Overrated and Underrated Beer Styles

Experts choose the most overrated and underrated styles of beer. Plus: Bell’s Hopslam arrives, beer dinners at Tess, and Surly Brewing’s founder pays a visit to Ray’s.

Thrillist posted an interesting poll, asking beer experts to choose underrated and overrated beer styles. Picking styles, as opposed to specific beers, makes this an intriguing read. I’m not sure where I stand on the answer. It might be easy to say that IPAs are overrated simply because they are wildly popular, but well-crafted versions of IPAs certainly deserve the hype. There was some consensus on underrated styles. Lots of love was given to pilsners and lagers, two styles that are often overlooked, but when done right are pretty tasty. Peruse the list and see who you agree with.

HopslamBarley Pop of the Week

I’m an unapologetic fan of Bell’s Hopslam, and every January I’m reminded why. The brew has the perfect balance of bitterness, piney citrus and a touch of sweetness. It’s potent but not overpowering. Grab some now, because it doesn’t stay around for very long.

Quick Taps

Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) is hosting a pair of beer dinners with Tallgrass Brewing on Feb. 24 and 25. These things tend to sell out quickly, so call 414-964-8377 to secure a spot now.

Check out the list of the biggest beer releases of the year according to CraftBeer.com. I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a trip to Decorah, Iowa to visit Toppling Goliath. Maybe the fall release of Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout is a good time to do so.

Events Brewing

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Join the Milwaukee Beer Society for Homebrew Night at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). Try brews by society members from 6 to 9 p.m. and bring your on homebrew if you want to avoid the $10 fee.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Bierklasse at Café Benelux (346 N. Broadway) starts at 7 p.m. and covers Belgian beers. As an added bonus, brews will be paired with frites. The cost is $30.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Surly Brewing founder Omar Ansari makes a visit to Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.) and he’s bringing some tasty Surly brews with him. This is a big one folks, get there right at 5 p.m. to get a barstool.

Thursday, Feb. 4: Barley’s Angels heads to Enlightened Brewing (2018 S. 1st St.) at 6 p.m. for the group’s monthly meeting. The cost is $5. RSVP on the Barley’s Angels Facebook page.

Thursday, Feb. 4: Pair Vintage Brewing beers with cheese at Uber Tap Room (1048 N. Old World Third St.). The tasting starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $14 .

Thursday, Feb. 4: Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is tapping a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Bitches Brew Imperial Stout and Immort Ale at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4: Upland takes over the taps at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) at 6 p.m. and is bringing several treats like a 2014 Barrel Chested Barleywine.

Friday, Feb. 5: Leinenkugel is bringing samples to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.), including Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Leinie’s comes to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Taste Valentine beers at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Raised Grain comes to Ray’s Growler Gallery. If you haven’t tried beers from the Waukesha brewery yet, this is a good chance. Be sure to try a snifter of Paradocs Red IPA. It’s delicious.



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.