Lacking a substantial policy piece today, let’s turn to one of the most important issues of the Madison area: what is the best local brew?
In my mind, the Great Dane microbrewery produces my favorites. In addition to wheats, pale ales, stouts, and other classics, the cask conditioned beers are completely different in a great way.
While the Great Dane is a great local option, I love taking New Glarus beers with me when I travel out-of-state as presents and gifts. Their Spotted Cow is a solid ale – subtle flavors that make it enjoyable without being overwhelming; the Fat Squirrel (less) and Hop Hearty (more) add more flavor. Mmm.
I place New Glarus above Central Waters, but it is a close call. If you have the option of trying Central Waters’ Mud Puppy Porter, do it. The porter is smooth, creamy, and completely full of flavor (somewhat chocolate-y). Central Waters’ other beers are also good – definitely worth drinking.
Besides these top three, the Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Point beers from Stevens Point are worth mentioning – as are the ‘classic’ giant beers that remind us of Wisconsin: Millers, Pabst, and Leinenkugels.
Which is your favorite? What am I forgetting? Add a comment below or take the La Flog poll on the left column. As soon as we reach a scientifically significant number of responses, the true best brew will be known.