Andersonville City Made Fest 2014: Meet the Beers!

City Made Fest Beers

We’ve lined up an exciting and diverse cast of breweries for Andersonville City Made Fest. This selection represents both large, national outfits, and scrappy microbreweries working right here in Andersonville. With so many choices, there’s sure to be something for every kind of beer lover here. From the smoothest, most refreshing citrus-y wheat beers to the most bitter IPAs to some very stout stouts, these brewers have you covered. So join us Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2014, for a weekend of the best in local beer, local artisans, local food and great local music!  Be sure to explore the many artisans and craftspeople present at the fest. Update: We will also have a local sangria vendor at the Fest.

Ale Syndicate BrewersThis Logan Square community brewery is dedicated to making craft beer worthy of Chicagoans. Ale Syndicate’s founders, brothers Samuel Evans and Jesse Edwin Evans, aim to produce their unique take on traditional styles of beer, such as IPA, porter and more. Syndicate Brewers is all about strong flavors and pure ingredients.

  1. DuSable Hopppy Saison –  weaves threads of German, American and French brewing traditions into a hoppy saison. French saison yeast lends an earthy spiciness to the light German malt character, buoying a resinous hop profile. This beer is multi-faceted and palate-pleasing. (7.0% ABV)
  2. Petrillo Pale Ale – Comes across as an easy-drinking ale with a refreshing citrus tang, but spend more time with it and you’ll find the Zythos and Ahtanum hops present a more dramatic flavor – spicy and piney- supported by German-style malt for a beer that plays well under the bandshell or paired with haute cusine. (4.7% ABV)

Andersonville Brewing: Hamburger Mary’s started brewing their own line of craft beers in 2009, with “Mary’s Rec Room” in the adjacent  space. What started as a hobby has turned into a 200+ barrel/year operation. With 40 other beers and ciders in bottle and draft plus their own brews, they have something to satisfy all tastes and best of all – Andersonville Brewing is still Andersonville’s premier sports bar.

  1. Mary Hoppins Pale Ale – The crisp citrus flavor is derived from an abundance of preimum Cascade hops.  Dry-hopping after primary fermentation allows the full aroma and flavor of the Cascades to be captured, yet it’s not too heavy. (5.4% abv)
  2. Betty’s Wit – Named after the Oak Park actress, this delicious beer is brewed with rosehips and lavender, coriander, and orange (5.2%abv)

Andersonville Brewing

Argus Brewery – This south-side brewery is a father and son team located in historic stables dating back to the early 1900s. The pair craft their beers in a building that once housed the Schlitz horse teams and carriages and are leaders in green brewing practices. They even make pizzas from leftover malted barley and brewer’s yeast – on sale at your local Jewel.

  1. Pegasus IPA – A prominent and intense hop aroma with a citrus, floral and or fruity characterderived from American hops. Color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong india pale ale. (6.5% ABV)
  2. Ironhorse Chicago Common– First brewed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid 1800′s, this hybrid uses a lager yeast but is fermented at warmer temperatures typical of ale. Copper colored and medium bodied, Argus Ironhorse has full malt & spicy herbal hop flavors, producing a very unique character unlike any ale or lager. (6.3% ABV)

Begyle Brewing – Begyle Brewing’s unique growler subscription program has made it a hit with Chicagoans. Unsurprizingly, their Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Membership has a long waiting list, so be sure to sample their offerings at City Made Fest?

  1. Begyle Blonde Ale – This is a light, creamy ale that’s fruity on the finish, golden, and perfectly refreshing.
  2. Euchred – Made with 100% midwest hops, this IPA is deep copper gold with big fruity hops and a malty sweet aroma.

Empirical Brewery -Empirical’s brewmasters have been at the forefront of brewing advances over the last three decades and comes to us with over 33 years of brewing experience.  Their custom equipment was made by hand only 75 miles from Chicago.  Their variety of enjoyable beers are made with care, excitement, and affection right in the heart of Andersonville.

  1. Superluminal – Northwest Wheat – A refreshing wheat beer with a pleasant northwest hop flavor and aroma. (4.7% ABV)
  2. Atomic Amber: Honey Hypothesis – Honey Amber Ale – A strong aroma and flavor from 100 pounds of fresh honey. Finishes with a rich caramel aftertaste. (6.7% ABV)

Finch’s Beer Co. This multiple award-winning brewer is in the business of brewing great, craft beers right here in Chicago. They take care to use the best ingredients and work to make sure every batch is the best it can be.

  1. Secret Stache Stout – While no actual chocolate was used to brew this beer, heaps of chocolate malt give the beer its color and chocolate and coffee notes. Torrified wheat is also used in the recipe for additional body and head retention. The beer was hopped three times with Fuggles, with vanilla beans that were thrown directly into the fermenter to be steeped at room temperature. Take your time with this one, its lightly carbonated syrupy goodness will change with the temperature. (5.3% ABV)
  2. Hardcore Chimera – An American style imperial IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade and Mosaic hops. Hardcore Chimera is then dry hopped with over a pound of hops per BBL. Ringing in with over 80 IBU’s, Hardcore Chimera’s intense aroma and flavor of passion fruit and citrus is balanced out against a hearty grain bill that lends to the beer’s deceptively drinkable 9% ABV.
  3. Finch’s Pale Ale – An American style Pale Ale featuring Crystal and Munich malts that give it a nice sweet, biscuit malt flavor with a hop punch from Cascade and Simcoe for a citrus, dank aroma. At 5.2% ABV and 40 IBUs this beer is easy to drink on a hot day and packed with flavor to make you want to drink another.
  4. Wet Hot American Wheat – Named for it’s particularly “wet” mash, “Hot” initial fermentation temperature and being in the style category of American Wheat Ale. Wet Hot American Wheat is brewed and dry hopped with Centennial and Columbus hops and utilizes two different kinds of wheat malt, White wheat and Torrified wheat. The beer is an opaque yellow. Acceptable for the style, its slight cloudiness is attributed to the large amounts of wheat used in the mash. This beer has an initial sweetness that is balanced by hop additions late in the boil. (5.0% ABV)

Half Acre Beer Company – Started in a spare bedroom in 2006, Half Acre has since grown a significant presence in Chicago with a brewery, store, tap room and is in the midst of adding a second brewery thanks to ever-growing demand.

  1. Daisy Cutter – A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one is Half Acre’s best-selling brew. (5.2% ABV)
  2. Akari Shogun – A ridable ale hosting some wheatey nuts & juicy Motueka hop bolts. The deliverer of this truth: Akari Shogun, He who harnesses light will usher this summer force into your life. (5.0% ABV)

Lagunitas Brewing Company – Lagunitas has been crafting popular, delicious beer now for over a decade and with the recent opening of the Lagunitas Brewing tap room and brewery facility in North Lawndale, many of those brews will be made right here in Chicago.

  1. Lagunitas IPA – A well-rounded, highly drinkable IPA. A bit of Caramel Malt barley provides the richness that mellows out the twang of the hops. (6.2% ABV)
  2. Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – Way Smooth and silky with a nice wheathly-esque-ish-ness…A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. (7.5% ABV)
  3. NightTime Ale – This ale is packed full of highly roasted malts, then counter-hopped by smooth operators with the dankest, juiciest hops. Not for the lunch crowd. Or the faint of heart. (8.2% ABV)
  4. Lagunitas PILS – Our only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp and Easy to Slam, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for. (6.2% ABV)

Lake Effect Beer Company

Lake Effect Brewing Company This small brewery in Jefferson Park has quite a big following. Following years of trial and error, Clint and his friend Lynn partnered to take their hobby to the next level. Their Lake Effect IPA has been quite a hit across the city and other seasonal flavors have been winning awards and recognition city-wide.

  1. Marzen (Octoberfest) – This take on the classic Marzen is made with all American malt from Wisconsin. Deep ruby red and a welcoming biscuit aroma sets up a malt bomb experience with a crisp finish just like you’d expect in the beer tent.
  2. Falcon Dive IPA – This insanely hopped beer features copious amounts of columbus and cascade hops. Floral, Piney, Citrusy – it’s all there and more making a hop head’s delight.

Metropolitan Brewing – A production microbrewery located in a warehouse on Foster Avenue, their focus and inspiration lies in German-style lagers. Metropolitan Brewing is expanding it’s operations with a larger brewery to bring their popular brews beyond Chicagoland.

  1. Krankshaft Kolsch – Brewed in homage the beer brewed in Cologne, Krankshaft, a Kolsch style beer is a pale straw hued smile in a glass. We throw in a little wheat malt to round out an easy Santiam hop bitterness. (5.0% ABV)

Off Color Brewing – John and Dave, the duo behind Off Color Brewing, have built a reputation crafting some award winning beers. Now they do it for themselves, applying theor brewing knowledge, experience, and creativity to create a new breed of classically inspired American beer.

  1. Troublesome – Gose: Slightly tart wheat beer with coriander and salt. (4.3% ABV)
  2. Scurry – Kottbusser: Dark honey ale brewed with Molasses and Oats. (5.3% ABV)
  3. Apex Predator – Saison: Dry hopped farmhouse ale. (6.5% ABV)

Revolution Brewing – Revolution Brewing is Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery. Their brewpub in Logan Square is a bustling neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town and the brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year.

  1. Fist City – A few weeks back, with the aim of making a session-worthy patio crusher that would celebrate a new friendship between a killer local brewery and a pretty great place to hang, Big Star and Revolution Brewing brewed “Fist City.” This mega pale ale with California hop aroma is named for the Loretta Lynn tune — blending the music that defines Big Star and the iconic fist that identifies Revolution’s beers.
  2. Bottom Up Wit – Revolution’s interpretation of this classic and refreshing Belgian style ale is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts. Freshly ground coriander and Curacao orange peel, along with a special Wit yeast strain, contribute wonderful orange and citrus aromas and a crisp, yet silky, mouthfeel.

Cantina de la Granja – This innovative Mexican restaurant from the owners of The SoFo Tap and Crew will be opening at 5025 N. Clark, and during City Made Fest they will be making both red and white sangria with recipes in line with what they will serve when they open.  While obviously finding wine and fruit from Chicago is pretty much impossible, they are sticking close by with wine from Wollersheim Winery in Sauk City, WI and most of their fruit coming from southern Michigan.  And the tea they are using is from SenTEAmental Moods, an Andersonville farmers market vendor based on the South Side of Chicago!

ABOUT ANDERSONVILLE CITY MADE FEST: Andersonville City Made Fest takes place on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 from 12 noon-9:00 pm both days on Clark Street between Argyle and Carmen Avenues (5000-5100N).  A suggested $5 benefits the Andersonville Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the long-term well-being of the Andersonville community by fostering sustainable community and economic development in the Andersonville commercial district.