Left Hand Brewing Co. | Good Juju | 4.5% ABV | Spice Beer
If you like ginger than this is your fackin beer. LOTS of ginger. Not my cup-o-tea. Maybe it’s yours.
Greenbush Brewing Co. | ClosurE | 5.9% ABV | Pale Ale
Decent pale ale. Wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s pretty solid. Slightly more complex than Sierra Nevada’s pale ale. Good beer on a hot day in a sweaty glass.
Lagunitas | Lucky 13 | 8.6% ABV | Red Ale
As far as reds go, this is pretty solid. Super hoppy, copper in color, gives off a aroma similar to candied nug of weed. For the price, you can’t beat it. Good start to a BBQ.
Price: 3.99/22oz Bomber
Boulevard Brewing | Grainstorm | 7.7% ABV | Black Rye IPA
Oh, another craptacular beer from boulevard. I was going to write a scathing review about this beer full of f-bombs and c-bombs, but part of my review process involves checking other sites for second opinions. I don’t know what boulevard is doing, but outside of 3ish beers, they’re not for me. I didn’t like this beer but you might…buy Wookie Jack by Firestone Walker instead. Fart.
Price: 8.99/22oz Bomber
Pipeworks Brewing | Unicorns Revenge | 10% | Double IPA
This is the imperial version of Pipework’s Ninja vs. Unicorn. It’s a pretty solid beer but in no way lives up to the unicorn name. New Zealand hops give this a very light smooth feel. That’ 10% abv is very secretive. If you seen this, grab it.
Price: 10.99/22oz bomber
Goose Island | Night Stalker | 11.5% | Imperial Stout
Pull this gem from your cellars! It’s only brewery fresh for 180 days and this years batch is coming of age! It’s kinda got a salty/mesquite flavor that shows up in simcoe hopped ales. It’s pretty decent still but I do prefer it fresh. I just wanted to see what a the 180 days did to it.
Price: 9.99/22oz bomber
Greenbush | Anger | 7.6% abv | Black IPA
As I promised, more Greenbush. This might be one of the best black IPA’s I’ve ever had. Belgian malts, dark chocolate, bitter hops. I finally have my “available year round black ipa”. I fucking love this, and you should too.
Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade
Greenbush Brewing Co. | Brother Benjamin | 10.1% | Imperial IPA
Brand new to the Chicago market, Greenbush is setting a fire under beer nerd-asses, and with good reason. Brother Benjamin, the first of many Greenbush beers I’ll be bringing to your attention, is an imperial india pale ale brewed with honey. This beautiful honey filled malty iipa is pretty near perfect. Pretty sure this is available year round but don’t quote me on that. I can’t find anything saying it isn’t. Go get this fackin beer!
Dogfish Head | Raison D’Etre | 8% ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale?
I never really thought of this as a belgian but I guess it kind of makes sense. The raisons give it a sweet taste that compliments the malts very nicely. This is a good beer if you like it sweet.