Guild brews an all-Wisconsin Bière de Garde

Time for a beer before we brew with (left) Jim of Gorst Valley Hops and Capital Brewer Brian Destree.

I had the opportunity to brew with a great bunch of brewers recently at Capital Brewing Co. in Middleton, Wis. Members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild got together to brew two-30bbl batches of Bière de Garde using only Wisconsin malts, hops and honey. Briess supplied the specialty malts, while South Shore Brewery of Ashland, Wis., provided base malt made from Wisconsin barley for this Wisconsin-centric brew.

Briess specialty malts used in the brew included our new Goldpils® Vienna Malt,  Aromatic, Malt, Victory® Malt and Caramel Malt 10L. The beer will be served at various bars throughout the Madison area during Madison Craft Beer Week from Friday, May 3, until Sunday, May 12. All proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

Can you find these brewers in this pix? Scott Manning of Vintage Brewing, Tom Porter of Lake Louie, Rob Lobreglio of Great Dane, Kirby Nelson of Wisconsin Brewing Co., Page Buchanan of House of Brews, Ryan Koga of Karben4 Brewing, Peter and Dan of One Barrel Brewing and Mark Duchow of Grumpy Troll.

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Mashing in.

Mashing in.

Great boil!

Great boil!

In goes the honey.

In goes the honey.

Kirby Nelson, brewmaster at the new Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona and former brewmaster at Capital Brewing Co., keeps an eye on the brew.

Kirby Nelson, brewmaster at the new Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona and former brewmaster at Capital Brewing Co., keeps an eye on the brew.

About Penny Pickart

Penny PickartPenny is a trusted and highly-sought advisor to the brewing industry. Her passion for the brew industry and continued education through Siebel Institute of Technology as well as MBAA courses have helped her develop expertise in malt and beer sensory over her 20 years of experience. Penny is always willing to jump in with both feet with brewers to troubleshoot brewhouse performance issues and her customers seek her out due to her malt characteristic expertise to assist in recipe formulation. Further, that expertise has led her to be a judge at competitions nationwide including GABF and World Beer Cup.

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