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Join Our MobCraft Brewery Beer Tour

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Urban Milwaukee members can join the unique tour, with free tastings of many beers.
'MobCraft’s bar. Photo by Michael Horne. Have you ever gotten to decide a brewery’s next recipe for beer? At MobCraft, they turn your ideas into beer, and allow anyone to submit ideas and vote on what they create next. MobCraft founders Henry Schwartz and Andrew Gierczak dreamed up the idea of a crowd-sourced brewery where the people decide what’s brewed back in 2011, and in 2016, they made Milwaukee their home in Walker’s Point. The location offers a spacious taproom that boasts views of their brewhouse and a special Wild & Sour Room, as well as outdoor seating, a chance for live music, foosball, ping pong and much more. Urban Milwaukee members are invited to a MobCraft Beer Bash on Thursday, August 1st starting at 6 p.m. An RSVP is required as space is limited . Members can bring one guest, but must request an additional ticket when reserving their spot. Owner Henry Schwartz will lead Urban Milwaukee members through a special guided tour through the facility. And once we reach the Wild & Sour Room, staff will bring out multiple pitchers of four different MobCraft brews to try during a special guided tasting. If we’re still thirsty after, the taproom will offer $1 and $2 discounts on various pour sizes. MobCraft Brewery & Taproom is located in Walker’s Point at the corner of 5th and Virginia at 505 S. 5th St. There are nearly 20 beers on tap of all styles and flavors. They also offer Hidden Kitchen MobCraft Pizza, made to pair perfectly with your brews. To learn more, visit their website . The event is planned to reward Urban Milwaukee’s loyal members and create an easy-going way for our staff and writers and readers and supporters to get together to try multiple tasty beers in a fun environment. Here’s the rundown: arrive at 5:45 p.m., join the guided tasting and tour at 6 p.m. with a handful of free pours included, enjoy happy hour pricing for our group for the rest of the night, order a pizza, and enjoy your beers and convivial conversation for the rest of the night. We’d love to have a locally made beer with you. Oh, and if you’re looking to chat less, but enjoy the beer? That’s great, too; there are multiple televisions in the taproom, a cozy fireplace with blankets, and lots of board games. All UM members are invited to enjoy happy-hour pricing;  however RSVPs are required to take the guided tasting and tour. So, RSVP today. Not a Member, but Still Want to Come? We’d love to have you join us. Simply  sign-up to become a member for just $9/month and you will immediately be able to receive your Beer Bash tickets. In addition, you will gain access to an ad-free website with a faster moving photo browser and an ever-growing number of free tickets to marquee events in town (music, theater, festivals, fun) as well as unique tours and tons of other deals. For more information about the perks of becoming member, visit our membership page . And claim your Beer Bash tickets here .'

The 7 Kinds of Whiskey Every Guy Should Try

Whisky SPY

Our complete guide to whiskey, including the best bottles to buy right now.
'Whiskey has been, is and always will be cool. Period. It’s been enjoyed beside campfires on the American frontier, in swanky Irish bars, and at the trendiest cocktail bars in 2019. Great whiskey has been the alcohol connoisseurs drink of choice for so many years for a few good reasons: it has a totally unique taste, and it can be enjoyed in a variety of ways . But whether you’re a seasoned whiskey drinker or someone who’s just getting into the liquor, trying a new bottle is daunting. Because whiskey has so many incarnations produced by so many distilleries all over the world, the flavors can be drastically different. If you’re unfamiliar with the different kinds of whiskey , there are really six that you have to know: Irish, Scotch, bourbon, Tennessee, rye and Japanese. Each has a unique origin, distilling process and resulting taste, so if you’re new to whiskey, it’s best to taste each and see which one you like. Below are the best whiskeys to try in each category. All are around $15 to $40 a bottle, so you can pick some up without too much risk. 1. Buffalo Trace Bourbon BEST OVERALL Bourbon is one of the most loved whiskeys around – especially in the States. Although you can spend hundreds on a fancy bottle, you really don’t have to. Case-in-point: this celebrated , mass-produced bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon. Distilled in charred oak barrels (as all bourbon should be), it boasts a mellow taste with the balance of sweet and smoky that you want in a true American bourbon. Sip it slowly while you unwind (it’s 90 proof), or use it in an old fashioned cocktail that will make your guests come begging for a refill. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tBuffalo Trace Bourbon\t\t\t \t\t\t $20.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it \t\t \t     2. Jameson Caskmates BEST IRISH WHISKEY As you might have guessed, Irish whiskey is made exclusively in Eire (Republic of Ireland) or in Northern Ireland using yeast-fermented grain mash or a mash of malted cereals. Although this bottle of Jameson Caskmates has an unusual distilling process, connoisseurs agree that it’s one of the best irish whiskeys out there – especially for the price. The whiskey is finished in casks that have been used for brewing beer, upgrading the classic Irish taste with a note of fruity malt. Even though it’s shaken hands with a stout beer, you’ll still get to experience a real Irish whiskey. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tJameson Caskmates\t\t\t \t\t\t $9.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it \t\t \t     3. Old Overholt Rye Whiskey BEST RYE WHISKEY Made in North America using a rye-heavy mash, rye whiskey produces a slightly spicy flavor that makes it especially good in cocktails. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great rye, so we recommend this affordable Old Overholt ( as do others ). It’s been around since 1810, and for a while after prohibition, it was the most popular spirit in America. It’s tasty and easy to drink on its own but really shines in a manhattan or old fashioned cocktail. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tOld Overholt Rye Whiskey\t\t\t \t\t\t $10.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it \t\t \t     4. Suntory Toki BEST JAPANESE WHISKY Japanese whiskys (they spell it without the ‘e’) have blown-up fairly recently in North America, although they can still be hard to find and expensive. Luckily, one great Japanese whisky – Suntory Toki – has worked its way into the mainstream, coming recommended by multiple publications including Esquire . It’s made from a blend of Hakushu white oak cask malt, Chita grain whisky, Yamazaki white oak cask and Spanish oak cask whisky. These whiskys come from different time periods, which gives the bottle its name, Toki, meaning “time” in Japanese. It has a light taste with hints of fruit, honey and citrus, making it ideal in a highball cocktail, although it’s also great on the rocks. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tSuntory Toki\t\t\t \t\t\t $24.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it \t\t \t     5. George Dickel Barrel Select BEST TENNESSEE WHISKEY This George Dickel is first steeped in charcoal (making it a Tennessee whiskey) before being aged 10-12 years and subsequently hand-selected by Master Distiller John Lunn. Its silky, velvety taste delivers notes of vanilla and spice that make it highly drinkable, even if you’re new to whiskey. Still not convinced? Check the scoreboard. This bottle has won awards including multiple medals from the Beverage Testing Institute, as well as second place at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tGeorge Dickel Barrel Select\t\t\t \t\t\t $25.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it \t\t \t     6. High West Campfire BEST AMERICAN WHISKEY Some American-made whiskeys don’t fall into the category of bourbon, rye or Tennessee, making them simply American whiskey. This High West Campfire is one of the best American whiskeys, with a blend of bourbon, rye and Scotch whiskeys that no one else can claim. The taste is equal parts unusual, distinctive and delicious, with hints of sweet honey from the bourbon, fruity spice from the rye and smokiness from the Scotch. Although it can be mixed, it’s best enjoyed straight while catching up with a group of friends. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tHigh West Campfire\t\t\t \t\t\t $29.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it \t\t \t     7. Glenfiddich 15 Year BEST SCOTCH WHISKY Scotch has an earthy, smoky flavor that comes imported exclusively from (you guessed it) Scotland. The high-class liquor is aged in oak casks and typically made from grain or malted barley, and the name drops the ‘e,’ spelling it ‘whisky’ like the Japanese. We highly recommend this Glenfiddich 15 year as a go-to bottle for special occasions or a treat at the end of the day. Its warming feel, notes of honey and flavors of cinnamon and toffee have earned it a gold medal with Whisky Masters, as well as a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Courtesy of Drizly \t \t\t\t\t\t Buy: \t\t\t \t\t\t\tGlenfiddich 15 Year\t\t\t \t\t\t $38.99+ \t\t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t buy it'

How to Taste Smoke Flavors in Whisky

Whisky Whisky Advocate

It's not all ash and iodine: Discover the nuances of peatiness in scotch.
'Peat . You either dig it or you don’t.Peat manifests as smoky notes in whiskies as a result of burning peat to dry and flavor barley.The peat burned to add flavor to whisky creates an inconceivably resilient flavor.Following its smoke seasoning, the barley is crushed in a mill, soaked in hot water, fermented with yeast, boiled up in a copper still, and locked away in the darkness of an oak barrel for many years, and yet, when the cork is pulled from a fresh bottle, there’s no mistaking smoke’s tenacity.But is that smoke like a sparky beach bonfire, sooty embers of wood ash, or rings of aromatic cigar smoke?Peat is decaying, waterlogged plant life, starved of oxygen and compressed over time.The organic nature of peat’s origins, its moisture content, and the manner in which it’s burned all contribute to the final flavor of the smoke.The variety of decomposed plant life in peat influences the sensory characteristics.It matters whether the landscape was once a bed of soft, springy sphagnum moss, a labyrinth of hardy trees and shrubs, or a tangle of tough, woody twigs of heather.In technical terms, these phenolic flavor compounds can be filed as phenols, guaiacols, and syringols—broad groups of aromatic substances.Phenols evoke classic antiseptic and medicinal notes (think iodine and Band-Aids), guaiacols give smoky, savory, woody aromas, and syringols deliver spiciness and sweet vanilla.Follow the suggestions above to sort through peat smoke without getting bogged down.Smoke Under Glass Open these three contrasting smoky whiskies and dissect their smoldering beauty as smoke infiltrates the distillery character and cask influences.Aromatic Smoke— Highland Park 18 year old : melting toffee, sweet honey, dried fruits Medicinal Smoke— Laphroaig 10 year old : salty seaweed, vanilla sweetness, chili heat Spice Smoke— Talisker 10 year old : sweet, drying orchard fruits, cracked black peppercorn . The post How to Taste Smoke Flavors in Whisky appeared first on Whisky Advocate .'

NEWaukeean of the Week: Kristine Kelnhofer

Whisky urbanmilwaukee.com

'I think Milwaukee exemplifies Midwestern kindness.'
'Kristine Kelnhofer. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee. Where do you work and what makes your role awesome? I’m a tour guide and “professional” beer pourer at Milwaukee Brewing Company . Being a part of the tour staff is awesome because we get to interact with people interested in taking in “Brew City” to the fullest. It’s cool to share a beer or two with locals and tourists and ignite a passion for Milwaukee culture and history. What do you love most about Milwaukee? What’s not to love? I think Milwaukee exemplifies Midwestern kindness. The people here are welcoming and you can strike up conversation with nearly anyone and learn their story. I enjoy how alive and vibrant this city becomes in the summertime through its festivals which create the perfect setting for cross cultural connections and education. The beer scene here is also unmatched in other cities. Every neighborhood has a brewery, the city has rich brewing history, and the beer is tastier and cheaper here than anywhere in this country. What local restaurant is at the top of your list? It’s hard to pick just one, Milwaukee truly is a foodie city.  Von Trier has delicious German food- the currywurst and cucumber salad are my personal favorites.  Centro Cafe is amazing at creating a balance between rich decadent, and fresh seasonal ingredients. I enjoy getting their chef’s daily special.  Cafe India makes some of the best comfort food with my personal favorite being the Butter Chicken. \t\t\t What is your biggest hope for this city? I hope to see more people getting out and voting in elections- both large and small. I help out as an election inspector and it can be hard to see low turnout in elections- especially smaller ones. I think the Democratic National Convention coming here in 2020 is going to get people fired up and excited to vote in the 2020 election and I hope that energy carries on to future smaller elections as well. What is your favorite Milwaukee tradition? 414 day! I love a holiday dedicated to showing this city the love it deserves. It’s at the perfect time of year where everyone is itching to get outside (as long as we don’t get an April snow). Most importantly, the holiday highlights local businesses and artists. What does your ideal Milwaukee weekend look like? Ideally my weekend is jam packed with activities. Starting the day off with yoga, hopping between farmer’s markets, grabbing brunch with friends, riding bikes, checking out beer gardens, catching sun at the beach, hosting dinner with farmers’ market finds, and hopefully finishing the night off at a street festival followed by bar hopping. What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city? Reservoir Park on top of North Ave. is one of the best lookout spots in the city. I love going there for sunrises or sunsets. In the Summertime it’s not too far from Kadish Park to enjoy Skyline Music festival on Tuesdays. It’s also the best place to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July.'

Fremont County Commissioners seek solutions at national level

Whisky Canon City Daily Record

Fremont County Commissioners Debbie Bell and Tim Payne recently joined forces with more than 3,000 other county officials in the largest annual meeting of county elected and appointed officials from across the country. The National Association of
'Fremont County Commissioners Debbie Bell and Tim Payne recently joined forces with more than 3,000 other county officials in the largest annual meeting of county elected and appointed officials from across the country. The National Association of Counties held its 84thAnnual Conference and Exposition July 12-15, bringing together county elected and appointed officials from across the country. Attendees adopted positions on pressing federal policies that affect counties and exchanged innovative solutions to challenges facing American communities. “We were able to attend this event to advocate for all Fremont County residents,” Bell said. “We made contacts with federal officials and other county officials from across the United States on topics that are incredibly important to our constituents.” From rural broadband to county jail inmate health insurance, and from international agricultural trade missions to the economics of outdoor recreation, the topics were broad and varied. Bell had the opportunity to attend as a Colorado Counties Inc. board member, which named her to the NACo Ag and Rural Affairs Steering Committee. As CCI Public Lands Steering Committee chair, Payne also serves on the mirror NACo committee. Both attended their own steering committee policy setting and business meetings. They also took advantage of a plethora of other opportunities to learn, connect, and discuss local issues. More than three dozen workshops and meetings explored topics including affordable housing, technology, mental illness in jails, the opioid epidemic, disaster preparedness and recovery, and other topics important to counties across the country. Outgoing NACo President Greg Cox unveiled NACo’s annual report recapping the year’s accomplishments, including several significant federal policy victories. Notable speakers at the event, which was held in Clark County, Nevada, included Acting Administrator and General Counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration Chris Pilkerton, and CEO of the Purpose Institute Roy Spence. The Commissioners were a part of a contingent of about 40 county officials representing Colorado. “NACo is a path toward stronger counties for a stronger America,” Bell said. “We are able to come together for a larger voice on the national level. At NACo, the counties set the policy, and the staff is the tip of the spear that drives it.” Next year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Fla., and the next year in Austin, Texas. Winery at Holy Cross Abbey wins highest honor and award at Tasters Guild International Wine Competition The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City has received the Tasters Wine Guild’s most prestigious recognition for their 2016 Colorado Merlot. Of more than 1,400 wine evaluations, this wine was chosen by the judges for a double gold medal. The Abbey Winery also received gold medals for their 2017 Colorado Viognier, the 2016 Colorado Revelation, the 2016 Colorado Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Colorado Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2016 Colorado Merlot Reserve. Every double gold/gold medal-winning wine was produced from Colorado grapes. “We are so excited that these incredible wine grapes are being grown in Colorado,” Abbey Winemaker Jeff Stultz said. “Every year, the fruit just gets better”. In addition to the double gold and five gold medals the winery also won seven silver and two bronze medals. This was the 32nd year for the wine competition. Tasters Guild International is a Wine and Food Appreciation Society with more than 120 chapters across the country. Nineteen experienced judges were brought in from around the world, and wine from 10 countries and 25 states was entered. “Of special interest this year was the superior quality of the entered wines,” said Joe Borello, the president of Tasters Guild. “Wineries are excelling in processing the best fruit possible from their region and narrowing down varieties to produce superb signature wines. An outstanding array of vinifera, hybrid, labrusca and fruit other than grape wines was entered.” The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is open daily. For more information, visit www.abbeywinery.com.'

Explore The 5 Top Spots In Denver’s Lowry Field Neighborhood

Whisky CBS Denver

Denver's Lowry Field neighborhood is a delight for foodies of all tastes. And you'll find plenty of Colorado beer options as well.
'(HOODLINE) – Looking to uncover all that Lowry Field has to offer? Get to know this Denver neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a beer garden to a bagel shop. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Lowry Field, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results. Lowry Beer Garden Topping the list is beer garden  Lowry Beer Garden , which offers burgers, sandwiches and more. Located at 7577 E. Academy Blvd., it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 481 reviews on Yelp. On the menu you’ll find beer brats, hot dogs and a blackened salmon club sandwich. North County Next up is Mexican and seafood spot  North County , situated at 94 Rampart Way. With four stars out of 457 reviews on Yelp, it’s proved to be a local favorite. Its Baja fish taco was  named  one of the best tacos in the metro Denver area by Zagat. Officers Club Cocktail bar, wine bar and New American spot  Officers Club  is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 84 Rampart Way, 4.5 stars out of 75 reviews. Menu offerings include crab cakes, St. Louis-style rack of ribs and homemade spaghetti. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Check out  Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery , which has earned four stars out of 122 reviews on Yelp. You can find the New American spot, which offers burgers and more, at 200 Quebec St. On the menu you’ll find grilled bacon-wrapped meatloaf, fried chicken and slow-cooked short ribs. Woodgrain Bagels And then there’s  Woodgrain Bagels , a local favorite with four stars out of 103 reviews. Stop by 7559 E. Academy Blvd. to hit up the breakfast and brunch spot, which offers bagels and sandwiches, next time you’re in the neighborhood. Menu items include breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast and poutine. Article provided by Hoodline .'

Bud Light Is Offering Free Beer To Any Alien That Makes It Out Of Area 51

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The world is ready to finally see the secrets hidden inside Area 51.
'NEVADA (CNN) — The world is ready to finally see the secrets hidden inside Area 51. And if one of those secrets happens to be living aliens, well, we have good news — they’ll be greeted with free cans of Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Bud Light, initially posted on Twitter, “We’d like to be the first brand to formally announce that we will not be sponsoring the Area 51 raid.” However, the brand quickly backtracked off that alienating claim, saying, “Screw it. Free Bud Light to any alien that makes it out.” Screw it. Free Bud Light to any alien that makes it out. https://t.co/AOWOYL3Oyp — Bud Light (@budlight) July 17, 2019 The company even went as far as to make a label for its Area 51 Special Edition Bud Light. Area 51 Special Edition. pic.twitter.com/8wGbSLqY6r — Bud Light (@budlight) July 17, 2019 “Greetings Earthlings. This is the famous Area 51,” it says at the top of the can. “We know of no space beer by any other life form which is brewed and aged to be more refreshing. Our cryogenic aging produces a light-bodied space lager with a fresh taste, a crisp, clean finish, and a smooth drinkability. Take us to your leader…for drinks.” The alien I snuck out of Area 51 telling me they just ate the entire 30 pack of Bud Light out of the fridge. pic.twitter.com/Z1Y92cOUkL — Bud Light (@budlight) July 12, 2019 There’s just one catch: Anheuser-Busch is asking for 51,000 retweets to make it happen. The tweet still has a way to go. This comes after a Facebook event was created pledging to raid Area 51 in Nevada in a quest to “see them aliens.” The-CNN-Wire & © 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.'