On Wednesday, January 23rd Milwaukee Beer Society members will be taking a field trip to 1840 Brewing Company for our next brewery spotlight.
1840 Brewing Company focuses on blending old world beer styles with modern flavors by employing various fermentation, aging, and blending techniques to create truly unique beers. The majority of their beers spend their entire life in oak and take anywhere from a few months to a few years to make. Each batch is individually blended and bottle conditioned while using the barrel as an ingredient – not just a storage vessel.
1840 was the first year that a commercial brewery started in Milwaukee. They chose 1840 as the name to pay homage to Milwaukee’s rich brewing heritage, their family’s brewing history, and the rustic brewing techniques that are used.
Wort is sourced from several local brewers. Using 1840’s recipies, their partner brewers make wort that meets strict standards. They then transfer the wort to their facility where the fermentation process begins. After extended aging in oak, the beers are blended and bottle conditioned. 1840 Brewing Co beers are ready to be enjoyed immediately although they are designed to age gracefully for years. “Clean” beers (fermented without wild yeast or bacteria) are also produced in this method. The only difference being they spend their time fermenting in stainless steel tanks and are best consumed fresh.
1840 uses local ingredients and work with local companies whenever possible. From sourcing Wisconsin grown hops, to using native Wisconsin yeast, to brewing with grains malted in Wisconsin, they work hard to make sure the distance from “grain to glass” is as short as possible. They also employ that mindset when it comes to picking the companies they work with. For information on 1840 Brewing Co monthly beer releases, please visit their contact page.