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New Glarus Trip Rewarding

Sunday, February 7th, 2010
A back side view of the brewery on the hill top.

A back side view of the brewery on the hill top.

For the third time in the last nine months I found myself making the trip some 2.5 hours long to New Glarus, WI. The wife and kids went with to get out of the house and make the trek north.

This time around I was more than impressed. free run 3.0 v4 We walked through the brewery and one of the staff came with and gave us a personal tour. While meandering we happened across one of the brewers and he excitedly asked if there were any questions he could help answer. I said, “Where is the Cherry Stout.” The Unplugged series beer isn’t due out until this week. I gave him a quick sob story and he sent one of the staff to the old brewery to get me a case. WOW! That is some mighty customer service. So I can say I was the first to get this beer. 🙂

Good beer, beautiful location, and now a staff that is top notch. I understand why my wife likes going there so much. My hat off to New Glarus: thank you for helping out and making this American craft beer fan happy. Enjoy!

Snowshoe Red and Siren Amber Reviewed

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

new glarus brewing co. snowshoe red ale

Two beer reviews last night with one scored on a weekend trip to southern Wisconsin while the other was a gift from Rich from a recent trip to the Detroit area.

Snowshoe Red Ale by New Glarus Brewing Co. is a beer I have wanted to taste for a while as it is only released for two months: November and December, each year. As it turns out, New Glarus had some type of vote recently and Snowshoe will no longer be brewed going forward. roshe run hyp It has been retired. That said, this offering by New Glarus comes up short on a big resume of good beer. The malt is the backbone with a mild lemony, spicy hops that comes through at the end to give some semblance of balance. Aroma, taste, and mouth feel all come up a little short but, in defense of the style, that is sort of the styles motto. 6/10

Another American amber ale, Siren Amber Ale by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is released under another brewery: North Peak and is brewed up in a sister brewery in Traverse City, Michigan. Siren is just another average amber ale that doesn’t do anything special for me. I know how good Jolly Pumpkin is with their brett and oak aged beers, they need to step it up a notch on their “normal” beers. 6/10

The night wasn’t a loss but I expect so much more from both of these breweries. Nobody is going to like everything that a brewery has to offer and last night was just not my night. 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!

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!

Two Beer Dudes Brewery Hops for July 24th Weekend

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

After over two weeks of planning the plan is in place and I await the brewery hop with great anticipation. My wife has said she wants to leave on Friday by 9:00am so we can fit everything in. Yes, the wife is ready to go too!

So we will start off for New Glarus, WI and will restock with beer from New Glarus Brewing Co which has already been a brewery hop. Also, I have had requests from friends to pick up some Spotted Cow and various other flavors. While visiting New Glarus, I will give Tom a call from Lake Louie Brewing to see if there is chance they can fit me in their busy schedule for a look see. If not, I understand.

Map of Wisconsin.

Map of Wisconsin. Home of a lot brewers and our next brewery hop.

The hop will continue in Arena or onto Middleton (near Madison) for Capital Brewery and a date for a 3:30pm tour. air jordan 1 femmes After this tour it will be time to check out Star Liquor (suggested by the owners of Furthermore Brewery in Spring Green) to pick up some Furthermore as well as some other beers not distributed in Illinois.

The end of day one will bring us to the hotel and some fun in the pool. Hopefully a good reward for the kids after a long day of travel. Day two will start off with a little more swimming followed by breakfast and a trip east.

Sprecher Brewing Company in Glendale (near Milwaukee) will be our destination for a 1:00pm tour. We will follow this up with a tour of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee at 3:00pm to finish off another busy and final day.

The ride home will be filled of thoughts of all the liquid goodness I have ahead of me to taste and review. Enjoy!

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