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The Beer Spot Blog - July 2011 Archives

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Central Waters Brewing Company's Tap List for the 2011 Great Taste Pre-Party
Posted Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by Tip Top

Central Waters LogoAnello told us that he wasn't going to be shown up by out of state brewers on his own turf and he wasn't kidding.  Here is the crazy list of beers that Central Waters is bringing...

Boubon barrel Stout vintage 2009

Boubon Barrel Stout vintage 2010

Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

Brewhouse Coffee Stout

Exodus (Sour Ale)

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2009

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2011

Peruvian Morning

Bourbon Barrel Aged Glacial Trail IPA

Mudpuppy Porter

Shine On 

Belgian Blonde

Glacial Trail IPA

Not sure what to tell you if that list doesn't impress.  TONS of top notch beers from a top notch brewery.

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Shorts Brewing Company's Tap List for The Beer Spot's 2011 Pre-Party
Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by Tip Top

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So, it took me a little longer to post this as I couldn't get it done before I left for vacation.  Thanks to the wonders of technology and in-air wifi I'm able to post it now.  As soon as it's 100% set in stone, we'll post the beer list for Central Waters.  Since I don't have beer descriptions for all the beers that Shorts is bringing, I'm just going to list the beers and styles here.  Check out Shorts' website for some of the description.

Dan's Pink Skirt - American IPA

Spruce Pils - Imperial India Pilsner made with Blue Spruce Tips

Bludgeon Yer Eye - American India Black Ale

Crunchy Grooves - Organic Pilsner

Kolsch 45 - German Kolsch Ale

Smoked Apple Ale - German Rauch Beer made with Apples

Chocolate Wheat - Strong Porter made with Chocolate malt, not chocolate and ample amounts of wheat, but it's not a wheat beer

Nicie Spicie - American Wheat made with Lemon and Orange Zest, coriander, and three kinds of peppercorns

Stellar Ale - American Pale Ale

Saison Du Shorts - Saison

    


Nebraska Brewing Company's Tap List for The Beer Spot's 2011 Pre-Party
Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by Tip Top

Nebraska BrewingI figured it's about time to start posting the beer lists for our Great Taste of the Midwest Pre-Party.  As you already know, we are hosting this party along with and at Brickhouse BBQ right in downtown Madison.  Nebraska Brewing is going to grace the taps with a lineup of 10 beers.  Here's what you have to look forward to...

NE Blonde Ale - "This pale refreshing Ale is sure to delight with its delicate balance of pilsner malt and noble hops giving a slight fruitiness. Absolutely refreshing and every bit a Session Beer, the lighter aspects of this Ale give way to an interesting Hop finish that reminds us that while lighter in color, this should not be confused with a Light Beer."  5.1% abv, 19 IBUs.

Infinite Wit - "A light-bodied Belgian Wit beer brewed with Organic Orange Peel and Organic Coriander. Unfiltered, straw in color with an aroma that hints to the Orange /citrus character. Light and refreshingly crisp with a mild fruity/citrus character."  4.5% abv, 9 IBUs

EOS Wheat - Medium-bodied, unfiltered and pale in color, is accurately described as a Bavarian Hefeweizen. The aroma and flavor of this unfiltered beer is classic and decidedly fruity and phenolic. The nose is filled with banana, clove, vanilla, and bubblegum. Somewhat sweeter in style with a barely noticeable tartness."  4.8% abv, 10 IBUs.

Brunette Nut Brown Ale - Our version of the classic English-style Brown Ale has a blend of six different malts and a hop schedule that results in a low hop character.  The unique malt character brings to mind the taste of a blend of various nuts. Coffee, toffee, caramel tend to come to mind in this excellent session Ale."  4.8% abv, 15 IBUs

Cardinal Pale Ale - Our American Pale Ale is golden in color, mildly bitter, and characterized by a floral/citrus-like aromatics which are the result of dry hopping with huge amounts of Cascade Hops.  Crisp, crystal clear, and completely enjoyable."  5.8% abv and 29 IBUs

India Pale Ale - "Our India Pale Ale has a pronounced hop bitterness and wonderful hop aroma. Earthy, grassy, and a bitterness that exists without being harsh.  The taste immediately gives away the high hop characteristics with malt aspects playing second fiddle to this fantastic example of the style."  6.5% and 65 IBUs

Summertime Rye - "Summertime Rye is a crafty combination of Rye, Barley, and Wheat Malts carefully dosed with Citra Hops in the kettle and the fermenter.  The result is a markedly flavorful and refreshing lower ABV beer.  Summertime Rye is a real thirst quencher--we hope it helps you endure the summer!"  4.8% and 23 IBUs

Smoked Porter - "In our version, we use Briess Smoked Malt which delivers an intense yet smooth, sweet, smoked malt character not available in any other commercially available smoked malt.  This beer is a rich, chocolaty porter with a substantial smoky character and hints of citrusy American hops.  Made with 35% Cherry Smoked Malt from Briess"  6.0% abv and 40 IBUs

Hop God - "A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA.  A remarkable explosion on the palate with spiciness, tropical fruit, and a firm citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more!  Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and piney hops & tastes on the palate that tend toward pineapple,mango, and sweeter fruits."  9.8% abv and 108 IBUs

Reserve Series Barrel Aged Hop God - "An artful creation which began with our Hop God Belgian-style IPA further enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels.  Hop God is a big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit, peach, and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak dryness to an already wonderfully complex Ale. Enjoy!"  10% abv and 108 IBUs

So there you have it.  The first beer list of the four breweries that were good enough to work with us to host this great party.  A nice balance of some sessionable beers along with a couple big hitters.  Next up, we'll share what Shorts has in store for the party.

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Another Brewer Added to the The Beer Spot's 2011 Great Taste Pre-Party
Posted Monday, July 18th, 2011 by Tip Top

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UPDATE: 7/22/11 - Bad news everyone, because of paperwork issues for selling and distributing beer in Wisconsin, Half Acre will not be able to bring beer to this event.  Staff members from Half Acre still plan on attending the Pre-Party at the Brickhouse, but unfortunately we will not be able to enjoy their beer at the pre-party this year.

As if there wasn't enough top notch beer from great breweries, we've gotten confirmation from another top brewery.  Joining us at Brickhouse BBQ will be Half Acre Beer Company.  "Half Acre Beer Co. is a brewing company in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago, IL. We built a brewery in the middle of the city where we brew small batch beers, and have a store & tasting area where we sample our beers and sell them to go in all package styles. 

Half AcreWe make different beers throughout the year, some we brew all the time and some are only around for a very short period. Our focus is to expand our abilities and enjoy our work."  As far as great pale ales go, it's really hard to beat Half Acre's Daisy Cutter.  As well as their solid year round lineup, they do an ever-changing list of new beers.  One of the newest ones is a collaboration brewed with Shorts Brewing Company called Captain Fantasy.  Pretty cool that both of the breweries that made this beer will both be at the Pre-Party on August 12th.  Stay tuned throughout the week for updates on beer lists from each of the four breweries attending.  You won't be disappointed.

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The Beer Spot's 2011 Great Taste Pre-Party at Brickhouse BBQ
Posted Friday, July 15th, 2011 by Tip Top

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If you follow our forums, this will be old news, but we thought we should make the official announcement.  Of course we are doing another Pre-Party this year and it's going to be bigger and better than ever.  

Brickhouse BBQFor the second year in a row, we are working with Brickhouse BBQ on this.  They have been a great partner not only in providing the best location that we could find in Madison, but in really working with us to help organize the party itself.  Their passion for craft beer is evident in how excited they are to make this event even better than last year.  This year, we're working to make sure that the service is even better, so you don't have to wait to grab another one of the great beers that will be offered.  Full menu will be available until 10, and the late night menu will be available after that.

Central Waters

Now, what you really care about, the beer.  Last year we feel we knocked it out of the park with Central Waters and Shorts.  This year, it's going to be even better.  Both breweries are coming back, and we're adding a third.  Last year, each brewery brought 4 beers.  This year, we're working to have each brewery bring 10.  That means that 30 of the 40 tap lines at Brickhouse will be filled with beers from our featured breweries.

A little about Central Waters Brewing Company, "Brewing since 1998, Central Waters Brewing Company is built on the solid reputation of producing the finest quality beer in Central Wisconsin: Ouisconsing Red Ale, Happy Heron Pale Ale, Mudpuppy Porter, and many more."  Personally, I love all of their dark stuff.  From the easier drinking Mud Puppy Porter to the Bourbon Barrel Stout, you can't go wrong.  Anello and crew make great beers!

ShortsThe thing I love about Shorts Brewing Company is their versatility and experimentation.  They go from having a rock solid IPA to making beer work with ingredients that you might not have ever considered.  "In April of 2004 we opened the doors to Short’s Brewing Company in the quaint Village of Bellaire.  Beer was the mission, and liberation was the movement.  With a lot of elbow grease, blind ambition and a little luck, the quest to create a community pub in Northwest Lower Michigan began to take shape.  The philosophy was to bring an appreciation of craft beer to the north with product education and creativity.  The process of appreciation through education we call beer liberation."  We're really happy to be working with Shorts again and can't wait to try more of their beers.

Nebraska BrewingOur new addition for 2011 is Nebraska Brewing Company.  In my contact with Paul at Nebraska when doing the news, he always seemed very friendly and down to earth.  Then I met him at last year's Great Taste and verified it in person.  Oh, and the beer I tried was good too!  

When looking to add another brewery to our already rock solid lineup, this was an easy choice.  "Located in Papillion’s hoppin’ Shadow Lake Town Centre, Nebraska Brewing Company is a relaxed dining destination complemented by incredible, fresh handcrafted ales. Locally owned and operated, it’s our aimto share our passion for beer and food with everyone who walks through the door. When your stomach’s growling and you’re feelin’ parched, head to Nebraska Brewing Company for casual American fare, a full bar, and a great time. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in creating the perfect beer and food combination.  Oh, and on your way out, be sure to grab a growler of one (or two) of our fine ales."  I'm looking forward to being able to try more of their beers this year.

We're in the process of finalizing the beer list for the event, but we'll get that info up soon.  We can't wait to see all the familiar faces as well as meet lots of new people this year.

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