Monday 15 August 2011
Madison beer fest
I was visiting my brother around the corner, and we popped into the Madison Wine Exchange, where MWE’s Ted Satinsky spotted us poking around the beer shelves and struck up a conversation. He told us of the upcoming charity event, “From Hops to Hope”, and so, two days later, on 24 July, we went down to check it out.
See, coincidence. Beery things just find me, that’s all.
It was a great afternoon out, with dozens of craft brewers, US and international, pouring their goods. Brian and I managed to try quite a number of new beers. One of these, Dogfish Head Midas Touch, I’ve already written about, so on to the others...
Narragansett Summer Ale is, I believe, the first Rhode Island beer I’ve ever tried. I found it a bit dull and unremarkable, sadly.
Kinda Blue, from Boulder Beer, is made with blueberries, which seem to be the fruit of the moment in the US craft beer world as far as I can tell. It is a rather sweet wheat ale, and the blueberry flavour is unmistakable. Not bad.
Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA was yet another American hopster beer. This one was smooth, with a splendid maltiness backing notes of pepper and mango.
Altogether, that was a pretty good day out, particularly considering we’d stumbled across it by chance. Really, we did.