Witbier, 6.5% ABV
Middle Brow addressed Chicago’s Jekyll and Hyde spring by brewing two versions of its witbier, White Light and White Heat. White Light includes apricot and cardamom while White Heat helps keep you warm with its inclusion of chili peppers and tangy orange peel. Regardless of which one you choose, buying a Middle Brow beer also means supporting local charities; half of their profits support local causes.
White stout; 6.66% ABV
Sometimes it snows during springtime in Chicago, and sometimes stouts are white. Set to be released in mid-April, Madmen is a pale ale that tastes like a stout -- tame in appearance, but bold in flavor. It’s brewed with lactose, orange peel, cold press coffee, and Madagascar vanilla bean. The beer’s release coincides with longtime Chicago-radio personality Wendy Schneider’s documentary on the legendary rock 'n’ roll studio, Smart Studios.
Belgian-style IPA; 6.2% ABV
Pipeworks never disappoints when it comes to taking care of Chicago’s hopheads. With a nod to the forthcoming warmer months, Pipeworks has again canned their Glaucus Belgian IPA, which combines American Citric hops with bold, spicy Belgian yeast. Previous versions of Glaucus have enjoyed ABVs as high as 8%, but at 6.2% ABV, this one is almost sessionable, at least by Pipeworks standards. What hasn’t decreased is Pipeworks propensity to provide aggressive flavors and Glaucus is no different.