New Brew: Dave’s BrewFarm Select

11 Mar

Tonight’s libation is a grand departure from my lastest New Brew installments – Bell’s Batch 9000 and Great Dane Belgian Barleywine. The aforementioned ales pulled no punches with their strength and and potency of flavor; indeed, they were made by and for beer geeks who crave boundary-pushing boldness in a glass.  Dave’s BrewFarm Select, on the other hand, is bold in what it isn’t.  It may sound strange for a craft brewery’s first release to be an easy-drinking all-malt pale lager sold in 12-pack cans, but it just may prove to be a savvy move from a marketing standpoint as lighter beers with mass appeal are often the cash-ahem-cows that allow their brewers to experiment in the areas that make nerds like us weak in the knees.

Dave’s BrewFarm is a new venture by David Anderson aiming to produce craft beer from ground to bottle (or can!).  With hops, spices and fruits grown on-site (there are no plans for malt production due to the intensive process inherent to growing and malting grain), Dave’s goal is to produce “curious beers of distinction”, from his Wilson, WI farmstead sustained through wind and geothermal power.  Jeff Glazer over at Madison Beer Review has been covering the BrewFarm since it started coming together and has lots of great background info and interviews with Dave himself.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Beer: Dave’s BrewFarm Select

Style: American Pale Lager

Vitals: 5.5% abv, six-row and Briess Caramel 20 malts, Cluster and Perle hops (’bout 25-30 ibu’s)

Company line: “BrewFarm Select is brewed with six-row and specialty malts and hopped with Cluster and Perle to give it a smooth crisp flavor, with just a hint of malt sweetness.  Easy-drinking and refreshing”

My take: pours a crystal clear pale amber in my trusty Schlitz chalice.  A finger or so of white soapy foam fades to a spotty coating and then disappears entirely after a few minutes.  Nose is summed-up by a subtle caramel malt sweetness and faint grassy hops bristle.  Lightly sweet and biscuity on the palate with a lingering dry malt husk finish and a slightly metallic/mineral aftertaste.  I know it’s not just my glasswear because I am instantly reminded of nü-Schlitz straight from the can as well, and that’s not a bad thing.  This is precisely the kind of beer that I reach for after a long day or workout and can see myself cracking in the shower after a run or bike ride this summer (if you’re not a practitioner of shower-beerery, get your mind right and fix that – it’s a thing of beauty, especially on a hot day).  Select hits all of the right notes for what it’s going for and here’s hoping it finds a foothold among Wisconsin beer drinkers of all persuasions.  Now available in the Madison area (purchased tonight at Barriques Wine and Spirits in Middleton for ~$12/12-pack cans.

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2 Responses to “New Brew: Dave’s BrewFarm Select”

  1. Kathy March 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM #

    Had my first one last night and am taking the rest of the 12-pack to St. Louis. I was pretty tired and not feeling too verbose, so I’ll pass along your review to Mark. Thanks, mang.

    • 43north89west March 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM #

      Not too shabby and always fun to have decent beer-in-a-can. Drinking their Matacabras right now. Review forthcoming.

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