When it comes to beer, everyone has their favorite variety.
There’s the ale aficionados and the lager lovers. Others prefer to quaff a kolsch or sip a saison. And if none of those describe you, join the club. There’s a beer for everyone out there.
Hundreds of beer-enthusiasts ventured out to the Logan Square Auditorium Saturday for the second annual Logan Square Beer Festival. Nineteen breweries, most from Chicago or nearby (though Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin were also represented), brought a total of 53 different beers for guests to try.
Local breweries represented
The event’s focus was on Chicago beers and Logan Square was more than adequately represented. Revolution Brewing (@RevBrewChicago, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.) brought several offerings, including 4th Year Beer, a huge, dangerously easy to drink Belgian-style quad that clocks in at 11.5 percent alcohol by volume.
But it wasn’t just the already-established breweries that drew the crowds. Middle Brow Beer Company, which doesn’t actually have its own facility yet (Middle Brow’s self-described “President of Rock and Roll” Nick Burica says they’ve been contracting with a brewery in Zion, Ill. to produce their beer), had huge lines all day to sample several beers, including two collaborations with Lula Cafe (@LulaCafe, 2537 N. Kedzie Ave.).
“We reached out to Lula,” Burica says. “They were one of our best customers. We kind of worked back and forth on some ideas.”
Also on hand was Ale Syndicate (@AleSyndicate, 2601 W. Diversey Ave.). They brought with them their brand new “Suit and Thai” — a Thai-style IPA with an incredibly refreshing lemon flavor, as well as Thai chiles.
A Beer for Every Taste
Ben Hollister, a Jefferson Park resident, brought his dad, Steve Hollister to the beer festival Saturday. Hollister says he generally gravitates toward lagers and other lighter beers and had high praise for Middle Brow’s “Robyn”, a light ale that was being infused with coffee at the table.
“I’ve never had a coffee beer that’s so light in color,” Hollister says. “You still get a coffee flavor but it’s not punch you in the face with coffee.”
Logan Square resident John Raines describes himself as a “hop head” and says that while Logan Square is home to a lot of great beer offerings, it’s still not perfect as a beer destination.
“We need more taprooms,” he says.