Furthermore takes over Natt Spil

The tap list from Furthermore’s Great Taste of the Midwest preview party at Natt Spil. Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The Great Taste of the Midwest is underway today, giving 6000 diehard suds lovers a chance to sample craft beer on the shore of Lake Monona. (Check out this year’s program as a PDF.)

Last night J and I inadvertently stumbled into one of the many Great Taste preview parties when we hit Natt Spil for a dinner of Dave O’s classic Three Cup Chicken. The folks at Furthermore Beer had taken over the taps, so despite our ample pre-dinner beer drinking at the Memorial Union Terrace, we had to partake! J tried the Oaked Fattyboombalatty, which was sweeter than the regular Fatty thanks to being aged in brandy barrels. At the first sign of lemon and ginger, I knew that I would be trying the Natt Stock, a special limited-edition beer that was created solely for the event. The cleverly named Natt Stock is a variation on Furthermore’s Knot Stock, a fiercely black-peppered pale ale. Peppery flavors dominated the first few sips, but once my taste buds acclimated to that aggressive note, the lemon and ginger started to come through. I can’t say I loved it, but it grew on me. It was a fun beer to sample, and I was very glad to have had the opportunity to try this truly unique brew. For more on Furthermore, check out a piece from Heavy Table, along with an article from the Wisconsin State Journal on contract brewing that features Furthermore. Also, check out Robin Shepard’s look at my Furthermore favorite, Themo Refur (brewed with beets!), which sadly is no longer in production.

P.S. As part of last night’s event, the bar and waitstaff were all sporting Furthermore t-shirts, and the beer was all served in branded pints. I so loved the logo that, with a wink and nod from our server, I smuggled a pint out the door to add to our growing collection of Wisconsin brewery glassware.

Natt Stock in the foreground, with Oaked Fatty Boombalatty behind. Photo by The Conscientious Omnivore (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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