RUMORS & GOSSIP(tm)
FRESHNESS DATED JULY 9, 2012
RIVERWEST BEER APPRECIATION
& HOMEBREW CLUB
The Gig, 1132 E. Center St., Milwaukee, WI - Tuesdays @ 6 PM - $5
Join - $5 per Session.
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 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, "...
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
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
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
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.
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.
Monday was a hoot with Megan, her NYC pal Liz, Jo-el &
Nick, all from from Curtic Ambulance.
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
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