Bottoms Up

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On the E-Mail Front

By William Brand
Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 at 10:23 am in Uncategorized.

The E-Mail Blog…

From time to time I’m going to post letters and e-mail we receive from readers, along with our attempts at answers. Here’s the first:

I had run across a Wisconsin Cherry Beer at the Brewfest in Portland, Oregon a few years ago. It was a hit with the microbrew swillers attending.

I have been unable to find this product in California or anywhere else for some time now. The beer was bottled in capped wine or champagne bottles and wax sealed. Do you have any idea how I might track down the brewery? It really is an extraordinary beer!



Hi Rande:
Well, you have excellent taste. The beer is Wisconsin Belgian Red. It’s brewed by New Glarus Brewing, New Glarus, WI, which is southwest of Madison.
I just called the brewery and they told me it’s not sold anywhere these days except in Wisconsin. Belgian Red has won about every beer award that exists. You found it in Portland, because the Oregon Brewers Festival invites a selected number of brewers of great beer across the country to participate each year, plus all Oregon brewers.
Here’s some info I pulled off the New Glarus website: (http:

W i s c o n s i n B e l g i a n R e d

You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This beer is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin-farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barley, lagered in oak tanks and balanced by Hallertau hops we aged in our brewery one full year.

Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely Wisconsin. So unique , in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy snifter or champagne flute and toast life with beer from the land of Wisconsin.

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William Brand
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