Holy shit you guys, it’s April! The first quarter is a distant memory, and that’s real great. Also great: our local watering holes gearing up for a showcase of big beers, fun events, and general debauchery. If you’ve been hibernating all winter, it’s time to meander out into the world to taste some fermented liquid and spend some money. The following is a list of my preferred events day-by-day. Lord knows I won’t make it to all of them, but dammit, a man can dream right? Let’s get after it:
Saturday April 14 – Coffee Beer Brunch @ Stubby’s. I am all aboard the #teamcoffeebeer train. Not much like a java-infused depressant flowing through your arteries while you shovel hollandaise sauce into your face area. 3 Sheeps, Central Waters, others. Start with a good base for the week, your loved ones will appreciate that.
Sunday April 15 – Crafts & Drafts @ Serb Hall, developed and produced by the liquor store of our dreams, Discount Liquor. Portion of this beer ‘fest’ ticket price goes to Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance. I have no idea if tickets are still available, but just look at this beer list and eventually pick your jaw up off the floor. If you can’t make it to Crafts & Drafts, just have a Sunday funday and drink a beer from your cellar, because beer is made to be consumed.
Monday April 16 – Mondays suck. This Monday will suck less no matter where you’re at in the metro area. Two events to note here – If you wanna party north of the wall, check out the BeerFriends event at the Highland House benefiting the Humane Society of Wisconsin. It features brewery vets such as Sierra Nevada, Bell’s, New Belgium, and New Glarus, among others. Fun gems on tap, and the ability to win some swag. But really I just wanna party up in the ‘quon for some #burbdrankin. If you’d rather stay within the city, Rumpus Room is paying homage to Weyerbacher, a criminally underrated brewery that doesn’t get a lot of love here. In a shocking display of awesomeness, I’m told that there will be a rep on site during the event. What!? That’s incredible, given the circumstances (lots of events to compete with) and proximity (Weyerbacher is in Pennsylvania right?). Rumpus is bringing heat this year, and they have a good amount of total events, so I’m hoping a few Weyerbacher brands stay on tap for a couple days. Moving on.
Tuesday April 17 – I’m gonna miss it this year, but the Central Waters beer dinner @ Morel has always been a favorite of mine. Morel is very good at creating unique dishes and pairings at their dinners, I can’t promote them enough. The after party is next door at Camino if you don’t want to spend the cash on the dinner because you’re a broke fool. Speaking of beer dinners, there is a cellar-oriented beer dinner at Erv’s Mug in Oak Creek this night as well. I’m told there is a 2011 North Coast Old Stock Ale barrel that is itching to see the tap lines. Imagine the sex in that glass, my word. Some big heavy-hitters for this dinner, Uber to and fro, please.
Wednesday April 18 – Central Waters flock takeover at Burnhearts brings all the boys to their yard, but I’m flying over to Third Space for their ‘In the Spirit’ evening. The St. Paul Ave brewery is bringing out most/all of their barrel-aged releases from the last few months, and variants as well. Both events will be packed, I guarantee it. Gentle reminder to be patient and tip your bartenders.
Thursday April 19 – Because I live close, the New Belgium Trivia at Whole Foods Tosa Tavern gets underway around 6pm. Their Thursday special is $3 draft beers, and it really doesn’t matter the brand. That deal is stupid good and I love it. Not sure if New Belgium’s new hemp-forward, ganja-smelling brew ‘Hemperor’ will be there or not. After “playing trivia” there, I’ll be making a fool of myself at the 3rd annual supplier karaoke at Fixture Pizza Pub in Walker’s Point. I suck at singing, but after your 8th beverage it doesn’t really matter, does it? I don’t know the tap list, but Fixture is typically pretty good about bringing in a fun lineup.
Friday April 20 – Third Space at Tomkens. Giddy as a schoolgirl to see what sauce flavors chef Brian comes up with for the feature. Authors note – I don’t smoke.
Saturday April 21 – Beer week draws to a close. Your liver is a shriveled raisin, beckoning for an IV drip and gallon of ice cold water. But you’re a professional, and *we’ll* stumble into Vanguard together to celebrate The Wreckoning 4. Another Surly takeover, including 4 versions of Darkness. Always a good time at this establishment. Grab a sausage and a table outside on the patio (hopefully, looking at you, weather!) and commiserate with everyone about how garbage-y you feel.
Let’s do this again, I guess.