Eureka Heights Brewing Co.’s Wicket Awesome ESB, an extra special bitter, on tap at their brewery at 941 W 18th St. (Photo by Landon Weiershausen).
Welcome to the second installment of Craft Chronicles! Monthly, I am privileged to select a Leader local brewery and beer to do some “research” on them. Last month, we discovered what all the ruckus was over at Holler Brewing Co. This month, we ventured a little farther north and touched down at the one and only Eureka Heights Brewing Company. Located on West 18th street, around the corner from Cedar Creek and Big Star Bar, Eureka occupies a roomy warehouse space, with ample parking (always a plus in this area). Walking through the very open space, I saw a multitude of fun going on – a basketball hoop, bar, mega size jenga, live feed airing from the international space station, tons of long picnic table seating and, of course, a framed picture of Betty White. Those things mixed together nail one of their mantras to a tee, “dumb and fun”. The staff quickly whipped me up a flight of beers and off I went. Picking a beer to evaluate was fairly difficult since they brew a variety of styles. According to Casey Motes, brewer and founder of Eureka, who was kind enough to sit down for a second to chat with me during the downtime of his brew day, they aim for approachable, but not generic. Sampling my flight, I quickly zoned in on the Wicket Awesome ESB. For the beer novice, an ESB refers to an “Extra Special Bitter” or basically an English pale ale with more focus on the balance between malt flavor and hop bitterness. Wicket Awesome was copper colored with golden accents at its edge. Overall, it was nicely crisp with a subtle hint of dried fruit and even a little nutty. There was a bit of caramel in the background, but the beer was fairly dry in its finish and left a nice, clean bitterness on the palate. At only 4.7% ABV, this beer went down smooth and I was ready for another pint. It’s a good thing I was able to get a crowler to go!
Make sure to join us in our craft adventures each month. Landon is the owner of Farmboy Brew Shop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!