Happy Great Taste of the Midwest week all!
Yes the best beer fest in the universe is right around the corner and we’ve got three special releases making their collective debut for Great Taste Eve on Friday at our new Taproom at 1444 E. Wash (and at our brewery in Westport)!
When we open at 3 we’ll have all three on tap along with several other sumptuous selections: Old Sugar rum barrel-aged Brookie’s Sour Brown Flanders Oud Bruin, Templeton Rye Barrel-aged Cherry Brookie’s Sour Brown, AND Homie American Barleywine!
The barrel-aged sours have been aged for 11 months. Plenty of Brettanomyces was pitched into our Old Sugar rum barrel and a substantial sour character has developed in recent months. Hints of “barnyard” and “horse blanket” along with a lovely red wine acidic character and oak notes from the barrel along with hints of rum.
The Templeton Rye barrel we bought already featured a Lactobacillus infection so “Lacto” combined with plenty of “Brett” to add layers of acidic complexity coupled with an infusion of cherries last fall! There’s also a definitive oak character from the barrel along with some rye spiciness and a bit of smoke, presumably also from the barrel.
Both are 7.6% abv.
And now on to HOMIE American Barleywine! 93 IBUs and it features locally-grown Centennial hops for flavor and aroma. A huge malt character up front balanced by all those IBUs and except plenty of citrusy Centennial hop character in the aroma. It was at 10.2% abv when last checked over a week ago: hopefully it’s crept up to its 11% target! This is very much a FRESH American Barleywine featuring plenty of hop character to go along with tons of delicious maltyness.
I’m excited about all three special releases!
Metropolitain Food Cart will be on hand from 5-8 serving their delicious New Orleans street cuisine and our partner Art In has this going on: http://www.artinmadisonwi.com/event/vein-rays-gentle-brontosaurus-marty-finkel/!
Two of the special releases will also be on hand at our brewery in Westport starting at 3 that day (Templeton Rye Brookie’s Sour Brown and Homie American Barleywine).
I’ll be behind the bar in Westport from 3 to 6 then will head straight to the Taproom to celebrate Great Taste Eve!
Summer means it’s Berliner Weisse season so our WESTPORTER WEISSE makes its debut at the Taproom (1444 E. Wash) starting at 3pm this Friday June 30th!
Variously referred to as the “champagne of the north” and as the most purely refreshing beer in the world, Berliner Weisse is an elegant sour style emanating from Germany that is light in body, low in alcohol, and tartly quaffable. AND as they do in Berlin we’ll be offering one ounce shots of Woodruff and raspberry syrups to add to your glass of Westporter Weisse to balance out the substantial sourness. Orange syrup, too!
Westporter Weisse will also be making its 2017 debut at the Brewhaus in Westport on Friday at 3.
I’m excited about the release of a new version of our popular Utopian Imperial IPA tomorrow! Utopian w/Mosiac will be on tap at BOTH of our locations starting at 3PM: the Parched Eagle Taproom at 1444 E. Wash and our Westport Brewhaus at 5440 Willow Rd. in Westport.
This version is double dry-hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo hops and has turned out REALLY well! This is the first time I’ve used Mosaic hops and I’m excited with how they’ve combined with Amarillo to add a new aroma/flavor dimension to Utopian!
This huge beer is a marriage of Maris Otter and Crystal malts, organic fair trade Demerara sugar, and waves of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo AND Mosaic hops! 9% abv and 107 IBUs.
Around 6:30 or 7 Leia’s Lunchbox food cart will also be selling burgers and curds to provide a good food complement/base for sipping on powerful Utopian. Live music will be happening at Art In, too.
AND Burgeoning Goth Queen Oatmeal Stout, the house beer for the Taproom, will be back on tap at 3pm tomorrow as well! We ran out of the first batch in two weeks so BGQ is back by popular demand!
Hop Heads of the World unite!
OK here are the hours for our second location–the Parched Eagle Taproom–located at 1444 E. Washington on Madison’s near east side:
For REAL this time:
The Parched Eagle Taproom WILL take flight this Friday!
The address is 1444 E. Washington on Madison’s near east side in the up and coming E. Wash corridor. The entrance will be via a door in the front of the building and as the space comes together we’re increasingly psyched on what a great taproom it’s going to be!
Here’s our projected list of beers on tap for the grand opening:
PARCHED EAGLE GOLDEN ALE Kölsch
CRANE ALE APA
LA CHINGADA CACA Maibock
STELLA Belgian Dark Strong Ale
-and- BURGEONING GOTH QUEEN Oatmeal Stout! The house beer for the taproom will make its debut this Friday!
COMMON THREAD Baltic Porter
HOP GARDEN Wheat
Central Waters BOURBON BARREL BARLEYWINE
ALT Brew HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS BLONDE IPA (gluten-free dedicated tap line!)
Hope to see you this Friday at 3PM!