Beer type: Wit
Alcohol Level: 5%
Brewed By: Revolution Brewing
Revolution Bottom Up Wit is one of my favorites from Revolution and any craft brewery around. A wit is just a Belgian Style Wheat Ale, different from a US Wheat Beer like a Blue Moon. Usually, if you like Blue Moon, you’d like this beer and probably like it better. It has an amazing sweet aroma and it has an easy drinkability. I’d always recommend this beer to friends who are out of town or who are newer to craft beer.
Revolution is an amazing brewery. They’re based out of Chicago and both their brew pub and their brewery is close to where I live. Not only do they brew great beer, but they have some pretty awesome merch. Yeah….I bought two pins for my backpack and I have a pair of Rev Brew drinking glasses (No Shame). Along with that, the movie Drinking Buddies was filmed in their brewery! Great movie, great beer, enough said.
Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.8%
Brewed By: Bell’s
What beer do I not like? Either way, this beer is one to like. Bell’s Amber Ale is your classic Amber Ale. You can find it out at your liquor store year round. This beer has a smell of caramel and a beautiful amber color. The aftertaste is a balanced mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, a refreshing, flavorful beer to have after a day of work or after any occasion.
Bell’s made another great brew. They say that this beer is a good mix between sweet caramel and citrus hops. Whatever it is, it works. Michigan brought home another great one, even if they couldn’t close the NCAA Men’s Championship…..sorry.
Beer type: Wheat Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.20%
Brewed By: Bell’s Brewery
Holy fruity taste! This beer definitely has a lot of flavor to it. It’s a wheat beer with cherry juice in it. The more and more I drink this as I write the more I love it. The aftertaste hints cherries and isn’t bitter at all. The smell of this beer is….yes you guessed it….sweet. It’s a great poolside beer or it’s great anytime it’s above 75 degrees. But, Bell’s only launches this beer once a year and it’s in May. So, stock up for the summer folks.
Bell’s is out of Michigan and they even used Michigan based cherries into this beer. Bell’s says the beer’s “Cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to the other flavors, enhancing Pooltime’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.
Beer type: Irish Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Church Street Brewery
So, I love amber and red ales a lot so I’m a little partial. But, this Irish Red Ale is definitely one you need to try. I wish I could’ve tried this on St. Patrick’s Day and not after. It’s got a rich smell and a big head of foam when you pour it in a glass. Pair this with a red meat and some potatoes and you’ll be satisfied.
Church Street Brewery is in Itasca, a Chicago suburb. They say this beer has, “Notes of caramel, toffee, and buttered toast provide for a smooth and complex flavor profile – topped with a creamy head.”
Overall, I’m a big fan of this beer and I’d suggest it to any fan of local, craft beer.
Beer type: Table Beer
Alcohol Level: 4.8%
Brewed By: Allagash
Another refreshing beer that’s easy to drink. With a cloudy, yellow color, it has hints of fruit in the smell and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. The table beer is a Belgian style of beer with a lower alcohol content that’s easy to drink.
Allagash is a phenomenal brewery from Portland, Maine. You might have heard of them from their staple beer, the Allagash White. Allagash says it’s, “A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale.” Regardless, this is a good beer to try if you’re looking for something new to drink that’s pretty light.
Beer type: Pilsener
Alcohol Level: 4.8%
Brewed By: Baderbrau
Ahhh Chicago, sure I’m impartial, but we make some great beer. This pilsener is true to its name. It has a great color to it and it’s got a semi sweet smell. The beer has the right amount of bitterness to it. Not too bitter, but not too sweet. Get home on a Tuesday after work and want a few beers? Grab one of these and you’ll be satisfied.
Baderbrau says, “Your everyday drinking beer. Crisp and refreshing with a solid but not overpowering hop bite, Chicago Pilsener is an authentic Czech-style Pilsener made with all American malt and all European noble hops.” I couldn’t agree more with the description. You can enjoy this guy from a can or pour it in your favorite beer drinking glass and enjoy.
Beer type: Lager
Alcohol Level: 4.2%
Brewed By: Abita Brewing Company
I’m not usually one to go for a lower alcohol percentage beer. I know…shocker. But, to be honest I was first enticed by the beer’s label. It’s got a nice photo/drawing of someone who looks like they could shred the guitar left-handed.
This beer is known for its raspberry taste and lightness. It’s a lager with a fruity aroma and taste that’s refreshing on a nice summer day. Next time I head to the beach, I know what I’m grabbing.
Abita says it’s “a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration.” You definitely get the taste of fruit and they even suggest pairing it with a dessert or having the beer as a dessert (don’t mind if I do).