Great Taste of the Midwest 2011

August 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Celebrating 25 years of brewing greatness, the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild hosted 124 midwestern craft breweries this year at Olin Park. As a first-time attendee, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend this festival to anyone who appreciates or has a curiosity about beer. This is a alphabetical listing of the beer tried and responses.

5 Rabbit Cerveceria Chicago, IL
5 Rabbit: I tried this beer because it sounded really interesting. The brewery concept of mixing historical and modern Latin flavors is intriguing, but I’m afraid it didn’t come through in this beer. I’m looking forward to trying other brews from this brewery.

Bell’s Brewery Galesburg, MI
Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout: Very good. If you like barrel aged beer, this is a sure thing.
Eccentric Ale 2008: Fantastic! My new favorite beer. It’s a dark, barrel aged beer that is a step above. It takes smooth and depth of flavor to a new level, only brewed for this event.

Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant Topeka, KS
Java Porter: Strong coffee flavor that balances well with the porter. A lot of coffee porters have a burnt flavor, not this one. It’s a great combination.
Whiskey Porter: Blind Tiger was going around the festival with backpacks of beer, handing out pours. This was one of them. It’s a delightful, not too dense, barrel aged porter. Definitely worth pursuing.

Blue Heron Brewpub Marshfield, WI
Grapefruit IPA: One of the specialties of the Great Taste is all the experimental beers. So, when I saw a grapefruit beer, it had to be tasted. Now, I’m not an IPA fan. If you like bitter beer, you’ll like this one. The grapefruit flavor came through great, but it was too bitter for me.

Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI
Red’s Rye PA: Founders is a great brewery. I’ve been to their brew pub in Grand Rapids, it’s a fun place, lots of atmosphere and yummy food. The beer is solid, and a sure bet. The Red’s Rye PA has a strong rye flavor with a bitter edge. If you like rye, this beer’s for you.

Right Brain Brewery MI
Chipotle Porter: spicy, smokey, solid porter. Found in the Real Ale tent.

More beers to be added…


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