A Drive Across the Country to Learn Beers by the Region
As a writer and journalist, we all go through that time when you just don’t have work. For me, that time came in early 2012. When you reach that point, it’s all about what you are going to do about it. You can sob, pout, complain, search for work, what have you.
As for me, it was a no brainer. I decided to go on a cross-country road trip to blow the money I don’t have in search for tastes of the regions throughout this massive country.
Over the course of 11 blogs here on DME’s Daily Drink, I’ll break down my thoughts of the six packs of beer I got from five different regions (Northwest, Midwest, East Coast, South and Southwest) amassing 11 states. Last time, we finished off our samples in the Northwest with a pleasantly balanced IPA from Montana. In this entry, we’ll make our first stop of the Midwest: Illinois.
In our first two trips, we got a taste of a couple brews from smaller towns. While in Illinois, we’re going big, picking up a six pack from the Windy City, Chicago. Perusing through a local liquor store, how could you go wrong with a six pack that has a picture of the sky line on it? For you Chicago readers, I’m sure you guessed it already, I picked up the Pier Pale Ale from Chicago Beer Company.
An American Pale Ale, the Pier Pale Ale from the CBC has all the things I’m looking for in a pale ale. It has the look; it has an incredible smell, clearly hopped generously for a pale; and it has the taste – smooth and refreshing.
Pier Pale Ale features the Cascade hop. It provides everything a hop should – bitterness, aroma and taste – without taking over the beer as a whole. The malt balances it out ever so perfectly to keep you coming back for more. At 5.5 percent alcohol by volume and 30 IBUs, it is most definitely an ale you can have over and over again.
Chicago Beer Company offers three regular selections – Pier Pale Ale, Windy City Wheat and Lake Shore Lager – with a summer season that is available from May through August. If the Pier Pale Ale is any indication of what CBC offers with their other selections, I’ll take the far less selections for the quality they put into them.
Located on West Randolph Street in Chicago, the company states, “Brewed and bottled for you, Chi-Town,” on its website. I hope they don’t mind if an out-of-towner comes back for more.
Pier Pale Ale, for sure, is a can’t miss. On my next trip to the Midwest, I’m definitely planning on grabbing me some more. If you get out to the Windy City sometime soon, you should grab some too.
With Illinois in the rearview mirror, our Midwest venture continues east. Next up on the cross-country joyride to beer heaven: Michigan.
Like it? Hate it? Love it? Let me know. I’m sure you’ll be pleased though.