Great Taste of the Midwest 2012
November 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
It was perfect weather for the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild’s Great Taste of the Midwest, hosting 142 midwestern craft breweries this year at Olin Park. There are a few standards I have to pay homage to, but I always try to find new and interesting beers to fall in love with. Here is an alphabetical listing of the beer tried and responses.
Ale Asylum Madison, WI
Happy Ending: This is a 7.7% abv, Belgian Abbey Ale. This is a fine beer, but not as full flavored as I want an Abbey Ale to be. It’s light-weight and easily drinkable. I’m still looking for my Ale Asylum beer.
Bell’s Brewery Galesburg, MI
Cherry Stout: I don’t generally like fruit beers, but this one was surprisingly good. The cherry really blended nicely with the stout, making it a compliment, not a competition.
Raspberry Wild One: Yikes, very fruity, almost like a wine cooler. If you like really light-weight beer that doesn’t taste like beer, this is yours. Sorry, Bell’s, not my beer.
Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout: Still awesome. They tapped the keg at 4:30pm, and you can better believe I was in line.
Destihl Champaign, IL
Barrel-Aged Cherry Chocolate Imperial Stout: This is dessert in a glass. Really, it’s like a slice of cherry chocolate cake. I really wanted to try this beer, since the last time I was at the brewery, I was unable to sample. This is a special release, which I think they should add to the rotation. Well done, Destihl!
Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI
KBS: 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.
Right Brain Brewery MI
Chipotle Porter: spicy, smokey, solid porter. Found in the Real Ale tent.