Lamenting no Great Taste this year

Hello all,

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!

Cheers,

Jim

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