Last fall, the in Grafton, along with the well-known Louie's Demise from the Milwaukee Brewing Company.
Style: Louie's Demise doesn't fit cleanly into a single style, but it most closely resembles an English brown or red ale. These beers range from deep reddish-copper to brown in color, and are medium-bodied, with an emphasis on maltiness. There is some bitterness to provide balance, but the hoppiness is generally mild in flavor and aroma. The malty tones may have some roasted or toffee aspect in both flavor and aroma. These beers commonly range from 4% to 5.5 % in alcohol content.
Background: Louie's Demise is the beer that helped start it all for brothers Jim and John McCabe, the owners of Milwaukee Brewing Company. It is based on an original homebrewing recipe they developed in the early 1990s. This brew has an amber color and great balance, with noticeable hop character from Tettnanger and Perle hops. It's made with special honey malt, which gives it a soft roasted and light nutty background. The beer finishes around 5.2% ABV and sells for around $8.50/six-pack.
Louie's Demise gets its name from the brothers' great-great-uncle Louie of Sheboygan. An old family photo that showed a group of stoic men holding dimpled mugs of beer hung in their kitchen and encouraged a toast just about any time homebrewing occurred. When the McCabes decided to take their most popular beer to a commercial scale, they went looking for a name, and turned to the photo for inspiration. They discovered that the men in the photo were actually attending their Uncle Louie's wake back in 1886. Come to find out, Uncle Louie had died in a bar fight -- bludgeoned with a beer glass in a dispute over a woman. Hence, Louie's Demise.
The Verdict: Louie's Demise is a versatile meal beer that has the ability to pair with most meat dishes, burgers and sandwiches. It offers enough maltiness to complement a wide range of foods, without overshadowing subtle flavors, nor giving ground to a modest amount of spice or seasoning. Its distinctive firm flavor makes it an all-around good beer to have on hand in the refrigerator. One also has to appreciate the great story behind it. Cheers to Uncle Louie.