Sprecher Irish Dry Stout Brewed by Sprecher Brewing Company - Glendale,
This tribute to Ireland is smooth and creamy with the distinctive flavors
and aromas reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee. This robust
ebony colored stout is brewed throughout the year. Try this Irish Stout with
stews, vegetable casseroles, ham, breads, coffee desserts. Gold Medal Winner
at the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship. ABV: 5.73%, IBUs: 26
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
Serving type: 16-ounce bottle with a twist-off cap. There are cryptic batch
codes printed on the shoulder and bottom, but no freshness date.
Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black black black —
totally opaque; when held to a lamp, zero light passed through. One finger of
tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. (The
pour was pathetic. My bad.)
Smell: Overall it is very sweet, but it has a nice, roasted edge to it. Sweet
caramel, cocoa, black licorice, lactose, maybe a few oats, toffee, dark fruits,
and roasted coffee.
Taste: The roasted bitterness is omnipresent but not dominant; it hangs out in
the background and creates the backbone for flavors of sweet caramel, toffee,
milk chocolate, espresso, and black raspberry. It has a lot of body and the
mouthfeel is very smooth, though it becomes a touch thin as the beer warms.
Drinkability: Awesome stuff. Who knew ethnic Germans and Poles could brew such
awesome Irish-inspired beer?
Sprecher Brewing History
Sprecher Brewing Co. was founded in 1985 by Randel Sprecher, formerly a brewing
supervisor at Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From 1985 to 1994,
the brewery was located at 730 W. Oregon Street in Milwaukee's Walker's Point
area. Through the first ten years the company grew steadily as more and more
people found out about Sprecher's high quality beers and sodas. Finally, the
company had outgrown its original facility and began looking for a new location
to continue its growth.
In 1994, Sprecher purchased its current building, located at 701 W. Glendale
Ave., a former elevator car factory. The new, larger brewery enabled the company
to continue growing, and allowed more people to enjoy all of Sprecher's fine
The history of brewing in Wisconsin began thirteen years before it became a
state and a year before it even became a territory. By the late 1890's nearly
every community in Wisconsin had at least one operating brewery.
In the 1880's Milwaukee was the home of more than 80 breweries. 100 years later,
the number of operating breweries in the area can today be counted on one hand,
and only one can still be considered a giant.
In 1919 the passage of Prohibition virtually sounded the death toll for all but
the most diverse breweries. A few struggled through by producing near beer (.05
alcoholic content or less), soft drinks and even vinegar. Beer making didn't
resume until 1933, when the 18th Amendment was repealed. But even then, people
were still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression, which of itself had
devastated both the coffers and hopes of many of the earlier breweries.
Like the biggest selling wines, many mass market beers are made to appeal to as
broad of an audience as possible. This means they have to be produced at a
highly competitive price and that they must offend no one. Much of the
distinctive qualities of the traditional regional type brews is lost.
Sprecher and other micro-breweries have revived both the distinctive quality of
regional beer and old world brewing methods as well. The term "Micro-Brewery"
refers to the relative size of the brewery when compared to gigantic beer
production facilities of mass marketed national brands. Where these
"Mega-Giants" produce from 20 million on up to 90 million barrels a year each, a
"Micro-Brewery" is a considerably small operation, brewing less than 15,000
barrels a year. Although some have grown to 50,000 to 100,000 barrels a year.
Quite a difference when you consider a barrel is equivalent to 31 gallons. In
that respect, the smaller Micro-Breweries such as Sprecher can focus more on its
specialty "Craft Beers" with an eye on the highest quality and tradition of
European style brewing.