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Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe (365 Day 117)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Lakefront Fuel Cafe

Sometimes an American craft beer on a Sunday is warranted after a weekend of hard work in the yard and/or around the house. Other times, like this Sunday for me, that I was exhausted after a day of home brewing and weekend of in-laws, causing me to be less than ready for a beer.

Unfortunately Fuel Cafe by Lakefront Brewery was the beer chosen for review #117. I sort of felt sorry for it as I knew I wasn’t in the mood.

In spite of that, I found the beer to be on solid ground: nothing earth shattering great about but definitely nothing wrong with the beer either. I would put it in the average category and thought that maybe the coffee should be more pronounced. The bottle I had though was four months old and I don’t know if coffee aroma/flavor starts to fall out as quickly or quicker than hops. Either way I would have it again and liked the creaminess. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 7.3

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Lakefront Brewery Eastside Dark (365 Day 90)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Lakefront Eastside Dark

Each night when I stare into the refrigerator, that is the time of judgment: the time that one American craft beer is going to be chosen. I don’t have much time to think of this during the day as I am busy at work. And, to be honest, I almost completely forget from day-to-day what is stored away in the ice box. Maybe that makes the process a little bit more exciting or you could say I have a horrible memory.

Either way, this might be my sanity check for having a different American craft beer each day for 365 straight. To be honest, there are times I actually have no interest in having to review a beer. I hope that isn’t blasphemy. 😉 Having a beer for a quarter of the year straight might not sound fantastic or difficult but there a just those days that a glass of water and a hoops game is all I really need, not to mention my gut.

Eastside Dark from Lakefront Brewery was the choice of the evening. I thought that the aroma and taste were a bit light with the aroma being ridiculously so. The taste was a little stronger but after a few sips I started to get this tart after taste that just lingered. I didn’t seem like it had a place in a German lager. I would have this beer again as it had been in the cellar for close to a year, so I would want to give it a fair shot with a fresh one. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6, Taste: 6, Look: 9, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 6.8

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Friday Night Beer Reviews

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis one of three beers reviewed last night that all made my palate dance for joy.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis one of three beers reviewed last night that all made my palate dance for joy.

Friday night beer reviews are fun. Actually any day of the week is a good night to review beers and, if you really want to get into it, any day, any time is a good time to review beer. The lineup for last night was mainly of beers I had laying around the house as I am actually getting to a point where I don’t have much to try. free run 3.0 v4 femmes Time for re-drinking.

Friday’s lineup:

Riverwest Stein Beer was in third place, not by much but Kellerweis and 90 minute IPA were both outstanding. Kellerweis was my first beer of the night and lasted a total of six sips. It is a really good Hefeweizen while 90 minute IPA was a really good American Imperial IPA.

I really couldn’t decide between the two as they are both so different but both so damn tasty. My thoughts: depending on the mood you are in, get them both. Enjoy!

Wednesday Beer Store Here Again

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Beer store visit seems to have come quickly this week. Maybe I wasn’t thinking that much about it because I am still overwhelmed by the amount of beer I purchased this past weekend on the brewery hop. My main goal of the day was to try and purchase some Lakefront Brewery beers since I passed while up in Wisconsin and because the wife asked (ordered) me to.

My loan pick up this Wednesday: Tyranena Brewing Company Scurvy

My loan pick up this Wednesday: Tyranena Brewing Company Scurvy

Of course I had to stop off and ask Travis what they got in new in case something really jarred the senses. They only got in two from Dog Fish Head that are both based on the “old” recipe idea. air jordan 11 femmes Neither really interested me since I still haven’t drank the Shai Tea I purchased almost a month ago. Besides they aren’t cheap.

So I asked about their selection of Lakefront which was only two in depth, neither of which my wife fancies. Going home empty handed from my Wednesday beer store visit? Oh, the thought makes my stomach upset.

So I did a quick scan of the aisle and noticed there were Tyranena Brewing Company choices on the shelf. While in Wisconsin I didn’t see the Scurvy IPA brewed with Orange Peel but there it was. I have heard good things, so we shall see. Enjoy!

Lots and Lots of Beer from Brewery Hop

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Pile of beer that I picked up while on the brewery hop to south-central Wisconsin.

Pile of beer that I picked up while on the brewery hop to south-central Wisconsin.

My last brewery hop was an expedition that covered four breweries: New Glarus Brewing Company, Capital Brewery, Lakefront Brewery, and Tyranena Brewing Company. When you embark on such a large journey there is a large amount of beer that has to be both consumed and purchased, not only for myself but beer drinking friends. That is exactly what happened.

The New Glarus Brewing Company was the first stop and most of the beer purchased here was not for me. The wife, Ed, Mark, and Rich were the wantees. air jordan 6 femmes I was just the travelling madman. From there on out, at each of the breweries, I purchased less and less. I was starting to worry about space and how I would pack the van back up for trip home. I didn’t want another causality similar to the Three Floyds Brewing Company brewery hop.

Lakefront Brewery Laverne & Shirley ornament.

Lakefront Brewery Laverne & Shirley ornament.

The biggest haul of the brewery hop whirlwind tour came from Star Liquor in Madison, WI. Great selection of beer that I can’t touch in Illinois. I was also fortunate that they had a Tyranena Brewing Company taste test going on which was nice, even if I only caught the last ten minutes of it.

So here is the list of beer (drum roll please):

Weekend of Brewery Hops Tons of Fun!

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Capital Brewery painted sign on top of the building.  Had to pull off on the side of the highway to get this shot.

Capital Brewery painted sign on top of the building. Had to pull off on the side of the highway to get this shot.

The brewery hops started an hour later than expected at 9:00am but we really didn't have anywhere to be, so an hour late wasn't going to hurt. We followed the gps directions to New Glarus Brewing Co., which took us a much different way than the last time we went. I enjoyed the no traffic roads but there was 20 left and right turn along the way, as well as two bridges being completely out for construction, adding 20 miles to entire drive. I gave the gps a stern talking to and we are both now on the same page.

My middle child wanted to go (run) through the brewery again. Done. air jordan 4 femmes The wife and I had a quick taste test (10 minutes tops for all three) and we were down stairs picking up some delicious bottled liquid. Mixed six packs, some Unplugged, R&D Golden Ale, Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red; you start to get the picture we purchased the entire joint. Not that you will believe but most was for beer friends.

Star Liquor beer store in Madison, WI.  Cozy place with good staff and a good selection of beer.

Star Liquor beer store in Madison, WI. Cozy place with good staff and a good selection of beer.

I was looking for at least one snifter glass on these brewery hops but couldn't find one at any of the breweries I visited. My wife has a Crate & Barrel gift card, just wait until she goes to sleep and I will have new glasses. 😉

The next stop on the tour was Middleton, WI to take a 3:30pm tour of Capital Brewery. There was time in the itinerary (yes, I am anal and put together a two page spreadsheet itinerary) to visit Lake Louie Brewing in Arena, WI but after a phone call that went unanswered (which Tom, the owner, told me they might not be there), so we found a public park that had a nice picnic area, lake, play ground, and water park to eat lunch. Of course the anticipation of playing in the water led to light lunches for the three kids.

Unfortunately it started to rain and we decided to head over to the actual brewery. It was still only 2:30pm but it was time to enjoy a beverage. Once at the brewery we decided to drive over to the hotel instead of keeping the kids all cooped up with the rain, especially after they starting running in the rain and getting their clothes all wet.

Lakefront Brewing Company tour coin that allows you to get one of your four allotted eight ounce beers while on the tour.

Lakefront Brewing Company tour coin that allows you to get one of your four allotted eight ounce beers while on the tour.

Amazingly the hotel I booked in Madison, WI was a mere 1.5 miles away from Capital Brewery. We were in-and-out and back for a beer within 20 minutes.

I had the Wild Rice and my wife had their Wisconsin Amber. The kids had pop and water. Yes, pop, it was vacation time.

The tour led to one tidbit of information that surprised me: Capital Brewery does all of it's bottling at a remote brewery.

After the tour we found our way to Madison for dinner and a stop at Star Liqours. air jordan 4.5 femmes Star is a small store that from the outside sort of lead me to believe I was going to be disappointed. Umm, yeah, I am dumb. Adam, the manager, loves beer, loves to talk beer, and lent a hand in selection. Star has an awesome selection of beers from the area and from some breweries that I can't buy from in Illinois. Most notably: Oskar Blues.

Lakefront Brewing Company lineup of taps at the bar where you wait for the tour.

Lakefront Brewing Company lineup of taps at the bar where you wait for the tour.

Day two of the brewery hop tour started early, again: 10:00am. We had a 12:00pm tour reservation at Sprecher Brewing Company (the only way you can do tours there). The drive to the Milwaukee area is about 90 minutes and I wanted to be early, as usual.

After about ten minutes of driving I brought up to my wife that I would really like to try and do Lakefront and Tryanena since Sprecher is the easier of the three to visit in terms of the number of tours. So after a promise of not to rush too much, we changed courses for a 1:00pm brewery hop at Lakefront Brewery and a 3:30pm brewery hop at Tyranena Brewing.

Tyranena Brewing Company bottle cleaning, preparing the bottle to receive some beer.

Tyranena Brewing Company bottle cleaning, preparing the bottle to receive some beer.

What a complete stroke of luck: Lakefront actually started doing noon tours, because of demand, and by the time we were done with our tour they were sold out for the rest of the day. So, if we had gone to Sprecher there is no way we could have gone on a brewery hop at Lakefront.

The Lakefront Brewery tour is aimed at all ages and all interests of the brewing process by encouraging group participation and some light comedy. Entertaining. They also give you a lot for the $6 tour price: free 8 ounce glass, four 8 ounce testers, one pint glass, and the tour. There was also an air and water show going on in Milwaukee so the kids and myself thought it was cool when the F-16 buzzed overhead a couple of times. Damn hot rod of the skies! Very loud, very fast, very cool.

Tyranena Brewing Company malt grinder preparing the malt to go into the mash where it will mix with water starting the brewing process.

Tyranena Brewing Company malt grinder preparing the malt to go into the mash where it will mix with water starting the brewing process.

After some pizza for lunch and enjoying the sun on the river outside the brewery, it was time to pack it up and head back towards Lake Mills, WI and Tyranena Brewing Company. air jordan 5 femmes The 50 minute drive back was full of anticipation and I couldn't wait to hit my third brewery hop in a little over 24 hours.

Tyranena is a smaller brewery but they have some quality and tasty products. The tour was very education as it was led by the assistant brewer, Nevin. He shared a very thorough knowledge of the brewing process and how it is done at Tyranena with the group. They even have some hop plants growing out back.

A lot of driving, a lot of walking, a lot of questing, a lot of tasting equals a crap load of brewery hop fun. I don't know if this is true or not, but one bartender at Lakefront mentioned to me that kids in Wisconsin can drink as long as they are with their parents. Nice law. Each brewery hop had its own twist on what to share with the group of people but each always centered around the idea of making good American craft beer. I look forward to planning another big trip like this either in the fall or spring. Heck, maybe I can talk the wife into one in the fall and on in the spring! My next brewery hop will be to Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL. Hopefully I can get Rich out there with me too. Enjoy!

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