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WHISPERING JEFF
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FRESHNESS DATED JULY 9, 2012

SUDS CLUB(TM) MEETINGS:

RIVERWEST BEER APPRECIATION & HOMEBREW CLUB
The Gig, 1132 E. Center St., Milwaukee, WI - Tuesdays @ 6 PM - $5 Join - $5 per Session
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The next Gigfest Beer Club meeting will be July 10, fraturing Mad River Brewing, with both their Steelhead & Jamaican Sunset beers. Join us. Bring a "Mystery Beer," and try to stump the not-so-chumps.

The Gigfest this past Tuesday, June 26 was, typically, tons-o-fun. We featured Boulder Brewing. The votin' king was Flashback Anniversary India Brown Ale, at 6.5% ABV, getting 16 votes. Comments included "English Toffee Cappucino." Runners up were Never Summer Winter Ale with 8 votes ("Smells like good animal feed," "Sugar plums," ...); Mojo IPA with 7 votes ("Hoppy water," "Smells like bad breath," "Lingers on tongue - 'Go away, hops,'" ...) and Led Zepplin's "Hazed & Infused," with 5 votes ("Juicy," "Dry headache," "Metallic," ... Dave also told us about he & Andy's Phish tour, hitting lots of breweries, including Shoreline & 3 Floyds.

Tuesday, July 3, was "Stump the not-so-Chumps" beer club night at The Gig, with 4 beers by "Game On Brewing," located in Glendale, WI. I thought the crew were close when we had the Black Lager, but more on that later. The favorite in voting, by far, was the Takedown Black Lager, with comments like "Prefer to Sprecher Black Bavarian," "Not Black Bavarian," "Smoky smell & taste," "Full bodied, ..." "Rookie Ale," also know as "Get out of the Penalty Box Pale Ale," with comments like "exactly like the last beer" (an Amber Lager), "European Pale," "Floral, not hoppy, "... "Shootout Maibock" votin' quotes included "Bock," "IPA with clove," "Wierd orange, ..." "Grandstand Amber" quotes included "Anchor Steam," "Light like Sprecher Amber, but not as crisp," " Too sweet," ... To the best of my research, these beers are a re-labeling of Sprecher's Black Bavarian, Extra Pale Ale, Maibock & Sprecher Amber.


PUDDLER'S HALL BEER TASTING CLUB
Puddler's Hall, 2461 S. St. Clair, Milwaukee, WI - Wednesday's @ 6:30 PM We're sampling beers, getting ready for Casey's 2 Barrel Brew System

Puddlers Beer Club meeting, held on Summerfest opening Wednesday PM, we sampled 5 Belgian ales and a mystery beer concoction. Tied for best was the Kasteel Rouge (alian Kriek) ("Not beer," "Ludens cough drop," "Smells like Bud Wild Blu," "New Glarus Belgian Red," ... ) & Leffe Brune (alias Dubbel) ("Cherry Cola," "Tastes Torrified," "Molasses," ...), followed by Grimbergen Blonde ("Sweet," "Sour," "Dill," "Fruity," ,...), Leffe Blonde ("Cherry Chapstick," "Rubber boot & Honey," "Not smooth," ...) & Grimbergen Dubbel ("Bad science project," "Lemon Ovaltine," " Light Chocolate milk," ...).

No July 4th Puddlers Hall beer club, so see yah July 11th

 

MORE NEWS RUMORS & GOSSIP ...

BLESSING AT PABST BREWERY
Terrific Blessing of the Bock was on Sunday at the Best Place in the Pabst Brewery Complex. Erik Peterson did a great job assembling the event. Thanks to Jim Haertel of Best Place for hosting the event.


Great intro by event founder Jim Klisch and major event caretaker John Zutz. A nice mix of friends & brewery people including Jim from Lakefront; Jerry Patzwald from Spaten & Marc Butera from O'So.

The Blessing was a very rewarding event.

I am pleased to note that, with the recent passing of The Bomb Shelter proprietor Greg Landig, we had a moment of silence, prayer & praise in his memory.


WHOLE FOODS
Nice event at Whole Foods, with Larry Schneiberg from Sierra Nevada; Sadie Olson from Beechwood, representing Oskar Blues; Marc Butera from O'So, plus representatives from Founders, Potosi, Milwaukee Brewing, Sprecher and Lakefront.
We're gathering article and ads ( - interested ? contact me) for the "late Summer - Fall" edition.

ZADS
Monday was a hoot with Megan, her NYC pal Liz, Jo-el & Nick, all from from Curtic Ambulance.

CHICAGO TOURS
Sunday, Curley & I did a "victory lap" into Chicago, quenching our "road dust" thirst at Kasey's on Printers Row & Fatman's in Gurnee. Fun stops all over Chicagoland, especially the near South and Brookfield - La Grange - Countryside.

Bob & I hit Chicago Saturday, just missing Sheffield's Metropolitian event & the Doble Daisy Cutter release at Half Acre. Damn.

The week before was a super drinky doubleheader. Saturday, I Badger Coached it to Distihl America. On Sunday, I crawled into the Ale House's Winter Beer Fest.


JOHN E O's 61
John E O's Bonfire, BBQ & Beer Bash was several weeks ago Saturday. The moon was big, the flames were high, lotsa friends. The weather delightful, tho the planned Sledding event was delayed.

MADISON TOUR
Toured Madison, Oconomowoc,... on Sunday. Visited with Page at House of Brews & Scott at Vintage; Savored the Lagavulin & an German apricot liquor at Vom Fass & has a windex IPA at Jordan's Big 10.
We regained access to our website (old warhorse served just … died), so we've been updating our event calendars (again) daily, so feed us your events.

See you at some damn beer, music & spirits event really soon.

Cheers

"Whispering" Jeff