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Old 02-01-2009, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default Farmhouse Ale - Anyone had 'spotted cow' from New Glarus?

Here in WI there's an exceptional brewery, New Glarus, who make a beer by the name of Spotted Cow, and it is a "cask conditioned ale...with flaked barley...and a hint of corn."......oh, and it is one of the best session beers ever!

...SO, has anyone had this beer, and do you think you could help me figure out a way to re-create it somehow? I plan to culture the yeast from a few of their bottle's.....

....Is farmhouse ale an actual style or did they just come up with that for this particular beer? folks, it really is freakin delicious.....it's their flagship brew (though they also make other excellent beers).....

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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You can call your beer anything you want.
Farmhouse ale is not a style of beer. It's got more to do with marketing than anything.

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:33 AM   #3
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You can call your beer anything you want.
Farmhouse ale is not a style of beer. It's got more to do with marketing than anything.
This is what I thought, but I thought I'd ask, because then I could look for 'farmhouse ale' recipes....
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You may very well find old farmhouse recipes for beer.
I'd be surprised if you don't find any but it's unlikely to be like the beer you mention.

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'Farmhouse ale' doesn't mean any specific style, per se, but often refers to rustic table beers; Biere de Garde and Saison were considered farmhouse ales from France and Belgium, respectively.

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Old 02-01-2009, 02:01 PM   #6
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I was going to say it was a Saison, but according to BeerAdvocate, it is a Cream Ale

Spotted Cow - New Glarus Brewing Company - BeerAdvocate

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It's definitely good, but I wouldn't call it a Farmhouse Ale. When I think of Farmhouse Ale, I think Saison and it really tastes like a Cream Ale.

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Spotted Cow is Ok. Their other brews are sooooo much better: Fat Squirrel (nut brown), Road Slush (oatmeal stout) Uff-da Bock, & tons more. Spotted Cow is just their most popular because it is the closest they make to BMC.

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Spotted Cow is everywhere in WI and kind of a trendy brew. I like it alot, its great on a hot day. Its a good gateway for Miller guy into some craft, although Spotted Cow is still pretty easy drinking. It has a little more of a sweet/malty taste. I enjoy it and glad we have access to it. I do think sometimes us in WI take it for granted, I know people out of State that love it but can't get it.

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It's a cream ale, as many have already said. For me, it was the highlight of living in Wisconsin for a year before I really got into craft beers.

As for a clone, Northern Brewer makes a "Speckled Heifer" partial mash kit that is supposed to be very close. You can look at the recipe on their site to get an idea of what you would need.

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