So you can imagine that I was very excited to see this article in the State Journal:
With an alcohol content of 14 percent, this beer, yet to be named, is meant to be sipped. "It's a dessert beer, something you can sit and relax with," said Kirby Nelson, brewmaster at Capital Brewery in Middleton. "It's like Korbel, only better."
Nelson, 54, and Rob LoBreglio, 43, brewmaster at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., used their 53 years of combined brewing expertise to create the brew, a beer style called barley wine, in December of 2008.
Since then, the beer has been fermenting at the Great Dane's Downtown brewpub - the only place it will be on tap, for about $6 a glass.Two things really stand out in the article. First, the line "It's like Korbel, only better." That right there makes me want a glass. And second, even though it has 2 or 3 times the normal alcohol content of normal beer, the brewmasters still stuck closely to the Reinheitsgebot - the German Purity Laws of 1636.
I hope to let you all know how it tastes soon, but I'm betting Ben Franklin had it right: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."