Tighthead Brewing Co. GoGo Wit

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Beer type: Belgian Wit
Alcohol Level: 5%
Brewed By: Tighthead Brewing Company
IBU: 18

Tighthead Brewing Company is based out of Mundelein, IL and has been brewing since 2011. I’ve never been to Mundelein before, but if I went, Tighthead Brewing Company would be the reason. Plus, they have some pretty cool looking art on their cans…I respect that.

The GoGo Wit is definitely your traditional Belgian Wit/White. A Wit/White is always a refreshing beer because it’s not too bitter and it has a lot of flavor to it. This beer has a sweet aroma to it with hints of orange/coriander in the taste. It has a very small bitterness to it in the aftertaste. Overall, I’m very impressed with this beer. Wits are some of my favorite beers, and this one just went on my favorite list.

Maplewood Brewing Co. Charlatan American Pale Ale

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Beer type: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.1%
Brewed By: Maplewood Brewing Company
IBU: 35

Maplewood Brewing Company is back on the beer blog for round 2. This time, they brought their award-winning Charlatan American Pale Ale. I now see why it won the Great American Beer Festival Pale Ale contest in 2016.

When you smell this beer, you get a sweet, citrus aroma like many good pale ales. When you take a drink, the citrus taste comes out right away, then it transitions into the bitterness of a pale ale. It’s a good beer, and it’s available all around Chicago.

Maplewood has a lounge where you can go and grab a few drinks and have a good time. It’s 2717 N Maplewood Ave in Chicago, hence the name. Maplewood also is a distillery, making spirits like whiskey and gin.

Switchback Ale

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Beer Type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.0%
Brewed By: Switchback Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Don’t worry, I’ve still been drinking beers, just haven’t recorded them due to reasons like travel, drinking cheap beer, or drinking ones I’ve already written about.

This post is all about Switchback Ale. Switchback Brewing Company is based out of beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Their Ale is one of their fan favorites and every time in the Green Mountain State I have to get my hands on one of their bottles.

Their Ale has a hazy, red/amber color with a semi-sweet smell to it. It’s easily drinkable and it’s a great beer to have if you’re looking to relax after a long day. Switchback Brewing Co. says, “Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.”. All in all, it’s a great beer that you should try out when in the Northeast.

Lagunitas CitruSinesis Pale Ale

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Beer type: Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
IBU: 49

The CitruSinesis is one of their limited releases that has a lot of flavors packed in. It has a citrus type aroma with a hazy gold color to it. When you initially taste it, you’ll experience hints of orange and citrus. They took juice from blood oranges and added it to one of their past pale ales to get this wonderful beer. Right in time for the 90+ weekend in Chicago, I got to enjoy this while trying to cool off from the heat. I’d recommend this beer to any person who likes a fruity type of beer or anything refreshing during the summer. Make sure to grab a six-pack or two before they’re gone.

Lagunitas is based out of Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL. They have great branding, a good variety of beers and they’re known for their IPA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, and others. They’ve been around for a while and they always come out with new beer releases, so be on the lookout for the next!

18th Street Brewery Dozer Pilsner

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Beer type: Pilsner Style Lager
Alcohol Level: 4.9%
Brewed By: 18th Street Brewery

Indiana, known for Three Floyds, the Indy 500, and Hoosiers. But, there’s more to it than that. Not every great name has hit the big time yet. One of those names is 18th Street Brewery out of Hammond, Indiana.

I sat down and had their Dozer Pilsner Style Lager and this is a fine, drinkable beer. With a 4.9% alcohol, it makes it drinkable without getting too crazy. With a semi-sweet smell and yellow color, this looks like your classic pilsner. The taste has a bitter aftertaste and it’s even somewhat dry. I’d suggest this beer to any of your Miller Lite fans if they’re trying to try a craft beer similar to a macro brew like Miller Lite.

18th Street Brewery has a brewpub in Hammond and a tap room in Gary. They’ve been around since 2010 and now they’re the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Good work brewers, good work. Side note, check out their awesome beer labels here.

Cheers

Ballast Point California Amber

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Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Ballast Point

This weekend I got the chance to go to the new Ballast Point Brewery in Chicago. Not only did I grab a beer, but I tried some food and needless to say, it was up to the Chicago West Loop standard.

Ballast Point makes a great variety of beers and they’re known for their signature Sculpin IPA, but I decided to go for a classic amber ale. Its official title is the  California Amber. It had a beautiful, classic red color to it. It had a sweet aroma to it as well. The taste was rich and malty with a mildly bitter aftertaste. If you like amber ales, this is definitely one to try.

Overall, this was a good beer and if you’re in the Fulton Market/West Loop area in Chicago you should grab a drink and appetizer at Ballast Point.

**Side note, if you’re looking for some cool new shirts this summer, check out FOMO Chicago. One of my buddies designs and creates the shirts right in Chicago. **

Collective Arts Brewing Prophets & Nomads

Beer type: Gose (Wheat Beer)
Alcohol Level: 4.5%
Brewed By: Collective Arts Brewing
IBU: 12

Another week, another beer on the blog! Thanks for always reading.

This week’s beer is quite interesting in the best way possible. Prophets & Nomads is a wonderful Gose style beer. When poured, it has a hazy gold/yellow color and smells rich in salt. If you know don’t know what a Gose smells like, this is a perfect example. The can says it’s an ale with Himalayan Salt and Coriander. I know what you’re thinking, salt in beer? Well let me tell you, it’s an amazing taste.

My first reaction was that it tastes like the Off Color Troublesome beer. They’re in the same category of beers, but they still taste a little different. Collective Arts Brewing is actually based out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Another reason for me to love our neighbors up north. They say that this beer, “has a low hop bitterness and features coriander and Himalayan salt, adding hints of complementary dryness, spice and a touch of sharpness to the beer.” It actually tastes similar to champagne. It leaves your mouth feeling somewhat dry after you have it, but it just tastes so good. The High Life beer might have a run for its money on being the “Champagne of Beer”.

Cheers