Giddy for Goose Island

                                               Photo via Shutterstock Goose Island Migrating North This week, Goose Island is spreading the good word in Milwaukee and Madison, preaching the gospel of Bourbon County Stout. Goose Island Migration Week means that some of the best beer in the world will be available in our neck of the woods. On Thursday, Sept. 19, the migration comes to the taps at Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) and brings with it a 2012 Bourbon County Stout, the…

Fall Imbibing

  Brews in Pennsylvania I took a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania over the weekend for a cousin’s wedding. I managed to find enough time between festivities to sample a fair amount of eastern Pennsylvania brews. I tried a few samples from Tröegs (Perpetual IPA and Tröegs Pale Ale were both delicious) and the solid Hop Hog from Lancaster Brewing. The highlight was a morning trip to the Taproom by Spring House Brewing (I had to make a visit on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. because the nuptials started at 2 p.m.). I ran through a flight of Spring House brews like…

Suds Talk

                                                       Photo via Shutterstock Another WOB in Wauwatosa World of Beer opens its second Milwaukee location with a grand opening on August 25 at the new spot (418 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa) The event included a raffle benefiting The Ability Center, a non-profit organization that provides services and equipment to athletes with disabilities. The new beer haven has 42 taps and more than 500 bottles to choose from. It’s 3,200 square feet and includes…

The Best Summer Saisons

                                                     Photo via Shutterstock Central Waters Fans Should Keep Sept. 17 Open Central Waters has been making the rounds in Milwaukee lately. On Wednesday, Sept. 17 they hit Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) for a can’t-miss beer dinner. The highlight is the fact that Central Waters is tapping the delicious 16th Anniversary Stout and a new experimental sour. That’s cool enough, but Central Waters isn’t showing up alone. Prearis Brewery brings a quad and…

More Lakefront to Love

                                                Photo via Shutterstock More Local Success It’s no secret that Lakefront Brewery sells plenty of beer. But it was especially evident last week when the brewery announced that it would expand its cold storage and distribution warehouse (218 E. Keefe Ave.) by nearly 7,000 square feet. A release by the brewery notes that production has almost doubled in the last two years and that in 2013 Lakefront produced more than 40,000 barrels. The new space should…

Exile in Beerville

                                                      Photo via Shutterstock Serious Concerns for West Coast Brewers The most important ingredient in beer isn’t hops or grains. It’s water. A serious drought in Southern California may have a serious effect on California breweries. An article in Brewer Magazine examines the issue and how it relates to breweries like Stone and Sierra Nevada.   The topic of water usage and conservation was a big one at the Beer Summit hosted by Beer Capitol…

Beer Camp

Toast of the Midwest I made the trip to Navy Pier in Chicago on Sunday for Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America, an awesome traveling beer fest that is scheduled to hit just seven cities this summer. It was a great chance to try beers from Midwest breweries and a few that you just can’t get around here, like Tampa’s Cigar City (their Jai Alai IPA is delicious). There were plenty of standouts at Beer Camp, but the best beer I tried was easily Pipeworks Citra Saison. Pipeworks Brewing is a relatively small brewery in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. But keep…

Brewfest Bacchanalia

                                                        Photo via Shutterstock Milwaukee Brewfest The main reason that I love Milwaukee Brewfest is the location. When the weather cooperates, the spot at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion on the lakefront is perfect. The selection of breweries isn’t too shabby either. The expansive list includes a sizable amount of Wisconsin brewers, which is never a bad thing. This year’s Brewfest takes place on Saturday, July 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. VIP…

Beer Tourism and Firkin Fest

                                                     Photo via Shutterstock Beer Tourism: The Saga Continues Over the Fourth of July weekend I took a trip to the Michigan side of Lake Michigan to spend some quality time at the beach and to visit Greenbush Brewery. The spot, in the middle of the tiny town of Sawyer, was packed on a Sunday afternoon, and it wasn’t hard to understand why. Greenbush brews pour from 14 taps in the rustic taproom, and I…