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

Hopewell First Lager

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Beer type: Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.1%
Brewed By: Hopewell Brewing Company

This is my second review of a Hopewell beer. This time, I bought myself a six pack and did the pours myself in my apartment.

Hopewell First Lager is your classic type of lager. It has a yellow/golden color to it and it’s light. It doesn’t have any intense smells or anything like that. It is moderately carbonated and it has a bitter aftertaste. It’s refreshing on this mid 80s day in Chicago. Hopewell says they use a Midwest malt for this recipe. This is your classic lager type beer, nothing too wild or crazy, but always good.

Hopewell Brewing Company is based out of the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL. It’s within walking distance from where I live and I need to go there more often. They have beers on draft, beers to go, and some pretty cool merchandise. Their taproom is a cool place to hang out, pet dogs, and play some board games.

Cheers!

 

Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn Hoppy Red Ale

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Beer type: Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.5%
Brewed By: Pipeworks Brewing Company

Pipeworks Brewing Company is another great brewery out of Chicago, IL. They’re in the Hermosa/Logan Square area not too far from me. Let’s get to the beer.

The Blood of the Unicorn is a great red ale with a lot of flavor to it. It pours as a hazy amber color and leaves a good amount of head on the top of the beer. It first smells almost like an IPA but then you taste it and you get the sweetness of a red ale with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. They serve this beer in a 16oz can and the artwork on all of their cans is amazing. If you collected their cans, you could start a small art museum.

This is a tasty beer and I’d recommend to anyone looking to branch out from the bigger Chicago craft breweries. Good stuff Pipeworks, good stuff.

Cheers

The Alchemist Brewery Heady Topper

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Beer type: Double IPA
Alcohol Level: 8%
Brewed By: The Alchemist Brewery

This is one of the most coveted IPAs in the country. In 2015, it was rated the 5th best beer in the world and I managed to get 3 of them due to some family in Vermont….score.

I’m not a huge IPA fan, but I can respect this beer. I can taste and feel the craft that went into this one. This is a double IPA with a sweet smell and bitter taste. The aftertaste bites right away and leaves your mouth with a feeling of dryness. Like my coworker rightfully said, “You drink this beer like a scotch.” It’s a perfect mix of hoppy and fruity that makes it such an amazing beer. Plus, it’s brewed with some of the rarest yeast you can find.

Another amazing beer brewed by John Kimmich. Cheers!