Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lakefront Brewery in Kansas


On my weekly Batson's run the other day I noticed that they had some beer from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Now if you knew me, you would know I'm a big Wisconsin nut. I've loved the Packers and Brewers since I was a wee boy. One of my best friends in college was from Wisconsin (he went to WSU to try to get on the nationally ranked bowling team, though I never saw him bowl) and he taught me all the wonders of Wisconsin*.

*Included in the Wisconsin knowledge I learned the wonderfully useful term, "FIB" (F***ing Illinois Bastard). When I first moved up here I used this term to perfection watching a Packer game at Coach's (which is THE place to watch Packer games in KC). I called some Bear fan a FIB leading to a very nice conversation and evening with a very good looking Wisconsin girl. Everything fell apart later in the evening when she realized I wasn't actually from Wisconsin, but she really thought I was after I called the guy a "FIB" and said I was from Neenah.

As part of my fascination with Wisconsin, I tend to watch shows about Milwaukee (you know, Milwaukee is the only town in the US to elect 2 Socialist mayors which is more of a bug than a feature, but true nonetheless) to gain some evidence that Milwaukee is a viable vacation spot for Stella and I. So I watched the episode of "Beer Nutz"* where they went to Milwaukee and went to the Lakefront Brewery. It looked like a great place and I kind of wished that I could try me some of their beers. So now's my chance, but did I make the plunge and buy the variety 12 pack of Lakefront brews they were selling at Batson's? No, I didn't, I was buying the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (which was great, thanks for asking), but I plan on buying the 12 pack next week.

*I'm going to ruin my shot at getting on the "Beer Nutz" KC show but does anyone else watch this show? For a show about beer and hosted by Canadians, it really kind of blows. It's boring overall and they don't really offer any kind of knowledge to actual beer nerds. I guess I'm not the target market for this show, but I would think that they would try to make the show enjoyable for those that, you know, love beer. Maybe I'm wrong, but it's kind of a boring show, I guess that's why it got cancelled.

8 comments:

  1. When it comes to beer and television, Canada should have just stopped with the McKenzie Brothers.

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  2. Does Coach's draw a lot of packer fans? Which location? I'm relatively new to KC and am a huge Packer/Brewer/Badger fan. Nice Blog btw!

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  3. Of course Laverne & Shirley was set in Milwaukee.

    And analogous to "FIB" is the Maine term "Masshole" which is pretty self-explanatory.

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  4. New Reader,
    Coach's is in a little strip mall on 103rd near Wornall. I don't think they do much for the Badgers, but generally on Sundays the Packer game gets top billing and many Packer fans are in attendance.

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  5. Awesome, Thanks!

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  6. Beernutz does suck. They haven't made a new episode in nearly 2 years. Three Sheets is a far superior show on the same channel even though he doesn't drink beer exclusively.

    As for vacationing in Milwaukee, I wouldn't recommend it. The place is kind of a shithole. If you want to do it, I would spend a day in Milwauke and then make the hour drive to Madison. A college campus sandwiched by two lakes and they have a new area called the Beermuda Triangle.

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  7. Lakefront Wheat Monkey is the best. If you're ever in Milwaukee go on the tour, it's great. They really need to sell it around here.. I always make my family bring me some when they come down from WI.

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  8. Kristen, I went on the Lakefront tour mid-July. I'd never heard of it but the locals there said it'd be a good tour and it was. I don't remember Wheat Monkey (but then I'm into wheat beers at all so I may have not tried it) but the IPA was pretty good. There were three of us and we all decided that was our favorite Lakefront brew, on tap of course.

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