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It’s Saison, umm, Season!

Hello all,
Yes the arrival of summer means that it’s the season for one of my favorite beer styles: Belgian Saison (aka Farmhouse Ale).

Saisons are complex: fruity/tart, spicy, a tad bitter, and with just enough malt backbone to support everything else going on. A good adjective for Saison is effervescent as it elegantly proceeds down through the taste buds. A high level of carbonation adds to the effervescent feel.

Today we’re releasing Saison DuRok: a beer that we’re quite excited about! We used the zest from a bag of organic Valencia oranges along with 5.5 ounces of ground Indian coriander as the spices for this brew, which has fermented quickly and fully to a hearty 7.1 % ABV!

Brewers: we use Wyeast’s French Saison yeast for Saison DuRok. I’m a huge fan of that yeast strain and strongly recommend it.

Here’s a little background on the style from bjcp.org:

A seasonal summer style produced in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. Originally brewed at the end of the cool season to last through the warmer months before refrigeration was common. It had to be sturdy enough to last for months but not too strong to be quenching and refreshing in the summer. It is now brewed year-round in tiny, artisanal breweries whose buildings reflect their origins as farmhouses.

Stop on by the Parched Eagle soon to have Saison DuRok on tap!

Cheers,
Jim

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An APA called APA for No Crap on Tap this Sunday!

Sunday, May 17th 4:00PM

Greetings all,
Yes I brewed a special American Pale Ale called A Public Affair, named after WORT Community Radio’s mid-day news/talk program, for WORT’s annual block party this Sunday on the 100 block of MLK Blvd!

So, it’s an APA called APA, the common abbreviation for A Public Affair at WORT, where I worked for several years as Listener Sponsor Development Director. Last year my former co-workers at WORT cleverly suggested I brew an APA called APA, and I’ve been all over it!

Recipe-wise A Public Affair is considerably different than our year-round APA Crane Ale, with different grain and hop bills. They are similar in clocking  in at about 42 IBUs (International Bittering Units), but one striking difference is my use of Sorachi Ace hops for dry hopping as opposed to Amarillo for Crane Ale.

Sorachi Ace is unique in the lemony citrus character it provides for flavor and aroma. I haven’t used Sorachi Ace before and am looking forward to that lemony character for the APA called APA!

Hope to see you at the WORT block party’s famous No Crap on Tap beer garden this Sunday! The party runs from 11AM to 7PM and I hope to get there around 4 or 5. APA will be tapped around then.

Cheers,
Jim

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Harpy American Strong Ale release party

Saturday, May 9th 4:00PM

Hoppy Wednesday all and greetings from the Parched Eagle!

Our Madison Craft Beer Week event is coming up this Saturday May 9th and you are invited!

Harpy is the first specialty beer we’re brewing at the Parched Eagle and is a new recipe by Head Brewer Jim Goronson. Harpy is an American Strong Ale, in this case (roughly) a double Amber Ale that is rich, malty, complex, and damn hoppy! A bit devilish at about 8.2% ABV. Inspired by the likes of Stone Double Bastard–one of Jim’s favorite beers!

The pilot batch I brewed in January turned out so well we decided to make it the first specialty beer brewed here.

We’ll begin pouring chalice glasses of Harpy at 4PM. Come on by! We open at 11 that morning for lunch and will be pouring Harpy from 4 to midnight.

Looking forward to seeing you here.

Cheers!
Jim

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Grand Opening this Thursday April 30th!

Thursday, April 30th 3:00PM

Hoppy Monday all,

Yes we are very pleased to announce our official GRAND OPENING this Thursday April 30th!! Doors open at 3PM and we’ll be open until 11: our normal Thursday hours. What a great way to kick off Madison Craft Beer week the day before it officially begins!

On the heels of our very well attended soft opening this past Saturday (and thanks to everyone who came!) we will have our five year-round beers on tap:

  • Crane Ale APA
  • Janethan Robust Porter
  • Parched Eagle Golden Ale (kölsch)
  • Verily Belgian Dubbel

-AND-

Our grand opening will also be the debut of our flagship beer: HOP-BEARER IPA! Hop Heads of the world unite for this one.

Our food menu will also be making its debut on Thursday!

This has been a LONG TIME coming and we’re really looking forward to seeing you here!

Cheers,
Jim and Tom

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We’re finally opening: details here!

Saturday, April 25th 7:00PM

Hello all,

Yup it’s been a long up and down roller coaster like ride but Tom and I are super excited to announce that we are finally opening! Details:

Our “soft opening” is THIS SATURDAY NIGHT April 25th 7-12PM! Four of our beers on tap, no food, no growlers to go, and probably a bit of pardon our dust. Also THE KISSERS are playing at 8PM!

Our beers for the soft opening:
  • Crane Ale APA
  • Janethan Robust Porter
  • Parched Eagle Golden Ale (Kölsch)
  • Verily Belgian Dubbel

-AND- we’ll also have bombers of three different gluten-free beers from our friends at Greenview Brewing!

I’ll do a separate post for our big GRAND OPENING next Thursday April 30th soon!

Hope to see you here this Saturday night!

Cheers!
Jim

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