Ultimate 6er | Chicago Cubs
This next week will be the most agonizing emotional roller coaster for any Chicago Cubs fan out there. The Cubbies are in the World Series for the first time since 1945 – will this be the year that the curse is lifted? We don’t know. But we do know six beers you should be drinking during this World Series that would make the Cubs proud.
Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company
This one is a no-brainer. Old Style is the Chicago Cubs. In fact in 2014 when ABInbev signed an exclusive deal to pour at Wrigley Field, PBR actually had a petition to make sure that Old Style would still be poured at the Friendly Confines. The petition got 10,000 signatures and today while there is no Old Style signage in Wrigley the beer is poured to keep Cubs fans happy.
Magic in the Ivy | Huss Brewing Company
Even though Huss Brewing is in Arizona this beer is an homage to the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field. The pale ale is full of citrus and grapefruit and is nicely balanced with the hops. It’s great to have support for the Cubs even on the other side of the country. Just one question – why isn’t the can green?
Psychotic Baseball Fan | 350 Brewing Co.
Brewed by 350 out in the suburbs of Chicago, the brewery released this beer just before the NLCS. It’s a black IPA with fresh grapefruit added to the brew and has the more maltier, roasty characteristics of a Black IPA but are enhanced with the grapefruit added. Chicago Cubs fans have to be psychotic for cheering for a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908 and now this is the perfect beer for them.
Curse the Goat | Shoreline Brewery
On tap at Shoreline every Cubs home opening day, Shoreline brings Indiana support to the North Siders. This doppelbock is aged in bourbon barrels, and is a big hearty beer but is surprisingly smooth. You can get vintage bottles throughout the year but if you want the fresh release you’ll need to be at Shoreline on opening day.
Cooperstown Ale | Brewery Ommegang
Based in Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, it only seems fitting that Ommegang has a brewery for the shrine to all of baseball past. This blonde ale has Belgium-influences and was first brewed in 2014 to celebrate Ommegang’s location relative to the Hall of Fame. You’ll get a combination of hoppy notes but cut subtly with nice fruity undertones. With all the future hall of famers the Cubs will have I’m sure they’ll be drinking this beer quite a bit.
Des Moines IPA | Confluence Brewing Company
Everyone knows the Cubs play in Chicago. But some might not know that their Triple-A team, the Iowa Cubs play in Des Moines. With so much young talent that has been developed in Des Moines I thought it was only fitting to recognize a local beer. Des Moines IPA is what you’d call a classic IPA. It’s slightly bitter with prevailing citrus and piney notes throughout. Des Moines and the Cubs are very connected and Chicagoans should get to know the growing number of breweries in the Hawkeye state.
Stay tuned to see what Cleveland has in-hand for the World Series tomorrow!
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