Although I didn’t attend the recent Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, I was happy to read about some highlights from Robin Shepard at (where else?) the Isthmus website. J will be glad to hear that Shepard’s “Hoppy Favorite” was Silk Scorpion Black IPA from Karben4 Brewing: “With lots of citrus hoppiness and deep dark malty flavor, this brew it lives up to the name with a silky-smooth mouth feel and very dark black color. This is worth a trip to the new Madison brewery for another taste.” For more of Shepard’s “best of the best,” head here for the full piece: lovers of Wisconsin beer (and cheese) will find a list of great things to seek out this year.
In a short, light-hearted piece from John Waters (also at — where else? — the Isthmus website), I learned that some cows dine on spent grain from one of Madison’s most productive breweries: “Ale Asylum vice president Otto Dilba tells us the cows come running for the Hopalicious grain during a special beer and cheese pairing with Sarah Hill.” It was cool to see in the photo accompanying Waters’ post that one of the pairings included Ale Asylum’s limited-release Blood Red Ale, which J and I and some friends also got to try at a recent special event dinner at The Coopers Tavern. (I liked it a lot. Thanks, M!) Waters also gives a second thumbs up to Karben4’s Black IPA.
For one more look at the fest, check out this post from The Brews Bros website.