This week has brought not only the arrival of spring but also BIG news for us as we have officially announced our second location: the Parched Eagle Taproom that will be located at 1444 E. Washington Avenue on Madison’s near east side!
The Taproom will be just that: a bar serving eight of our beers on tap along with four rotating guest beers AND a firkin system featuring (usually) one of our English-style pale ales! We will not be installing a brewing system there. We’ll continue brewing out of our original location while also ramping-up contract brewing with our buddies the House of Brews in order to meet demand for both locations.
The Parched Eagle Taproom will look much like the current Parched Eagle Brewpub, with a wooden bar and rustic atmosphere. With 676 square feet, the maximum capacity will be 49 people with seating for 36.
We will have neither food or live music at the Taproom but one of our partner businesses in the building–Art In–will continue to be the live music venue there. 1444 E. Wash is shaping up to be a most interesting multi-venue location perhaps reminiscent of the Hotel Washington. The Parched Eagle Taproom will fulfill the role as craft beer destination there!
As this is the Brewer’s Blog I would be remiss in not mentioning a new creation that will be the house beer for the Taproom: BURGEONING GOTH QUEEN Oatmeal Stout! Look for BGQ to be big, rich, bold, and pretty thick and creamy given use of oats. Target ABV is 6.8% and there will be enough IBUs (International Bittering Units) to balance out the sweetness from the oats and malts.
Here are a couple of links for more info on the Taproom:
Tomorrow (Saturday February 18th) we release our second new beer of 2017: PEGBOY PILS German Pilsner!
German Pilsner is one of my favorite lager styles and I’m excited to keg it this afternoon and have it debut tomorrow when we open at 2. One of the reasons why I like the style is its hop-forward character featuring elegant (noble) German hops. Ours features Perle for bittering and the classic Tettnang for aroma and flavor. Expect mild herbal/floral notes coupled with top of the line German Pilsner (and a bit of light German Munich) malt!
Here’s the overall impression from the BJCP 2015 style guidelines for German Pilsner:
“A light bodied, highly attenuated, gold colored, bottom fermented bitter German beer showing excellent head retention and an elegant, floral hop aroma. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, a German Pils showcases the finest quality German malt and hops.”
I have high hopes that Pegboy Pils will have all of those qualities.
The beer is named after my favorite Chicago punk band: check ’em out online!
Meanwhile at 7:30 that night the Classical Guitar Society will make its debut on our proverbial stage at 7:30! I’m really looking forward to the combination of a beer named after a punk band with a classical guitar performance. Should be tasty!
This Saturday Feb. 4th is my birthday and we’re having a beer dinner from 6 to 9pm with Athens Gyros Westport to celebrate! In honor of my ethnic heritage, Chef Andy Ziegler has concocted a special Scandavian-themed menu for the day and here it is including our suggested beer pairings:
• Fried Red Potatoes- smashed red potatoes topped with fresh Carr Valley cheese curds and smothered with Bacon Blue Fundito made with Verily Belgian Dubbel. Pairing suggestions: Verily Belgian Dubbel, Janethan Wired Espresso Porter and Hop-Bearer IPA!
• Scandi Chicken Gyro – topped with whole grain mustard Janethan Robust Porter yogurt sauce, green cabbage slaw, and tomatoes. Pairing suggestions: Alferd Black Rye Imperial Saison and Verily Belgian Dubbel!
• Scandi Lamb Gyro – topped with whole grain mustard Janethan Robust Porter yogurt sauce, green cabbage slaw, and tomatoes. Pairing suggestion: Hop-Bearer IPA!
• Scandi Eggplant Gyro – topped with whole grain mustard Janethan Robust Porter yogurt sauce, green cabbage slaw, and tomatoes.
• Birthday Cake! Pairing suggestions: Geronimo Imperial Stout and Janethan Wired Espresso Porter!
Athens Gyros’ full menu is also available.
Meanwhile the day before we’re releasing our first new beer of 2017: CRAG MARTIN Special Bitter! This take on a traditional English-style pale ale is well-balanced and at 4.4.% abv is highly sessionable!
At 12% abv Geronimo Imperial Stout (named after my 4-legged black cat) is our strongest beer representing one of my favorite beer styles. Imperial Stout is the king of the stout family that is like a black barleywine with wonderful complexity in terms of aroma and flavor. Expect a beautiful mix of dark roasted malts/roasted barley, caramel malts with dark fruit esters and significant hop bitterness in the finish with warming alcohol notes!
Geronimo will be on tap when we open at 3 and Cardinal Din Sibo will DJ starting at 5. Then at 9 we’ll show the counter-culture classic western Little Big Man!
Here are my initial tasting notes for Geronimo: incredibly smooth/dangerous for 12% abv! Baltic Porter-like smooth dark roasted malts/roasted barley with some caramel up front with a huge “RIS” finish, including good balancing hop bitterness and of course some booze.
Come get warmed up with a pour of Geronimo this Friday while enjoying the excellent spinnings of WORT’s Cardinal Din Sibo before taking in Little Big Man at 9!