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.
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.
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.