Sprecher Brewings and Doings

Happy Holiday Season to All!  Turkey day went well, although my turkey was done 30 minutes ahead of schedule.  Consequently, the dinner became another occasion when we realized that the food didn’t matter all that much.  We enjoyed some great beer though.  Recent batches of Black Bavarian have been excellent.  Randy declared his particular bottle worthy of an international gold medal.   We paired Black with a fabulous WI blue cheese, but I’m not sure of the name.  It also pairs well with Hooks Blue, another WI artisanal cheese.  Myself, I had Pipers Scotch Ale, which I think is a wonderful beer especially in the fall.

Another of my favorites — Dopple Bock.  Not too sweet, but with nice caramel malts.  A bit of burnt sugar taste intermingled with the soft roasted caramel flavors.  Tons of flavor and aromatics, especially if it’s not served too cold.  Tonight at the Mine Shaft restaurant in Hartford, WI, 22 N. Main St., Randy will tap a keg of Dopple Bock.  I’m not sure what time, exactly (6 or 7pm).  Join us for the fun.

Sprecher Brewings and Doings

Well, it was a busy week capped by our annual party which took place this year at Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls.  Who knew that they had such great food?  The buffet for sixty was fabulous — salad, veggies, chicken marsala, salmon and tenderloin.  Taste-wise,  I think the chicken, fish and beef reigned supreme.  Veggies were a bit weak and the mashed potatoes a bit sticky.  Even so, if you have a bowling party with a group of people, this is a fun place to go.

Friday evening I had a Sprecher beer tasting at Beans & Barley, 1901 E. North Ave, Milwaukee.  Beans is also a member of a group Sprecher belongs to, Our Milwaukee, which is comprised of locally owned businesses.   December 6th the Buy Local Fair takes place at the Urban Ecology Center on Milwaukee’s East Side, 1500 E. Park Place.  Stop in to learn more about some of Milwaukee’s locally owned businesses; there may be shopping opportunities as well.  All week, December 6 – 14th,  Our Milwaukee business alliance members celebrate the community’s unique character with promotions in support of Buy Local, Live Local Days.   Remember, for every $1 you spend at a locally owned business, more than 68 cents remains right here at home. To join Our Milwaukee or learn more about the group, visit www.ourmilwaukee.net.

Yesterday afternoon I presented, “Maltylicious,” the first in a series of craft beer tastings for women only.   Really, no boys allowed.  But the thing is, the series – Tasting Women – is held in the back room of Sugar Maple American Craft Beer Bar in Bay View, 441. E. Lincoln Ave,  which leaves the main bar available for anyone who wants to try beers from their 60 taps!  We had a total of 28 women, which is about all the room could comfortably hold.  I’d say 30 max.  It’s a neat space.  I tried to impart some of my knowledge about craft beer, its history, the brewing process, the difference between ales and lagers,  all the while focusing on malts.  We sampled quite a range of Sprecher beers, beginning with our gluten/malt-free beer, Shakparo.  For the malt-based sampling we tried Micro-Light (an English Summer Ale), Special Amber, IPA2, Oktoberfest, Dopple Bock, Black Bavarian and Scotch Ale.  Beer Trivia Question: Who is the goddess Ninkasi?

More later.  Time to get back to work.  Tomorrow Randy and I head to Madison for an interview on the Larry Meiller show (Wisconsin Public Radio, www.wpr.org for stations).  Randy, Sara Hill and Lucy Saunders will talk about a tasting event here at the brewery on December 10th, 6-8pm, involving Wisconsin artisanal cheeses and Sprecher beers.   This event is open to the public so please feel free to join us. Cost: $15, reserve online at www.sprecherbrewery.com.


Sprecher Brewings and Doings

Minneapolis was a long drive then a whirlwind trip meeting lots of cool beer people. Check out the Industrial Bar in Minn, and the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Both places have a great selection of beer on tap, including some Sprecher. After this road trip, expect to see more Sprecher in the area. And if you don’t, ask for it at your favorite store or bar. J.J. Taylor, our distributor, can deliver whatever you want.

Want to try some Sprecher? Tonight I’ll be sampling beers at Beans & Barley, 1901 E. North Ave, Milwaukee, 5:30-7:30pm. It’s a reataurant, deli and store focusing on natural foods. They make some of the best in the business. Fabulous burritos, chili, carrot-ginger salad dressing, cheese assortment, and bakery. Plus, they carry a nice selection of beers!



Sprecher Brewings and Doings

If you see Randy in Minneapolis over the next few days, don’t be freaked.  We’re heading over to visit with our distributor and several accounts.  Can’t wait to get there.   I’ve heard nothing but good things about the city.  Anyone know of Sprecher friendly bars we should check out?



Sprecher Brewings & Doings

Hey Everyone,

I’m kind of new at this so I’d appreciate if you cut me some slack during these first few posts.  For those of you who don’t know, Sprecher Brewery is located Glendale, WI, a suburb just north of Milwaukee.  Started in 1985 by Randy Sprecher (my husband), Sprecher is a microbrewery that makes award-winning beers and gourmet sodas.  Among others beer-related awards, we won the 2004 GABF Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewmaster of the Year awards.

Many people know Sprecher Root Beer, more so  recently because the  NY Times ranked it  #1 of 25 tasted (6/25/08).   Not Bad.   If you want to see  the brewery, check out CBS Sunday morning on Sunday, November 23rd.  The show is doing a special segment on root beer and they filmed it on location.  Also on Sunday, November 23rd — for those of you in the Milwaukee area — check out Maltylicious, a presentation on craft beer I’m giving at Sugar Maple American Craft Beer bar in Bay View.  One caveat — it’s for women only!  Yep.  That’s right.  No boys allowed.  But it’s being held in the back room so guys, feel free to come to Sugar Maple and try some of their 60 craft beers while class is in session.  Sugar Maple is located at 441 N. Lincoln Ave.   If you haven’t been to our website and want to learn more about Sprecher,  stop by or visit www.sprecherbrewery.com.

Cheers,  Anne

p.s. I may not blog much on weekends but I’ll try my best.