Food and Froth Fest

15 Annual Foam & Froth Fest

Its 105 miles to Chicago, its dark and….. You know the rest.
On Feb 16, Milwaukee hosted their 15 annual Foam & Froth fest at the Milwaukee Public Museum. My girlfriend (Sarah) and I had attended last year’s affair, so we knew a little of what to expect. The museum plays host to over 70 beer companies offering over 200 different delicious brews. Most breweries offer the basic variety of pale ales, stouts, IPAs, and lagers. However, a few gems will jump forth from their glistening taps and spew some delectable nectar guaranteed to dazzle your taste buds.
The layout of the tables leaves a lot to be desired . More spacing should be made between tables, with signs of the available beers posted on the walls before you reach the table, so that you can see what they are offering before it becomes a crazy huddled mass in front of the table delaying the process of drinking beer. And with more spacing between tables, you would be able to savor your current drink. Instead of having to slam it like a frat boy, in order to get another sample from a too closely placed brewery.
The food selection was decent, again with the exception of crazy long lines. The show would need to be extended to 8 hours, to be able to sample all of the food provided. And who thought is was a good idea to provide flaming hot samples of super strength ginger Indian food? Talk about a taste bud homicide of the masses!! However, the dessert array provided by Aggie’s Cakes and Pastries was plentiful in selection and simply amazing.

All in all, A great time was still had by both of us. We certainly look forward to the Summer Brewfest held at Veterans Park. We’ve also attended the summer Brewfest for the past 2 years, and would excitedly recommend that any self-respecting beer snob attend with a full necklace of pretzels. Hope to see you at the next event.   Cheers!

Windy City BREWHAHA

On Saturday March 2nd I attended Windy City BREWHAHA. If you are like me, prior to about a week ago, you might have heard of this event. It’s a beer tasting event celebrating beer. The event is “brewed” as is stated on the tasting guide by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. The BREWHAHA  featured 30 local breweries representing, by my estimation, 100 different brews. Almost as nice as the featured beers was the fifth floor loft of a converted factory where the tasting took place.

As beer tastings go I think this was a very successful event. I’ve been to quite a few of these in the past and usually the indoor events are much too crowded to enjoy myself. Don’t get me wrong there were a good amount of people there but I never felt like I spent too long in a line and then couldn’t move anywhere to get out of the way. Being that my pregnant wife was the designated driver for the group, this was a concern of mine beforehand. My only gripe is that some of the breweries didn’t have signs clearly labeling the booths. I would highly recommend this event in the future.

Now to my recommendations.

  1. Village Vintner Winery & Brewery – Vanilla Cream Ale
  2. Destihl – Altercation – German-Style Sticke Alt
  3. Brickstone Restaurant & Brewery – Cherry Ale


If you’re a hop-head then you should keep checking back for Matt’s top brews of the event.