Most of us love Spotted Cow, the best selling draft beer in the state of Wisconsin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Glarus_Brewing_Company. If you are not a craft beer follower, Spotted Cow maybe as far as you have imbibed in the world of Wisconsin craft beer. If you like Spotted Cow, you probably will like these five Wisconsin beers, so give them a try and spread the Wisconsin love.
Our guest contributor is Benjamin Schultz, the on staff “beer guru” and assistant manager at Carriage House Liquor Co., 220 State Street, Racine.
Ben orders the beer and keeps the shelves stocked with “the good stuff.” Carriage House stocks 340 kinds of beer as well as all kinds of liquor (really nice whiskey selection I might add). What makes this liquor store stand out is the almost library-like atmosphere, with a small bar and a couple tables so you can enjoy your purchase in-house and maybe taste a few of the food items. Beyond alcoholic beverages, what I found surprising is the array of interesting specialty food items they offer: Elk jerky, Nueske’s bacon, Wisconsin cheeses, etc.
Ben is Spotted Cow drinker and has developed a palate for exactly that type of exceptional and easy-to-swill Wisconsin beer. So we asked him to give us five Wisconsin beers to try if we like Spotted Cow.
Beer Seller Ben’s Five Must-try Wisconsin Beers if you like Spotted Cow:
1. Capital Maibock – The Madison-based, Capital Brewery, produces this seasonal Maibock for release February through May. Ben says “the Maibock is lighter than the better-known Dopplebock, with a paler, more hopped version. It has a similar look and easy beer taste like Spotted Cow, but finished on a much ‘hoppier’ note.”
2. 4 Brothers Prodigal Son – 4 Brothers is a Waukesha brewer/blender who produces this IPA and Cream Ale blend. “The concept of blending beer is still relatively new, and creates some really fun flavors. A balanced blend of citrusy hops and light airy smoothness creates for a hop forward ale. Very similar to Spotted Cow with a taste of Cream Ale but has the enjoyable finish of a more hoppy ale.”
3. 3 Sheeps Cirque du Wit – 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan makes this “refreshing beer with a subtle sweetness and a multitude of wheat flavor.” “These ingredients leave the palate with a definite soothing effect. Similar to Spotted Cow in taste, but is a bit lighter with a hint of wheat.”
4. Door County Little Sister – Door County Brewing Company’s Little Sister is a “cloudy pale Belgian style ale. It is brewed with equal parts Belgian Pilsner malt and wheat, and then finished with some spiced coriander and orange peel. Similar in initial taste and appearance, Little Sister has more spice and citrus notes than Spotted Cow, as one would expect.”
5. MKE Brewing Booyah – “With a very unique style and name that will stand out, Milwaukee Brewing Co’s Booyah, has a barley malt and wheat to create a smooth body and has a pleasant golden hue. The malted rye and oats bring out a sold earthy flavor to round out the beer. The only Saison in the group will give it a more grain-influenced taste, but overall similar to the Spotted Cow.”
These five beers are among the 340 available at Carriage House, the selection is contained at beermenus.com, thanks for the list guys!