This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.


As I’ve relocated from Beer City USA to my native state, where cheery consumption of the potable in question is practically written into the bylaws, I’m pleased to discover that one thing remains consistently true: any week designated for a sudsy celebration lasts longer than seven days. I and my partner-in-all-things are on the other end of our very first Madison Craft Beer Week, which was dizzying in every way. Over the course of the raucous procession of overstuffed calendar squares, we ultimately verified previously understood truths (such as: the output of Central Waters Brewing Co. is consistently amazing) more than we made startling new discoveries, but the emphasis on quality along with quantity meant that nearly every pour was deeply satisfying. Instead of trying to identify the best beer we drank, I’ll simply select one at near random. On a chilly, rainy day — what Wisconsin springs are made of — we stopped into The Old Fashioned for a warm bread pudding made with Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout and donuts from Greenbush Bakery. As the ingredient list implies, it was decadent and delicious. Of course, I looked to a similarly barrel-aged wonder for my pairing, opting for the Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock from Green Bay’s Hinterland Brewery. And all was good.

Previous entries in this series can be found by clicking on the “Beers I Have Known” tag.

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