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Today marks the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, and thus a great afternoon or evening to toast to the city’s remarkable rebirth. Free State Brewing Co. has created the perfect beer for this — a special commemorative brew called Phoenix Rising, now on tap at the brewpub.
Bartender Ian Sotomayor said Phoenix Rising has been popular so far. It will be available as long as supplies last, and Sotomayor estimated the brewery has enough to serve it for another week or so. Besides the beer itself, Free State also created special commemorative glasses to serve it in. There’s a limited number of the glasses, which aren’t for sale — so soak in the cool “From the ashes, immortality” design while you’re sipping because you don’t get to take it home.
Here’s Free State’s full description of the bold but easy drinking brew: “This red, fiery-hued lager, named for the mythical bird that adorns Lawrence’s official seal, honors the spirit of Lawrence, in the wake of Quantrill’s raid on August 21, 1863. The attack left more than 150 dead and most of the buildings burned to the ground. This year marks the 150th anniversary of that fateful day. Pilsner and Munich malts combine with Vanguard hops, creating a balanced, malty lager with just enough hop presence. (O.G. - 13.1 P/1053 Hops - 25 IBUs)”
In related border war history-inspired beer news, Free State also is currently pouring Josiah Miller IPA. (It’s OK, I didn’t know who he was, either, even though I probably should. Free State’s beer description to the rescue.) “Josiah Miller was an anti-slavery man raised on South Carolina that moved to Kansas in 1854 and began the anti-slavery paper, Kansas Free State. He was credited with coining our state motto, Ad Astra per Aspera. This medium bodied, deep copper IPA is slightly silky from the addition of unmalted oats to the mash and definitely hoppy, with the addition of fruity/citrusy Citra hops. (O.G. 14.8 P/1060 Hops - 68 IBUs)”
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Free State Brewing Co. calls it a beer fit for a blacksmith — and apparently beer festival judges.
Free State’s Iron Man Imperial Stout nabbed a bronze medal in the American-Style Stout category at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, touted as the world’s largest commercial beer competition.
“It’s kind of a testament to the craft of brewing,” brewer Geoff Deman said of the beer, named in honor of a local blacksmith who frequents the brew pub.
With ten malts and five hop varieties, Iron Man starts with deep roasty flavors and finishes with a slight malty sweetness, according to Free State’s description. The beer tips its hat to history, as Imperial Stout was a key British export in the Baltic trade that elevated art and industry in Russia and England during the 18th century.
Two other area breweries joined Free State on the medal list, according to results from greatamericanbeerfestival.com. Boulevard Brewing Co. of Kansas City, Mo., got two gold medals — one in the Belgian-Style Witbier category for its ZON, and the other in the Other Strong Beer category for its Reverb Imperial Pilsner. Topeka’s Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant took gold in the German-Style Kolsch category for its Capital City Kolsch.
This year’s festival, which ran from Thursday through Saturday, drew its largest competition field to date, with 4,338 entries from 666 breweries across the United States and Guam. The festival awarded a total of 254 medals for the best examples of each style beer.
Free State's Iron Man — a small batch brew — is not on tap at the brew pub, 636 Mass. However, bottles are expected to be shipped to select area liquor stores at the end of this month.
In other crafty beer news, 23rd Street Brewery, 3512 Clinton Parkway, just tapped a 2010 Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, according to their Twitter account. And Free State is playing host to its first-ever happy hour Thursday night (it's only been legal for, oh, almost four months now, so I'm sure Free State fans will be glad the brewery's finally on board!). The pub is advertising $2 select pints from 9 p.m. to midnight, plus chances to win Free State stuff.