Thursday, June 10, 2010

Here Come the Thirsty Months

As Theodore Mack would say, “The thirsty months are here!” And with them come beer. A steady flow of new beer is streaming on tap in Oshkosh, so let’s take a look at some of the more recent and notable arrivals.

For the Lager Heads 
Coney Island Human Blockhead at O’Marro’s. A boozy, amber devil with a Bock-ish bent. Strong, malty, rich and at 10% it’ll get your evening off to a quick start.

Sprecher’s Black Bavarian at Oblio’s. There’s no better American Schwarzbeir. The lager so good that when Oblio’s co-owner Todd Cummings put it on tap one of his customers reached over the bar and hugged him.

This Will Leave a Bitter Taste in Your Mouth
Glacial Trail IPA at Barley & Hops. An old-school American IPA. The sort of IPA where they make a stab at balancing the bitterness with a hearty malt backbone. This one attempts to compliment the hops with a good dose of biscuit malt and the results are damned nice.

Alpha King Pale Ale at Oblio’s. A classic, American hop bomb that may already be gone (it was still there Tuesday night). But don’t worry, when Alpha King runs dry the beer taking its place will be Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA. Either way, you’re craving for palate smashing hops will be slaked.

Magic Hat #9 at Peabody’s. A refreshing pale ale with an undercurrent of Apricots. One of those beers that grows on you. Have three of them and you’ll see what I mean.

Shine On Red Ale at Barley & Hops
. Here’s a light-bodied beer with just enough going on to keep you raising that cup to your lips. A little malty, a bit estery and good all the way around.

Bell’s Oberon at Oblios, O’Marro’s and Peabody’s. For my money this is the best American-style Wheat Beer out there. You can drink a river of this and never tire of it. I speak from experience.

Last Call
Ommegang Abbey Ale at Oblio’s. An absolutely great Dubbel. All I can say is Drink This! You don’t often see this on tap and at $4 a pint you can’t beat the price.

Trolley Car Stout at Fratellos in Oshkosh. A nice, full-bodied, roasty stout that’s very drinkable. A growler of this on the patio would be a good way to end the evening.

Belhaven Scottish Stout at O’Marro’s. A desert beer for sure and a malt lovers dream. Rich, creamy and delicious. I haven’t had this one on tap, yet, but I’ll remedy that soon.

It’s a good time to be a beer drinker in Oshkosh


  1. Thanks for this. I intend to try each one.

  2. Since I started tracking tap lists in February, this is probably the high point. There’s a lot of really good beer pouring in Oshkosh right now.