Craft Beer Rising Star: Bent Kettle Brewing Invited to join the 7th An. Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest
Kicking off the 7th year of the Annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, Bent Kettle Brewing, a new craft beer company based in Marshall, WI, was approached by the event organizers to feature BKB Beers in front of the sold out crowd of 5000 craft beer fans
WHO: Bent Kettle Brewing
Midwest, Wisconsin Craft Beer Brewery
WHERE: Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713
WHAT: 7th Annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest
WHEN: Saturday, January 16th, 2016 12 noon -6:30 pm.
This rising star company is quickly gaining popularity around Wisconsin with their unique, and unadulterated approach to brewing craft beer.
Formally debuting their flagship beer, “Insolence”
Founder of Bent Kettle Brewing, Mark Cook, is an Optometrist by day, and a Master Brewer by passion.
Cook , who operated his own practice for over 20 years, attributes his success at brewing craft beer from a high level of attention to detail. At first, he started out brewing as a hobby, learning the ropes of making beer by following the instructions that came with a beer kit and some basic equipment. He learned all he could about the step by step process of making a batch of good tasting beer.
He quickly learned the basics and got them down very well. His foundation was strong once the time came to innovate and use some brewing creativity to make some truly new and interesting blends such as his signature brew Insolence and another popular craft beer called Thwack.
As a medical doctor Cook is a fanatic about cleanliness and sanitation. This adherence to cleanliness carried over to his brewing efforts. Most often when you taste home made beer that is flawed it comes from lack of attention to sanitizing the preparation equipment and maintaining an almost operating room level quality of sanitation throughout the brewing process. To Mark Cook, there is no such thing as "good enough" when it comes to how clean his beer brewing facilities are. His standard of excellence stems from his long experiences as a trusted medical professional.
A basic personality trait in a person who is devoted to making only the finest of quality craft beer is patience. This patience shows itself in a number of ways though Cook's craft brews. It shows itself in his willingness to shop without tiring to get the finest ingredients for the next batch of craft beer he makes. It shows itself in his willingness to only buy enough materials for one batch and then go out and buy a completely new set of materials each time just to make sure his ingredients are perfectly fresh and of the highest quality.
Above all this true Master Brewer will wait as long as it takes for that beer to go through weeks of fermentation and aging. And if he takes that beer out after the cycle is done and tastes it and it isn't up to his high standards, he will cycle it another month or two or more until it reaches a level of high quality that will be acceptable to those craft beer drinkers who have the most discerning palettes.
At the event, Bent Kettle will unveil a Bier de Garde called Disregarde and a black IPA called Night Sweat. The latter is made with chipotle peppers for added heat and molasses for a rich body.
All the beers Bent Kettle Brewing is featuring on tap at this event are:
• Making Mischief Oatmeal Brown Ale w/ Sweet Orange Rind on Whiskey Barrel Staves
• Insolence Double IPA
• Go Fasters Amber-Rye
• Thwack! IPA
• Night Sweat Black Ale w/ Molasses and Chipotle
• Disregarde Bier de Garde
General admission tickets grant festival entry from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and include unlimited sampling and an Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest tasting glass. Premium Tasting tickets allow for a more intimate atmosphere with early access to exclusive tappings & tastings from noon-2 p.m. Premium Tasting ticket purchases also include an official Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest t-shirt and a free meal from our Food Court.
Tickets are limited and sell out every year. You must be 21 years old to attend.
For more information on where to find Bent Kettle Beers and learn about the company, visit http://www.bentkettle.com.