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.