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Egan Brewing
330 Reid Street
De Pere WI 54115

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Visited: November 20, 2001

Opened: 1996

Closed: 2001

Annual Production: 230 bbl

Finally! More than eight years of homebrewing, four years of unemployment, the fiasco on Moloka`i (which continues to this day), and the eight-week Professional Brewer Certification Program at the Siebel Institute of Technology have paid off. I brewed most of the beers listed here, so my reviews are probably even less objective than the others. (Although some people say I'm harder on my own beers. Maybe you should just drink them yourself and make up your own mind.)

Egan's was established in 1996 as a microbrewery to produce bottled beers for the Hansen's Dairy Store next door. We added a bar in 1997, and a restaurant in 1998 to become a full-blown brewpub. Then in April 2000, Nick Egan entered a partnership with the Gallagher's folks whereby the restaurant became "Gallagher's of De Pere", and the brewery went back to being a micro only. Now Hansen's is getting out of the beer business, so I don't bottle anymore, and 80% of my production is still sold over the bar at Gallagher's of De Pere, so I guess it's a lot like being a brewpub anyway.

Unfortunately, without a dedicated restaurant, there just isn't a demand for packaged craft beer in and around Green Bay. The relationship with Gallagher's didn't work out the way we had hoped, and so the Egan family decided to close their brewery on September 30, 2001.

While I was looking for work, I helped Bill Winsand at Slab City Brewing part-time.

After some five months of job-searching, I landed at Fox River Brewing in Oshkosh WI. (But not for long.)

Nick Egan passed away on December 22, 2002 after a long illness.

Updated: January 5, 2011

Beer List

    • Date: January 9, 2001 (#3753)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Red-amber, low head. Malty, woody aroma, with some honey. Thick, chewy, malty, some caramel. Lots of warming alcohol at the end. I think the honey prevented this beer from aging quite as well as it might have. Brewed in June 1999.

    • Date: October 28, 1998 (#3092)
      Package: nitrogenated
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Dark red, thick dense head. Very roasty aroma. Fairly light body, real nice roasty flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Clean dry finish.

  • Belgian-Style Tripel
    10.00% abv.
    • Date: July 19, 2001 (#3860)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 18 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      (An extra-big version of Abbot Pennings Trippel.) Hazy deep golden, big thick head. Spicy estery aroma, hints of cinnamon, bananas, faintly musty. Big body, creamy, warming. Big malty flavor followed by a blast of esters, then a long warm fruity alcoholic finish. Carbonation could be higher.

  • Belgian-Style Tripel
    • Date: September 15, 1998 (#3062)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Yellow, some haze, moderate head and carbonation. Strong malt aroma. Medium body, malty but dry. Hint of banana, a little grainy, but mainly malty. Sweetish malty finish. I had planned to ferment this with a more authentic yeast strain, but a brew-day accident forced me to use the house yeast instead. The recipe came from our Requiem Trippel, the last batch we brewed at home in Hawaii.

  • (Special) Best Bitter
    5.90% abv.

  • Blonde Ale
    English-Style Pale Mild Ale

  • Cheap Köln
    German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch

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    Chuck's Famous Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Chuck's Famous Honey Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Chuck's Famous Nut Brown Ale
    English-Style Brown Ale

  • Chuck's Infamous Killer Bee Honey Ale
    Specialty Honey Beer
    7.70% abv.

  • Cinco de Mayo Cerveza Jalapeño
    Herb and Spice Beer

  • Cow Palace Scotch Ale 1998
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    8.70% abv.

  • Cow Palace Scotch Ale 2000
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale

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    Cow Palace Scotch Ale 2001
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    11.10% abv.

  • Czech Out This Pils!
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener

  • Egan's Shillelagh Beer
    (Special) Best Bitter

  • Eganator Doppelbock
    German-Style Strong Doppelbock

  • Enkel Biter
    Other Belgian-Style Ale

  • Freys Weizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • George Washington's Homebrew / Colonial Mild
    English-Style Dark Mild Ale

  • Grandma Hilda's Hefeweizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Harvey's Märzen
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Hefeweizen
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Irish Ale
    English-Style Pale Mild Ale

  • Irish Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • J&S Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Jillian's House Beer
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Massart's Glory Belgian Strong Ale 1999
    Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale

  • Massart's Glory Belgian Strong Ale 2000
    Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale

  • Moll Dubh Irish Ale
    English-Style Pale Mild Ale

  • Monk's Memorial Munich Lager
    Münchner-Style Helles

  • Nitro Pale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • O-Tay Bockwheat
    Specialty Beer

  • old gak strong ale
    Old Ale

  • Paul's Liberty Pilsener
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener

  • Pride of De Pere
    (Special) Best Bitter

  • Princess of Darkness Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Queen of Clubs Schwarzbier
    German-Style Schwarzbier

  • Raspberry Ginger Mead
    Other Fruit Melomel

  • Rye I Oughta...!
    American-Style Rye Beer

  • Smokey the Beer
    Bamberg-Style Rauchbier

  • Sod Off, Baldrick
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter

  • Steinworthy Oktoberfest
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Stüvenbräu Maibock
    German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock

  • The Lonely Guy India Pale Ale
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Thyme of the Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison

  • Toil and Trubbel Dubbel
    Belgian-Style Dubbel

  • Uncle Ivan's Dunkelweizen
    South German-Style Dunkel Weizen/Weissbier

  • White Fathers Witbier
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat

  • Who The Helles Chuck?
    Münchner-Style Helles

  • Wilsteraner Altbier
    German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier