Off Color Brewing

We brew beer. Sometimes we do other stuff, but not as well.

Bottle Shop Special Releases &
Current Lineup

Peruse the below offerings and follow us on BeerMenus for the most up-to-date inventory.

Market Rate
Brewery Only Release
Saturday June 24
Doors @ 11am(ish)

We thought Papillion and Bonaparte's Revenge would be the last of the barrel-aged wild releases over at Dickens, but here we are! Say hello to Market Rate! Available one day only, this Saturday. (And to QingMing, Saturday's other release: a special preview bottle.)

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HOW IT WORKS:
The big overhead door will open around 11am. There are no reservations, as we're not trying to protect you from the biting Chicago winter, and we truly believe there is more than enough Market Rate to last into the afternoon (possibly until 5pm when we close). And ICYMI: Forecast calls for a beautiful Spring-like day.

While you're here, feel free to purchase other beers and merch. It's not a bottle share, and there's no taproom at Dickens, so there's nothing to stick around for. (Makes even more excited for the Kingsbury location with its taproom!)

NEED TO KNOW'S:

  • Limit 4 bottles Market Rate per person. No limit on QingMing. Each bottle is $16.
  • Please BYO-bag. We have Earth-destroying plastic ones on hand, and large canvas totes for sale ($15), but the environment will thank you. We have a limited amount of boxes, too.
  • We only accept credit/debit cards (but no AMEX).
  • Brewery address is 3925 W. Dickens Avenue in Chicago, street parking is limited. Our building is marked with our logo and you'll see some blue dumpsters out front. It's quite the juxtaposition.
  • No public restroom is available. There is a Dunkin' around the corner on Pulaski and the Mozart Park field house to the east might be open, too.
  • Around 2pm we will post updates to Twitter and Facebook re: the line and bottle availability. Please be patient, as we may not be able to personally respond to emails, messages, or phone calls until that time. This page won't be updated with current info.

SMALL PRINT: We think [most] beer is best enjoyed fresh. We release beers when they're ready to drink. So bottoms up, share, and enjoy!

Market Rate, 5.8%, $16/750mL bottle, Limit 4 Brewed annually for Green City Market BBQ, with both unripened green and ripened Mara de Bois strawberries from the market, this is the first time we've let Market Rate sleep in wine barrels peacefully for 17 months. Green strawberries lend a unique acidic note while the diminutively sized Mara des Bois have a potent aromatic burst more reminiscent of slicing into fresh berries than stewed jam. A wisp of gin elevates the character from a small addition of three year old gin barrel aged saison we opted to blend in at the last second because at this point you all know John tends to add gin to things at the last second. Bright chords of honey and meadow flowers overlay light, toasted malts that play base for the vibrant fruit- and fermentation-based acidity. The finish is dry with a dose of American oak for structure leaving one reminded of vanilla, cracked black pepper, strawberry seeds, and late spring naps. We weren't planning on releasing any more wild beers out of Dickens but nature has it's own schedule.

Market Rate, 5.8%, $16/750mL bottle, Limit 4

Brewed annually for Green City Market BBQ, with both unripened green and ripened Mara de Bois strawberries from the market, this is the first time we've let Market Rate sleep in wine barrels peacefully for 17 months.

Green strawberries lend a unique acidic note while the diminutively sized Mara des Bois have a potent aromatic burst more reminiscent of slicing into fresh berries than stewed jam.

A wisp of gin elevates the character from a small addition of three year old gin barrel aged saison we opted to blend in at the last second because at this point you all know John tends to add gin to things at the last second.

Bright chords of honey and meadow flowers overlay light, toasted malts that play base for the vibrant fruit- and fermentation-based acidity. The finish is dry with a dose of American oak for structure leaving one reminded of vanilla, cracked black pepper, strawberry seeds, and late spring naps. We weren't planning on releasing any more wild beers out of Dickens but nature has it's own schedule.

QingMing
Preview Sale Saturday, June 24
Official Launch Thursday, July 13 @ the Field Museum

QingMing, 9.5% abv, $16/750mL bottle Inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating from the Late Shang/Western Zhou Dynasties circa 1600-722 bce, this a modern recreation of Chang. A stronger, drier herbal version of Li, a sweet, low abv rice- or millet-based "beer." Rather than a strict recreation of a single dig site, we chose to make an amalgam because existing evidence shows a wide range of beverage types were produced... and the federal government decided that many of the ingredients and flavorings being used at the time are not currently legal to use in beer production. Of particular interest, these sites have some very early evidence of mold based sacchrificaton - China's unique contribution to the production of alcoholic beverages. Taste profile is of peaches and lemon rind with fragrant aromas of tea, bubblegum, and sake followed by an onslaught of complex fruit, herbal, and floral character. Body is dry and effervescent with the warming alcohol dissipating quickly from the palate leaving one with the perception of nectar, honey, and perfumed rice. Hop to It! Release @ the Field Museum, Thursday, July 13, 6-8:30pm. Tickets on Eventbrite: bit.ly/QingMing2017 Preview Sale: Saturday, June 24 during Market Rate's one day sale Available in the Bottle Shop: Friday, July 14

QingMing, 9.5% abv, $16/750mL bottle

Inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating from the Late Shang/Western Zhou Dynasties circa 1600-722 bce, this a modern recreation of Chang. A stronger, drier herbal version of Li, a sweet, low abv rice- or millet-based "beer." Rather than a strict recreation of a single dig site, we chose to make an amalgam because existing evidence shows a wide range of beverage types were produced... and the federal government decided that many of the ingredients and flavorings being used at the time are not currently legal to use in beer production. Of particular interest, these sites have some very early evidence of mold based sacchrificaton - China's unique contribution to the production of alcoholic beverages.

Taste profile is of peaches and lemon rind with fragrant aromas of tea, bubblegum, and sake followed by an onslaught of complex fruit, herbal, and floral character. Body is dry and effervescent with the warming alcohol dissipating quickly from the palate leaving one with the perception of nectar, honey, and perfumed rice.

Hop to It! Release @ the Field Museum, Thursday, July 13, 6-8:30pm. Tickets on Eventbrite: bit.ly/QingMing2017

Preview Sale: Saturday, June 24 during Market Rate's one day sale
Available in the Bottle Shop: Friday, July 14

Now Available....

SPARKLES FINDS (SOME) TROUBLE Hibiscus Gose. $8/4-pack.

Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble. 4.3% ABV. $8/4-pack. Curious kittens sometimes get themselves into trouble. What they find out is some things are best left alone. Likewise, curious brewers sometimes add flowers and junk to their beer to see what'll happen. What they find out is those flowers will add a sweet note and stunning pink color to an otherwise tart and salty beer.

Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble. 4.3% ABV. $8/4-pack.

Curious kittens sometimes get themselves into trouble. What they find out is some things are best left alone. Likewise, curious brewers sometimes add flowers and junk to their beer to see what'll happen. What they find out is those flowers will add a sweet note and stunning pink color to an otherwise tart and salty beer.

What Else?

Fierce is back for 2017! Our traditional Berliner Weisse is kettle-soured and fermented with a saison yeast. The natural brightness and flavors of lemony-citrus make it a house favorite. $10/6-pack.

Tooth and Claw dry-hopped lager, a year-round collaboration with the Field Museum, was once exclusive to the museum and our own bottle shop. Now it is brewed and bottled regularly and distributed widely. Find it at the brewery: $10/6-pack. No limit.

For a complete list, always check BeerMenus before your visit!

Coming Soon...

  • Yuzu Fierce in July and Wari in August!

Updated 6/8/17

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