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Lake Louie Brewing Louie’s Reserve Scotch Ale (365 Day 285)

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Lake Louie Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale

Louie’s Reserve Scotch Ale by Lake Louie Brewing is another beer that Rich shared from his recent visit to Wisconsin. The American craft beer hobby is easier to appreciate when friends share in the appreciation and, of course, the beer.

Louie’s Reserve is a past friend. The beer is a seasonal release that doesn’t seem to have a long shelf life in terms of how long it stays on the shelves. The malt is the centerfold of the beer as nuttiness, molasses, dark fruits, caramel, and a touch of roasted malt play their part in creating a great drinking Scottish Heavy Ale. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.0

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Lake Louie Brewing Tommy’s Porter (365 Day 71)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Lake Louie Tommy's Porter

I don’t think it is any surprise to anyone that Wisconsin is home to some great breweries that are producing some great American craft beer. What may come as a surprise is the fact that their are some really small breweries producing some high quality products, they just don’t get the recognition like the big boys.

Lake Louie Brewing is just that kind of Wisconsin brewery: small and flying under the radar. I have now had six different flavors of beer, so I think it is safe to say that I have had a fair sampling of their beers. From that, I think it is safe for me to deduce that Lake Louie is making just as solid of brews as New Glarus, Tyranena, Central Waters, Ale Asylum, etc.

Last nights beer, Tommy’s Porter, by Lake Louie continues to follow the pattern: solid beer, with good character, and easy to drink. You can’t beat that rap sheet. A nice nutty presence in the beer was predominant in the aroma and early taste, with roasted and burnt, bitter chocolate taking over on the taste buds in the end. Possibly a little thin but that definitely added to it drinkability. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.8

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Two Great American Craft Beers Reviewed

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

metropolitan brewing dynamo copper lager

Two great American craft beers in one night, when you only have two, is not a bad score card. Since two is my limit, I never know what to really expect or if I will get two studs or duds. Last night was a home run as I enjoyed Dynamo Copper Lager (Vienna Lager) by Metropolitan Brewing and Milk Stout (Milk Stout) by Lake Louie Brewing.

Dynamo was far exceeded my expectations. air jordan 11 femmes No, they weren’t that low. I just am not a huge light lager guy in the middle of winter. Dynamo has changed my thought process more. I share with my wife and she ordered me to pick her up a six pack today. Good woman! Fruity, honey, and spicy hops are all playing second fiddle to the malt backbone. Here’s where it excels: none of these flavors or aromas ever trump the other. They play well together and bring together a symphony for the senses. My next stop is to take a short trip to Metro and try them all on tap. 9/10

Milk Stout had my curiosity last night as I edge towards cracking my newest batch of homebrew: chocolate milk stout. I know I like Lake Louie beers and I figured this would be a good way to test if my beer could measure up. Uh, oh. I didn’t expect this beer to hit a game winning home run. There is a slight creaminess from the milk on this dark brown and lusciously foamed beer. The sweetness comes out a tad more than the creaminess from the lactate while the roasted flavors and aromas are perfectly placed to bigger than the milk, but not overpowering. A balance in favor the roast but delicate enough to let the milk have its day in the sun too. 9/10

Strangely enough after thinking a bit about these two beers, I realized how different they were but how well they complimented each other. Enjoy!

Boston Tea Party of Sam Adams

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

boston beer company samuel adams old fezziwig ale

Last night Rich and I tried out the Sam Adams winter variety pack. A cheap way to try five different winter offerings from Mr. Koch.

I have to admit that once the clock hit 8:00pm and no Rich, nike lebron 11 I thought I was flying solo. Off to the beer cellar for a few beers to review on my own: Black Scotch Ale by O’so Brewing Company and Louie’s Reserve Scotch Ale by Lake Louie Brewing. By the time the beer warmed and I was half way through Black Scotch Ale, Rich showed up. We shared the Louie’s Reserve and then started on with the Sam Adams: I had to work the next day.

Time is short today so I will list the beers, scores, and then give some quick overall thoughts.

Winter Lager, Old Fezziwig, and Holiday Porter all had very similar characteristics, just some minor subtletees that made them different. All three were good to varying degrees and I wouldn’t mind having them again. Coastal Wheat is way to light and did nothing for me and had no business being in a holiday pack. Cranberry Lambic – yuck!

All in all, seven beer reviews in an evening is a bit much as the taste buds begin to go and I don’t like throwing anything out. Hey, I paid hard earned money and I will drink it all. Enjoy!

Star Liquor and Ale Asylum Visit

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Rich and I had a chance to make a short trip up to southern Wisconsin while hitting up Star Liquor and Ale Asylum. Madison is a little over two hours away and makes for a nice short ride to access a ton of American craft beer from Wisconsin and have a great chat about beer with Adam at Star Liquor. He always knows the product in the store and takes time to make sure you are satisfied.

As we got closer to Madison it became very apparent that they had a ton of snow as there was still plenty of plastered snow and ice on the pavement of the capital city of Wisconsin. 19 inches to be exact. roshe run nm br The ride was also lengthened a bit by Rich missing a turn in spite of us using GPS. Once we slid into our parking spot it didn’t take us long to find ourselves inside the store making quick decisions of which beers we wanted and could afford as the wives both placed budgets on us.

With some aid from Adam on local seasonal beers and his opinions here is our take:

After leaving Star Liquor we put the skis on the vehicle and made the four mile trek over to Ale Asylum. There was a craft show going on in part of the eating area. There was an open table and the waitress quickly took our orders for a pint. We both ordered a sandwich making light lunch conversation over our beer haul from Star Liquor.

Our stay at Ale Asylum was short due to both of us having other evening engagements. Next time we will have to stay longer at the Asylum and catch a brewery tour while I will be paying Star Liquor another visit as the seasons change with more new beers coming out. Enjoy!

Possible Rain: Indoor Beer Reviews

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
On tap for tonight: New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart - the one beer my wife made me pick up on the last trip.  I am expecting sweet and refreshment from this bottle of liquid goodness.

On tap for tonight: New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart - the one beer my wife made me pick up on the last trip. I am expecting sweet and refreshment from this bottle of liquid goodness.

It looks like old man weather is not going to cooperate today and we are in for some rain. air jordan spizike I don’t know if it will last into the evening (drinking) hours but it sure puts a cap on the fun for the weekend. I have already got the wife to agree to splitting beers with me so I can get more tastings in tonight: at least four and possibly six.

August is upon us and there is no better way to enjoy the first of the month than raising a few glasses of finely brewed American craft beer.

I have a good idea of what I plan on throwing down tonight, all of which are from the recent brewery hops to Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The New Glarus Brewing beers are all to keep my wife interested as she really enjoys their offerings. Enjoy!

Weekend of Brewery Hops Tons of Fun!

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Capital Brewery painted sign on top of the building.  Had to pull off on the side of the highway to get this shot.

Capital Brewery painted sign on top of the building. Had to pull off on the side of the highway to get this shot.

The brewery hops started an hour later than expected at 9:00am but we really didn't have anywhere to be, so an hour late wasn't going to hurt. We followed the gps directions to New Glarus Brewing Co., which took us a much different way than the last time we went. I enjoyed the no traffic roads but there was 20 left and right turn along the way, as well as two bridges being completely out for construction, adding 20 miles to entire drive. I gave the gps a stern talking to and we are both now on the same page.

My middle child wanted to go (run) through the brewery again. Done. air jordan 4 femmes The wife and I had a quick taste test (10 minutes tops for all three) and we were down stairs picking up some delicious bottled liquid. Mixed six packs, some Unplugged, R&D Golden Ale, Raspberry Tart, Belgian Red; you start to get the picture we purchased the entire joint. Not that you will believe but most was for beer friends.

Star Liquor beer store in Madison, WI.  Cozy place with good staff and a good selection of beer.

Star Liquor beer store in Madison, WI. Cozy place with good staff and a good selection of beer.

I was looking for at least one snifter glass on these brewery hops but couldn't find one at any of the breweries I visited. My wife has a Crate & Barrel gift card, just wait until she goes to sleep and I will have new glasses. 😉

The next stop on the tour was Middleton, WI to take a 3:30pm tour of Capital Brewery. There was time in the itinerary (yes, I am anal and put together a two page spreadsheet itinerary) to visit Lake Louie Brewing in Arena, WI but after a phone call that went unanswered (which Tom, the owner, told me they might not be there), so we found a public park that had a nice picnic area, lake, play ground, and water park to eat lunch. Of course the anticipation of playing in the water led to light lunches for the three kids.

Unfortunately it started to rain and we decided to head over to the actual brewery. It was still only 2:30pm but it was time to enjoy a beverage. Once at the brewery we decided to drive over to the hotel instead of keeping the kids all cooped up with the rain, especially after they starting running in the rain and getting their clothes all wet.

Lakefront Brewing Company tour coin that allows you to get one of your four allotted eight ounce beers while on the tour.

Lakefront Brewing Company tour coin that allows you to get one of your four allotted eight ounce beers while on the tour.

Amazingly the hotel I booked in Madison, WI was a mere 1.5 miles away from Capital Brewery. We were in-and-out and back for a beer within 20 minutes.

I had the Wild Rice and my wife had their Wisconsin Amber. The kids had pop and water. Yes, pop, it was vacation time.

The tour led to one tidbit of information that surprised me: Capital Brewery does all of it's bottling at a remote brewery.

After the tour we found our way to Madison for dinner and a stop at Star Liqours. air jordan 4.5 femmes Star is a small store that from the outside sort of lead me to believe I was going to be disappointed. Umm, yeah, I am dumb. Adam, the manager, loves beer, loves to talk beer, and lent a hand in selection. Star has an awesome selection of beers from the area and from some breweries that I can't buy from in Illinois. Most notably: Oskar Blues.

Lakefront Brewing Company lineup of taps at the bar where you wait for the tour.

Lakefront Brewing Company lineup of taps at the bar where you wait for the tour.

Day two of the brewery hop tour started early, again: 10:00am. We had a 12:00pm tour reservation at Sprecher Brewing Company (the only way you can do tours there). The drive to the Milwaukee area is about 90 minutes and I wanted to be early, as usual.

After about ten minutes of driving I brought up to my wife that I would really like to try and do Lakefront and Tryanena since Sprecher is the easier of the three to visit in terms of the number of tours. So after a promise of not to rush too much, we changed courses for a 1:00pm brewery hop at Lakefront Brewery and a 3:30pm brewery hop at Tyranena Brewing.

Tyranena Brewing Company bottle cleaning, preparing the bottle to receive some beer.

Tyranena Brewing Company bottle cleaning, preparing the bottle to receive some beer.

What a complete stroke of luck: Lakefront actually started doing noon tours, because of demand, and by the time we were done with our tour they were sold out for the rest of the day. So, if we had gone to Sprecher there is no way we could have gone on a brewery hop at Lakefront.

The Lakefront Brewery tour is aimed at all ages and all interests of the brewing process by encouraging group participation and some light comedy. Entertaining. They also give you a lot for the $6 tour price: free 8 ounce glass, four 8 ounce testers, one pint glass, and the tour. There was also an air and water show going on in Milwaukee so the kids and myself thought it was cool when the F-16 buzzed overhead a couple of times. Damn hot rod of the skies! Very loud, very fast, very cool.

Tyranena Brewing Company malt grinder preparing the malt to go into the mash where it will mix with water starting the brewing process.

Tyranena Brewing Company malt grinder preparing the malt to go into the mash where it will mix with water starting the brewing process.

After some pizza for lunch and enjoying the sun on the river outside the brewery, it was time to pack it up and head back towards Lake Mills, WI and Tyranena Brewing Company. air jordan 5 femmes The 50 minute drive back was full of anticipation and I couldn't wait to hit my third brewery hop in a little over 24 hours.

Tyranena is a smaller brewery but they have some quality and tasty products. The tour was very education as it was led by the assistant brewer, Nevin. He shared a very thorough knowledge of the brewing process and how it is done at Tyranena with the group. They even have some hop plants growing out back.

A lot of driving, a lot of walking, a lot of questing, a lot of tasting equals a crap load of brewery hop fun. I don't know if this is true or not, but one bartender at Lakefront mentioned to me that kids in Wisconsin can drink as long as they are with their parents. Nice law. Each brewery hop had its own twist on what to share with the group of people but each always centered around the idea of making good American craft beer. I look forward to planning another big trip like this either in the fall or spring. Heck, maybe I can talk the wife into one in the fall and on in the spring! My next brewery hop will be to Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL. Hopefully I can get Rich out there with me too. Enjoy!

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