Spotted Cow Beer Review
"You know you're in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow."
- New Glarus Brewing Company
Brief Overview of a Wisconsin Classic
One of the most popular craft beers in Wisconsin, Spotted Cow, is brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus. The brewery is located about 25 miles north of the Wisconsin/Illinois border. Spotted Cow is a cask-conditioned, farmhouse ale brewed using a traditional method dating back to pre-prohibition. The finest Wisconsin malts, slight fruitiness and hint of corn distinguish it as a true Wisconsin brew.
Roll Before Enjoying
Spotted Cow retains a small amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Keeping the yeast in the bottle enhances the fullness of flavors. The yeast also adds a bit of protein, which is good for the body! Many Spotted Cow enthusiasts gently roll the bottle on a smooth surface to stir up the yeast to form a suspension before popping the cap. Although not necessary, it is merely a matter of opinion among Wisconsinites.
A Black Cow
Many people enjoy Black & Tan's, which usually consists of Bass Pale Ale and Guinness. The pale ale is poured first and the Guinness is poured after. This creates a distinct visual division between the two brews. Many Wisconsinites have swapped Bass and other pale ales for Spotted Cow instead. Pubs and bartenders around Wisconsin have dubbed the drink a "black cow", not to be confused with a root beer float. Spotted Cow has been used in tandem with other brews as well.
Pairing Spotted Cow with Food
Spotted Cow is great for tailgating foods such as brats, burgers, chicken wings, BBQ, spicy foods, and cheese (a true Wisconsin staple!). It also pairs great with more complex meals that feature steak, Tilapia fillets, fish fry and stir fry.
Availability of Spotted Cow
Spotted Cow is available across the state in 6-packs, cases and half & quarter barrels. The packaging of the 6-packs come in a brown package with a green graphic of a horse drawn carriage hauling several wooden barrels. The Spotted Cow bottle label features a cow leaping over a silhouette of the state of Wisconsin. Appealing, classic design.