Begyle-Dryhop Collaborative Black IPA Tapping Tonight At Northdown

In Beer News by Ryan

Ravenswood neighborhood-centric-brewers Begyle Brewing have teamed up with the crew from Dryhop, a much-anticipated brewpub opening early next year in Lakeview, to craft a Black India Pale Ale.

Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sell Outs will be tapped tonight at Northdown Cafe & Taproom at 3244 North Lincoln Ave.


Photo courtesy Dryhop

Here are some tasting notes, compliments of Dryhop Head Brewer Brant Dubovick:

Black IPA’s are an emerging beer style roughly defined as an ale with IPA-level hopping and a distinct toasty dark malt character. It’s typically hoppier than a strong porter and lacks the roastiness and body of a strong stout. Expressive dry hopping is also common.

Our version, Johnny Quest, is very sessionable at 5.3% ABV with a medium body. We chose to showcase four very sought after hop varieties: Simcoe, Galaxy, Citra, and Cascade. We were very excited to use Hop Head Farms’ Cascade hops, grown and pelletized in Michigan, for the first time in one of our beers. All four hop varieties are showcased in the dry hopping process. What you are left with is a very citrus and floral nose and a beer that finishes with a mild bitterness and toasted malt notes.

We know everyone will enjoy the final result and look forward to many collaborations with Kevin, Matt, and Brendan through the years.

The beer pours at 5pm but if you wait til 7pm (or just hang out for two hours) you can meet the guys from both Begyle and Dryhop.

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