Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Mikerphone Brewing is all about “craft beer inspired by music,” with pun-ily named brews–I Want My IPA and Daft Funk to name a couple. Mikerphone is currently “gypsy-brewing”-they don’t have a permanent brewing facility of their own, so they use space at another- but plans to open a permanent facility in Elk Grove Village, right near O’Hare Airport. You can hear head brewer Mike Pallen … Continue reading Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Style Study: Gose

The first gose I ever came across was Off Color’s Troublesome, a “wheat ale brewed with coriander.” I found this (not inaccurate) description to be a brilliant tactic for putting one of Chicago’s first gose beers on the market under familiar terms. Especially considering that, as the German Beer Institute points out, this type of beer is actually “brewed with slightly salted water,” which might … Continue reading Style Study: Gose

Chili Peppers

Baby, It’s Chili Outside (Ingredient Study: Chili Peppers)

“A pepper is a fruit filled with air instead of juicy flesh. … The fruit gets its heat from capsaicin, a substance that appears in highest concentrations in the inner membrane of the fruit and in its seeds. While capsaicin doesn’t cause a physical burn, it does send a signal to the brain that something’s on fire. The brain responds by issuing pain signals in … Continue reading Baby, It’s Chili Outside (Ingredient Study: Chili Peppers)

Almanac Brewing Farmer's Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

(a sour Belgian Blonde ale aged in wine barrels with Buddha’s hand citron zest, yuzu, and blood oranges) Hoppy New Year, beer-lovers! (See what I did there? I said “hoppy” instead of … oh, you get it? … K.) Well anyway, welcome to 2016. December was a busy month for me, and I slacked off quite a bit when it came to this here blog. I produced … Continue reading Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus