by Ryan Urban
A while back, a friend in Minnesota asked me if there are any beers like Spotted Cow available in Minnesota. Spotted Cow is of course the the flagship of “Only Available in Wisconsin” New Glarus Brewing Company.
One came to mind immediately, Urban Growler Company’s Cowbell cream ale.
Urban Growler describes Cowbell as such: “Our cream ale is light gold in color and low in bitterness; the specialty malt and flaked maize add complexity to this smooth thirst quencher. This is a ‘lawnmower beer’ that will leave you wanting more – no worries, just yell “‘I need more CowBell!’”
And New Glarus on Spotted Cow: “Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. We even give a nod to our farmers. Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying.”
I sense that Cowbell’s similarities to Spotted Cow are quite intentional. The name seems almost a dead giveaway.
Spotted Cow has long been wildly popular. A fact that Urban Growler co-founder Deb Loch—an Appleton, Wisconsin native—is surely well aware of.
An Urban Growler bartender told me recently that their own Cow beer is a top-seller, holding its own with a pair of tasty IPAs and De-Lovely Porter.
The ingredients might not be the same, but both the Wisconsin original and Minnesota spinoff hit the spot as light, hazy, refreshing ales.
Minnesotans accustomed to crossing the border to load up the trunk with Spotted Cow would be wise to grab a growler of Cowbell for a change.
It’s not the original, but it’s pretty dang close.
Try it with a Cubano sandwich at home or in the Urban Growler taproom.
Rating: Glass – GROWLER – Case – Keg
P.S. I have no affiliation with Urban Growler, but I love the name and the beer.