This week I’m going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I’ve had and it’s worth trying out! I’ll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I Like Beer Podcast, and Da Beer Bros Podcast as well!
Normal show this week where I have the classic Miller High Life as the Beer In Front. I’ll have some good beers from Oscar and Rod that they sent me and there are a few weeks of Jagoffs to catch up on!
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!
This week I’ll have a Cream Ale from Braxton Brewing called Storm as my Beer In Front. This came courtesy of Rod J from @RodJBeerVenture
I’ll also talk about some good beers from Old Irving Brewing, Sew Hop’d and others.
This week I’ll have Revolution’s Lucia as my Beer In Front. Lucia is a Dry Hopped Spelt Saison named after labor activist Lucy Gonzalez Parsons. To read more on her check out https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/lucy-gonzales-parsons/
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!
This week I’ll have the Mikerphone Brewing version of the Things We Don’t Say collaboration as my Beer In Front. I’ll also discuss the big beer news that surfaced this week, and I’m sure I can dig up some Jagoffs of The Week!
Big Episode 60 this week! I’ll talk about some health issues, have a Cane And Ebel for the first time in years. That was still a really good beer! I’ll also call out some Jagoffs that aren’t the usual ones I name.
Shout-Out this week to the Micro Break Podcast, check that out when you get a chance, it’s a good one!
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 the terrific Claire’s Thirsty Ale from the Haymarket Beer Company in Bridgman, Michigan and Chicago. This is an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels and with raspberries. This is absolutely fantastic! I didn’t get a lot of the barrel aged and raspberry in the aroma, but the taste is one of a kind. I get a ton of the raspberry in this which I love. I definitely get more of the fruit here than I do the bourbon but overall I love this. Sometimes the barrel aging overpowers whatever else is going on with the beer, but Claire’s Thirsty strikes a great balance between the two. I picked this up this afternoon from Haymarket and it was canned 7 days ago, so this will probably get better over time. I felt the carbonation could have been a little more, but that’s minor compared to how great this beer is. This would be the perfect dessert beer, I’m just glad I have 3 more of these to test my theory out. If you see Claire’s Thirsty Ale, grab it! I gave it a 9.4 on a 1-10 scale.