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Capital Pilsner(1986) brewed by Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI
Capital Pilsner brewed by Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wisconsin
German style pilsner, this is Capital’s largest selling beer. A superbly
balanced beer, with a firm maltiness alongside hearty hop bittering and
flavor notes. 2009 Gold Medal Winner at the World Beer Championships. This
pilsner is brewed with Saaz and Northern Brewer hops and Continental and
Pilner malt. ABV: 4.7%. IBUs:32
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
Into a narrow stange glass, Capital Pilsner pours a brilliant straw gold, with a
billowing sticky mass of foam on top. The head slowly settles to about a fingers
width eventually, but not before coating the glass with delicate lacing. Looks
great, like a very traditional pils judging by the look of it.
Soft floral and grass notes segue into a sweet doughy biscuit aroma, fresh and
clean, some light minerals also.
Lightly malty biscuit flavors, trace hop florals, very low level bitterness in
the dry aftertaste. Clean with a soft feel, not especially biting or crisp, but
flavorful. Overall it's a winner, worth sessioning at summer bbq's or by the
History of Capital Brewery
Located in historic downtown Middleton, Capital Brewery has been at the
forefront of the dynamic craft beer scene in America for decades. From rich and
dark-tasting German beers to newer styles that please a wide variety of beer
fans, we're always experimenting and refining what we offer.
The brewery began more than 25 years ago, before “local” was the buzzword of the
day, as it is now. Back then, not everybody knew how to appreciate authentic
carefully crafted beers, like our ancestors used to enjoy. Yet Capital's
founders knew that they could educate the public's palette toward accepting more
genuine-tasting German-styled beers. Ever since then, the brewery has remained
focused on recapturing Wisconsin's brewing heritage while still moving forward.
Like making a great brew, the development of this plan depended on pulling
together the right sources, in our case a handful of dedicated individuals. We
won't say fanatics, but a certain single-mindedness of purpose sure helps. These
founders had one goal and only one goal in mind: to make the best beer America
could produced—then offer it to people in the hopes they would embrace it, and
the brewery, for years to come.
From the onset, Capital Brewery has had all those components in place. Founder
Ed Janus, former owner of the Madison Muskies baseball team, dreamt that it was
possible to bring real beer to the forefront in Wisconsin, replacing the
lesser-tasting brews people were drinking pre-1985. So he paired up with Anthony
Frey, another businessman, and they brought in an experienced brewmaster
from—where else?--Germany to get things going.
A few trials and errors followed amidst growing anticipation from a public
curious about what was going on at the facility on Terrace Avenue. Standing on
uncertain ground but daring to go forward, the brewery produced, in April 1986,
its first release, Garten Brau, a rich and dark-tasting beer that represented
everything shocking to beer-drinkers who were used to much less. It was so much
more than they had ever encountered.
This was no light beer. Didn't come from a large conglomerate. Had no
extra—read: unneeded—ingredients. Just water, barley, yeast and hops. Made
slowly in a traditional lagering fashion.
Bier Garten As Gathering Place.
Prior to Capital Brewery's early success, the last time the Madison area had its
own brewery was back in 1966, when the Fauerbach Brewery brewed its last for
area drinkers. Now, there was a place to fulfill that desire again. When the
bier garten opened in Middleton, throngs descended upon it. That set the stage
for decades. Plenty of interesting folks have found respite and enjoyment in the
grassy, picnic-table filled area, with its nearby stage and casual serving