Ray's Growler Gallery (Milwaukee,WI)

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  1. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    A big Thank You to those that battled the storm and waited in line for Founders last night. We did not expect such a big line for what was available. To kick it off today at 11 am, we still have Dark Horse plead the 5th available. If you are going to be traveling some distance, please call ahead to make sure it is left. 32oz-$10 64oz-$19

    Thanks once again.
  2. dmbforever

    dmbforever Initiate (0) May 8, 2013 Wisconsin

    @Westuh Thank you!!! It was my first time @ the Growler gallery and I thought with the elements and all you guys/gals did a great job. It was organized and the staff was very friendly. Cool glassware for sale as well. The only unfortunate thing was not getting the KBS being about 4 short of scoring, but I did manage to get some of the mountain brown, which was a real treat considering it was the only keg to make it to WI. Keep up the good work, as these events are always a learning experience to gauge for future offerings.
  3. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Thanks for the beautiful words.

    And an update, the Dark Horse Plead the 5th is now all gone! Hope those that wanted it got it while it lasted.
  4. CurtisLoew

    CurtisLoew Zealot (579) Jun 18, 2010 Wisconsin

    Hey man, didn't you used to work at Otto's? When did you start at Rays?
  5. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    That is correct. I used to. I was recruited to join Ray's and the Gallery in April.
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  6. CurtisLoew

    CurtisLoew Zealot (579) Jun 18, 2010 Wisconsin

    Cool! Hope you enjoy it. That growler gallery is awesome.
  7. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Slightly off topic, but not worthy of a new thread. I've noticed some weird tastes when ordering pints at Whole Foods the past few months. Anyone know how they store their beers or how often they clean their taplines? Anyone get a growler fill their recently? Just curious, a little worried that the beer isn't being taken care of properly...

    Which is definitely not the case at Ray's. As much as criticize the bigger shops in town, no doubt Ray's does the best job taking care of their beer/tap lines/customers. But please expand your liquor license to allow you to sell 2 or 4 oz pours. :slight_smile:
  8. eroc360

    eroc360 Initiate (0) May 22, 2011 Wisconsin

    Whole Foods cleans thier lines once a week and stores the kegs in a refrigerated walk-in cooler. If there is ever something funky or out of the ordinary...let someone know.
  9. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Thanks for the info. Could have been me or maybe the glasses. Next time I'm in I'll check it out.
  10. AstraXtreme

    AstraXtreme Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    That was some pure craziness on Friday. Drove past at 4:15 and there was already 40-50 people in line. Yikes!

    That must have deterred all the hardcores since Stubby's wasn't nuts on Saturday. Strolled in there about an hour or so after they tapped KBS and there was plenty to go around. Good times for all!
  11. elkabong

    elkabong Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2014 Wisconsin

    hell, i was at Ray's around 3:15-3:30 to grab some Black Husky and there were people already queueing up.

    guy at the checkout said there were people in the gallery just loitering, waiting for 5. he said they planned to close the gallery and kick those people out 10 minutes before 5. make them re-form in line.
  12. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Stubby's had KBS too? Did they do growler fills?
    Ray's sure has this marketing thing down. :wink:
  13. AstraXtreme

    AstraXtreme Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    I'm not sure if they did growler fills. I actually didn't know they filled growlers at all. Good to know since they always have a great taplist.

    It was their anniversary party, so they had a bunch of rare stuff on tap. KBS, Black Butte XXVI, Lakefront 25th Anniv Stout (2012 vintage), to name a few. There was something around 10 "special" choices that all rang up over 10% ABV.

    But yeah it seems like they didn't do a great job marketing the event, which I was totally fine with!
  14. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    We clean our lines in between each beer change to make sure each beer tastes exactly how it should. Then each week we do a deep clean on the lines as well. Clean lines = happy beer = tasty beer. On the pour suggestion, yes, we are working on it, soon.... soon....
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  15. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I know you are. It's not as simple as it sounds, ABC as it is.
  16. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Today 5pm-8pm
    Tyranena Tap Takeover
    1. Citra Imperial IPA
    2. Session IPA
    3. Fargo Bros Hefeweizen
    4. Rocky's Revenge
    5. Down N' Dirty
    6. Hop Whore
  17. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin

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  18. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Two of then are tap room beers. Others are seasonal minus rocky. Not bad for all the really limited barrels going to Great Taste
  19. kalvarez

    kalvarez Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2010 Wisconsin

    Ray's Growler Gallery will be dedicated to bringing Milwaukee, if not all of Wisconsin, the best, freshest, and most creative beers direct from the tap to your home. The best part about the Growler Gallery is that every single beer that we tap into will either be a beer made EXCLUSIVELY for the Gallery, a rare brewery-only release, or a special selection that will NOT be available anywhere in bottle.
  20. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    A bit of hyperbole hardly ever killed anybody.

    As long as karben4 stays in the rotation, I'm happy.

    But Ray's, as long as you're listening, could you get some Lazy Monk from Eau Claire? Damn hard to find that down here.
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  21. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Well technically, some of these bottled beers can't be found in most stores anymore. We can't 100% control what a brewery brings, we ask for their best and most rare obviously. Unfortunately, the great taste is this weekend and that hurt the allocation for this event.
  22. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I have a feeling that next week's Black Husky Thursday will make up for it :slight_smile:
  23. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Funny that you bring them up, a Lazy Monk rep just dropped off samples today for us to try.
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  24. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    I really dig their stuff. Old World Czech style lagers, though they are brewing more and more ales for the tap room. Price point is a little bit high on the 4-packs, but it's great hand-crafted beer. The Dark Bohemian rivals Black Bavarian.
  25. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin

    The lineup just isn't gonna get me there when I don't live close. It's fine, but nothing too crazy or special, especially for someone who isn't a big ipa guy. I like the store and the growler options, but nothing wowes me this time
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  26. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    I understand completely. Hopefully you can stop in during the next tap takeover with Black Husky!
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  27. RyanFindlay

    RyanFindlay Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2007 Wisconsin

    For the record, both the Citra Imperial and Session IPA were small, one-batch beers with less than a handful of kegs of each coming to Milwaukee and neither was bottled. Fargo Brothers (also not bottled), Hop Whore, and Down 'N Dirty are yearly limited releases/seasonals. The only beer that is available year-round is Rocky's Revenge (which is bourbon barrel aged, lest we forget).

    If it's not your thing, that's cool, can't please everyone, just means we'll have more for everybody else!
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  28. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    Does Tyranena even fill growlers at the brewery?
  29. blackhusky

    blackhusky Initiate (0) May 16, 2011 Wisconsin

    Leos, Lazy Monk, will be at the Great Taste. We both started about the same time and keep in touch. He is doing stuff totally different but what he does he does extremely well. It'll be a busy week with Great taste this weekend and then Ray's on Thursday night. I hear evening primrose is good for the liver!
  30. mkez

    mkez Initiate (0) May 2, 2014 Wisconsin

    I hate working 2nd shift with all these tap takeovers happening on Thursdays.
  31. Hendrick24

    Hendrick24 Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Wisconsin

    Yes they do.
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  32. robear

    robear Initiate (0) May 24, 2014 Wisconsin

    That's where I'll be tomorrow night. Going to avoid some of the madness in Madison, hopefully. Maybe a late, late night run to Karben4 if we feel up to it. :wink:
  33. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Some big news today! (sorry for the poor copy/paste, here is the original link that will be better on your eyes.. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Breaking-Beer-News.html?soid=1111043607397&aid=zQnfgTob3KY)

    Dear Ray's Craft Beer Lovers,

    Well, this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Ray's Craft Beer Newsletters ever! Not only do we have a world-class Gallery Gala tomorrow (Thursday the 28th) with Oskar Blues (featuring 6 rare, experimental, small-batch brews that have never been to the state before), but we also have a Growler Gallery announcement that will make beer lovers in Wisconsin go bonkers.

    And the good news is just going to keep flowing! There won't be a shortage of great growler news any time soon, because there are some really fun things happening in the RAYborhood that we can't wait to share with you! So stay tuned to twitter, facebook, and this newsletter so you don't miss any of the breaking beer news! But for now all we can say is that it is a great time to be a beer lover in Wisconsin!


    -Kaleb Schwecke, the Growler Gurus, & the whole Gang at Ray's

    Events You'll Be Learning About:
    O'so Exciting Beer News
    Oskar Blues Gallery Gala
    Calling All Food Trucks
    O'so Exciting Beer Announcement!
    This is a Wisconsin beer lover's dream come true! Ray's Growler Gallery is proud, honored, and O'so excited to announce that we will be partnering with O'so Brewing in Plover Wisconsin to release a series of small-batch, experimental, and creative concoctions that will be available exclusively in the Growler Galleries (Galleries eh? Was that a typo?)

    Since Ray's Growler Gallery is "An Artful Expression of the Best Craft Beer" it was a match made in heaven because O'so is currently doing some of the best sours and funky brews in the state, if not the world! Marc Buttera and the whole team at O'so are passionate about and proud of all the tasty liquid that they craft.

    The first expression of this creative collaboration is almost ready and it

    Marc started pulling nails so we could taste his prized barrel-aged goodies
    could not have turned out better! Marc patiently aged a robust red ale for over 18 months in funkified (that's the technical term) barrels and the end result is an (as yet unnamed, but more on that later), sour, bretted, beautiful red ale, that was mind blowing!

    I had a chance to snitch a sample from one of the barrels (in the picture to the right) and try it while it was still a work in progress. As soon as he pulled the nail out of the barrel I was hit by the rich aroma. It had a luscious, malty nose of toffee and caramel with some hints of darker fruit and a very pleasant whiff of Belgian funk with a touch of acidity. While the nose was phenomenal, the flavor is what completely blew me away. It started off with chewy toffee and caramel that mingled with candied fruits like cherries, plums, and raisins. Then the funk hit. All of the upfront sweetness was cut by crisp acidity and complex funk that crept in mid-palate. The flavors played, mingled, and worked so well together that all I could do was smile and nod to Marc. This project was a labor of love and you won't need to wait long to experience this remarkable Wisconsin creation for yourself. The batch is currently being kegged up and should be ready for release in late September. We can't wait for this beer and are so excited for other beers and continued collaborating with the fine folks at O'so!

    What other awesome treats from O'so will you be seeing in the Growler Gallery soon?

    We did mention this beer wasn't named yet, right? That's because we want YOU to name it! Next newsletter, look for the O'so Brewing/Growler Gallery "Name that Sour" Contest! So prepare to get your creative juices flowing!
    Oskar Blues Gallery Gala
    Thursday, August 28th
    From 5p until 8ish (or until the beer runs out!)


    If you're wondering why you haven't heard of any of these beers before, it's because these rare gems have NEVER been to Wisconsin before and are usually only available in Oskar Blues' Taprooms. So it was very generous of the Oskar Blues team to share their small-batch creations with us! Be sure not to miss your chance to experience them!

    Before we unveil this killer lineup, please note: since these beers are such a rare treat, we do expect plenty of folks to want to try them. If you want to show up early to secure your growler of Oskar Blues, please line up at the east entrance (in the parking lot). We will begin filling growlers promptly at 5p and will bust our buns to get everyone through in a timely manner. And in order to get everyone filled up in a timely manner, unfortunately during the Oskar Blues tap takeover there will be no samples.

    And drum roll please!

    Here's the line-up:

    - One Nut Brown Ale: 6%ABV brown ale that is a staple in the tap list of the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons Colorado.

    - Vienna Lager: 6%ABV Vienna style lager perfectly balances a rich malt backbone against spicy and crisp hops. A thirst quenching creature on any hot day.

    - Tickled Pink: This Saison was made with barley, wheat, rye, and oats. Ten pounds per barrel of whole raspberries were added near the end of fermentation to complement the fruity aromas derived from the blend of Belgian yeasts. Lightly hopped with Saaz hops for a bit of spiciness.

    - Reeb Rye'd: A bold and spicy rye ale that sits just below 7%ABV. It has monster additions of west coast style hops that plays well with the pepper and spice of the robust malt bill. Complex, creative, and crisp.

    Prices for the four beers listed above:
    (Prices do not include growler glassware)

    -$18 for a 64oz Fill

    -$10 for a 32oz Fill

    - Good Game: (32oz fill ONLY)This beast of a beer only weighs in at 11%ABV. It is a Belgian-style Grand Cru that is plump with ripe, red fruit, tons of toffee, and a touch of zip from the booze. Great sipper or to be shared with friends.

    - Death by Coconut: (32oz fill ONLY) Irish porter collaboration with Shamrock Brewing Co. Aged on desiccated coconut and dark chocolate. Dessert in a glass!

    Please Note: Due to the very small barrel sizes of Good Game and Death by Coconut, we will only be able to offer these two beers as a 32oz fill only. LIMIT ONE 32oz fill between these two beers (which will you choose?) per household. Each will be $18 for a 32oz fill.

    Please share! We always try and spread the beer love around, so please enjoy these rare selections and share with friends and family. The best beer is best when shared with good people!

    Calling All Food Trucks!

    Saturdays this summer in the Rayborhood have been a blast with the help of Wauwatosa's favorite food truck, 3 Stack Shack!
    Beer + BBQ = A Beautiful Day.
    But, as they say, variety is the spice of life and we have gotten some queries as to when we will host other local food trucks. So, if you own a food truck, work on a food truck, frequent food trucks, or just like food, tweet at us @rayswine or @raysbeer or email me at kaleb@rayswine.com with your suggestions of the finest food on four wheels! We look forward to getting a rotating lineup every Saturday to keep the selection fresh!
    Lets get some more good grub in the Rayborhood!
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  34. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    And if you thought things couldn't get any better for tomorrow.... they just did! Oscars on Pierce, aka the best burgers in Milwaukee, will be bringing their Oscars On a Roll food truck to the event to dish up some scrumptious burgers for everyone to enjoy!!!

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  35. pj20785

    pj20785 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2009 Wisconsin

    My inner fatboy is fully torqued. Coconut Porter should be a great dessert beer.
  36. Westuh

    Westuh Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Wisconsin

    Marc and all the folks up at O'so put a lot of hard work and time into crafting this great liquid, but there's one problem: it doesn't have a name yet!

    That's where you come in!

    Come up with the best name for this sexy, red sour and you will find yourself with a $100 gift card to the beer-centric universe of Ray's Growler Gallery! The beer must have O'so and Ray's in the name in some form or another (ie Hinterland's IrRAYSistible Rye), but that's the only stipulation! So have fun with it and get creative! There will be two 'rounds' to the competition. In the first round, all of you budding wordsmiths out there will submit your ingenious names in a couple of different ways.

    -Tweet @raysbeer, @raysgrowler, or @rayswine with your best name and the hashtag #sourpower (include @osobrewing in the fun as well!)

    -Post your name suggestions on facebook.com/rayswine


    -Post here on this Ray's Growler thread on Beeradvocate

    We will be accepting entries this way until the end of the month.

    All of those submissions will then be judged by the Growler Gurus and the Gang at Ray's and will then be winnowed down to the finalists. Those finalists will then be put to a vote via a poll on Facebook and Twitter for you fine beer lovin' folks to choose what this beautiful beer will be called! And that's when it's up to you finalist to shake hands, kiss babies, and do anything else necessary to rally the troops and garner enough votes to win that sweet, sweet $100 Gift Card!
  37. thebigredone

    thebigredone Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2011 Wisconsin

    O'so FunkRay Red
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  38. AstraXtreme

    AstraXtreme Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 Wisconsin

    O'so RAYdiculous Sour Red
  39. dmsulli

    dmsulli Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2012 Colorado

    DinO'sours vs. RAY-leontologists.
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  40. pippys85

    pippys85 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 Illinois

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