Friday, May 24, 2013

Oshkosh Beer Sampler 025: Fox River Brewing Co.’s Grand Cru

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

What: 3 blind mice, Fox River Brewing Co.’s Grand Cru; in this case a legitimate Oud Bruin

Where: On tap in the Fieldhouse at Fratellos in Oshkosh

Why: Because you ought to squeeze something special into your Memorial Day weekend rotation and this is about as special as it gets. I haven’t tried this beer, yet (that’ll be corrected shortly) so Kevin Bowen, the guy who brewed it, is going to do the honors. Take it Kevin:
“Our GRAND CRU, (special strong Belgian ale), is a Belgian sour brown ale.  Originally brewed in 2009 and aged to acquire a balanced sour profile that is refreshing and fruity.  Originally fermented with our abbey yeast strain then aged on raisins for a pronounced fruity complexity.  Fruit jumps from the nose; raisin, dates, cherry, and apple are the dominant notes.  The flavor is equally complex with a slight tart sourness and a clean dry finish making this a truly special beer. Running is optional.”

  • Malt: 2row, carapils, flaked barley, Honey malt, caramel 60, Munich
  • ADJUNCTS: Raisins
  • HOPS: Sterling, Glacier
  • 18.2° P Original Gravity
  • 2.7° P Terminal Gravity
  • 16° Lovibond
  • 7.4% ABV
  • 21 IBUs


  1. A refreshing sour beer for those looking for something different. For those of us who like that touch of sour, don't miss this. Kevin hopes to move this specialty tap handle in a week or so, and at happy hour 2 for one I think it is the best deal in Oshkosh. I think the beer has gained some sourness from what I remember of the original, and I like it! Randy

  2. Agreed, Randy, it's a nice beer... but that glass they're serving it in; it just doesn't so it justice.