Third Space wins rye gold; Lift Bridge comes to town

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - TAP WEEKEND - KATHY FLANIGAN

Cheers to Third Space Brew­ing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., for bring­ing back a gold medal from the Great Amer­i­can Beer Fes­ti­val.

On Satur­day, the young brew­ery took gold in rye beer cat­e­gory for its Unite the Clans Scot­tish Style Rye Ale.

“It is ex­tremely ex­cit­ing and hum­bling to re­ceive such a pres­ti­gious award for our beer,” said co-founder Andy Gehl. “We hope it will shine a spot­light on what we are do­ing here at Third Space Brew­ing.”

Win­ners were cho­sen out of 7,923 com­pe­ti­tion en­tries from 2,217 brew­eries in 50 states plus Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ac­cord­ing to the Brew­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which spon­sors the an­nual event.

A new brew for Mil­wau­kee

Min­nesota’s Lift Bridge Brew­ing beers are pop­u­lat­ing re­tail shelves in Mil­wau­kee, which is a big deal to Brad Glynn, a Mil­wau­kee na­tive and one of the brew­ery’s co-founders.

The first thing ev­ery­one asks Glynn about is his sports al­liance: Pack­ers or Vik­ings?

The ques­tion is log­i­cal con­sid­er­ing Lift Bridge Brew­ing is in Still­wa­ter, Minn., which bor­ders Wis­con­sin near Hud­son.

The an­swer is more emo­tional. Glynn keeps a Pack­ers sched­ule in his pocket, and his Mil­wau­kee se­ries sea­son tick­ets in a safe place. He moved to Vik­ings ter­ri­tory when his fa­ther, who worked for Sch­litz, was trans­ferred.

Which is one rea­son he’s ex­cited to have his beer in home­town. The new dis­tri­bu­tion marks the first time the brew­ery has ex­panded in five years.

Look for Hop Dish IPA and the top-sell­ing Farm Girl Sai­son. The brew­ery also makes sea­sonal brews like Fire­side Flan­nel, a brown ale with notes of hazel­nuts, and lim­ited releases such as Com­man­der, an English style bar­ley­wine.

And root beer. Lift Bridge makes root beer.

Here’s where to find more beer:

Fri­day: Pretty bold move in­tro­duc­ing a new beer on Fri­day the 13th. Matthew Hof­mann, head brewer at St. Fran­cis Brew­ery, will tap TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It), a bar­rel-aged brew made with sweet pota­toes, mo­lasses, vanilla, cin­na­mon, pecans and a 10.5 ABV. See the St. Fran­cis Brew­ery Face­book page.

Fri­day: MobCraft sets up at the NARI Home & Re­mod­el­ing Show at 6 p.m. to teach in­ter­ested beer lovers how to make their own brews. The NARI show runs through the week­end at the Wis­con­sin Expo Cen­ter at State Fair Park. Ad­mis­sion is $8 in ad­vance; $10 at the door.

Satur­day: Draft and Ves­sel, 4417 N. Oakland Ave., Shore­wood, cel­e­brates its third an­niver­sary with Dog­fish­head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout, Founders KBS and more start­ing at 6 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the event page on Face­book.

Wed­nes­day: Be ready to shout “more cow­bell” dur­ing the Sparkly Eyes re­lease at Black Husky, 909 E. Lo­cust Ave., start­ing at 5 p.m. If you don’t know the cow­bell con­nec­tion, check with Tim or Toni Eichinger about the cow­bell story. If you do know, be pre­pared with a re-en­act­ment of the “Satur­day Night Live” “More Cow­bell” skit and a sparkly out­fit.

Thurs­day: Benno’s, 7413 W. Green­field Ave., West Al­lis, hosts the My Turn Michael kick­off party for Lake­front Brew­ery’s new brew in the My Turn se­ries — a stout made with spiced black tea. The party runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Oct. 25: Ray’s Growler Gallery, 8930 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, hosts a Ghoul­ish Takeover with sea­sonal brews from 3 Floyds, Lake­front, In­deed and more at 5 p.m.

Con­tact Kathy at kathy.flanigan@jrn.com. Cre­ate your own tour of Wis­con­sin brew­eries with Beer Near, an in­ter­ac­tive list­ing of the state’s beer pro­duc­ers.

JOHN KLEIN / FOR MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

Third Space Brew­ing took gold for its Unite the Clans Scot­tish Style Rye Ale at the Great Amer­i­can Beer Fes­ti­val. Kevin Wright is co-founder and brew­mas­ter.

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