Icarus Big In Sheboygan

This beer came highly recommended to me by the Beer Manager at Cranbury Buy Rite.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Milwaukee and 64 mi (103 km) south of Green Bay. Before its settlement by European Americans, the Sheboygan area was home to Native Americans, including members of the Potawatomi, Chippewa, Ottawa, Winnebago, and Menominee tribes. In the Menominee language, the place is known as Sāpīwāēhekaneh, ‘at a hearing distance in the woods’. Migrants from New York, Michigan, and New England were among the first white Americans to settle this area in the 1830s, though the French had been present in the region since the 17th century and had intermarried with local people. One 19th century settler remarked: ‘Nearly all the settlers were from the New England states and New York.’ Lumbering was the first major industry, as trees were harvested and shipped to eastern markets through the Great Lakes. Although Sheboygan was officially founded in 1846, much of the town had been platted in 1836, when property investors laid out more than one thousand lots. By 1849, a wave of liberal, middle-class immigration triggered by the revolutions of 1848 had made the community known for its German population. As Major William Williams wrote on June 26, 1849: ‘Arrived at Sheboigin [sic] on the Wisconsin side, a small town, population purhaps [sic] from 700 to 1000. This is a promising place. There are a great many best class of Germans settling around it. “Tis all along this Lake so far quite an interesting country.”‘ Between 1840 and 1890, Protestant Dutch immigrants also settled in the area, as did Irish refugees fleeing the Great Famine.”

Random: I remember as a child in the 90s, watching a few movies where the characters said that they were from Sheboygan.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was am amber color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was very sweet. I picked up honey and lactose along with some spice. There was ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste was equally sweet. The honey and lactose came first. There was a grain note that quickly went into cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It made for a nice holiday nightcap.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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