It’s time to say farewell to those bright, summer-batch brews (we'll miss you, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy) and make way for fall’s heady delights. Here’s what you can expect from Chicago brewers with the changing season.
It’s no secret that we love Revolution’s Anti-Hero, but come autumn, we only have eyes for the classic, German-style Oktoberfest. The smooth brew is made with Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops that offer an earthy bitterness, and warm, toasty malt rounds it out. The draft release will take place on September 10 in Revolution’s taproom (3340 N. Kedzie Ave.), and cans will hit its retailers’ (Binny’s, Mariano’s, Whole Foods) shelves shortly thereafter.
Solemn Oath plans to release three distinct seasonal brews this fall. By mid-September, you can expect to see Oktöberface—an American-style marzen that balances caramel and toasted malt flavors with bright, hoppy notes—on draft. Look for Psychogaze to land in early October; it’s a robust, American-style porter with toffee and chocolate malt overtones and citrusy undertones. Belgo-American double red ale Man vs. Internet will follow in mid-October. All three brews can be found at Solemn Oath’s taproom (1661 Quincy Ave. #179, Naperville) and in Chicagoland, Milwaukee, and Madison markets.
Metropolitan Brewing just released its traditional Afterburner Oktoberfest; find it on draft at Beermiscuous in Lakeview (2812 N. Lincoln Ave.), or purchase it at select liquor stores (Bottles and Cans, Sky Liquors, Beer Bazaar). With its malty sweetness and dry, elegant lager finish, the seasonal favorite pairs perfectly with the season’s harvest. We can’t imagine a better excuse for throwing a low-key, Oktoberfest-inspired dinner party.
The folks at Begyle Brewing have concocted a breakfast-inspired beer called Pancake Junkie, which is set to drop on September 23—just in time for the autumnal equinox. The creative brew is an imperial red ale infused with maple syrup. Breakfast of champions? We think so. Find it at Begyle’s store (1800 W. Cuyler 1E) and at select retailers across the city.