Ale Asylum Coming to Illinois via Wirtz Beverage

In Beer News by Ryan

Beginning next month Madison-based Ale Asylum will make its beers available for the first time outside of Wisconsin. The brewer inked a distribution deal with Wirtz Beverage and will begin shuttling beers south of the Cheddar Curtain in February.


This is welcomed news for those of us who like to road trip north and load our trunks with beer currently unavailable in Chicago. More room for New Glarus.

According to a press release, Ale Asylum will offer up four beers to start. All will be available in both bottle and on draft.

  • HOPALICIOUS – Hopalicious is the company’s flagship beer. Eleven separate additions of cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor, 5.8% ABV.
  • AMBERGEDDON – With a fury of hop flavor and a hint of malt backbone, this west coast amber is part ale, party sensory eruption and all American, 6.8% ABV.
  • MADTOWN NUTBROWN – The nutbrown ale is velvety smooth with a rich caramel aroma. Seven different malts provide just the right touch of sweetness with a creamy finish, 5.5% ABV.
  • BEDLAM! IPA A chaotic blend of Citra hops and Belgian-style yeast gives this Belgian IPA an aroma of summer fruit with a bright hop presence and plush finish, 7.5% ABV.

Ale Asylum joins the likes of O’so, Furthermore and 3 Sheeps in a migration south.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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