People in Wisconsin love beer. This is just a fact. When I was looking for a brewery to focus on this week Madison had a plethora of options. I went with my gut, however. Today’s brewery is within walking distance of both the Kohl Center and Camp Randall Stadium.
444 S. Park Street
Rockhound Brewing looks like a great place to have a cold beer. They have a very nice tap room that serves food and has plenty of variety from the beer taps. They also like to have other unique and local beers on tap, so it looks as if they are dialed into the local beer scene. Here are some of their most interesting options:
Outcrop Oatmeal Pale Ale – 6% ABV, 40 IBU - This American pale ale slowly reveals layers of flavor with the soft feel of oats and malt intermixed with four varieties of hops.
Hoity Toity Hefeweizen – 4.5% ABV, 15 IBU – Unfiltered and easy drinking.
Grandpa’s Lager – 5% ABV, 35 IBU - Brewed the way things used to be. Rustic. Incorporating classic American hops and a touch of corn.
Grinder Coffee Porter – 5% ABV, 26 IBU - A coffee porter, four malt varieties create a robust base for this porter. Moderately hopped and made with fresh pressed coffee brewing up robust flavors with a dry finish.
Shot Rock Scotch Ale – 8% ABV, 27 IBU - A traditionally styled Scotch ale, full bodied, with complex toasty and caramel notes, and a slightly smoky flavor.
I like that they have a lot of barrel-aged options available at different times. Like most breweries, they have quite a few seasonal and specialty options. As far as distribution, I don’t know if they can or bottle, but it definitely looks like a place to stop at the next time you’re in Madison.