Whether you choose to embrace the winter weather by seeking refuge in a dark, warm-flavored ale, or you mentally escape our snowbound environs with a summery, coconut-fueled fantasy, newly-available flavors from Chicagoland breweries offer solace and comfort in a variety of forms. With sour ales, IPAs, and even coffee-infused brews, you’re sure to find something tasty to sip on during the month of February.
Prepare to be dazzled by the stars of Hopewell’s recent double release— Neon: Cherry Lime, a fruity sour ale incorporating Montmorency cherries and lime leaf; and Low Key, a spelt pale ale “brewed with Strata and Loral hops.”
Though technically released at the very end of January, Evanston-based Temperance’s new Where I’m From hazy IPA continues to grace the month of February with its presence, specifically benefiting the City of Evanston’s Reparations Fund, which was established “to address, in part, wealth and opportunity gaps that Black Americans experience as a result of historical racism and discrimination.” The new brew itself is infused with delicious notes of vanilla and citrus making it one of these hottest releases from Chicagoland breweries this year.
Along with the return of a couple of other favorites, Off Color has introduced the brand new Well Fed Sheep scotch ale, which combines a heavy malt presence with lighter Star Thistle honey. A welcome addition to the brewery’s menagerie of other excellent concoctions, Well Fed Sheep is sure to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy this month.
Continuing to alter our ideas about great beer on an atomic level, one of Chicagoland favorite breweries, Empirical Brewery has teamed up with Hexe Coffee for the upcoming release of Vibraniyum Coffee Brown Ale. The bold new beer becomes available February 8 in cans and on draft.
Begyle’s upcoming double release introduces the light and fruity When Pineapples Fly sour pineapple ale—with a touch of coconut!—and the Sent with Love hazy IPA, which incorporates not only notes of berry but more coconut! Escape the to more tropical climes with these brews starting February 11.
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