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Refer to it as mid-summer; the dog days; the height of summertime. Call it whatever you want, but the fact is that it’s hot outside in the Windy City. And so to beat the heat; we need a few refreshing beers. Whether you drink it watching a ball game while grilling or just basking in some air conditioning, it’s satisfying to have a beer that fits the season. Here are six Chicago summer beers sure to help keep the mind off the endless beads of sweat forming all over your skin.
Somehow, suburban Chicago’s Scorched Earth Brewing barreling program remains off the radar for most beer drinkers, which leaves this writer befuddled. Certainly those in the Chicago region with a nose for barrel-aged beers should make it a high priority to seek all forms of Scorched Earth brewing alchemy. One of the brewery’s latest releases, Barrel 76, is a Flanders red ale aged in French oak wine barrels with Montmorency cherries and Madagascar vanilla beans. Traditional, yet innovative. Sophisticated, yet rustic. Tart, yet a bit sweet. The beer serves as an example for what craft brewing is all about.
I hope you all had a wonderful turkey day and have thoroughly recovered from the food coma. I’ve been spending my week entering a new career phase and new company. Leaves fall, seasons change and our team is spending their fall evenings digging into some tasty brews. Kindle a fire, throw on a blanket and get ready to see What We’re Drinking.
It’s easy to get caught up with all of the great craft breweries located in the city of Chicago. However, the number of small breweries popping up in the surrounding suburbs is growing at an incredible rate. I decided to head west and try Scorched Earth in Chicago’s western suburbs.