Uncertainty and restlessness are just some of the emotions being felt in Brewers country. As the trade deadline approaches and rumors are milling about, fans are left wondering what the Brewers will look like after August 1st. In this week’s “Week In Review,” I will explore some of the rumors as well as look back at the action on the diamond over the past 7 days.
The recently drafted Center was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team. Maker averaged 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds a game, with his transition into summer league play looked relatively smooth, especially his mobility for someone his size.
Miles Plumlee The Center who was a restricted free agent is returning to the Bucks after signing a four-year deal worth $52 million. Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games played last season, which was his first full year in Milwaukee. The Bucks have three big men in their rotation including Greg Monroe and John Henson. If all three players are kept, their expected payroll for just their centers for the upcoming season will exceed $40 million dollars.
Which brewery? New Holland Brewing Company, Michigan
What is it?: American Double/Imperial Stout | 11% ABV
How should I drink it? Pour it head-on into a snifter glass. DRINK AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. That’s right, you read that correctly.
Where can I find it? It’s a reserve, brewed once a year… with no guarantees it will be brewed ever again
I always look forward to my trips to Woodman’s. The gigantic grocery store has pretty much anything you can think of – including lots of fantastic beer. Since I moved it has become my personal source for all sorts of ales, porters, IPAs, and stouts. And I’ll tell you this, they have an excellent selection. If you ask, you might even find some rare beers. In the spirit of summer, and the baseball season, I was searching for a refreshing beer. When I bought today’s featured beer – New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve – I was told it was kept behind the counter to prevent folks from buying up all their stock and reselling them on eBay. So naturally I couldn’t pass it up, despite it being a beer not really suited for warm weather.
THE LAYMAN’S TAKE: The standard Dragon’s Milk is a very popular choice for many Michiganders and nationwide beer connoisseurs. Originating from – you guessed it – New Holland, Michigan, the very powerful boozy flavor of this popular stout has been a hit for years, and has solidified the name recognition of New Holland Brewing Company as one of the faces of Michigan craft brewing.
Anyways, this stout is – according to New Holland Brewing Company – aged in bourbon barrels for three months, then blended with coffee beans and cocoa nibs during aging. As a result, expect a very boozy, earthy flavor, just like the original Dragon’s Milk. If you can enjoy this strong flavor, you will probably enjoy the reserve version. While it is exclusive, it is far from perfect. It pours with a small head, laced with bubbles. As I said in the intro, make sure to pour this straight one to conserve the flavor underneath the head, and take your first drink quickly. That will be the best this beer has to offer. The nose (smell for snobs) is outstanding – you can really detect milk chocolate, vanilla, and a strong coffee finish.
As for the part that really matters – it leaves a bit to be desired. The pure Dragon’s Milk breathes it’s strong, oaky fire straight onto your taste buds (pardon the pun) and it really works for a great beer. This reserve has a slim and thin mouth-feel to it – not something you want or expect in a stout based on Dragon’s Milk. The strength of the original bourbon dragon (bad pun: part 2) is buried and replaced by hard-to-detect coffee and a light chocolate flavor. It’s tough to really love this beer, but it might be because expectations were too high on my part. It is simply to light to pay homage to its fatherbeer. You expect a beast of an imperial bourbon barrel stout, but instead you get more of a drake (nerdy reference that male dragons are called drakes and are much smaller than their female counterparts).
SCROLL-TO-THE-BOTTOM VERDICT: Dragon’s Milk is an awesome beer that isn’t super complex – it’s boozy, oaky, malty bourbon, with a hint of vanilla. It was one of the earliest bourbon beers of it’s ilk. Since then there have been a few great variations, and a few not so great. This is the latter. However, it is far from a bad beer. Give it a try.
BEER-DRINKERS TIP OF THE WEEK: The price isn’t always what matters in a great beer – if you have a favorite style go with it. Enjoy what you enjoy. It’s just beer guys.
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The Beginning of a New Era in Milwaukee Brewers Baseball – Outlining Potential Trades for the Brewers
This piece was written by Allen Primack, a new addition to our sports writing team. In this piece he discusses pieces the Brewers could trade as they further their rebuild.
MILWAUKEE – The 2015-2016 MLB offseason has been very eventful thus far, from marque pitchers such as David Price and Zack Greinke moving on to new teams (the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks respectively), to talented position players such as Jason Heyward, a former St. Louis Cardinal who recently signed with the rival Cubs, changing scenery. However, the reality is that the offseason is far from over, with many elite players still on the free agent market being readily available for contending teams, while non-contending, tactically rebuilding teams such as our Milwaukee Brewers are seeking to look towards the future amongst an inevitably tough season ahead in a very strong NL Central. The Brewers have already taken some important steps towards a successful rebuilding project under their new general manager, David Stearns, in trading away veteran reliever Fernando Rodriguez to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for a young solid second base prospect in Javier Betancourt, parting ways with Adam Lind, the Brewers’ RBI leader from a season ago, to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for prospects Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki, and Freddy Peralta, as well as adding some much needed power in the signing of hard-hitting first baseman Chris Carter. These moves are clearly a step in the right direction, as the Brewers are gaining much needed youth and talent, particularly in the infield, an area of focus in which second-year manager Craig Counsell has emphasized as a key to success in the MLB. With that being said, I have put together some potential trades which will only help the Brewers get closer to “Owning the Future” while achieving greater financial stability and acquiring more young talent.