society hosts Homebrew Night at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Try some of the best homebrews in Milwaukee for free.

Thursday, Oct. 8: The beer fans of Barley’s Angels head to Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.) at 7 p.m.  Cost is $5 and you can RSVP at the group’s Facebook page.

Thursday, Oct. 8: Wash down complimentary cheeses with Lagunitas brews at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9: Retro Beer Night at the Pabst Mansion (2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.) includes tastes of Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz and Old Milwaukee (yep) as well as grilled brats and a memorabilia auction. Tickets start at $35.

Friday, Oct. 9: Sample Lakefront Pumpkin Lager from 4 to 7 p.m. while you shop at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.).

Friday, Oct. 9: Uber Tap Room pairs four nitro beers from O’so Brewing with gourmet cheeses. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. and costs $18.

Saturday, Oct. 10: Sample “flagship beers” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10: The Brown Bottle (221 W. Galena St.) hosts a five-course beer dinner under its Fall Fest Tent at 6 p.m. with help from Potosi Brewing Company. Menu items like scallops over creamed corn puree and Hungarian sausage over braised red cabbage are enticing even when not paired with tasty brews. Tickets are $50 and reservations can be made by calling 414-539-6450.

Sunday, Oct. 11: The Malt Shoppe hosts its monthly bottle share and it looks like a good one. The theme is wood, which means that you need to bring a bottle or two that are barrel aged or somehow involve wood in the brewing process. Bring a snack too. The tasting starts at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12: The final Beer Co.-Lab Dinner takes place at Sanford and includes a five-course dinner prepared by some of the best chefs in town paired with special brews from Company Brewing, Central Waters and Surly. The cost is $95 and reservations must be made at 414-276-9608.

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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.