Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A hopping good time

The Sanctuary is all about the simple pleasures in life. Give us a bottle of Miller Lite, a six string acoustic (must have all six) and a comfortable old couch and you'll never hear a peep from us. Well, except for the music that's coming out. But isn't that why we're all here?

Occasionally we do find the urge to step out. Out of the apartment, away from our comfort zone and into the maelstrom for a heaping helping of humanity. A bar stool. Live music. A guitar AND a mandolin. And the Miller Lite girls aren't going to be happy about this, but: a really special glass of ale.

We consummated all of the aforementioned on a memorable Saturday night in downtown Waukesha. This place -- home of the BoDeans, by the way -- is highly recommended, especially if Dublin O'Shea happens to be lighting it up at the Nice Ash. A bachelorette party came whirling through the place and the band erupted into the liveliest version of "Ball and Chain" you might ever hear. Women were squealing, kilts were flying and in the middle of it all we discovered one of the yummiest and hoppiest beers we've run across.

Ladies and gentlemen, coming to you through the Nice Ash tap lines from the Three Floyds Brewery in Muncie, Indiana ... Alpha King! A deep orange American Pale Ale and a hop lover's cult beer (according to both the brew house's website and the guy sitting on the next bar stool who happened to be from Indiana).

Cult beer, cult band and a friendly bustling downtown where walking is your most desirable option. If you hit it just right you're in for a fine time.


  1. Almost makes me want to give up my wine for hops!

  2. Man, I can taste it already. Make sure they have a cold one waiting for me...