Saturday, July 24, 2010

Capital Brewery

Bernie Brewer, Bucky the Badger, Bob Ueker, Harvey's Wallbangers, The Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Lambeau Field, Brett Favre (before retirement, the last 2 years never happened), Moose Haas, The Dells, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee (the only American city to ever elect 4 socialist mayors), Laverne & Shirley and Gorman Thomas. These are all reasons I'm a giant fan of the great state of Wisconsin. Now Kansas City has one more reason to love the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, Capital Brewery has started distribution to KS and MO.

I happened upon Capital Brewery when I went to the store last month to pick up some beers to have on hand for my son's 3rd birthday party. Capital's two brews available in KS (UPDATE: There are more than these 2 Capital beers available in KC), Supper Club and Fest (summer seasonal) fit the bill, they were new and relatively cheap at $7.99/sixer. I'd never had any of Capital's beers before and I was pleasantly surprised with each of them when I had them the night before the party. I liked them enough that I went downstairs and raided my secret stash of random beers that I've accumulated and didn't really like to obscure Capital Brewery's good stuff from my guests.

Fest, which is a marzen, probably my favorite German style of beer, is a nice refreshing beer, perfect for the summer. It has a fruitier taste than most marzen style beers but has the malty sweetness you're looking for in a good marzen. If I were to damn it with faint praise, I would say it's one of my favorite summer seasonals. But, it's better than that. It's a solid beer that I've bought a couple of times since then and I'll genuinely be upset when the summer's over.

Supper Club is an American Pale Lager and I generally don't care for lagers. But Supper Club is pretty good. It's about the same level as the pretty wonderful Boulevard Pilsner without the retro labeling. But the back story of Supper Club harkens back to a time of the regional breweries where every town had it's own beer. Supper Club would be Madison's compared to Kansas City's Muehlbach beer. If you're looking for something a little different on a hot day you should give Capital's Supper Club a shot.

Those are the only 2 beers I've seen from Capital in town, but I'm looking for more. Even though they mostly brew German styles, it's a good brewery and I've enjoyed the 2 beers I've had. I'm looking for something perhaps a little more substantial than Fest or Supper Club, but, being that it's 100 degrees outside, maybe Capital knows what it's doing.

10 comments:

  1. FYI, this is not Capitals first intro into KC. They were here previously as a very low priced craft beer along with berghoff. Used to be able to find them on ad at Gomers quite a bit for 3.99 a 6pk. I think capital left MO in around 2005.

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  2. Capital was here before, but they weren't a low budget brand. Maybe when they were blowing out the old stock. The blonde dopplebock is in town as well. Get that one, and you'll see why they are one of the best American brewers of German styles IMO. They really get the malty thing right, which is where most American versions of bock beer fail.

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  3. Thanks Barleywhiner. I make no secret that I'm not a fan of German styles, but the Fest is a solid Marzen and I'll bet the dopplebock is a good example of that style. If you must drink German style beers, you should be drinking the ones from Wisconsin.

    I'm pretty sure I had a Capital beer or two in 2004 or 2005 at Waldo Pizza. I was 90% confident it was here before but not enough to put it in the original post. Thanks for the confirmation that it was here.

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  4. x2 on the blonde dopplebock recommendation. It is fantastic, and I'm confident you'll enjoy it. :)

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  5. They also have a one called "Wisconsin Amber" it is also sold in Missouri and Kansas.

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  6. Wait until their Autumnal Fire comes out again. It's a wonderful hybrid of a marzen and doppelbock. Damn tasty.

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  7. When my brother lived in Wisconsin, every year for Christmas he would deliver an annual Christmas gift of well-crafted Wisconsin craft brews. Capital was always one of my favorites. I remember I liked pretty much all of their beers although the Amber was the only one that particularly stood out. It was, IMO, the 2nd best brewerey in Wisconsin (behind only the brilliant folks at Spotted Cow). I'm glad they're back.

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  8. Get your tail up to Madison/Middleton before the summer is over and relax in the Capital Bier Garten. You'll get your fix and never want to leave.

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  9. You said that you "generally don't care for lagers". Fest, as well as all marzen beers, are also lagers. The term "lager" is not interchangeable with the "fizzy yellow beer" that the macro breweries produce.
    Lagers run the full beer spectrum from low ABV light American lagers all the way up to thick, rich doppelbocks and dark schwarzbiers.

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  10. Thanks, Anonymous, that was a little clumsily worded. I was referring to the fact that Supper Club is a Pale Lager and the wording got lazy. I know that Marzen is a lager as well as nearly every German style beer, which I'm usually quite hard on on the KC Beer Blog. But, Capital is doing these lagers right and I'll be back for more.

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