The first time I came to ‘tosa to visit, Bigg brought me to the local wine and Spirit shop, Ray’s.
I was so enamoured by the Whiskey corner that I barely noticed the incredible beer selection. Then I moved here and wanted a good beer. And boy does Milwaukee deliver.
After being stuck in small town Texas where beer selection is between Sam Adams (which is fine for an every day beer), Shiner Bock (which is less than fine but you adjust when it’s the best on tap most places), or corporate shit beer; you come to appreciate the large selection of craft breweries here in SE ‘sconsin.
I quickly picked a favorite, Milwaukee Brewing Co. Why? They have a wide variety of beers and each one is unique in flavor; has depth with a smooth finish; fun packaging (yes, it matters) and is local. ‘Nuff said. These guys are good. They have tours that is on the ‘to do’ list this summer but in the mean time, we are frequent fliers to their beer. My favorite? Black Iron of course…
Last night a few of my favorites (Ray’s; MKE; Bigg) came together for an awesome event. We went to MKE’s beer class.
Mike and Jim from MKE gave a great presentation on the history of the brewery and their beers. They talked story on how some of the beers came to be named along with an interesting history lesson of local brewing in general. When I made the comment that I’d been here for a year and the people of Milwaukee are VERY SPOILED with good beers, Jim (part owner) says, “Yes, because the water is so good here. Good beer comes from good water.” Huh. Makes sense.
Yes, I realize that good hops; malts; blueberry tea (Weekend @ Louie’s) helps, but good water is key. As if I needed another reason to love Lake Michigan.
If you’re in the area, I can’t recommend Ray’s tasting events enough. Very economical and we even came home with MKE prizes. Score!
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.