The Alchemist says:
We love hops – that’s why our flagship Double IPA, Heady Topper, is packed full of them. Heady Topper was designed to showcase the complex flavors and aromas these flowers produce. The Alchemist has been brewing Heady Topper since 2003. This Double IPA is not intended to be the strongest or most bitter DIPA. It is brewed to give you wave after wave of hop flavor without any astringent bitterness. We brew Heady Topper with a proprietary blend of six hops – each imparting its own unique flavor and aroma. Take a big sip of Heady and see what hop flavors you can pick out. Orange? Tropical Fruit? Pink Grapefruit? Pine? Spice? There is just enough malt to give this beer some backbone, but not enough to take the hops away from the center stage.
The Alchemist Heady Topper
Double IPA, 8% ABV
Did the internet need another review of perhaps the most famous, infamous, lusted-after DIPA on earth? Judging by the near-70,000 responses that result when you search for “Heady Topper review” the answer is a resounding “no.”
But since we got our hands on one and drank it and took notes on it, screw it: here’s one more. Continue reading
Legislation amending Illinois’ Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act won’t be taken up this session after all.
This past Sunday, I was invited to serve as a judge at the first “What the Firk” festival held at Headquarters Chicago, a barcade that’s doing its best to force Depaul students to drink good beer even though they may not want to.
Casks were set up on bars and tables around the space — any spare shelving that wasn’t too close to a pinball game or an arcade console seemed to have a barrel (or two, or four) perched on it, with staffers ready to distribute 2-oz. pours as needed.
It was pretty excellent. Here’s what I found:
Beer labels approved so far this month from: 5 Rabbit, Church Street, Finch’s, Goose Island, Hopothesis, Marz Community Brewing Company, Metropolitan, Off Color Brewing/Three Floyds, Only Child, Spiteful, Urban Legend and Zumbier. Continue reading
New Lakeshore Beverage CEO J.R. Hand has wasted little time beefing up the craft beer portfolio of the newly merged City Beverage and River North Beer. Multiple sources have confirmed that Founders Brewing is leaving its current wholesaler, Louis Glunz Beer Inc, for Lakeshore.
photo courtesy @chicagobars
The move will be effective once Glunz depletes its inventory of Founders beer, according to a source.
Now that April Fools’ Day is over, we thought it would be safe to make this particular announcement. (Remind me why we picked April first as a good day to launch this site again?)
Remember when we looked like this?
April 1st, 2010. A date that will live in infamy. The day we clicked “Publish” for the first time. Continue reading
Ten Ninety Imperial Porter
If 2012-2013 saw the expansion of the brewing balloon, 2014 and forward will probably see some of those breweries go through shakeouts, acquisitions, ownership transfers, outright sales and other ways of handing off a lot of stainless steel. One of those was announced to us over the weekend, with Ten Ninety taking over Zion’s Big Chicago Brewing.
“Malt beverage brewed with spices, maple syrup and hawberry syrup.”
Bell’s Eccentric Ale 2009
American Strong Ale, 12.10% ABV
(Editors note: we’ve stockpiled enough Bell’s Eccentric Ale 2009 to review it every so often to see how it is developing, aging and changing. Feel free to read through from the fresh tasting to the most recent review. However, if you’d like to jump around, be our guest, and read more about Bell’s Eccentric Ale 2009 fresh, after two years and three years in the cellar.)
Hey there. It’s time we come clean on something. We’ve been using our Facebook page to talk at you and not with you — and we’re sorry for that.
Don’t get me wrong, we definitely appreciate the likes and shares of the content we’ve posted over the years but we realize our page can be used for much more than that. So from this point forward — actually from about three weeks ago, forward — we vow to make our page more of a community; a place to talk about beer, craft or otherwise, in Chicago and beyond.