Beer type: Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.3%
Brewed By: Temperance Beer Company
Temperance Beer Company, I never heard of them until today but I’m a fan. Based out of Evanston, IL, they brew Birdsong. After the first sips, I can say that I like this beer.
This farmhouse ale has a hazy golden color to it. It has a semi-sweet aroma to it with hints of bitterness as well. When you first sip it, you get a citrus-bitter taste. Then, as you finish drinking it, you get a semi spice/pepper/dry aftertaste. Overall, I’m a fan. I bought a sixer of the Birdsong and I’m excited to finish the rest.
Farmhouse ales have a lot of different flavors to them and this one fits the description. Other farmhouse ales include Off Color’s Apex Predator, Goose Island’s Sofie, and 3 Floyds’ Rabbid Rabbit.
Beer type: Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
It’s been a while, but I’m back again trying more beers. I was out of the beer drinking game for a while due to a nasty cold/Chicago CTA shared virus. Now, I’m back to feeling 100% and craving some tasty beers.
The Aunt Sally by Lagunitas is definitely different compared to your normal Lagunitas beers and just any ales in general. It has a citrus smell to it, instantly making you think it’s going to taste sweet. When you taste it, you know right away that this is a sour beer. It isn’t too sour to drink, but you definitely get a sweet then sour taste. It has a golden color to it and it goes down pretty easy. Some people are really into sours and some hate them. This one is good, but I wouldn’t drink a lot of them. If you haven’t had a sour before, they’re definitely an interesting take on beer.
Lagunitas says, “It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes.” As a reminder, Lagunitas brews in Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL.
Beer type: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.1%
Brewed By: Maplewood Brewing Company
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.
Beer Type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.0%
Brewed By: Switchback Brewing Company
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.
Beer type: Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
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!
Beer type: Gose (Wheat Beer)
Alcohol Level: 4.5%
Brewed By: Collective Arts Brewing
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”.
Beer type: American Blonde Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.4%
Brewed By: Beygle Brewing Co.
Another Chicago brewery, another great beer. I’m starting to sense a trend here…Anyways, on to the beer!
This is an American Blonde Ale that has hints of honey to it in the taste and smell. Besides the honey, you can get an aroma of wheat and citrus. It has a hazy dark yellow color and it finishes well in your mouth. The aftertaste isn’t bitter nor sweet. This is a very drinkable beer that’s one of their best sellers.
Beygle Brewing says that this beer is, “Clean and balanced, with subtle fruity notes int he fermentation profile and a dry finish.” They’re located near Wrigley Field in Chicago on Cuyler.