April Showers of Beer


Time to start blocking out your beer dates for April. The beer showers begin at Barley & Hops.

Barley’s Beer Sampling, Wednesday, April 1
Barley'sNate Stiefvater at Barley & Hops is now into his sixth year of hosting affordable, mid-week beer fests at his popular N. Main St. bar. Stiefvater’s premise is unique: offer a broad selection of craft brews for sampling with an emphasis on the beers of a featured brewery. This time the spotlight brewery will be Milwaukee’s Sprecher Brewing Co.

“Sprecher will be bringing in about 12 different products,” Stiefvater says. “We’ll also be featuring beers from Ommegang and Redhook along with another 40 or so beers from other breweries.” In addition to the pro-brew, the Society of Oshkosh Brewers will be on hand with a selection of homebrew. If you go, make sure not to miss that offering.

Aside from all the beer, there will to be a wine sampling table, a spirits sampling table, and a selection of snacks from Beck’s Meats.

The tasting will run from from 7-10 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Barley & Hops for $20. Tickets at the door will be $25.

“I’m excited about it,” says Stiefvater. “There’s going to be a lot of good stuff here.”

The Roxy’s Beer v. Wine Dinner, Monday, April 20
The Roxy Supper Club will host a five-course dinner, each course accompanied by a wine and a beer to find which makes the better pairing. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and it’s a bargain at just $35. Seating will be limited. To reserve a place at the table, contact the Roxy at (920) 231-1980 or leave a message via the Roxy’s Facebook page.

Gardina’s April Cask Event, Tuesday, April 21
Gardina’s is now into its second year of hosting these monthly cask-beer tappings. This time, they’ll bring in a cask of beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company. No word yet about what that beer will be, but rumor has it that it will be accompanied by WBC brewmaster Kirby Nelson. That in itself ought to be interesting. Nelson is a gregarious sort who shines when he get around beer folk.

A little background on cask beer: This is beer that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the keg where it is allowed to naturally condition. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this is real beer in the truest sense. If you’ve never experienced cask beer, you owe it to yourself to give it a whirl.

The cask at Gardina’s will be tapped at 6 p.m. There’s no cover charge. They’ll also offer a special menu feature that evening to pair with the beer.

O’Marro’s Public House Whiskey Loves Beer Dinner, Monday, April 27
Details on this event are scant at the moment, but here we have an eight-course dinner that will be paired with beer, whiskey and mystery. In addition to the food and libations, the O’Marro’s are promising a major announcement. At a mere $35, it might be worth going just hear the surprise in person.

The dinner and intrigue begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info visit the Facebook event page. To reserve seats, stop in at the pub or contact O’Marro’s at (920) 410-7735.


Photos from the authors collection.


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Lee Reiherzer

Proponent of bitter German pilsener, homebrewer, beer history nerd, gardener of hops. Types compulsively about beer in Oshkosh at OshkoshBeer.blogspot.com.

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