Saturday, April 09, 2011

Day of beer

Today was the Dairy State Beer & Cheese Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin, so we attended for the second time and took advantage of the visit to get some New Glarus beer at our favorite Kenosha liquor store.

As usual, we managed to fill the cart pretty much full. There were a few new beers to try from the 2011 schedule, and we picked up a double IPA, "Two Women," and a rye ale. The Totally Naked from last summer started up again, and there were a few favorites from last year that were still around, like Dave's fave Coffee Stout and my beloved Stone Soup, which is now retired. (Sniff.)

Then we headed over to the beer fest, which was at the Brat Stop, same as last year. We got there early enough to have some lunch, so I got a garlic brat and Dave had a jalapeno brat, both with lots of sauerkraut, onions, and hot mustard.

We had a lot of new beer and interactions with friendly Wisconsinites.

I wrote down some of the fun new beers we tried:

  • Minhas Swiss Amber
  • Bell's Amber Ale
  • Capital Blonde Doppelbock
  • Berghoff Lager
  • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
  • Point Brewery Horizon Wheat
  • Furthermore Make Weight
  • Huber Bock
  • Ale Asylum Hopalicious
  • Bell's Pale Ale
  • Big Bay Wavehopper Kolsch
  • Three Floyds Gumballhead
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • Point Brewery 2012 Black Ale
  • Huber Bock
  • Furthermore Three Feet Deep
Dave's favorite was the Gumballhead, and mine was surprisingly Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. I have never really liked Sierra Nevada, but the Kellerweis, which tasted like bananas.

We also went to the homebrewer's room, which I figured I should separate because we have no idea who brewed what.

  • Bohemian Pils
  • Hibiscus Blossom Weis
  • Lemon Zest Wheat
  • Jimmy Hoppa Black IPA
  • Amarillo Rump
  • Oak Ale
We both really liked the Hibiscus Blossom beer, but actually my favorite was the Lemon Zest Wheat. It reminded me faintly of sour lemon candy.

Well, as you can tell, even though we had tasting portion sizes, we both came away feeling fairly toasted, me more than him. Once Dave was ready to drive home, we came back and I finished my walk training for the day. (I did 6 miles in the morning, 6 miles in the evening.) Maybe at least I walked off some of the beer calories!


Sara Sherman said...

So you have to eat you can afford all the beer???

* Valerie * said...

We have to allow ourselves some extravagances! ;o) Besides, if we're going to buy beer, we're going to buy the best beer for a few dollars more. I can make cheap food taste great, but I can't do that with cheap beer.