wisconsin

New Beer Blog O’so Brewing Hopdinger


image

In this beer blog, we are going to sample a new brewery to hit the Chicago market from Wisconsin.  The brewery is called O’so Brewing and the beer is their Hopdinger.   O’so Brewing was founded in a small town in Wisconsin and design to give the local people some good craft beer.  They had some help from the Central Waters and Point Brewery and they are also good friends.  It does not say when they were founded on their website but they are a pretty small brewery.  O’so is in the town of Plover, Wisconsin.  I wish I could find more on this brewery.  Let us get into the beer.

This beer has a clear, constant bubbles, and copper color with a constant white head. The smell is a citrus to the beer.  The taste of this pale ale is a sweet citrus and grapefruit together.  The aftertaste is a dry citrus to the beer. Being a full body beer, it is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Pungent, Hoppy, Crisp, Floral, Bitter, Piney, Resinous, and Engaging

Join the fight against boring beer at osobrewing.com brewed and bottled by O’So Brewing Company Plover, WI Discover the art of freestyle brewing.

Here is a description from their website (www.osobrewing.com):

HopdingerTM

This pale ale is generously hopped yet balanced through the use of Munich and Crystal malts. Hops added after fermentation gives this American classic an intense aromatic bouquet. Enjoy! ABV: 6%, 49 IBUs, 14 SRM

Available Yearly!

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.osobrewing.com

Twitter:  no twitter account

In closing, this is not my favorite pale ale and it is just like the rest on the market.  If I can get the same pale ale cheaper, I will pass this beer.  I really hate to say it.  This is a great beer but I just feel the price I am paying is not really worth it. If you love pale ales and think it is worth it, please, drink it and support this little brewery.  I do recommend you trying this beer.  I believe you will find the same thing I did about this beer. Please, let me know about your thoughts on this brewery.   Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Ale Asylum Hopalicious


Starting new tab, we are going to take a look at the final beer from Ale Asylum and it is called Hopalicious.  This is their flagship beer from this young brewery.  If you read my earlier beer blogs, you know something about this brewery.  If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer blog.  Let us get into the beer.

This beer has a nice copper color without a head on the beer.  It has a nice citrus to grapefruit smell. The taste is carbonation grapefruit notes. There is really no aftertaste to this beer.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush cirtus aromas and bold hop flavor without crazy bitterness.  Hopalicious is all natural and unfiltered for superior flavor and quality.  It is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way.

Here is a description from their website (www.aleasylum.com):

5.8% abv.

Available: Year Round Style: American Pale Ale (APA) Motto: Local hopheads granted asylum.

Hopalicious is a refreshing American Pale Ale unique enough for the connoisseur, approachable enough for the novice, and drinkable to everyone. Sure, we could have made it “Bitterlicious”, or even “Maltalicious” for that matter. But we didn’t. We made it Hopalicious. And we made it for the everyday hophead who wants bold, citrus hop flavor without crazy bitterness.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.aleasylum.com

Twitter:   @ale_asylum

Closing out, this was a pretty great beer.  It has a ton of flavor while being very well balanced.  I love the packaging.  For the few beers, I have had from this brewery.  I am really impressed by this one.  I am looking forward to making it up to the brewery to check out the rest of their line up.  If you are in the area, go there and try them.  The porter is the only one I have questioned but there is a good reason for it.  I recommend their beers.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog New Glarus Raspberry Tart


image

In this beer blog, we are going to take a look at the final beer of the seven from New Glarus Brewing.  I kind of left the best for last and plus, this beer is in a 750ml bottle.  The beer is called Raspberry Tart.  If you read my earlier blog on their Fat Squirrel Ale, I will not bored you with the history and information on this brewery.  If you have not read that blog, please read the first part of that post.  Let us get into this fruit beer.

This fruit beer has a nice beautiful red color with a semi white head on it.  I realize it is hard to see in the photo above.  It is pretty sight either way. It has a raspberry smell to the beer.  It is extremely sweet raspberry taste with a dull lingering raspberry aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable beer.

Here is a descriation from their website (www.newglarusbrewing.com) and beer bottle:

Treat yourself to a rare delight.  The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass.  Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute.  Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.

Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats.  Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

Life’s too short to wait for dessert.  Enjoy, Daniel and Deborah Carey

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

Endgame, I really really enjoyed this beer.  I had it with a bowl of ice cream and it was perfect with the beer.  I love the sweetness from the fruit from the beer.  This beer is perfect for desserts.  It is not a beer you can sit there and drink while watching a football game.  If you like to do that, please, do so but that is not how I roll.  There is a nice balance in this beer and I am glad my friend brought this down for me.  I want to try their Cherry Ale.  If it is anything like their Raspberry Tart, it will be awesome.  Let me know what you think of this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Ale Asylum Contorter Porter


image

In this beer blog, we are going to look at the second of three beers from Ale Asylum.  If you read my earlier blog on their Jacksin Double IPA, you know some about this brewery.  If you have not, please, read the frist part of that beer blog.  Let us get into their Contorter Porter.

It has a dark black color without a head on the beer.  It has a heavy coffee notes with a little chocolate notes. The taste of this porter is like a black coffee. It really does not have an aftertaste.  I can see some people thinking it is drinkable.  There are some that might think this porter is not drinkable beer.   I am one beer and done that is not a bad thing.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Our porter is dark in color yet soft on the palate.  English chocolate malts give it a complex, rich flavor wrapped in a silky smooth finish. Contorter is all natural and unfiltered for superior flavor and quality.  It is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way.

Here is a description from their website (www.aleasylum.com):

4.8% abv.

Available: Year Round Style: English Porter Motto: Smooth never tasted so smooth.

You’re not still afraid of Dark, are you? You don’t know how that hurts Dark’s feelings! Dark would never judge you like that. Not even after what you did at summer camp. You know that thing you’ve always wanted? Dark just got you two of them. Dark wants to know what else it can do to change your mind. How about a glassy smooth porter with a long, silky finish? Will that seal the deal? Dark thought so.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.aleasylum.com

Twitter:  @ale_asylum

In the end, it is really hard to make a bad porter, stout, or any IPA’s.  I am not saying this is a bad porter.  It is an average porter and I would love to try this beer straight from the brewery.  I believe I received old beer.  I am on the state line on this beer.  I can see this beer being really good if it was a little bit more fresher.  DO NOT judge the beer from this posted.  I will be doing an updated blog when I try it at the brewery or I get a fresh bottle.  Go get some in Wisconsin!  Drink it!  Enjoy it! Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog New Glarus Moon Man


image

In this beer blog, we are going to check out the sixth of seven beers from New Glarus Brewing Company.  The beer is part of their everyday line up and it is called Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale.  If you read my earlier blog on their Fat Squirrel Ale, you know something about this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that beer blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a dark golden to a light copper color without a head on the beer.  It has a citrus to earthy smell to the beer. It has a mango to citrus taste with a citrus bitter aftertaste.  It is a drinkable beer.

Here is a descriation from the beer bottle and their website (www.newglarusbrewing.com):

Moon Man is a seriously cool cat. Always comfortable in his own skin, he never tries too hard. So cool we named our “no coast” pale ale after him.

You hold a session beer with a bright bold blend of five hops that flirt obligingly with the smooth malty backside. Don’t let this one lay around it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real.
Just be,

Paws for Reflection with New Glarus Brewing Company’s ‘Moon Man’ No Coast Pale Ale.

Daniel Carey (Diploma Master Brewer, New Glarus Brewing Company) is adept at expanding what we know (or think we know) about beer. He continues to challenge flavor possibilities unveiling “Moon Man” No-Coast Pale Ale. Dan is a huge fan of ‘big’ IPA’s and their powerful intense aromatics. It is thought that the popularity of the poignant aromas in big IPA’s are a reaction to the all too prevalent bland beers. However, these same large flavors and aromas make this particular style too intense for many. Some months ago, in well known Daniel Carey fashion, he set out to brew an idea in his head, hoping to pack all the wonderful and powerful aromatics and flavors that he loves in big IPA’s into a sessionable brew that all can enjoy. New Glarus Brewing Company takes one small step, and helps all their friends take one giant leap toward bridging the gap between these two extremes. As Daniel Carey says, “If big IPA’s were a reaction to bland beer, Moon Man is a reaction to extremism.”

True to style, Daniel took his time ensuring this ground breaking brew is exactly what it should be. He personally oversaw the hop harvest in the fields of Washington. He spent over 6 months painstakingly perfecting the hop blend alone. Finally utilizing 5 varieties of hops, of which three are not commonly used in American style ales. “Moon Man” is dry hopped 2 and a 1/2 times as much as is commonly practiced in dry hopped beer (2.25 pounds per barrel). It is powerfully aromatic, and pale golden in color. Like most of New Glarus Brewing Company’s brews, it is bottle fermented the old fashioned way, meaning there is no artificial carbonation. Don’t let this one lay around, it is brewed to be enjoyed today. Bold and engaging without pretense, because in Wisconsin you do not have to be extreme to be real. Just be.

This beer is named after a seriously cool cat, who found his ‘forever’ home with Jared, a brewer at New Glarus Brewing Company. Moon Man-the-Cat is so easygoing and confident that even ‘dog’ people love him and this love is genuinely reciprocated. While the lineage of Moon Man-the-Cat is unknown due to his ‘alley’ origins, Moon Man-the-Cat is a friend to all. He takes no heed of the background of his new companions (or even whether they walk on two, or four feet). Jared oftentimes revels the brewery with tales of cat adventures. Moon Man-the-Cat is especially well known for being comfortable in his own skin, taking things as they come, and above all else, not trying too hard to impress. Perhaps this relaxed nature is what makes such a great impression on all those that he meets. It is in appreciation of the special bond that these two share, and in honor of all those that share an easygoing affection with their four legged friends, that New Glarus Brewing Company’s “Moon Man” No Coast IPA found its name. Thankfully, “Moon Man” No Coast Pale Ale shares it’s namesake’s roaming nature, and may be found throughout Wisconsin for the remainder of this year.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

In the end, Moon Man can be paired with several different food styles.  This is a great beer.  I love the flavor and the nice malty backbone along with enough hops to make the hop head happy.  I did not like this beer at the very beginning of the beer glass but once I went to the bottom of the glass.  I wished the glass was full again.  I only had one bottle to try, enjoy and write this blog post.  This beer will be asked for when I have a friend comes back from Wisconsin along with your Black Top and Spotted Cow.  New Glarus is a great brewery and I believe they are exetremely under rated.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser

New Blog New Glarus Black Top


image

In this beer blog, we are going to take a look at the fifth of seven beers from New Glarus Brewing.  The beer is called Black Top.  If you read my earlier blog on their Fat Squirrel Ale, you are pretty up to speed on this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that beer blog post.  Let us get into this Black India Pale Ale.

It has a dark brown to black color with a heavy constant white head on the beer.  It has a citrus smell to the beer.  It has a slight chocolate to citrus taste with a dry bitter aftertaste to the beer.  It is kind of drinkable beer.

Here is a descriation from the beer bottle and their website (www.newglarusbrewing.com):

We invite you to discover this newest beer style Black IPA. Political debate rages over the origins of this jet black beer as both coasts feel they deserve credit. Our Black Top is a pleasant road connecting Villages and Communities statewide on a ride of Black IPA discovery.

Expect this beer to pour a hop forward jet black glass brimming with aromatic bitterness.  Brewmaster Dan skillfully weaves molasses and chocolate malt undertones with a soaring rush of clean citrus and pine hop notes, to deliver a drinkable Black IPA. Savor Black Top, like Wisconsin’s miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.  Happy Trails, Daniel & Deborah Carey

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

In closing,  I am a HUGE fan of this beer style, which is Black Ales or Black India Pale Ale.  This has a ton of flavor.  It is just as smooth as Widmer Brothers Pitch Black.  It has a little bit more hoppiest and bitterest than that beer from Widmer Brothers.  This beer would be in my regular beer line up.  I really enjoyed this beer but I love Milwaukee Brewing Black Iron more but their beer is more of a seasonal.  New Glarus Black Top is available all the time and I will be drinking this beer when I get it in my hands when I cannot get Black Iron.  Great Job on this one, Dan!  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog New Glarus Laughing Fox


image

In this beer blog, we are going to get into the fourth of seven beers from New Glarus Brewing Company.  The beer is called Laughing Fox.  I love the graphics from the beer bottle, which you can see in the photo above.  If you read my earlier blog on their Fat Squirrel Ale, you are up to speed on this brewery.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that beer blog post.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a dark clear copper color without a head on the beer.  It has a heavy banana to clove to the beer. It has sweet malty banana taste without an aftertaste.  It is really drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.newglarusbrewing.com) and beer bottle:

In playful pursuit of butterflies a Red Fox danced across the brewery hill. His joy so pure it bubbled through our hearts and into this beer. Laughing Fox is a sparkling Kristal Weizen brewed in the Bavarian tradition with 50% Wisconsin wheat in our open top fermenters.  Tickle your nose notes of spicy clove and cinnamon abound. Dan’s inspired Weizen interpretation reflects the deep bittersweet color of our Fox’s red coat.

Expect this beer to pour a lively effervescent glass thick with creamy foam and bursting with luscious fruity notes on your pallet. This is easy drinking beer perfect for a friendly Wisconsin evening. Relax, this is God’s Country, here we have the strength to reach for the stars and change the world. Best Wishes, Daniel & Deborah Carey

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

In closing, I was a little stun when drinking this beer.  My friend gave me the wrong bottle.  I was looking to try their bock and here is a wheat.  It happens and I glad she pick this up by mistake.  I am not a fan of any of their weizen, white, or wheat beers.  This beer has a lot going on in it.  There is really depth in this beer.  There are some nice cinnamon to banana notes in it.  I recommend this beer and I might have to think about putting it in my regular line up of beers if it was available to myself in Chicago.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog New Glarus Totally Naked


image

In this beer blog, we are going to get into the third beer of seven from New Glarus Brewing.  The beer is their Totally Naked, which is one of their seasonal.  If you read my earlier blog on their Fat Squirrel Ale, you know this brewery pretty well.  If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that beer blog.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a strewed to clear yellow color without a head on the beer.  It has a pilsner to pale lager smell.  It is basely Rolling Rock all the way from the taste and smell but better in taste. It has pale malts with hop smell. It has a sweet to slightly hoppy taste with a crisp dry aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and website (www.newglarusbrewing.com):

Pure and crisp this is a beer with nothing to hide.  Wisconsin two-row barley malt ensures a mellow and smooth body.  We imported Noble Hop varieties from Germany and the Czech Republic to ensure a fine mature aroma with no coarse bitterness.

Expect this beer to pour a delicate golden hue that sparkles in the summer sun.  This lager is brewed using all natural ingredients with no artificial additives of any kind.  Kick back, relax and enjoy the simple unadorned flavor.  This is beer at its most basic.  Best wishes, Daniel & Deborah Carey

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

In closing, I loved this beer but I can see myself buying it on a regular bases.  I am a huge Rolling Rock fan and this is a craft verision of it.  It is better in taste and it is a more freshier.  This is a nice relaxing beer on the dock or lawn work.  This is not my favorite beer from this brewery but it does show the beer drinker the depth of the brewery.  Totally Naked is pretty close to being a pilsner, which I have been becoming a huge fan of that beer style.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog New Glarus Spotted Cow


image

In this beer blog, we are going to check out the second of seven beers from New Glarus Brewing Company.  The beer is their flagship beer called Spotted Cow.  If you read my blog yesterday on their Fat Squirrel Ale, you know a little bit about this brewery.  If you have not, please go back and read the first part of that blog post.  Let us get into beer.

It has a hazel straw color with a constant white head on the beer.  There is a little smell but I cannot pick up what is in it. The taste is a creamy sweet with a very slight hop carbonation aftertaste. It is extremely drinkable.  I could drink this beer all day.

Here is a description from beer bottle and their website (www.newglarusbrewing.com):

Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition.  We continue this pioneer spirit with our Wisconsin farmhouse ale.  Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts.  We even give a nod to our farmers with a little hint of corn.

Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.

Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying.  You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.  Vielen Dank!  Daniel & Deborah Carey

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:   www.newglarusbrewing.com

Twitter:  @newglarusbeer

In closing, I had this beer while I was up in Milwaukee visiting a few brewpubs and my friend gave me a few bottles when he went up there too.  While I was up in Milwaukee, I did take note of all the Cream Ales from all the Wisconsin Breweries.  I had one brewery tell me it is to get the mass-produced beer drinkers to come and try their beers.  This does make so much sense but I cannot think of many St Louis Breweries making Cream Ales.  New Glarus called their Spotted Cow a Farmhouse.  To me, this is a Cream Ale and I am not going against this brewery or any brewery on the beer styles.  They will know better than the drinkers.  This beer is one of the best ones I had in this beer styles but I have not had too many Cream Ales in my life time.  I did really enjoyed this beer and I would recommend this beer to you.  Let me know what you think of it when you try it.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin Double IPA


image

Starting new tab, I will be featuring three beers from Ale Asylum in the next three posts.  The first beer is called Satisfaction Jacksin Double IPA.  Ale Asylum was founded in 2005 in Madison, Wisconsin.  They brew several ale styles.  There is barely any information on this brewery on the web.  Let us get into this ale.

This double IPA has a dark copper color without a head on the beer.  It has a nice pineapple smell to the beer.  It has a weird taste to the beer. It has a little pineapple and then some citrus to it.  The beer has earthly to the taste. It is really balance with a nice malty backbone. It is extremely drinkable for being a Double IPA.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Three pounds of Centennial hops per barrel give our double IPA a slightly punishing yet entirely pleasing bitterness that dances on t he tongue.  Jacksin is unfiltered and all natural for superior flavor and quality.  It is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way.

Here is a description from their website (www.aleasylum.com):

8.5% abv.

Available: Sep – Dec Style: Double IPA Motto: Slightly punishing, entirely pleasing.

Satisfaction Jacksin is a full frontal assault on the taste buds. The massive amounts of Centennial hops don’t tickle the taste buds as much as they beat them into submission. If hops make you hide and bitterness sends you cowering in the corner, steer clear of this hop monster. Pleasure? Check. Pain? Check. Satisfaction? Jacksin.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.aleasylum.com

Twitter:  @ale_asylum

Raise Your Glass, this beer is pretty good but I will rotate it in and out of my regular line up of beer, if it was availabe in the Chicago Market.  I had a friend bring me some bottles down from Wisconsin.  I never heard of this brewery and it turns out that they are a very young brewery.  I recommend you trying this brew and let me know what you think.  I might have to make a trip up to Madison, Wisconsin some time soon.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser