A Serious Beer Dinner

A Serious Beer Dinner

The Central Waters dinner at Sanford, a new beer festival and a beer for this wretched month.

Serious Beer Dinner of the Week
Sanford Restaurant (1547 N. Jackson St.) is joining the beer dinner fray in a big way. On Monday, Feb. 23, Central Waters comes to Sanford for a five-course dinner. Because it’s at Sanford, it’s a given that the food will be amazing, but the beer list is pretty hard to beat. The barrel-aged standouts include Ginger Brandy Land Scotch Ale, 17th Anniversary Stout and Rye Chocolate Porter, Cherry Stout, and an intriguing Call Me Ol’ Fashioned Strong Ale aged over oranges and cherries. The cost for the dinner is $95, and the fun starts at 6 p.m. Call 414-276-9608 to make a reservation, and do it soon.

A New Beer Festival
The Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival comes to the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.) on Oct. 23 and 24. Not only does the fest offer 50 different breweries and promises of rarities, it also provides seminars for those who want to learn more about brewing. The event is being put together by the publishers of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine and Waukesha’s Kalmbach Publishing. Tickets are already available for the festival, and it’s probably a good idea to snag the VIPs while they’re still there. Buy your tickets and find out more here.


Barley Pop of the Week
Every year at this time, Bell’s Hopslam reminds me that February is going to be fine. Really, the release of Hopslam is the only thing that keeps me going during this wretched month in the Midwest. This year’s Hopslam batch doesn’t disappoint and balances citrus flavor with a dash of honey and a slightly more bitter finish than I remember from last year’s version.


Quick Taps
During the month of February, you get 15% off a purchase in the Sprecher Gift Shop (701 W. Glendale Ave.) if you donate new or gently used winter clothing. Well done Sprecher.

It’s nice to see politicians reaching over the aisle for at least one worthy cause, the Small BREW Act.

I stumbled across this gem of a list from Rate Beer. Not too many of the worst 50 beers in the world shock me.


Events Brewing
Tuesday, Feb. 10: Prepare for Mardi Gras at the Abita tap takeover at Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.)

Thursday, Feb. 12: This week’s event from the Milwaukee Beer Society looks like a great one. The topic is barrel-aged beers, and the tasting at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.) starts at 6 p.m. Bring $10 and a designated driver.

Thursday, Feb. 12: Pearl Street Brewery travels from La Crosse to take over the taps at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave.).

Thursday, Feb. 12: Champps Americana (1240 S. Moorland Rd.) is hosting a Ballast Point tap takeover. Rumor has it that Grapefruit Sculpin will be on tap. You’ll want some.

Thursday, Feb. 12: Want to ask Jake Leinenkugel anything? You can during the Reddit Ask Me Anything starting at 3 p.m. The headline to participate is, “I’m Jake Leinenkugel, former president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Ask me anything.”

Friday, Feb. 13: Take your significant other to Sprecher Brewery for a Valentine’s beer dinner. For $85 per couple you and your date receive a welcome drink, a salad, choice of entree and dessert. Each course is paired with beer and you get a commemorative glass. Check out the details.

Friday, Feb. 13: You get a chance to win free Abita beer for a year at the Fat Friday party at Stubby’s (2060 N. Humboldt Blvd.). The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13: Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is installing some cool new tap system. Try it out at the Surly Brewing tap takeover starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14: Try “beers perfect for your Valentine” at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14: Cleveland Pub (14000 W. Cleveland Ave.) has some serious plans for Valentine’s Day. Goose Island Bourbon County is taking over the taps. The impressive list includes a 2013 Bourbon County Stout, a Barleywine and the extremely rare Vanilla Rye. It might be a good idea to show up for lunch if you want to get some.

Saturday, Feb. 14: Cafe Bavaria (7700 Harwood Ave.) hosts an Ayinger beer dinner that includes four courses and five different beers. The cost is $60 and the event starts at 8 p.m. Call 414-271-7700 for reservations.

Saturday, Feb. 14: The first 100 couples at each of Lowlands Group’s Grand Cafes (Cafe Centraal, Cafe Benelux and both Cafe Hollanders) receive a free Stella Artois and a rose. Couples at Cafe Bavaria receive a Spaten Optimator and a rose. Everybody wins.

Saturday, Feb. 14: Brenner Brewing teams up with Motor Bar & Restaurant (Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St.) for the Bacon Beer Dinner on Valentine’s Day. Pair brews from Brenner with deliciousness like maple smoked pork belly with bacon grits or bacon-wrapped deep-fried mac and cheese. The decadence starts at 6 p.m. and costs just $40. Call 414-287-2778 to make a reservation.



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.