Brewery: Lakefront Brewery Inc.
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Style: India Pale Ale ABV: 6.6%
Contributed by: Erik Browne
Our first IPA of the Beer Advent season hails from Milwaukee’s iconic brewery on the Milwaukee River….Lakefront Brewery! Lakefront was started in 1987 by two brothers living in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee, Jim and Russ Klisch. Jim began home-brewing after reading a home-brewing book and his brother Russ thought that he could one up his brother’s beer. Good sibling rivalry led to the reality that they both could brew a good beer! They sold their first barrel of beer to the Gordon Park Pub in December 1987 and from there they were off and running. Lakefront Brewery moved to its current location along the Milwaukee River in 1998. The building used to house the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company. The city was considering tearing down the building unless a local business was interested in the location. In stepped the Klisch brothers, as their beer production increased and they needed a bigger space. Moving into the building also ignited (or reinforced) their passion for preserving historical sites in the city of Milwaukee! Lakefront is home to the old Bernie the Brewer chalet from County Stadium as well as lights that were in the Plankinton Hotel beer hall in 1916. Lakefront Brewery boasts one of the best brewery tours that originated from the Klisch brothers humble beginnings. If you have not taken a trip down to Lakefront for their brewery tour; it is a must! I will even go with you. (Hey, we could make it a Beer Advent 414 outing!!!)
Enjoy the hoppy goodness that is Lakefront’s IPA! Cheers
Advent Reading: Hosea 6:4-6
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
In this reading from the prophet Hosea I am struck by the harsh reality of what God desires. In Hosea’s time, the people of Israel were not living faithful lives. They were not caring for the poor as Scripture commended. They were not showing love to one another. They were selfish and arrogant. Prideful in their own works of ‘righteousness’. Makes me think of our culture today. We may feel like we can stack up all of the ‘good’ things that we do for the Lord. “I attend church”. “I attend Bible study and prayer group”. “I give to charity and in the offering plate”. But if we focus on verse 6, we find out what God desires from us. He doesn’t care about our burnt offerings or our sacrifices. He doesn’t care about what we ‘do’. He desires faithful love (steadfast love). He desires obedience. He desires mercy. This Advent season, let us not focus on ‘what we do’ but on ‘how we can be’. Be His.
P.S. I am sorry about the late post. Life happened in my home. Or should I say, 3 cranky boys happened!