Beer labels approved so far this month from Bent River, Church Street, Finch’s, Half Acre, JT Walker’s, Lake Bluff, Metropolitan, Off Color, Only Child, Revolution and Two Brothers. Continue reading
Yesterday saw a number of publications distributing an AP piece about how the TTB shutdown is affecting craft brewers. We saw it first yesterday on the Daily Mail site, so that’s the one we’ll link to here. Today, the Beacon News in the west suburbs goes a step further to get some specific — and troublesome — info on how it’s hitting home in Dupage County.
Beer labels approved so far this month from Big Muddy, Finch’s, Goose Island, Metropolitan, Revolution and Two Brothers.
Tucked away in an emailed newsletter from Two Brothers touting their upcoming summer festival next month, an email we admittedly are just getting around to reading today, was an interesting tidbit about the brewery’s acclaimed double IPA, Hop Juice.
The beer is being re-branded as Hop Centric Double IPA.
Two Brothers cites a desire to set themselves apart from other Hop Juice brands as the reason for the name change. New packaging will come with the new name as the brewery will ditch the large bottle format and go with 12 ounce bottles. Beyond that, according to the newsletter, nothing else will change. “Hop Centric Double IPA uses the same ingredients and has the same bold taste, but now when you look on the shelves there will only be one Hop Centric.”
We did a quick search of TTB label approvals for “Hop Juice” and found only one other in this market; Left Coast out of California.
Left Coast is relatively new to the Chicago area after signing on with the MillersCoors cluster of distributors, known as OneIllinois, last year. There are no current or past approved labels for Hop Centric.
Two Brothers summer festival, formerly known as the Hop Juice Festival, will now be known as…Two Brothers Summer Festival. It runs June 21st through the 23rd.
ESCONDIDO, CA – On March 18, Stone Brewing Co. will release its first collaboration beer of 2013: Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA. Conceptualized by Jim Moorehouse, Brad Zeller, and Nate Albrecht of Aleman, the recipe formulation and brewing also featured collaborators Greg Koch and Mitch Steele of Stone, as well as Jason and Jim Ebel, co-founders of Chicago’s Two Brothers Brewing Company. The resulting beer marries the unique fruity botanical taste of a hoppy IPA, with the roasted flavor and aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
DayMan was the winning beer at Iron Brew held last August in Chicago, as decided by judges Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, author and beer expert Randy Mosher, and Two Brothers co-founder Jason Ebel. Chicago chef, Won Kim, and Stone Illinois Regional Brewery Representative Aaron Tyrell organized the competition to highlight the exciting and creative homebrewing talent being fostered in the Windy City. Aleman, a trio of homebrewers who are in the process of opening a Chicago brewpub, entered DayMan in the competition, vying for the opportunity to brew the beer at Stone and have it bottled and distributed in 21 states.
According to the judging panel, Aleman’s IPA was the clear winner because of its innovation and intriguing flavor combinations. When asked how a coffee IPA stood out despite a highly competitive field of entrants, Jason Ebel said, “The big thing was that when you think of coffee beer, you think of dark beer. The light color and hoppy flavor intrigued us – it was very exciting to see something different.”
From the start, Aleman’s inspiration was to make a beer that was not an everyday style. “Hops and coffee can play the same role in beer. They add bitterness. We’d sampled one other coffee IPA, but it wasn’t what we wanted out of a beer like that. What we were looking to create was something light, refreshing and crisp—the perfect brunch beer,” said Jim Moorehouse of Aleman.
To achieve the perfect flavor combination, they used a lightly roasted yet immensely flavorful blend of coffee. “Aleman wanted a lighter roast, so we knew our Two Brothers Coffee Roasters Brew House Blend of Ethiopian, Guatemalan and Sumatran coffee would work best,” said Jason Ebel. “The coffee is roasted lighter and we get deep stone fruit and a nutty character from the beans. The latter brings on subtle coffee flavors while the former works well with the hops.”
The brewers who collaborated to create Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA will participate in both pre- and public release celebrations in the Chicagoland area:
March 17 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Two Brothers Brewery Tap Room – 30W315 Calumet Avenue, Warrenville, IL 60555
Jason and Jim Ebel, Greg Koch, Two Brothers Coffee Roasters’ Master Coffee Roaster Mason Brown, and the brewers of Aleman will participate in a bottle signing event. Guests will have the opportunity to try the beer before it’s released nationally.
March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hopleaf Bar – 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Jason and Jim Ebel, Greg Koch, Two Brothers Coffee Roasters’ Master Coffee Roaster Mason Brown, and the Aleman brewers will celebrate the national release of the beer. Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA and Stone Brewing Co. year-round release beers will be on tap.
Name: Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA
Stats: 8.7% ABV, 42 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning March 18
Hops Bill: Cascade and Citra
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, IN, MD, MA, MO, NC, NM, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, and WA
Tasting notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Clear amber with a tan head.
Aroma: It’s difficult to discern which aroma hits first—the wonderful, citrusy tropical fruitiness of the Citra hops or the deep-roasted elegance of the coffee roasted especially for this brew.
Taste: The taste of this beer follows right along with the aromatics. Roasted coffee and citrusy hops play well together as the beer flows across the palate along with hints of toasted malt and a wonderful lingering bitterness.
Palate: Dry with a nice lingering bitterness. The coffee flavors hang on pleasantly after the hop bitterness recedes.
Overall: The Aleman guys developed a wonderful IPA recipe. The addition of coffee brings wonderful layers of totally unexpected roast components that make this beer truly unique. I’ve never had anything like it and I look forward to enjoying it. It’s been a pleasure to put this brew together with Aleman and Two Brothers.
Suggested food pairings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Stuffed portobello mushrooms with blue cheese, pancetta-wrapped shrimp, carne asada tacos, Korean BBQ
Soups and Salads: Arugula salad with vinaigrette, chili con carne, hot and sour soup
Entrees: Braised pork belly, meatloaf, chile relleno, caul fat-wrapped snapper
Cheeses: Cabrales blue cheese, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Bayley Hazen Blue, Rogue Caveman Blue
Desserts: Bitter chocolate, tiramisu, toffee peanut butter brittle, dark chocolate-dipped strawberries
Cigars: Flor de las Antillas Toro, Rocky Patel Decade, Camacho Corojo Figurado
ABOUT STONE BREWING CO.
Twice named “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine, Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner and is the 11th largest craft brewer in the U.S. Headquartered in Escondido, CA, Stone owns and operates the farm-to-table restaurant Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, as well as Stone Catering, Stone Distributing, and Stone Farms. Other lofty ventures include construction of Stone Packaging Hall and a second restaurant with an on-site brewhouse, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, both with an estimated completion of first quarter 2013, and Stone Hotel & Headquarters with an estimated completion of late 2014. For more information, please visit stonebrewing.com or on social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, and The Stone Blog.
Two Brothers Brewing Company is excited to introduce a new member to the year around family of brews. Sidekick Extra Pale Ale will be available in cans starting mid March. Two Brothers Brewing Company’s Sidekick Extra Pale Ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit hops and artfully balanced with light malt character. “Were adding Sidekick to our canning roster” Jason Ebel explains “Because a good sidekick can go anywhere you go!”
That’s not where the line extension of cans will stop, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager, Two Brothers Brewing Company’s summer seasonal award winning beer, will be available in cans starting mid April. Two Brothers Brewing Company will establish a seasonal can rotation for Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager. This summer favorite is perfect to accompany you on excursions to the beach, canoeing, or just hanging out at home. Placing these craft brews in cans makes for a convenient, light weight, eco friendly way to contain and carry our beer.
After traveling in Europe, brothers Jim and Jason Ebel developed a passion for flavorful specialty beer. After returning to the states, they had trouble finding that type of beer in Chicago so they opened Two Brothers Brewing Company in 1996. To get them started, the Ebel brothers’ grandfather, a retired dairy farmer, donated his bulk milk tanks, which were quickly converted to fermenters.
Currently, the brewery resides in a 40,000 square foot facility 30 miles west of Chicago. In addition to their traditional style beers, Two Brothers Brewing Company produces many specialty beers including a line of oak aged ales. Adjacent to the brewery, Two Brothers Tap House opened in 2008 and in 2011 they opened Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, both restaurants serve elevated, seasonal, and organic American pub fare.
Two Brothers Brewing Company is ready for their long awaited return to the state of Pennsylvania. Thanks to Pennsylvania’s first and largest craft only beer carrier, Shangy’s The Beer Authority, Two Brothers Brewing Company beers will be available in March. “Two Brothers left [Pennsylvania] a couple years ago and we have had a daily request to bring them back since” Cameron Saunders, Sales Manager at Shangy’s, “People are going to be real excited that their beer is back!”
Two Brothers Brewing Company marks this year as one of their most productive. With their new and fully integrated bottling and canning lines, it is possible to expand out into new and exciting markets. These additions make it feasible for Two Brothers to expand production capabilities.
In a state that’s known for producing great beer, Pennsylvania’s breweries have fostered a community of discerning craft beer drinkers who are always seeking out the freshest tastes available. Two Brothers Brewing Company is bringing Pennsylvania their year around beers that showcase both traditional and unique flavors, as well as seasonal and artisan releases.
Beer labels, this month, from 4 Paws, Ale Syndicate, Atlas, Begyle, Church Street, Flesk Brewing, Flossmoor Station, Goose Island, Half Acre, Lake Effect/DryHop Brewers and Two Brothers.
Every couple of weeks we make the rounds at Costco and always take note of the beer aisle. Most of the time they have boxes full of a couple dozen Corona or Becks, or the Costco “craft beers” that I’ve always threatened to try and never have. Occasionally something fun, like four different six packs of the recently released Kona beers. I’m glad to report that one of my favorite random offers is back: the Two Brothers Case has returned.
A couple years ago, we called this one of the best bargains in craft beer, and the price has been pretty stable. back in 2008 it was $22.99, now it’s up a buck to $23.99 and still represents a heck of a deal, be it at normal grocery store prices, corner store rates or prices of pints at the bar.
Throughout the years, we’ve seen it turn up with a couple different variations, most often with Prairie Path but the current one offers six bottles of Northwind Imperial Stout in addition to Cane & Ebel, Bitter End and Domaine Dupage, making it an even better buy than usual. It’s been a while since we saw this available, so find a friend with a membership card and get on it.
While we spotted this specifically at the Damen/Diversey/Clybourn location, we can’t imagine that they only made these cases for a single store. Sound off if you’ve seen more.
The first collaboration for Stone Brewing Company in 2013 involves a Chicago area brewery, but probably not in the way that you might imagine.
A few weeks ago, we brought you the news that Two Brothers was entering the coffee world. It’s that product that’s going to make up a part of the new beer, and presumably Stone will be calling on the brewing prowess of our friends in the Western Suburbs as well.
Until we know more, however, it’s enough to imagine what Two Brothers, Stone and coffee could create.
Andrew at beerfx.com confirms, in the comments, that the collaborative beer will be a coffee IPA and was the winner of this fall’s Iron Brew competition in Chicago.
Video courtesy of Beer FX:
Here’s what to look for one store shelves: