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I'M SORRY. Belgian-stye ale with flowers. $12/750mL. 

I'm Sorry. 7.2%ABV. $12/750mL. The aroma at first blush is a layered cloudburst of flowers, nectar, and white fruits offered in apology to the onslaught of flavors of peach, Juicy Fruit gum, and rose petals which quickly evaporates off the tongue leaving a delectable dry finish and sense of euphoria that comes with a return to the good graces of one's stung love.

I'm Sorry. 7.2%ABV. $12/750mL.

The aroma at first blush is a layered cloudburst of flowers, nectar, and white fruits offered in apology to the onslaught of flavors of peach, Juicy Fruit gum, and rose petals which quickly evaporates off the tongue leaving a delectable dry finish and sense of euphoria that comes with a return to the good graces of one's stung love.

HYPER PREDATOR Coffee Farmhouse Ale. $8/4-pack. Featuring Chicago's own Metric Coffee.

Hyper Predator Coffee Farmhouse Ale. 6.5% ABV. $8/4-pack. Our well-loved Farmhouse Ale, Apex Predator, gets a coffee kick. Metric Coffee's effervescent Ethiopia Hambela Abeba Genet contributes notes of jasmine, lime, honey, and berries. A bright, refreshing coffee beer: who knew?

Hyper Predator Coffee Farmhouse Ale. 6.5% ABV. $8/4-pack.

Our well-loved Farmhouse Ale, Apex Predator, gets a coffee kick. Metric Coffee's effervescent Ethiopia Hambela Abeba Genet contributes notes of jasmine, lime, honey, and berries. A bright, refreshing coffee beer: who knew?

CLASS WAR Gotlandsdricka. $10/750mL. 

Class War Gotlandsdricka. 9.5% ABV. $10/750mL. Gotlandsdricka, or Gotlandsdricke, is the indigenous farmhouse ale of Gotland, the largest island in Sweden. A cousin to the Finnish Sahti, it's similarly kept alive by a handful of old men and very much in danger of dying off with them. Was taught how to make it by the head brewer at Nårke over the course of several, several beers where he made me run through several books he had with him a the bar despite the fact that a) they were in Swedish b) there were no pictures and c) I don't speak Swedish. Undeterred, he carried on and felt it was very important to discuss the tradition of brewing dricke and also that there are different sexes of juniper trees. Our version is deeply spicy with both malted and unmalted rye and a hefty addition of juniper but, while rich, finishes dry and fruity thanks to a large honey addition and a portion of malt Dave smoked by hand over pear wood in the backyard. ABV is deceptive and balances against the stonefruit sweetness of dark munich. At 9.5% it should leave you well prepared for the brave new world we're heading into or at least blissfully despondent. Just remember, vikings didn't have health insurance either. Gonna go ahead and guess lots of us won't anymore, so we have priced Class War accordingly. Brewing for the proletariat.

Class War Gotlandsdricka. 9.5% ABV. $10/750mL.

Gotlandsdricka, or Gotlandsdricke, is the indigenous farmhouse ale of Gotland, the largest island in Sweden. A cousin to the Finnish Sahti, it's similarly kept alive by a handful of old men and very much in danger of dying off with them. Was taught how to make it by the head brewer at Nårke over the course of several, several beers where he made me run through several books he had with him a the bar despite the fact that a) they were in Swedish b) there were no pictures and c) I don't speak Swedish. Undeterred, he carried on and felt it was very important to discuss the tradition of brewing dricke and also that there are different sexes of juniper trees.

Our version is deeply spicy with both malted and unmalted rye and a hefty addition of juniper but, while rich, finishes dry and fruity thanks to a large honey addition and a portion of malt Dave smoked by hand over pear wood in the backyard. ABV is deceptive and balances against the stonefruit sweetness of dark munich. At 9.5% it should leave you well prepared for the brave new world we're heading into or at least blissfully despondent. Just remember, vikings didn't have health insurance either. Gonna go ahead and guess lots of us won't anymore, so we have priced Class War accordingly. Brewing for the proletariat.

MYSHKA Russian Serf Stout. $8/4-packs.

Myshka Russian Serf Stout. 3.5% ABV. $8/4-packs. Russian Folktales was a collection of, well, Russian folktales put together in the same vein as Brother's Grimm work on Grimm's Fairytales. Included is The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksey Tolstoy (no, not the one you're thinking of...but they are distant relatives. This one exposed the Nazis for being awful and was instrumental for the Nuremberg Trials). The story tells the tale of a farmer who grows a turnip so big he can't pull it out of the ground. So the grandmother pulls on the grandfather who pulls on the turnip. They can't pull it out of the ground so to granddaughter pulls on the grandmother who pulls on the grandfather who pulls on the turnip. Then the dog pulls on the granddaughter. And the cat pulls on the dog. You get it and in Russian they all rhyme. Finally, the smallest, weakest creature on the farm comes along, our intrepid little mouse, and with her help they accomplish their goal through collective action. We honor her with this smallest, weakest Russian Imperial Stout made for us little people just trying to get along, pulling up turnips. Also, we put Russian Serf Stout on the label because we got a lot of emails from people arguing you can't make a 3.5% RIS and we don't feel like going through all that again.

Myshka Russian Serf Stout. 3.5% ABV. $8/4-packs.

Russian Folktales was a collection of, well, Russian folktales put together in the same vein as Brother's Grimm work on Grimm's Fairytales. Included is The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksey Tolstoy (no, not the one you're thinking of...but they are distant relatives. This one exposed the Nazis for being awful and was instrumental for the Nuremberg Trials). The story tells the tale of a farmer who grows a turnip so big he can't pull it out of the ground. So the grandmother pulls on the grandfather who pulls on the turnip. They can't pull it out of the ground so to granddaughter pulls on the grandmother who pulls on the grandfather who pulls on the turnip. Then the dog pulls on the granddaughter. And the cat pulls on the dog. You get it and in Russian they all rhyme. Finally, the smallest, weakest creature on the farm comes along, our intrepid little mouse, and with her help they accomplish their goal through collective action. We honor her with this smallest, weakest Russian Imperial Stout made for us little people just trying to get along, pulling up turnips.

Also, we put Russian Serf Stout on the label because we got a lot of emails from people arguing you can't make a 3.5% RIS and we don't feel like going through all that again.

What Else?

Bare Bear is back! This is our seasonal Sahti-style ale brewed with rye and juniper. It's a traditional Finnish style, some believe it's one of the oldest styles in Europe. $11/6-pack.

Tooth and Claw dry-hopped lager, a year-round collaboration with the Field Museum, was once exclusive to the museum shop 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...

*scratches head* Stay tuned?

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