You’d think this week’s pick would hail from Canada, but this autumnal red ale actually comes courtesy of San Francisco-based Anchor Brewing. It’s a wonderfully hoppy beer that has just a touch of California maple syrup to balance it out. It’s only available for a few more weeks, so get it now, and go rake the leaves while you have a bottle or two. At 6%, you can afford to. Cheers.
One of the wonderful things about beer is that it can often be produced and bottled for a specific season. You don’t have to make thousands of cases, but instead, can offer a small batch of something really special for a limited time. Such is the case with most Oktoberfest beers, in demand right now, but only fleetingly. Local brewers Metropolitan and Revolution have some Oktoberfest beers available in the market right now, but only Revolution’s is available in cans; Metropolitan is still just available on tap. This week, Michael says get out there and pick up some of Revolution’s Oktoberfest – it’s an amber lager that will match up really well with your next bratwurst. Prost!
This week’s beer, from Germany, comes in a super cool bottle and has a bit of sea salt; it’s extremely refreshing, but a tad hard to find. Naturally, they do carry it at The Hopleaf, as well as a few other bars in town, but you’ll have to ask. Leipziger is the producer, and the correct pronunciation is GO-zuh, as in “rose” plus “uh.” Cheers, or should I say, prost!
It seems like we’ve been talking a lot about the Brooklyn Brewery lately. They’ve got their big MASH event coming to town in a week or so, and this week’s pick is actually a collaboration between Brooklyn’s Brewmaster – Garrett Oliver – and an Italian brewery called Amarcord. They produce a blonde and a bruna (darker) beer, and this week, Roper goes for the bruna. Cool bottle, even more interesting beer. Cheers.
It does seem like everyone and their beer-crazed brother is producing an IPA these days. But this week’s pick is a true pioneer in the category; it’s one of the first in America’s craft beer movement, and now, it’s available in Chicago. It’s from Ballast Point, a well-regarded brewery in San Diego, and it’s relatively low in alcohol (just 7%). Cheers to that.
This week, The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper suggests a Belgian-style saison from Switzerland, from the BFM Brewery. Their Square Root 225 is an anniversary beer, so it’s a one-off that won’t be around long. Better calculate how you’re going to find this one before it runs out. Cheers.