Beer type: Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
It’s been a while, but I’m back again trying more beers. I was out of the beer drinking game for a while due to a nasty cold/Chicago CTA shared virus. Now, I’m back to feeling 100% and craving some tasty beers.
The Aunt Sally by Lagunitas is definitely different compared to your normal Lagunitas beers and just any ales in general. It has a citrus smell to it, instantly making you think it’s going to taste sweet. When you taste it, you know right away that this is a sour beer. It isn’t too sour to drink, but you definitely get a sweet then sour taste. It has a golden color to it and it goes down pretty easy. Some people are really into sours and some hate them. This one is good, but I wouldn’t drink a lot of them. If you haven’t had a sour before, they’re definitely an interesting take on beer.
Lagunitas says, “It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes.” As a reminder, Lagunitas brews in Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL.
Beer type: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.1%
Brewed By: Maplewood Brewing Company
Maplewood Brewing Company is back on the beer blog for round 2. This time, they brought their award-winning Charlatan American Pale Ale. I now see why it won the Great American Beer Festival Pale Ale contest in 2016.
When you smell this beer, you get a sweet, citrus aroma like many good pale ales. When you take a drink, the citrus taste comes out right away, then it transitions into the bitterness of a pale ale. It’s a good beer, and it’s available all around Chicago.
Maplewood has a lounge where you can go and grab a few drinks and have a good time. It’s 2717 N Maplewood Ave in Chicago, hence the name. Maplewood also is a distillery, making spirits like whiskey and gin.
Beer type: Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
The CitruSinesis is one of their limited releases that has a lot of flavors packed in. It has a citrus type aroma with a hazy gold color to it. When you initially taste it, you’ll experience hints of orange and citrus. They took juice from blood oranges and added it to one of their past pale ales to get this wonderful beer. Right in time for the 90+ weekend in Chicago, I got to enjoy this while trying to cool off from the heat. I’d recommend this beer to any person who likes a fruity type of beer or anything refreshing during the summer. Make sure to grab a six-pack or two before they’re gone.
Lagunitas is based out of Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL. They have great branding, a good variety of beers and they’re known for their IPA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, and others. They’ve been around for a while and they always come out with new beer releases, so be on the lookout for the next!
Beer type: Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.1%
Brewed By: Hopewell Brewing Company
This is my second review of a Hopewell beer. This time, I bought myself a six pack and did the pours myself in my apartment.
Hopewell First Lager is your classic type of lager. It has a yellow/golden color to it and it’s light. It doesn’t have any intense smells or anything like that. It is moderately carbonated and it has a bitter aftertaste. It’s refreshing on this mid 80s day in Chicago. Hopewell says they use a Midwest malt for this recipe. This is your classic lager type beer, nothing too wild or crazy, but always good.
Hopewell Brewing Company is based out of the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL. It’s within walking distance from where I live and I need to go there more often. They have beers on draft, beers to go, and some pretty cool merchandise. Their taproom is a cool place to hang out, pet dogs, and play some board games.
Beer type: Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.5%
Brewed By: Pipeworks Brewing Company
Pipeworks Brewing Company is another great brewery out of Chicago, IL. They’re in the Hermosa/Logan Square area not too far from me. Let’s get to the beer.
The Blood of the Unicorn is a great red ale with a lot of flavor to it. It pours as a hazy amber color and leaves a good amount of head on the top of the beer. It first smells almost like an IPA but then you taste it and you get the sweetness of a red ale with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. They serve this beer in a 16oz can and the artwork on all of their cans is amazing. If you collected their cans, you could start a small art museum.
This is a tasty beer and I’d recommend to anyone looking to branch out from the bigger Chicago craft breweries. Good stuff Pipeworks, good stuff.