In 1918, the term Kölsch was used to describe the ale brewed in Köln, a city on the Rhine River in western Germany. The style began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and now, many American craft brewers brew variations of the style, labeling it a golden ale. This brew uses Kolsch malt, from Cologne, for an original crisp malt flavor.
This strong lager has been brewed each year (with slight variations) and was called a Polish Lager, but more aptly would be a high alcohol Bohemian Lager. Having a Bohemian great-grandmother, we used only Bohemian/Czech/Polish ingredients to make this brew, and it has taken first and second places in various contests. It was chosen and brewed by a Milwaukee brewery a few years ago, and now we offer it here, made by its original brewer. Initially sweet in flavor, it dries out as it warms, and is deceptively light for its ABV.
This brew is a Belgian Pale Ale style, and is one we have brewed each year since 2012, in honor of Dafyyd P Wigley, the owner of our buildings in the early 1900’s. His name is still emblazoned upon our building. Easy to drink, this is a fruity, moderately malty, somewhat spicy, easy-drinking, copper-colored ale. Well balanced with pale, wheat and crystal malts, this beer has consistently finished in the top 3 beers in many homebrew events. Aka David P Wigley, originally from Wales, this is our version of the national beer of Wales called Double Dragon.
This beer was chosen by a close friend to become our version of another commercial brew. Whilst it fermented, that friend was accidentally shot in the stomach by a careless northern woodsman. Touch and go, the friend survived, and we named it after his tortuous ordeal. Happily, the location of the bullet was not in the body part the original beer was named for, nor did it have the effect the original beer described. Care to guess which beer the original was?
You can’t brew in a Cream City brick building without making a Cream Ale, right?
Here it is: a beer that is a full flavored, albeit less filling “lawnmower” ale that can be quaffed anytime. Pale malt, a little flaked corn and Motueka hops gives this beer a fresh clean flavor when you just need to quench your thirst.
While most of our building was built with Cream City brick from Racine’s quarry located at what is now the Racine Zoo, the lean-to addition to the building was torn down in the 1890’s and rebuilt using Chicago Red style bricks. So here is the Red Ale to go with the Cream Ale representing our building’s past. This is a malty brew, initially sweet on the palate, it finishes with a pleasant dryness.
This red double IPA is generously hopped with a blend of seven different hops that race out to greet you on the nose, then purr smoothly down your throat with a hefty malt backbone. As you throttle back and enjoy the hops, remember: Don’t Drink and Drive.
Just one for the Road….
We first brewed this last year in honor of the tug “Palmer”. The Palmer was a fishing tug which sank Christmas Eve 2016. It was docked on the river behind our building, a place it had called home for many decades. Built in 1926, the Palmer was one of the first to respond and begin rescuing people from the lake when the SS Wisconsin steamboat sank on Oct. 29, 1929, off the shore of Kenosha.
The SS Wisconsin has been a popular scuba diving destination, one I first dove on in the 1970’s.
The beer is a Robust Porter with a touch of maple and vanilla – Maple to honor the wood which carried this ship through heavy seas for 90 years, vanilla to signify the snowy, icy grave it sank into that cold winter night when the heater within the boat failed and ice crushed its hull…