Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oshkosh Beer Sampler 016: Two Women Lager on Tap at The Distillery Pub

A slanted and endless survey of what’s pouring in Oshkosh, tallied one beer at a time.

What: Two Women Lager by New Glarus Brewing. The brewery describes it as a “Classic Country Lager,” which isn’t much help.  Think of it as a hybrid beer, something like a Vienna Lager that has aspirations of being a Dunkel.

Where: The Distillery Pub where it’s on draught and where you can get a cold mug of it for just $1.

Why: Because, at the moment, this may be the best draught beer being served in Oshkosh. This past summer I had Two Women on draught at the brewery and was stunned by how fresh and bright it tasted. What they’re now serving at the Distillery is every bit its equal. This is a phenomenal beer anybody could love. The flavors are mild and balanced with a grainy, cracker-like malt flavor being the dominant note. But what I really love about this beer are the hops. They’re grassy and earthy and on draught their flavor comes across much more distinctly than in the bottled version. Make no mistake, this isn’t another over-inflated craft beer that wants to pummel your senses. This beer is simple and delicious in a way that’s ultimately more satisfying than the boisterous beers that get so much attention these days. I had a few of these at the Distillery on Saturday and I would have been more than happy to sit there and drink it all night. It’s that kind of beer and for $1 a mug at the D-Pub it’s hard to stop. Every once in awhile you get a beer that hits you just right. This one hit me where I live.

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