A Beer, A Bite & A (Home)Brewery
October 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
For our next edition of A Beer, A Bite & A Brewery, we’ve got a Shyamalan-style twist for you: YOU are the brewery!
That’s because October 14th is National Homebrew Legalization Day. That’s right, your favorite hobby hasn’t been legal for that long, all things considered, and it all had to start somewhere. To celebrate, we’re partnering with our friends and neighbors at the Wine & Hop Shop for a special bundle: for $75, you’ll get an all-grain kit to brew your own clone of Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, a true gold standard for American IPA. And for a little extra inspiration, the bundle includes a mixed six-pack of classic IPAs from some of our favorite breweries; see below for the list.
On October 14th, we’ll all gather for a Zoom call with Bell’s lead brewer Zeke Bogan to discuss the beers, the brewing process, and your thoughts on how your clone stacks up against the original! There is also a beer-only option if you’re not a brewer but still want to enjoy some great hoppy ales and participate in the call. Happy homebrewing!
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale – 7% abv
One of the true classics, this is also the beer you’ll be looking to recreate if you bought a kit from our buds at The Wine & Hop Shop! So, good luck. If you’re just looking to enjoy a simply perfect IPA, look no further than this 100% Centennial-hopped beauty.
Sierra Nevada Torpedo – 6.8% abv
The mania surrounding Citra hops may have skyrocketed with the release of Three Floyds Zombie Dust, but Torpedo has the distinction of being the first widely distributed IPA with Citra. Though old-school in its execution, Torpedo is bright and clean, with notes of tangerine and grapefruit.
Half Acre Bodem – 6.7% abv
Bodem is one of Half Acre’s newest year-round beers, but is quickly becoming its most popular. An ultra-modern take on the style without venturing into hazy territory, Bodem is ridiculously fruity, with a hop profile of melon, strawberry and ripe apricot.
Pipeworks Lizard King – 6% abv
Full disclosure: this is officially classified as a pale ale, but it’s 6% alcohol and mega-hoppy so DEAL WITH IT. Pipeworks produces a wide range of high-quality hoppy beers, though this one built the brewery. Hopped with 100% Mosaic, its flavor is rife with mango and berry notes, but with a cleanness and drinkability that belies its strength.
Revolution Anti-Hero – 7.3% abv
Are you seeing a trend here? What can we say, Chicago breweries know how to make an IPA. Though the jumping off point for a plethora of single-hop variants, the classic Anti-Hero is still one of Revolution’s best-selling beers. A benchmark for the most Midwestern style of IPA, the beer makes remarkable use of the tried and true Warrior/Chinook/Centennial/Amarillo hop combo.
Third Space Upward Spiral – 6.5% abv
Given our affinity for Third Space Brewing, we shouldn’t be surprised that one of Wisconsin’s best breweries whipped up one of the best West Coast IPAs not on the West Coast. Endlessly drinkable due to a light malt body, our love for this beer just keeps going up and up and up…
Important Note: You are welcome to purchase a kit from our buds at the Wine & Hop Shop at anytime before the event. Please be aware, however, that for the beer to be ready by 10/14, you should start the brew no later than 10/1 for a kegged batch.