If you listen to the podcast, you’ll know that this week Beermiscuous located at 2812 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago is having a special Taste Of The 11th District. 10% of the sale of great local beers like Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter, Begyle’s Blonde, Dovetail’s Hefeweizen, and Metropolitan’s Flywheel will go to the Common Pantry in the district.
The promotion will run through Monday, July 5th so when going to your in-laws for a BBQ this weekend and you know they’ll have bad beer, stop over to Beermiscuous to support a local business, local breweries, and most important, our community members. Just make sure that your brother in-law goes and buys his own 4-pack and doesn’t drink all of yours!
Begyle’s Blonde Ale is a crowd pleaser that everyone can enjoy. Locally sourced Midwest honey is used in the Blonde Ale and adds a nice sweetness to this. It is a 5.4% ABV with 20 IBU’s. Nice clean aftertaste and would be perfect on a nice day outside!
The Hefeweizen from Dovetail is another terrific beer that everyone can enjoy. You get the banana/clove taste in this true to style Hefeweizen that is very refreshing on a Summer day. This clocks in at 4.8 ABV so you can enjoy more than one of these.
Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan is their version of the classic German Pilsner and this one is really good! Flywheel has a wonderful spicy aroma from the hops, the flavor is spot on with the hops sharing space with the bread like flavors from the malt. Drinking this makes me wish my father were still alive so we could enjoy this one together! Flywheel has an ABV of 5.5% with 40 IBU’s.
Batting cleanup is Daisy Cutter from Half Acre. Daisy Cutter belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Chicago craft beer! 12 years after it first came out is still as wonderful as it was when you first had it. This is a West Coast Style Pale Ale and has the pine/citrus notes that made you fall in love with the Pale/IPA style years ago. Daisy Cutter weighs in with 5.2% ABV and has 60 IBU’s.
All 4 of these beers are outstanding! There is something for everyone in this mix-pack and everyone from a non beer snob to a fanatic will be able to enjoy this one! The promotion runs through next Monday, July 5th so head over to Beermiscuous and pick some up!
Stan’s Amber is an American Amber Red Ale from Sew Hop’d Brewery located in Huntley, Illinois. Stan’s has a great dark red/brown color with a wonderful sweetness to it in the aroma and flavor. They use Centennial and Cascade hops however this is listed with 28 IBU’s so the sweetness from the malt is the overwhelming flavor here. The can says it’s not too sweet and I’ll respectfully disagree here, I feel the sweetness makes this a good one and I’ll be consuming more of Stan’s Amber in the near future. This is a 5.9% ABV beer and goes down nice and easy and I could see this complimenting a nice meal at dinner. I picked this one up at Beermiscuous and I’ve been a fan of everything I’ve had from Sew Hop’d so far. My Huntley friends, there is More than one place in Huntley to go to, you better start going to Sew Hop’d!
Tonight I’m having an Anchor Steam. The company and style have been around since 1896 and this is the classic American craft beer first bottled in 1971. This is a can from before the rebranding and was canned 8 months ago so it’s not entirely fresh however this will probably be the last time I have this from the old school packaging so I couldn’t pass it up.
Anchor Steam has a beautiful dark golden color from the use of the caramel malts. The aroma for me is all malt here, I’m not getting hop aroma here at all. The taste is more of the same where the first impression is the sweetness from the malt, there is a slight bitterness at the end from the Northern Brewer hops Anchor uses for this beer. I’m getting a very slight bitter aftertaste at the end from this but by all means it’s not overpowering. The carbonation was a little lacking here but I’m going to attribute this to the age of the can, Anchor Steam is still a solid beer choice provided you have one that is fresh! I gave this a 7.1 out of 10 and looking at past ratings I gave this I had it as high as 7.9.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a Vallejo from Half Acre. This is their Summer IPA and it is a good one! Vallejo pours a pale golden color, has a aroma to me of a dank, piney combination. The taste is the same, it’s a good combination of flavors, but for me, I get mostly pine with a little grapefruit. There is good carbonation here but not over the top, Vallejo finishes a bit dry with a little bitterness on the back end. I’m drinking this out of a can and was canned 8 days before I’m drinking this. Vallejo is a 6.7 % ABV West Coast IPA and is a good one, I’m glad it’s back for the Summer!
I’m a sucker for an Italian Pilsner so when I saw that Pipeworks was putting one out in collaboration with famed Chicago grocer and sandwich royalty J.P. Graziano, I had to grab this one! Alla Salute does not disappoint. It has a nice pale gold color, good aroma, and the taste is terrific. It’s slightly more malt forward than other Italian Pilsners but balances out nicely at the end with the hops. Alla Salute is nicely carbonated and has a clean finish that makes me want more! I grabbed this directly from Pipeworks and according to their website it is sold out, so hopefully you can find this one around town and if you see it, pick it up! I only wish I had a damn sandwich to go with Alla Salute!
There will be a new episode of the podcast out tomorrow. To catch up on past shows…..
Tonight I’m having a cider from Uncle John’s called Melded. On the latest episode of the podcast, Cider Brian of Chicago was discussing this one in detail and he sold me on this! Melded is a terrific cider that has a wonderful flavor from the blend of American, French, and English cider apples. It has a nice tart bite to it, but it is not overwhelming at all, it balances well with the sweetness from the apples. Melded is lightly carbonated and has a good dry finish. If you are looking for a change of pace from a beer, I would definitely recommend this one. It’s sold in 500ML bottles with an ABV of 6.5 % and is around $6. I want to thank Brian for suggesting Melded, it’s a winner! To hear Brian and other amazing people from around the world talk about their Beer In Front, check out the latest episode of the podcast below or wherever you listen.
Tonight I’m having a West Coast IPA from Midwest Coast in Chicago called Vaguely Stylish Argyle. This is an excellent beer! It has a wonderful color, the aroma is spot on as well. The taste is terrific! They use Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook hops which really blend well with the malts here for a great tasting beer. Argyle has 62 IBU so it is a throwback to the IPA’s of old and I’m kicking myself for not trying their beers before. Thanks to Virginia from Beermiscuous for the recommendation!
The can design is brilliant as well, I love the matte black Argyle pattern and the color selection with the red, Chicago blue, and copper really pop. I love how they put on the back the hop percentage they used for this one.
The latest episode of the podcast is out with a Rauchbier from Dovetail and a chat with Curt from the Half Hour Bros.
I know I said that I was going to stop the Hazy IPA’s for a while, but one of my favorite breweries, Casa Humilde released their Mangazo one with Mango so my arm was twisted….
Mangazo is a Hazy IPA with Citra and Amarillo hops with added Mango. This is a 7.5% beer that is another solid effort from Casa Humilde! It looks like an orange juice pouring with a very hazy orange/golden color. The aroma for me is all mango but the taste is excellent. Really nice mango flavor along with the citrus from the Citra and Amarillo hops, there is a nice bitterness to this that I wasn’t expecting in a Hazy IPA. For me, this drinks more like an IPA than a Hazy, which isn’t always a bad thing. Casa Humilde keeps making solid beers and like I mentioned before, they are one of my favorite Chicago breweries. Whatever they release, I’m going to try it!
New episode of the podcast will drop Wednesday with Part 1 of my interview with Lauren from the Beer’d Al Podcast. This was so much fun, we had a great time talking for both of our shows! Part 2 will come out Friday!
To catch up on past episodes, you can always search most podcast directories and you’ll find me!
Tonight I’m having K.I.S.S. from More out in Huntley, Illinois. This is a Double Dry Hopped IPA with Citra and El Dorado hops. Like everything More puts out, K.I.S.S. is really good beer. You get a great citrus/fruit flavor profile from the hops, the aroma for me was a little lacking but that could and is probably just me. If you enjoy the Hazy/NE Style of IPA, this will be up your alley and is a fine beer. Control Tammie stopped there and grabbed me a mix pack of 4 different selections from them and I’m looking forward to the others in this pack.
I think I’m going to jump off the hazy train for a while. There are so many out there now that for me, it’s hard to stand out above the crowd when most are so similar. The K.I.S.S. is a really good beer, but maybe it’s time for me to step back and recalibrate the taste buds so I could appreciate this one more than I did.
This week, I’ll be talking with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. He’s a good listen and is worth your time! For past shows, you can always check out the podcast wherever mediocre podcasts are available.
Tonight I’m having a great stout from Alarmist in Chicago. The Percolator is an Imperial Coffee Stout and this is a good one! This has a great aroma of the malt and coffee and for me, the sweetness of the malt is stronger. The taste is great, nice balance here with a good coffee aftertaste. The Percolator weighs in at 9% so you get a little boozy taste here but not enough that it overpowers anything else. I really enjoy this one and will pick it up again when i see it.