Milwaukee Craft Beer Exchange

Year: 2016

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Juncts In The Trunk

The word “adjunct” alone has a history if giving beer enthusiasts nightmares… Adjunct beers were seen as cheap, cheating, inauthentic and low brow. But oh how the tables have turned. Now-a-days, adjunct stouts are some of the most sought after beers, and for good reason. They are absolutely delicious and beer pairs so damn well with so many flavors. So drink what you like, right? Here’s a list of some of my favorite adjuncts and specific beers that showcase those juncts well. You can never have enough junct in the trunk… Well you can, I’ll have a short list of beers that I think have WAY too many juncts.

There are tons of beers that could fall in these categories, these are just a small sampling of ones I have had and enjoyed. Have favorites? Let me know.

Oskar Blue – Death By Coconut
Bent Kettle – K’Paui
New Holland – Drangon’s Milk Rum Barrel Coconut
Goose Island – Bourbon County Prop. 2013Adjunct Beer

Goose Island – Bourbon County Vanilla Rye
4 Hands – Madagascar
Half Acre – Vanilla Big Hugs
Breckenridge – Vanilla Porter

Cinnamon & Spice
Cigar City – Hunahpu
Perennial – Abraxas
Avery – Xolotl
Central Waters – Cassian Sunset

Chocolate & Cocoa Nibs
The Bruery – Chocolate Rain
Central Waters – Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter
Brooklyn Brewing – Black Chocolate Stout

Lagunitas – Hight Westified
Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Alesmith – Speedway Stout (and all of it’s variants)
Founders – Kentucky Breakfast Stout

Toppling Goliath – Morning Delight
Funky Buddha – Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Mikerphone – Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit

Peanut Butter
Dangerous Man – Peanut Butter Porter
Belching Beaver – Peanut Butter Milk Stout
DuClaw – Sweet Baby Jesus!

Too Many Juncts In The Trunk
Founders – Lizard of Koz
J. Wakefield – East Bound & Down
Deschuttes – The Abyss
Bell’s – Neptune

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Third Space Brewing Co.

Many of you have already popped into the newly opened Third Space Brewing Co., but if you need any more incentive… I’ll be behind the bar most weekends! That’s right, I’ll be working for Third Space in their tap room and I couldn’t be more excited. Come on in this weekend and say hi!

Third Space Hours
Th. 4-9pm
F. 2-9pm
Sa. 12-9pm
Su. 12-7pm

1505 W St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee WI


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Best of Fest

Getting straight to the point. Here’s a list of my favorite beers I tasted at The Great Taste of The Midwest, in no particular order.

Raspberry Katy

Dangerous Man – Sour Delores #7 Righteous Babe (watermelon)
Dangerous Man – Sour Dolores #2 Raspberry
Mikerphone – Special Sauce Batch #5
Mikerphone – Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit
Bell’s – Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Aged Expedition Stout
2nd Shift – Raspberry Katy
Imperial Oak – Billy Dee’s Coconut Pecan Porter

Before GTMW I had only had a few beers from Dangerous Man. Granted they we’re their most popular chocolate peanut butter porter and another fantastic offering. But, I was unaware they were making sours and wow, they blew me away. The juiciness they were able to pull from the fruit and into the beer was fantastic. Very clean and refreshing sours. Give them a try any chance you get.

I’ve slowly been becoming a fan boy of Mikerphone due to my frequent stops in Chicago, and the fact that they made a farmhouse ale called Jibboo (see phish beer reference). NE style hops are all the rage, and Mikerphone is making some of the best. The nose and taste of these beers are immediately reminiscent of Trillium and Treehouse. So incredibly juicy without tasting like syrup. Solid hop bite, and insanely crushable. And wow, Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit is worth the hype. Maple is a flavor I don’t always enjoy in a beer, it can be overwhelmingly sweet and overpowering. But this beer is well balanced. The coffee cuts back that maple flavor sweetness. Solid beer.

Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, is there really anything else I need to say?

2nd Shift, out of Missouri, is another brewery that has a good amount of hype and attraction behind it. They’re making sours. They’re making BA Stouts. So, yeah. I’ve tasted some of their stouts and they were fine. Nothing I’d write home about, but Katy and her variants have been all over the big trade boards and blogs, and I’d be damned if I didn’t get a taste. This was my first beer of the best, and probably the best. Hot damn! The aroma, color, taste and aftertaste were all amazing. Real fruit taste, multiple layers of flavor, and solid until the last drop. So the hype is real on this one… Shit.

Imperial Oak was on my short list of breweries to try that I’ve never had anything from, and they didn’t disappoint. This porter has some solid juncts in the trunk, but they don’t overpower the base porter. Both the pecan and coconut are relatively mild and simply add to the flavors of the base beer. Lots of chocolate, caramel, bitter bakers chocolate, some nuttiness from the pecan and a slight hint of toasted coconut. Really great beer and a brewery I’m definitely keeping on my radar.




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Great Taste Eve Highlights

Great Taste of The Midwest(GTMW) is arguably one of the best weekends in the state of Wisconsin to be a beer lover. The best breweries in the nation bring their top notch beers and it’s all enjoyed in a scenic park just outside of downtown Madison. The Friday before GTMW, also known as “Great Taste Eve” is also something special. All the breweries that are participating in the actual beer fest takeover the tap lines at just about every establishment in Madison. All(most) of the events are free, are insanely packed, but allow traveling beer lovers to have more than just one afternoon of awesome beer tasting. Here are my highlights for Great Taste Eve.

Breweries of St. Louis Tap Takeover
Brewery List
2nd Shift
4 Hands
Kirkwood Station
Urban Chestnut

Where: Dexter’s Pub


Tipsy Gets Surly
Surly Beer List

Coffee Bender
Todd the Axe Man
Darkness 2015
Darkness 2015 Barrel-Aged
Surly Gose
Surly Pils
Surly Viking Ale
Where Strides the Bromeliad
Dampfbier Nitro

Where: Tipsy Cow


O’so And Friends at The Geuzeria
The pre-party Sour and Funky beer. O’so Brewing Company – Tap House will be headlining the show and we have some awesome funky brewery friends stopping by. Food Trucks from Underground Food Collective and El Grito Taqueria.

Where: Funk Factory Geuzeria

Check out the rest of the events HERE.

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Lost Valley Cider Co.

Directly from their website:

Lost Valley Cider Co. is built on the ardent belief that life is an adventure worth exploring.
We’ve found our Lost Valley: it’s a state of mind.
An openness to the vast potential of the universe.
The feeling you get through shared new experiences.

We invite you to join us in our exploration of cider at our Milwaukee, WI taproom & bottleshop to try our favorite unique, diverse and exciting ciders on offer.

A word of advice to our fellow trailmates: Keep your eye on the horizon and follow your bliss to find your Lost Valley.”

I’m personally excited about Lost Valley as they’re furthering the scope of fermented beverage exploration here in Milwaukee. Check them out!

I’ve also added them to my “What’s On Tap” page.

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The Best Way To Trade Beer

It’s dark, pouring rain, a chilling howl from the wind permeates your eardrums. There’s a flickering street light with a hooded man beneath it. You can’t see what he’s holding. Your heart races, you begin to sweat profusely. You inch closer. You squint, and there it is… He’s holding a bottle of Cantillon! You proceed to exchange beers like its an illegal drug deal, never giving names, nor telling the other your area of residence. You go home feeling like you survived a near death experience…

Beer trading does not have to be this way.

With every IP (in person) trade I conduct, I always make sure to meet the other trader in a space where we can have a beer, have a cup of coffee or simply sit down and chat for 5-10 minutes. We travel the world, chase trucks, wait in line at 2am and jump through flaming hoops to find these beers; isn’t it worth a few minutes to hear the story behind the beers, but more importantly, hear the stories behind the people trading the beer?

Of course, it doesn’t always work out that the other trader can stay for a beer, but at least make an effort. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down with a trader I’ve never traded with before in my life, shared a few beers, and heard some phenomenal stories about their beer travels, beer hunting and beyond. Sometime these encounters turn into long friendships. So, stop meeting guys in parking lots and go grab a beer with them. BeerAdvocate has it’s place in the beer world, but if you’re trading local, take the time to meet the people behind the beer, it’ll be well worth your while.