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Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

Two Brothers Circus Penguin Pale Ale

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A surprising beer that caught me off guard by one of my favorite breweries.  Apparently this is a brewer’s choice concoction where they collectively decided on the malts, hops, ingredients, label design, and name.  I must say, I’m not a huge fan of the label and name partly because it does not sound like some […] ... [Read more]

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier

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What looks like a standard Wit, turns out to have a great deal of flare.  When poured, this beer possesses a fluffy egg-shell white head atop a hazy straw-golden liquid.  There is a good deal off yeast at the bottom so make sure you swirl the bottle well before finishing the pour.  It will provide […] ... [Read more]

Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale

Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale

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I’m from Chicago, and I love my city. It’s a hard working, comedy-loving place with some of the best food and beer in the country. On any given day I get to enjoy awesome beer and food from some great craft establishments: Half Acre, Metropolitan, Revolution, Haymarket, Two Brothers, Goose Island (RIP 2011) … and […] ... [Read more]

5 Rabbit 5 Vulture

5 Rabbit 5 Vulture

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My first full beer from this new brewery finds me sipping on an interesting concoction.  This dark ale is brewed with ancho chilies (dried poblano) and made in the Oaxacam-style (a region in the Southern Pacific side of Mexico).  While I’m not completely sure about the history behind this brew I can say that it reminds […] ... [Read more]

Finch's Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

Finch’s Dirtier Bird Barrel Aged Doppelbock

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Tom: New to the Chicago craft beer scene since 2009 Finch beer produced this special barrel aged beer which released around the Christmas of 2011. I was lucky enough to find a bottle on my local liquor store shelf as this beer is limited. While I’m not a huge fan of Doppelbocks, this beer was […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout

Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout

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In the wake of producing some pretty huge stouts last year (Nightstalker and the BCS line), Goose released yet another monster in April of 2011 with this beer.  The sexy label is quickly familiar to the Chicagoland native as the design mimics that of the iconic John Hancock building that graces our skyline.  Brew like […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss

Two Brothers Ebel’s Weiss

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There are those beers that you think everybody has tried. In Chicago, Two Brothers Brewing Company is one of those breweries that produces just such beers. So, when I took a look on The Perfectly Happy Man before embarking on a journey of taste with Ebel’s Weiss, I was surprised to see that this beer […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout

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On 5/15/11 I read the date on the bottle “02/19//10”. Over one year this wonderful stout sat in the darkness of the cellar and grew–matured. My first impression–heavy mellow. Everything is heavy and mellow after 15 months. This is another example of great brewing by GI. It pours black, very black with just a hint […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Hop Juice Black

Two Brothers Hop Juice Black

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In 2011 Two Brothers released a one-off variation of their seasonal double IPA called Hop Juice. With a growing popularity in the Cascadian Dark Ale style they affectionately called it Hop Juice Black. What follows are my findings: The appearance was just as expected. Obsidian in color with dark brown edges and a similarly dense […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Hop Juice

Two Brothers Hop Juice

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Once again it is a hot and humid day here in the Chicagoland area. Wanting to enjoy my Sunday afternoon I found myself yet again hunkered down in my cool basement for a bit of relief from the heat. Upon dozing off to some old episodes of The Office, I figured it was time to […] ... [Read more]