On a recent Thursday evening, I found myself at Blue Pants Brewery with my good friend Ana. I had been told that there was a new Blue Pants brew coming to the taproom, Wheat with Peach, and I was quite intrigued by it. Ana is just getting into the craft beer scene so this was her very first visit to the brewery. I wanted her to try some of their flagships beers.
The brewery is conveniently located in Madison, not far off Madison Boulevard. On busy evenings (which are pretty often) the parking lot gets full, but we went early enough to find a close spot right away. As with many breweries, the outside of the building is industrial looking, but the interior is nice. There is a long wooden bar with a picture window so you can see into the actual brewery.
The walls are blue, of course, and there are impressive-looking metal beer steins that line the ceiling. I asked the bartender what the steins were for, and he said it was part of a special customer program called the Mug Club. For a small annual fee, customers get invited to exclusive events to try new beers before the rest of us common folk. They also get 20 oz. beers instead of 16 oz. beers, and, best yet, get to drink out of a cool-looking silver beer mug and feel like a viking.
Ana and I ordered a full-sized Wheat with Peach and a flight of Witbier, Local Harvest Apple Ale, India Session Ale and Pinstripe Coffee Stout. We did a flight of four beers, but you can also do 6 and, I believe, 8. The beers come on a fun pants-shaped paddle. My only complaint was the ‘glasses’ are plastic, but I’ve encountered this at numerous places.
The wheat beer cost $5 and the flight cost $5. There are also cocktails available to ‘non-beer lovers’. I believe so-called ‘non-beer lovers’ just haven’t found the right brew yet and should keep on trying, but there are pretty delicious cocktails for the quitters. 😉
We got our beer and headed to the best seats in the house: the picnic tables in the beer garden. Though the taproom is nice, when the weather is pleasant I prefer the outdoor area.
Outside, the seating is lower than the bar tables in the taproom, which is perfect for shorties like me. There is also a stage for live music, and on this night, we were treated to the musical stylings of 90’s cover band Flannel Umbros. They were great and were giving me some serious flashbacks to high school and college.
Wheat with Peach-ABV 5.0% or 5.25% there was some debate, but somewhere in there. In typical wheat beer fashion, this was a cloudy brew. It was sour with a definite peach smell and taste. It’s a nice summer beer.
Witbier-ABV 5.0 % – This was a lighter tasting basic beer. It’s a good, easy drinking beer.
Local Harvest Apple Ale-ABV 6.25 % – A fresh, apple tasting beer. It isn’t my favorite, but my husband really liked it.
India Session Ale ABV 4.5% – Somehow I lost my notes on this beer! I’m sure it’s great, I just can’t remember any specifics about it. I guess I better go back and try it again.
Pinstripe Coffee Stout ABV 8.0 % – This is a strong, coffee flavored beer. It is actually brewed with local coffee from The Kaffeeklatsch. I really like this beer, but it has a higher ABV so I don’t get it very often.