Yes this Saturday 8/8 the 34th annual Great Taste of the Midwest would have taken place. The Great Taste is one of the greatest beer festivals ANYWERE that happens right here in Madison, WI.
The Madison Homebrewers & Tasters Guild, the non-profit organization that does an amazing job of organizing the Great Taste, realized several weeks ago that given the ongoing health crisis that is Covid-19 there was no way it could happen this year and canceled it. Here’s a link to their statement on the 2020 Great Taste: https://greattaste.org/faq/2020-statement/
What’s incumbent on all of us is to wear a mask and practice social distancing to make sure Great Taste 2021 DOES happen!
While the Parched Eagle laments no Great Taste this year we have decided to commemorate it by releasing a beer that made its debut for the Great Taste back in 2015 (the first year we were open and participated in the Taste): Alferd Black Rye Imperial Saison! Alferd is being released tomorrow 8/7 for what would have been Great Taste Eve. So, it will be on tap when we open tomorrow at 3 for to go sales (and Alferd will be available in crowlers as well as for howler and growler fills) as well as for sipping outdoors on our charming new patio.
Named after Alferd Packer, the most famous alleged cannibal in Colorado history, this the most unusual beer brewed at the Parched Eagle yet is very much a Saison that is augmented by Chocolate malt, malted rye, and a boosted alcohol content of 8.1%! Also spiced with zest from a bag of organic Valencia oranges and ground Indian coriander.
We’ll also be offering Alfred Great Taste Eve gift packages for crowler, howler, and growler purchases including our bitchin’ new black t-shirts and gift certificates!
Hope to see you here tomorrow for what would have been the Eagle’s 6th annual Great Taste Eve party.
Stay safe everyone!
Join us next Tuesday February 4th for celebrating me making it another year around the sun! The party starts when we open at 3.
Potluck, live music and the return of Geronimo Imperial Stout!
Geronimo (named after my late 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!
And not only will Geronimo be returning on tap Tuesday but also Calicious California Common! This smooth/easy drinking hop-forward amber lager will be exceedingly fresh as I’m kegging it before we open at 3.
If the beer isn’t enough to lure you out, the Brewmaster’s Clash Tribute band (The Dead Johnnys) will be playing with their friends Swill!
It will also be marking one year since their first public performance.
Beer, music, food and fun…we will see you there!
MUCH has happened since my last Brewer’s Blog post several months ago: we closed our original Westport location at the end of October and have moved the brewery to the basement space underneath our Taproom at 1444 E. Washington Avenue on Madison’s near east side! So yes the Parched Eagle is wholly located at 1444 E. Wash: come on by!
We started brewing here in the last week of November (the day before Thanksgiving, actually) and the first beer brewed is none other than our flagship Hop-Bearer IPA! This is the version featuring Mosaic hops (DDH’d with Mosaic and Amarillo) hence Hop-Bearer w/Mosaic and it’s showing a ton of promise.
It’s being released this Friday 12/13 and will be on tap when we open at 3. Meanwhile we’ve started offering food from the excellent local Mediterranean restaurant Banzo (free delivery!) and here are my suggested food pairings to go along with the extravagantly hopped West Coast IPA Hop-Bearer:
Veggie: Batata (Sweet Potato Falafel) pita sandwich. The sweet potato should complement/contrast nicely with the pretty significant hop bitterness of Hop-Bearer as well as the significant tropical citrus hop flavor/aroma of Mosaic and Amarillo.
Meat: Chicken Shawarma pita sandwich. The savory character of the slow roasted seasoned chicken thighs should really be complemented nicely by Hop-Bearer’s complex hop character as well as its siginficant malt backbone (English Maris Otter and Briess Crystal 40L).
More soon (including needed updates for this webite).
Hop to see you here soon!
Happy Spring greetings all!
Here are our upcoming beer releases from April 26th through Mother’s Day (May 12th):
Friday April 26th: annual release of Señor Smoke Scotch Ale! Our “Wee Heavy” style ale returns at both locations this Friday at 3! Señor Smoke has a bit of smoked malt added to the grain bill to complement its heavy caramel-malt profile and weighs in around 8% abv. Rich, strong and malty, Señor Smoke shall help fully ring in the warm breezes of Spring (hopefully!). This could be the best batch of Señor Smoke yet (I am excited about it!). Sláinte!
Friday May 3rd: annual release of La Chingada Caca Maibock for our 4th anniversary party! OMG has it been four years?!? Indeed it has and on Friday May 3rd starting at 3pm at both locations we celebrate our fourth birthday! Maibock is one of my favorite lager styles and appropriately the hallmark characteristic of La Chingada Caca is an excellent balance of malt and hops. A strong Munich malt character with an appropriate level of hop bitterness and flavor/aroma for said balance. Come on by the Westport Brewhaus or E. Wash Taproom to celebrate with us!
Friday May 10th: debut of Norsepeeps Nordic Saison for the 2nd anniversary party of our Taproom at 1444 E. Wash! Wow how time flies as it’s already been almost two years since we opened our beautiful taproom on Madison’s (way) burgeoning E. Wash craft beer corridor. I’m excited about Norsepeeps and it will have a definitive Nordic character as we’ll be using a Norwegian yeast strain called Kviek that is quite hot in craft brewing circles these days. This wonder yeast can ferment at up to 98 degrees (that’s rather unprecedented) and should lend some rather nice farmhouse ale esters to go along with ground Cardamom and orange zest (spices used for Swedish Glögg). Norsepeeps will be on tap at both locations at 3 and also we’ll have our friends the Jolly Frog food cart on hand at our E. Wash taproom from 5 to 8 slinging their fine Mexican cuisine. Should pair nicely with Norsepeeps, La Chingada Caca, Señor Smoke, and our other sumptuous selections.
Sunday May 12th (hopefully): return of our acclaimed ESB Grainne’s Special Bitter at our E. Wash taproom for Mother’s Day! We just brewed GSB yesterday (brew day went well) and fermentation is happily underway so hopefully it will be ready for Mother’s Day. We’ll also have live music that day starting at 4 with our buddies Geoff Bradshaw and Mark Felten performing public domain blues, folk, and original tunes.
Meanwhile hopfully AUSOM Triple IPA will be released some time within this late April-mid May time frame (as it’s been fermenting rather slowly for the past few weeks). More on AUSOM (hopfully) soon!
Frozen Tuesday morning greetings all,
First: I’m looking forward to the end of this savage winter too!
Meanwhile upcoming beer releases for March:
This Friday 3/8 features the return of our popular namesake Golden Ale Kölsch at both locations at 3!
Then mid-March features the release of two stouts:
Friday 3/15 the Ides of March: the annual release of the Parched Rider Coffee Stout at both locations at (you guessed it) 3! This annual beer is a collaboration with our good friends Let It Ride Cold Brewed Coffee and has been very popular since its first release in the fall of 2016.
Then Sunday 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day: debut of Ceiliúradh Irish Stout at our Taproom at 1444 E. Wash at 3! We’ve only brewed this beer once before three years ago and I’m looking forward to having it return on St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll also be having live music at 4pm: the debut of our quarterly Tunes & Tales Singer Songwriter series hosted by our excellent house singer/songwriter Jourdan Hines and Mary the singing bartender!
Friday 3/29 (probably): release of Saccharifice German Pilsner! It will be double dry-hopped with two newer German hop varieties: Hüll Melon and Mandarina Bavaria so expect the likes of honeydew melon and tangerine in the aroma/flavor profile coupled with that elegantly clean German pilsner malt. Saccharifice is our new beer release for March as we’re releasing at least one new beer for each month in 2019.