MIDDLE BROW BREWING — HUMILITY IN THE MAKING
Middle Brow Brewing isn’t trying to big-time it. In fact, they’re specifically keeping things modest.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Goose Island in Chicago. It’s been a dramatic few years for the company, growing rapidly as Chicago’s lead craft brewery during the surge, first partnering and eventually selling the operation to Anheuser-Bush, and finally giving birth to a number of fresh Chicago breweries by way of a continuously ambitious talent pool.
Today I’m drinking their Crash Landed American Pale Wheat Ale. It’s a sharp, well-bittered ale with some citrus and perfume in the aroma, backed by a slightly fruity and malty wheat backbone. The amber-golden color and medium body provide an uncommon richness in a standard wheat. 7%.
Enjoy your Friday afternoon. And kick off the weekend with Begyle’s Crash Landed
Andrew Wright is a Chicago-based artist, illustrator, and craft beer enthusiast. He’s produced incredible work for Field & Stream, The Wall Street Journal, and Bow Truss Coffee Roasters right here in Chicago.
He was originally featured on Good Beer Hunting as ”Hunter Gatherer No. 10” — Since then, he’s become a great friend and collaborator, helping conceive the first in a series of seasonal Good Beer Hunting screenprinted posters. This is the first in that series.
Andrew created four separate color linocuts and hand pulled the original prints to capture the unmistakable texture and nuance of the process. From there, we worked with Delicious Design League in Chicago to create the screens and perfect the colors for the poster run. It’s printed on French 100lb Kraft paper at 18”x24” with a stunning color and texture. Each print is signed and number by Andrew, and embossed with the “GBH & Co.” representing a great collaboration sketched out over many great beers.
Saveur magazine has added beer blogs to their Best Food Blog competition this year for the first time, and yours truly is one of the six finalists! It’s an incredible honor for any food and beverage writer, and I would love to have your support. So please, if you love beer as much as I do, and if GBH has made a difference in your love for that beer, toss me a high-five by voting for me in the competition!
I’m kicking off the first weekend of Spring with a couple of new local stars, only available in the Chicagoland area. Because we’re Chicago, and when Spring hovers around 30 degrees, we deserve a little shot in the arm, dammit.
It’s been almost a year since Solemn Oath Brewery landed on the scene in Chicago and the larger surrounding suburbs known as “Chicagoland.” And for most of that time, they’ve made a name for themselves through their beer, their relationships, and their taproom that’s become a unique destination for craft beer geeks, locals, and culture hounds on the fringes of the scene.
One thing they didn’t spend time doing was worrying about their website. With priorities like perfecting recipes, barrel aging, building the right team and shaking the right hands, trying to think about a landing page was on a different list than landing asses in seats. But it was coming. It was always coming.
The Owl Comes Into Its Own -
Only lately have scientists begun to understand owls in detail, and to puzzle out the subtleties of behavior, biology and sensory prowess that set them apart.