Celebrating Beer Week at Burnhearts in Bay View
A Central Waters Tap Takeover
If you’re familiar with this marketing tactic you’d know that tap takeovers aren’t uncommon in Milwaukee, but this one had a lot going for it. It was the handful of experimental and specialty beers on tap that compelled my good friend and me to exchange a quiet week night for a night drinking very heavy beers.
The laundry could wait. This was important.
After being greeted by a line that went out the door, we were soon inside studying the chalkboard of beers, cramped, planning our strategy. Which one should I start out with? How many do I grab at a time? Is it acceptable to double-fist snifters?
The answer to all those questions was yes.
The First Beer: Illumination
Only available in spring, this double IPA had a nice nose of pine, grapefruit and caramel with a hefty bitterness and slightly sharp mouth feel. It’s a solid choice for hop lovers.
Damage: 9% ABV
Would I try it again? More than likely.
The Second Beer: Sixteen
This is Central Waters’ limited brew marking its 16th anniversary and it does justice. It’s a thick and smooth bourbon-barrel imperial stout with generous flavors of sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee.
Damage: 11% ABV
Would I try it again? Totally, but it’s only brewed once.
The Third Beer: IPAña Colada
Truly an experimental brew, this firkin-style beer plays off of a piña colada by brewing it with pineapple and coconut. The nose and creamy head was much more engaging than the taste, which was mildly bitter and malty with a muted sweetness. It’s a fun idea, but I wasn’t really on board with the mix of flavors.
Damage: 9% ABV
Would I try it again? Probably not.
The Fourth Beer: Boysen The Wood
This was one of their many sour brews on tap and a popular pick among Wednesday night’s crowd. I usually know what I’m getting myself into when selecting a sour beer, but this was a little much. The boysenberry flavor was nice and its sourness was very apparent, but this would have been better suited for a wine bar. Or the juice aisle.
Damage: 5% ABV
Would I try it again? No. It was good for what it was, but not my style.
Did you swing by Burnhearts for the tap takeover? Share your thoughts on the beer.