Friday, September 12, 2008

Beer Events; Capital at Blind Pig *recap*

Went to Blind Pig last night for the meet and greet with the brewmaster, Kirby Nelson, from Capital Brewery.

The event went from 7-9, however I didn't get there until 8:15 or so. I went in, and got their Autumnal Fire. This was an outstanding dopplebock, and possibly my favorite of the evening.

A blazing rich beer, this is a doppelbock based on an Octoberfest personality. Warm and intriguing, the perfect "Brandy Snifter" beer. ABV 7.26%
I then sampled the Blonde Dopplebock.

A deep golden color leads one to an extremely flavorful, yet very drinkable beer of great character. Treat this malt monster with respect!
Also tried the U.S. Pale Ale.

This is an American pale ale defined by the assertive, but not overshelming, use of American Cascade hops. Exhibiting an inviting golden hue, U.S. Pale Ale is a zesty choice fo those who believe that hope are "hip". Refreshing and clean with medium bodied flavor and an easy, dry, and memorable finish. Hops with an American accent. Disarmingly drinkable.
Also tried a beer I believe they called a Belgian Pale Ale.

All the beers were pretty good. Capital is a serviceable brewery. All their beers are good. It's solid, similar to Ale Asylum, there's not really a bad brew in the bunch. One of the first beers I had from them was the Island Wheat, which was a gift from Andy at Seven Saints, last year.

I related the story to Kirby about Frank and Dana's engagement party back on March 29 (prior to my blogging life) that one of Frank's aunts/uncles brought a cooler full of the Wisconsin Amber. I asked if Capital would be at the Great Lakes Brew Fest this weekend, and he mentioned that he wouldn't be able to attend as he'll be up in Washington Island with their wheat providers for a commercial fishing trip. We talked about Wisconsin, brewing, shortages, and accents.

They packed up shortly after 9, and I headed down to Seven Saints to watch the rest of the Cubs/Cards game ...

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