Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Plenty On Tap Around Oshkosh

A quick blip about some goings on around here…

They have returned. Over in the column on the left under the Oshkosh Area Tap Lists header you’ll notice the names of 8 local places with good beer on tap. Click any name there to see their most recently updated taplist (a few of them also list bottled beer). I can’t vouch for the up-to-the-minute accuracy of any individual list, so please keep that in mind when referencing them. I can say that the Gardina’s list is woefully out of date. Next time you see Adam Carlson at Gardina's, give him hell for me. Anyway, try them out. I especially like the lists hosted by Taphunter (see Bare Bones, Becket’s, Chester V’s, Dublin’s, TJ’s). Taphunter gives you all the info you’re looking for in a straightforward manner. I wish more places around here were using it.

Also in the left column is the newly updated Oshkosh Area Beer Events schedule. This is going to be a busy January for beer. I’ll try to touch on each of these events as they approach, starting today with the first three on the list.

The 2016 Northeast Wisconsin Open is a homebrew competition sponsored by Lion's Tail Brewing. It's an open competition not based on style categories. The winner will get to help Lion’s Tail brewmaster Alex Wenzel brew a 10-barrel batch of the winning beer in February. That beer will be served in Lion’s Tail taproom beginning in March. The winner also gets to host a private launch party at the brewery with an open tap to serve the winning beer. The entry fee is $0. Cool. There's a link in the left column where you can download the entry form (or do it HERE). If you have issues with the download, send me an email (my address is at the top of the left column) and I'll be happy to email it to you.

Here's another one at Lion's Tail. The brewery will host three, beer-school sessions. Classes begin at 7 p.m. on the Wednesdays of January 13, February 10 and March 9. Tuition is $45 (that's for all three sessions combined) and includes samples and a pint of your choice each week. Topics covered will be: Beer Tasting and Measurables, Flavor Perception and Common Off-Flavors, and Modern Beer History (with sampling). Your instructor will be brewmaster Alex Wenzel. Alex is a fun, knowledgeable guy. He's just the sort of person you'd want to learn these things from. To enroll, shoot an email to: info@lionstailbrewing.com

Then there's this... Fox River Brewing will again host Paint and Pint Night on January 13. For $35 you get beer, canvas, utensils, paint and lots of instruction from art teacher Ronessa Lund. Everything you need to know to get in on this one can be found HERE.

A Beer
I can’t get out of here without suggesting a beer. If you’re into the hops, try making it over to Fox River Brewing for a pint of their One Size Fits All IPA. It's fantastic. Loads of citra and simcoe hop aroma and flavor come screaming up from this beer. Framing all that juicy hop music is the rich flavor of Golden Promise malt. It's 7% ABV, yet exceedingly drinkable. IPA lovers oughta love this.

That's it from me today, Prost!

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