Glendale, WI — In late summer Randy Sprecher travelled to Wokatsch Farms in Wausau to bring back a load of fresh, locally grown cascade hops for a new brew. Since fresh hops have a short life, immediately after receiving the hops brewmaster Craig Burge added all 200 pound to a base brew of Special Amber. Five weeks of aging later, forty barrels of Fresh Hop Lager are ready to be tapped.
When asked to describe what contribution the Wisconsin hops made, Randy Sprecher said, “These Wisconsin cascade hops are not as strong as Oregon cascades, which most people are familiar with. Because their flavor profile is more subtle the hops do not add much in the way of aroma but their acids impart a nice change in mouth feel and slight resin character to the finish. This beer has good drinkability. Cheers, Wisconsin! ”
The forty barrels of Wisconsin Fresh Hop Amber Lager will be available only in draft. The first Milwaukee venues serving this new brew are: Sugar Maple, Club Garibaldi, Rumpus Room, South Shore Inn, Stubby’s Blackbird, Von Trier’s, Milwaukee Ale House and Sprecher Brewery. Elsewhere in the state this new brew can be found at Sprecher’s Pub and Restaurant (Middleton, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Dells), Sankey’s Pub + Grill (Three Lakes). Updates will be available at www.sprecherbrewery.com.
Sprecher Brewing Company is located at 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI. Gift Shop Hours: 11am-6pm, Monday thru Sunday. Call 414.964.2739 to make tour reservations or book an event.