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Old 10-25-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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My wife went to Wisconsin and fell in love with New Glarus Brewery's 'Spotted Cow'. It is labelled as a 'farmhouse ale'-not sure if that is supposed to refer to the belgian style...but this beer is pretty light, flavorful but very easy to drink. It reminds me of a Kolsch. Anyone heard of it?

Also-any ideas on something like it that is more widely available? New Glarus brews aren't available outside Wisconsin-so we're looking for substitutes.

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Old 10-25-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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I live in Kentucky, so when I go to Wisconsin I try to drink as much spotted cow as I can. And I bring some back with me. So far I havent had anything that closely resemble spotted cow. You could say Blue Moon, but its not the same. Ive tried to find some clone recipes, but have come up short in my search.

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Old 10-25-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
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being in minnesota we have a very big abundance of spotted cow being shipped across the river from wisconsin and ive got to say there arent too many 'hey this reminds me of...' ales out there to it compare to.

I know they are really big on using local wisconsin grown grains and corn to brew their beers and ales and this is possibly their own version of a belgian 'wit' maybe?

im no expert but i usually pick this brew up once or twice a month and needless to say its good, pretty original creation.

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Thanks-it really is a pretty unique beer (and it goes down so easy). I know they use corn, and that seems to add an interesting flavor. SWMBO doesn't care for the fruitiness of Blue Moon, etc...I thought the Honker's Kolsch tasted the most similar, but it still wasn't quite as smooth. Oh well, guess we've got an excuse to go to the land of cheese.

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Old 10-25-2007, 04:11 PM   #5
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you should bug your local beer/liquor store into talking with a distributor to pick up Spotted Cow. Keep bugging and bugging until they give in! Maybe they will buy a distribution contract!

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Old 10-25-2007, 05:27 PM   #6
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Hmm, never heard of this beer before. Sounds like I may have to look for it next time I hit the beer store.

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Old 10-25-2007, 05:27 PM   #7
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Ok, I gotta know WTF does SWMBO mean?

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I had some of that Spotted Cow in the Dells earlier this year. It's pretty good stuff. I think I'd call it a Belgian-style wit for sure. From what I remember, I didn't seem to have much of the orange or corriander flavor. I wonder if they're using something more local instead.

Edit - wonder if it might be a Saison. I don't have any experience with the style, but that might fit the bill.

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Hmm, never heard of this beer before. Sounds like I may have to look for it next time I hit the beer store.

yea im sure you can find it at any store that sells a decent amount of micros. I live in Brooklyn Park and i can find it but i dont know of any liquor stores around Hopkins, even though i work in Hopkins!
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I'll take a wild stab. I think the grain bill is closer to a cream ale but they probably use a saison yeast which explains the farmhouse style moniker.

The yeast is suspended in the bottle. If you're serious, you should be able to make a starter from the dregs in the bottle.


You can send them an email and they might give you some other hints.

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