Brewed by Tallgrass Brewing Company - Manhattan, Kansas
we called it "Tallgrass Ale" (clever name, right?), and it was the
first beer ever brewed by Tallgrass Brewing Company. Unfortunately,
there were other beers to brew and our firstborn, Ale, became the
forgotten child, but the Ale fans would not let it go gently into
that dying light of forgotten beers. This ale has returned as Pub
Ale. Different can, exact same beer inside. We haven't changed a
thing. We promise. Drink a pint and be the judge. It is the same
rich brown ale that we poured back in 2007. Mild and tasty with
hints of carmel and chocolate.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance - Reddish brown with bright ruby highlights and high
clarity. Pours with a thin, light tan head which has fair retention.
Aroma - Chocolate malt and breadcrusts up front, with a slight
vanilla sweetness. The soft, dark malt profile ranges from bread, to
toast, to light roast and chocolate, and a dab of caramel to top it
off. Not much in terms of hops or esters, but the malt profile is
Flavor - Smooth chocolatey malt and baked bread mingle with toast
and caramel on the palate. A light, soft vanilla note in the
mid-palate adds a nice note of complexity to the malt profile. The
finish is dominated by toasted malt with a dusting of cocoa powder
and a faint grassy hop character with low hop bitterness to balance
the malt. Finishes moderately dry.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation.
Smooth and almost a little creamy.
Overall - -An awesome, sessionable brown ale from tallgrass bursting
with awesome malt character. Did I mention that it's a full pint and
it comes in a can? Portable, sessionable, and delicious-what more
could you ask for?
The Story Behind Tallgrass Brewing
The decision to found Tallgrass Brewing Company was made by Jeff
Gill and his wife Tricia on April 8, 2006. Tricia had asked Jeff
THAT question: “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?”
Jeff had been thinking about that exact question quite a bit. “I
want to start a microbrewery!” Jeff answered. He had been an avid
homebrewer for six years and loved to brew beer that people enjoyed.
At that point, he and Tricia made a commitment to start a new
microbrewery in Kansas. It would mean moving from where they lived
at the time, Jeff giving up his career as geologist, and Tricia
After the decision was made, the next 12 months were a flurry of
activity: Jeff juggled a full-time job while trying to gain as much
experience in the craft beer business as possible, and Tricia gave
him her full support along the way. They chose Manhattan, Kan., for
the location of the brewery, and chose Tallgrass for the name. They
had always wanted to settle in this area to raise their family and
live near the scenic Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie surrounding
Manhattan. It just so happened that the water near Manhattan is an
excellent choice for brewing beer, too!
When the spring of 2007 rolled around, Jeff was ready to speak with
friends and family about investing in their dream to start Tallgrass
Brewing Company. With the money raised and a lot of hard work, the
brewery was built just off of Green Valley Road at the edge of the
Flint Hills. A beautiful copper-clad brewhouse arrived in June 2007
and the first beer was brewed in August 2007. Our beer is now
available on tap and in cans across the Midwest, Mississippi,
Minnesota, and more to come!