Spring Taps

Events galore in Milwaukee’s beer world this week. Plus: a trip to Des Moines.

A Trip to Des Moines? Yep

On my way to Omaha a few days ago, I made a stop at El Bait Shop in Des Moines (part of my neverending quest to go to as many Draft Magazine top 100 beer bars as I can). The large place on the edge of Downtown was fantastic. More than 100 taps and delicious fish tacos made me wish I could have stayed longer. El Bait Shop is lively, family friendly and has plenty of brews from Iowa standouts like Peace Tree, Confluence and Firetrucker. I realize that Des Moines isn’t right around the corner, but if you’ve ever in the middle of Iowa, make a trip.

Barley Pop of the Week

There’s been a explosion of sessionable IPAs in the last year or so. Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA is one of the best I’ve had. It has a tasty citrus hop flavor with a crisp and pleasantly bitter finish. I suppose that’s too refined a way to describe a brew by the irreverent, often funny folks at Oskar Blues. Bottom line, it’s good, dammit.

Quick Taps

Beer aficionado Tom “Grynder” Ciula is very excited about the upcoming release of Barrel-Aged Lakefront Beer Line Barleywine. Look for the limited supply soon because if Grynder is excited you should be too.

In a related note, Lakefront Wisconsinite is being released this week. That’s a sure sign that spring is on the way.

Bell’s earned some not so favorable press recently when new surfaced about a trademark dispute with another brewer. Here’s their side of the story.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, March 24: The Malt Shoppe (813 N. Mayfair Rd.) hosts a sampling of Door County brews at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25: Learn about the evolution of the Imperial IPA at The Malt Shoppe starting at 6 p.m. Samples include Fuller’s London Pride, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and Coronado 18th Anniversary Ale. The cost is $15.

Wednesday, March 25: Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) hosts the first of two beer dinners with Upland Brewing. The cost is $59 and reservations can be made by calling 414-964-8377.

Thursday, March 26: Sheridan’s (5133 S. Lake Dr.) hosts a five-course Lakefront beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $55.

Thursday, March 26: Upland Brewing returns to Tess for the second beer dinner.

Friday, March 27: Try brews from Wisconsin Brewing at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday, March 27: Sample beers from O’so from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Malt Shoppe.

Saturday, March 28: Wisconsin Brewing returns to Discount Liquor Milwaukee from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 28: Whole Foods hosts Beer Fest where more than 80 beers from 22 breweries are on hand from noon to 4 p.m. It costs just $5.

Saturday, March 28: Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) hands out samples from Wisconsin Brewing from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 28: Try the most popular brews at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 29: Unibroue heads to Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) for a Winter Brewery Series event from 4 to 6 p.m. For just $15 you get five samples and education.



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.