|Lyle Hari prepping for the brew|
The two previous first-brew batches made locally were by the Fox River Brewing Company in November 1995, and Peoples Brewing Company in the spring of 1913.
The first Bare Bones beer is a 15-barrel batch of American brown ale that will be served at the Bare Bones Taproom beginning in mid-August. Hari says, the brewery plans to have a release party for the beer after it becomes available.
The recipe for the beer is one that Hari has brewed before, most recently on a one-barrel system that’s now used for pilot batches at Bare Bones. The brew day went well. Hari said his brewhouse efficiency was about 1% from what he had anticipated. That’s exceptionally close to the target for an initial brew on a new system.
Hari plans to brew another beer this week. The second batch will be an American pale ale.
Around here, we’ve had a 20-year gap between brewery openings. I doubt we’ll have to wait that long again. Perhaps 102 years from now, people will look back on this as the point that marks the beginning of Oshkosh’s brewing revival.