Props to the Locals

Lakefront announces the release of Growing Power Organic Farmhouse Style Pale Ale, PubPass comes to Milwaukee and much more.

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Last week, Lakefront Brewery announced the release of Growing Power Organic Farmhouse Style Pale Ale, a USDA-certified organic beer. Some of the proceeds go to support the sustainable farming efforts of Growing Power (5500 W. Silver Spring Dr.), Will Allen’s urban farming and educational hub. This isn’t the first time the two local institutions have worked together. Growing Power has been using Lakefront’s spent grain for composting since 2001, and Lakefront provides beer sampling at Growing Power seminars. I’m a big fan of this type of collaboration between two local entities that make Milwaukee a better place to live.

PubPass: An Excuse to Get Out More

On Saturday, Steny’s (800 S. 2nd St.) hosts the launch party of PubPass from 8 to 11 p.m., which begs the question, “What is PubPass?” It’s a $25 book that earns you a free pint of beer at 25 locations around town. The idea originated in the Twin Cities and now comes to Milwaukee.

“Milwaukee was always a logical second city for us because of the proximity to Minneapolis, but it wasn’t until visiting to scout potential bars that we fell in love with the place,” says Jake Nyberg of PubPass. “Milwaukee reminds us of our favorite parts of our own town, all in one city. And the beer scene being phenomenal doesn’t hurt. Milwaukee may be famous because of big beers, but you guys have some of the most developed craft beer palates we’ve found.”

I was slightly skeptical of who would be included, but found that the pass isn’t filled with bars that no one wants to go to. Rumpus Room, Hotel Foster, Boone & Crockett and Steny’s are a few examples of the excellent bars included.

PubPass Milwaukee will be available online after May 16 and is good until the end of the year (sales of the 2016 version will start in late November).

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When I checked out at Ray’s (8930 W. North Ave.) with a bottle of Coronado Barrel-Aged Stupid Stout (right), the guy behind the counter told me I’d be back for more of the limited brew. Despite the fact that each 12.7-ounce bottle is nearly 12 bucks, the guy was right. The rich stout has a deliciously strong and lingering dark chocolate flavor followed by a fairly boozy finish. It’s decadent, and I’m glad I have another bottle to let mellow in my fridge for a year. As of last weekend, Ray’s still had a few of these gems around. I recommend splurging and tucking one away until next winter.

Quick Taps

American Craft Beer Week runs from May 11 to May 17. The Brewers Association has a nice video tribute to the week on the ACBW page. Isn’t every week a craft beer week?

I stopped at Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Ave.) last week and tried the mini meatloaf sammies. The meatloaf is made with Mexican chiles, served on grilled sourdough and topped with cheese and a spicy chipotle mayor. It’s an excellent complement to an IPA and I highly recommend it.

Congrats to Biloba Brewing Company (18720 Pleasant St., Brookfield), which recently celebrated its first anniversary. That’s good news for everybody.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, May 12: Surly Brewing and some outstanding chefs are teaming up for the Girls Rock Dinner at Palomino (2491 S. Superior St.) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $85.

Thursday, May 14: Sprecher Brewing (701 W. Glendale Ave.) unveils its Rescue Fleet from 5 to 8 p.m. Look for the converted fire trucks, ambulance and bus to dole out Sprecher goodies over the course of the summer.

Thursday, May 14: Lakefront is bringing a barrel of the extremely limited Two Lakes Triple IPA, a collab with Tyranena, to Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) for a release party. It will be joined by the hard-to-find Organic Barrel-Aged Barley Wine and the new Growing Power Organic Farmhouse Pale Ale. You might want to get there before Mike taps them at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 14: Belgian’s are the samples and topic of conversation at the weekly gathering of the Milwaukee Beer Society at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.). The tasting starts at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 14: Ballast Point takes over the taps at Bernie’s Tap Room (351 W. Main St., Waukesha) starting at 4 p.m. The amazing Grapefruit Sculpin IPA and barrel-aged Victory at Sea Stout are worth the trip to Waukesha.

Thursday, May 14: St. Francis Brewing takes over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery.

Friday, May 15: Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) claims to have the only barrel of Oskar Blues Shordy Molasses Stout in town and is handing out samples from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, May 15: Ballast Point pours samples from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.).

Friday, May 15: Brenner Brewing comes to Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 16: Discount Liquor Milwaukee hands out samples from Brenner Brewing from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 16: Hop bombs are the theme at Three Cellars’ (7133 S. 76th St.) weekly free tasting from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 17: Wrap up the week at a bottle share at The Malt Shoppe. Bring either two small bottles or one large bomber of a hard-to-find brew, a snack and your palate. The tasting starts at 5:30 p.m.



Dan Murphy has been reviewing bars for Milwaukee Magazine for roughly 20 years. He’s been doing his own independent research in them for a few years more.