Beer for the Backyard

As the holidays near, I can’t help but reminisce about how much I really, really miss summer. Fewer responsibilities, long nights and warm, sunny days. So for you beer and summer lovers, here are my top three brews to sip on in your backyard: 1. Miller Lite by Miller Brewing Company 2. Spotted Cow by New Glarus Brewing Company 3. Summer Shandy by Leinenkugels Who knows, maybe Wisconsin will be generous and give us a summer day in the middle of...

Guest Beer Critic – Audrey

Guest Beer Critic – Audrey Greetings Beer Drinkers, I come in peace. I am female, 20-something and prefer a $5 bottle of moscato to any beer in current existence. It’s a stereotype I shamefully fulfill. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t critique a bottle or two. I just took a nice swig of…wait, checking the bottle…Hopalicious IPA brought to you by Ale Asylum. It’s Eric’s. I asked him for a sip, and then he proceeded to tell me how I drank it wrong and made too much foam form in the bottle. Oops. Okay, so, my honest review? It’s bad. Not good. How can someone enjoy this? Like, if I put a few blades of grass, soda water and a piece of ham in a blender it would most likely produce the same taste. But, you know, beer makes Eric happy. Beer makes a lot of people happy. So who am I to judge? The point is, I can appreciate beer but not enjoy it. Here I am making an amateur beer critique a lesson on morals. Appreciate different tastes, styles and alcoholic beverage preferences. You don’t have to agree, but...

Week 5 – Lupulin Maximus

Week 5 – Lupulin Maximus by O’so Brewing Co.        I have been drinking this beer for a few weeks now and seriously can’t get enough of it. The brewery is located right in Steven’s Point, WI and does a hell of a job at brewing beer. I  would not be surprised if more beers from O’so make it to the Beer of the Week list.        In terms of the Lupulin Maximus, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that it’s an IPA. This beer has an ABV of 9.0 which isn’t unusual for an IPA. Although I love recommending beers to others, I would caution people from trying this beer unless they know they like the bitterness of...

Week 4 – The Commuter

The Commuter by One Barrel Brewing Co.      Are you looking for a break from the long list of popular IPAs that everyone is always suggesting to you? Well this beer just might be the answer. The Kölsch style was first brewed in Germany and has now been adopted by American brewers. Although there is still some hop to this beer, it goes down smooth and easy. You may get a good sense of how it is going to taste by how it looks – light body and a very pale gold. Side note, this may be one of the coolest labels and names for a beer… but that is just one man’s opinion. Brewery: One Barrel Brewing Company Location: Madison, WI Style: Kolsch Style Ale ABV: 4.8% Availability: Draft, 6-pack...

Week 3 – Bone Orchard

Bone Orchard by Second Salem      Every once in a while, a small town packs a big surprise. Whitewater is lucky to be home to Second Salem Brewing Company, and if you are lucky enough to stop by… you need to try this bitter IPA – Bone Orchard. The name is taken from the location of the brewing company, smack dab between three cemeteries. Bone. Orchard. Get it? But besides the name, the brewery really hit it big with this triple hop IPA. Warning: if you aren’t an IPA fan, you may not like this beer… it’s pretty stinky. Brewery: Second Salem Brewing Company Location: Whitewater, WI Style: Imperial Pale Ale ABV: 7% Availability: Draft,...

A Hopumentary

Craft Beer – A Hopumentary I would like to do something a little different for the first post this week and share content instead of create and write my own. This short documentary describes the birth of craft beer and then highlights the craft beer scene in San Francisco. Take a quick look at this short documentary about some aspects of craft beer and then feel free to watch some other videos that are related. Keep your eyes open for the Beer of the Week coming up on...