New Chicago Beer Releases
Brewers are experimental by nature, constantly turning out new brews. This week: nutmeg-y holiday beers are upon us.
A belgian ale can easily capture the spice and color of carrot cake. Solemn Oath Brewery’s (1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville) Anaphylaxis, though, is brewed with carrots, sweet potatoes, nutmeg, and cloves, so it’s even closer to that particular dessert. I imagine barrel aging will have a better effect on this limited-edition brew than it would on a cake.
Similarly, expect Stone Brewing Co.’s Double Bastard ale to grow even more fearsome. Southern Charred is actually a blend, with portions of the beer aging in American oak barrels and others in first- and second-use Kentucky bourbon barrels.
It can be hard to tell all of Hoppin’ Frog’s beers apart. It’s probably worth rummaging among the various frogs in nearly identical bottles for this Christmas ale. Last year’s batch was great for washing down holiday desserts of all manner.
And compare Frosted Frog with Harpoon Brewery’s Winter Warmer, another coppery holiday ale. 'Tis the season of “nutmeg” tasting notes.
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Cody is a banjo-carrying gypsy now accustomed to having a permanent home in which to brew beer, store journalism degrees, read Wodehouse, and bake bread.