Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn Hoppy Red Ale


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.


Church Street Crimson Clover Irish Red Ale


Beer type: Irish Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Church Street Brewery
IBU: 35


So, I love amber and red ales a lot so I’m a little partial. But, this Irish Red Ale is definitely one you need to try. I wish I could’ve tried this on St. Patrick’s Day and not after. It’s got a rich smell and a big head of foam when you pour it in a glass. Pair this with a red meat and some potatoes and you’ll be satisfied.

Church Street Brewery is in Itasca, a Chicago suburb. They say this beer has, “Notes of caramel, toffee, and buttered toast provide for a smooth and complex flavor profile – topped with a creamy head.”

Overall, I’m a big fan of this beer and I’d suggest it to any fan of local, craft beer.