In advance of the “South of 80″ event organized by The Green Lady and GuysDrinkingBeer.com for Chicago Craft Beer Week, we are excited to announce the beers that will be available from the 4 participating downstate breweries – Big Muddy, Rolling Meadows, Bent River and Six Row.
Representatives from The Green Lady and GuysDrinkingBeer.com are proud to say that they’ve sampled nearly all of the following, and look forward to making many of them available to Chicago for the first time, including specialty beers and cask options. Look for brewery “snapshots” to follow on GuysDrinkingBeer.com with more info on the breweries and beers to be poured.
Tickets are not required for this event, and the following beers scheduled to appear will be available in flights or full pours.
From Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro, IL):
- Saluki Dunkeldog – A Big Muddy flagship, subtle but very flavorful
- Big Muddy Monster – Hearty, rich and hefty India Brown Ale
From Rolling Meadows Brewery (Springfield, IL):
- Lincoln’s Lager – A dry, pleasantly hopped lager; a perfectly sessionable “lawnmower beer”
- Abe’s Ale – A nutty, maple-sweet amber with a surprisingly well-hidden 9.5% abv
- Springfield Wheat – Aggressive cloves, subtle banana with a nice creamy texture
From Bent River Brewery (Moline, IL):
- Uncommon Stout – One of the Quad City’s most popular beers; grassy with a touch of mint and licorice
- Jalapeno Pepper Ale – Not for the weak of heart or palate; A pure-pepper blast of heat and spice
- Dry-Hopped Pale Ale – Piney, citrus-y, full bodied and quite hefty for a pale ale
From Six Row Brewing Company (St. Louis, MO): .
- Whale – Their flagship wheat pale ale, starts light and sweet and finishes with a hefty amount of wheat
- Double IPA: Not a palate-destroyer, this beer walks right up to the edge of “too much” but doesn’t cross it
- Dry Hopped DIPA ON CASK: Okay, this one might be a palate destroyer. We’ll find out on Tuesday.
- Vanilla Porter ON CASK: Six Row’s porter offers a nice peanut-butter flavor; the addition of vanilla blends pleasantly with the lighter-than-usual body for the style
GuysDrinkingBeer.com started as a beer blog in April of 2010, but soon evolved into coverage of Chicago-centric beer news, reviews of cellared beers, unique vertical tastings and hard-to-find regional offerings as well as their legislative outreach campaign called Save The Craft. This is the first beer event they’ve organized.
The Green Lady will be hosting other events during Chicago Craft Beer Week, but “South of 80” is guaranteed to be one of the most unique nights of the entire craft beer celebration.
Where: The Green Lady, 3328 N. Lincoln, just steps from the Paulina Brown Line stop
When: May 22, 2012, 7 pm – 10 pm