Yup, I’m turning 50 on Thursday Feb. 4th and what better way to celebrate than having a big party at my brewpub? We’re releasing two new beers that day:
JANETHAN WIRED Espresso Porter that will be on tap when we open at 3. This is our year-round JANETHAN Robust Porter with Just Coffee’s Electric Monkey Espresso added at the end of fermentation. Look for Electric Monkey to accentuate the chocolate malt character in Janethan. 5.9% abv.
6:50 special release time: Rum-barrel aged BROOKIE’S SOUR BROWN Flanders Brown Ale! Our first sour beer will be available that night only so EXTREMELY limited release. Quite rummy upfront with some booze in the middle then a nice/restrained Brett sour character in the finish. 9.1% abv.
AND here’s our tap list for the party:
CRANE ALE APA
JANETHAN WIRED Espresso Porter
STELLA Belgian Dark Strong Ale
CHACHALACA American Stout
GRAINNE’S SPECIAL BITTER ESB
-AND- again at 6:50: Rum-barrel aged BROOKIE’S SOUR BROWN Flanders Brown Ale!
Next Door Brewery’s VAMPIRE COSMONAUT Imperial Rye Stout!
There will be another surprise or two that night, as well.
The Krause Family Band makes its debut at the Parched Eagle this Friday night starting at 7:30 as we celebrate the winter release of CHACHALACA American Stout, which is back by popular demand!
The Krause Family Band shall delight our ears with an old-timey blend of folk, bluegrass, and gospel with beautiful harmonies!
CHACHALACA is the first stout brewed in Parched Eagle history and is inspired by the likes of Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout and Sierra Nevada Stout. Lots of roasted barley and chocolate malt coupled with big American hops (Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Chinook). 6.3% ABV and 54 IBUs.
It will be on tap when we open at 3 that afternoon.
Milkhouse Radio is the Madison area’s newest string band, specializing in bluegrass, but ringing the rafters with country, blues, and fusion covers of whatever strikes them right. With banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and a wide range of vocals, they bring a fast-paced, high lonesome classic bluegrass sound mixed alongside a growing number of MR originals right at home beside the classics. Whether on State Street during a Saturday farmer’s market or on the auditorium stage, their toe-tapping shows deliver on their mission to keep Dane County and the cows entertained.
We look forward to hosting Milkhouse Radio for the first time FRIDAY JANUARY 15TH starting at 8PM! They’ll do two sets and as always no cover. Cheers!
Bluegrass, Irish, Old-timey music from the
Old Tin Can String Band. Music starts at 8pm.
This is also the Decemberfest Munich Dunkel release party,
and Chris Powers Birthday gig! Don’t miss it!
Decemberfest will be on tap starting at 3pm.
The Parched Eagle opened on April 30th, a little over five months ago. Our product has been well-received from the start and everyone seems to like the ambiance of the space. That said, from a business perspective, it has been touch and go. We have had a couple of good sales months and a couple of really slow ones. Overall we have been just breaking even, but September didn’t quite make it into the black. We will be looking at some cost savings measures, but many of our costs are fixed. That leaves us with increasing sales. We have noticed that events like special beer releases bring in a much bigger crowd. Live music events at the Parched Eagle have been especially enjoyable and well attended, so we plan to do more of that (including Maury Smith & the Orchestra Bordenave tomorrow night!). While our food has been well-received, the food sales haven’t been hitting the mark, so we are looking at changes in that area. We may do away with the costly and time consuming sandwich bar, and go with locally made pizzas. We will definitely continue to offer pretzels, as this has been our most popular food item. We will also likely continue to offer the sausage and cheese plates. We know that visibility is an issue at our location, so we are looking at our signage options. Of course we are all about the beer and with our small system we run out of batches of any particular beer fairly quickly. We are looking at increasing our production in the short term and our capacity as soon as feasible. Longer term we are looking at getting our product into stores and other bars around town.
How can you help? Obviously coming in for a beer and bringing lots of friends is a good start. Word of mouth is always important for a small local business like ours, so please tell your friends (and family) about us. We have noticed the high ratings you have been giving us on untappd and we are honored. We also want to hear from you about how we can serve you better, your ideas for offerings or events, or people and other businesses you think we should know about.
We are passionate about making outstanding beer, but it doesn’t mean anything without you there to enjoy it. On our back bar we have a bumper sticker from the Brewers Association that states “Support Your Local Brewery”: that fits us to a tee! We need the grand community of craft beer drinkers to come through our front door in order to prosper (and make more and more great beer in return).
Jim and Tom, co-owners