|Meatloaf and Moose Drool at Rico's|
Moose Drool begins with a caramel cocoa flavor but finishes with a roasty bitterness. It's a classic example of an American Brown Ale- more aggressive than an English Brown with medium body and just shy of a porter in terms of robustness. The malty caramel and slightly sweet flavors in the foretaste are perfect for ground beef dishes like meatloaf, the bitter roasty finish provides a relief to the tangy barbecue sauce.
Rico's American Grill is a fairly new entrant to the local craft beer scene featuring 10 taps of primarily local or regional craft and select bottles. They feature an house "unfiltered amber" which is shipped in growlers from Widmer of Portland, OR which the beer geek in us says is a fairly pedestrian Dunklweizen. The people we spoke to there are excited for the beer focus and are eager to listen to anyone with a beer opinion. We hope that people in the North Central corridor and resort guests support it.
In terms of body, the Oak Creek skews more toward the medium light side and you might find that a relief after such a generously heaped sandwich.
We're just a few weeks away from Sun Up Brewing's Nut Before Christmas which is in the same style as the Oak Creek. Sun Up also features a red ale infused buffalo sloppy joe on brioche. We hope that someone will come through with some tasting notes on that combo soon.