Featured Brewery: Sprecher Brewery, Glendale, Wisconsin

Randal Sprecher founded the brewing company sporting his name in 1985, after a stint as brewing supervisor at Pabst Brewing. During the first ten years the company grew steadily and its following of loyal customers increased. Sprecher Brewery needed to expand its operation, so in 1994, Randal purchased and remodeled a former elevator car factory, filling it with everything necessary to meet the ever increasing needs of his customers.

Wisconsin had a rich beer history decades before it even became a territory, much less a state – with every community having its own brewery. But by the late 1980’s the number of operating breweries could be counted on one hand, with only one being a “giant.” Most of the earlier decline was due to Prohibition and The Great Depression that closely followed.

While the huge beer companies have struggled, Sprecher and other craft beer gurus have revived both the distinctive quality of regional beer and the Old World methods. They focus on specialty craft beers, with an eye on quality, much to the delight of your favorite Beer of the Month Club!

Special Amber Vienna Style Lager is a medium-bodied German-Lager with an intriguing, complex malt flavor, thanks to the delicate balance of toasted malt and fresh hops. A creamy head, deep golden color and an impressive hop bouquet make this a very special beer – Sprecher’s best seller! With more than normal bitterness, it is enjoyed by most European palates.

Dunkel Weizen Wheat Ale is the dark (“dunkel”) counterpart to the pale German Hefeweizen beers. This ale combines 50% or more wheat malt with darker Vienna and/or Munich malts to produce a cloudy, unfiltered red/brown brew, crowned with a fluffy off-white head. It’s grain-based, with a great robust flavor profile.

Featured Beer from Sprecher Brewery: Special Amber Vienna Lager and Dunkel Weizen Wheat Ale www.sprecherbrewery.com

VIENNA LAGER – Sprecher’s Special Amber Vienna-Style Lager – This, our only bottom-fermented brew this month, is perfect with nearly all food types, as it has an interesting bitterness that enhances the food experience in general.

DUNKEL WEIZEN (WHEAT ALE) – Sprecher’s Dunkel Weizen – Wheat ales contain 20% to 60% wheat. Of German heritage, they have a distinctive bread-like aroma, and unique taste. A refreshing drink, sometimes served with a lemon wedge, and as a breakfast drink! Great with pickled herring, cheese and breads. (Sprecher’s is so good, it’s listed as a “Great Hit” in the popular reference book Beer for Dummies!)

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