Restless Years: Rye Pale Ale

Made with rye malts, Rye Pales Ales allude
a flavor profile differing from a Pale Ale.

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Substituting rye malts with a portion of barley malts, Temperance’s Restless Years Rye Pale Ale demonstrates a light, dry and spicy taste.

This beer is perfect to drink on a hot day. With its tropical fruit notes (coming from the hops) and the spicy finish, this beer is sure to surprise you.

Food Pairing:
Cheese- Blue Vein Cheese
Lunch/Dinner- Carne Asada Tacos & Indian Chicken Curry
Dessert- Spicy Peanut Caramel Corn

 

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This month we featured four delicious beers
produced by Temperance Beer Company:

From Left to Right:
Restless Years- Rye Pale Ale,
Gatecrasher- English India Pale Ale,
Smittytown- Extra Special Bitter,
Root Down- Robust Porter

Root Down: Robust Porter
With differing flavors than a Porter or Stout,
this Robust Porter is just that. Robust.

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Differing from Porters and Stouts, Robust Porters have a less roasty aromas. Robust Porters are more dry and have a slightly burnt flavor. This style was originally created for the workers in the Industrial Revolution during the 18th-century, therefore this style of beer will never be thick and creamy, unlike it’s sister style the Stout.

Temperance’s Root Down Robust Porter exsemplafies the traditional robust porter with hints of chocolate and molasses. With a hint of licorice, and smoked malts, this beer is super drinkable and full of flavor.

Food Pairing:
Cheese- Gruyere 
Lunch/Dinner- Smoked Sausage & Oysters Rockefeller
Dessert- Peanut Butter Brownies

 

Gatecrasher: English India Pale Ale
With few styles existing like this in the States,
this beer demonstrates a rich history of English culture.

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Differing from an American India Pale Ale, English India Pale Ales  tend to be less piney and floral in hop profiles and more earthy and mellow.  American India Pale Ales are more flavorful and bitter than English India Pale Ales.

English India Pale Ales were originally created to withstand long voyages from England to India intended for English troops in the late 1700’s. Hops preserved the beer while it traveled such long voyages. It is believed by historians, that once the brew arrived in India, the beer was then watered down to lower the initial alcohol content of the brew (original strength was roughly between 8-9% ABV).

Temperance’s Gatecrasher English Pale Ale is not as bitter as a traditional American India Pale Ale due tradition. This beer is elegant in flavor and goes down smoothly. Be careful though, this beer clocks in at 6.6% ABV.

Food Pairing: 
Cheese- Asiago
Lunch/Dinner- Sausage Pizza &  Cheddar-Stuffed Burger
Dessert-  Three Berry Pie

Smittytown: Extra Special Bitter
This timeless style is becoming more
popular to brew for many American Brewers.

 

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ESB’s directly trace back to the British brewery Fuller, Smith & Turner. Although the parameters of ESB’s have broadened beyond the original British styles- colors now ranging between straw & copper (instead of copper), and hop profile ranges from moderate to strong (instead of mild to moderate)- Temperance’s Smittytown ESB Americanizes this old school British style, combining English malts with American hops . The ABV on this ESB is at 5.8%, which is considerably strong compared to traditional ESB’s in the UK.

Try to get your hands on this amazing ESB. We promise its worth it.

Food Pairing:
Cheese- Havarti 
Lunch/Dinner- Fish and ChipsHerb-Roasted Lamb
Dessert- Spiral Fritters with Honey

Claudia Jendron (Far Left), Bri Milka (Center Left), Hattie Young (Center Right), Josh Gilbert (Far Right)

Claudia Jendron (Far Left), Bri Milka (Center Left), Hattie Young (Center Right), Josh Gilbert (Far Right)

Temperance launches HUB’s Brewery of the Month series. Each month we’ll spotlight a different craft brewery.

Cheers!

First and foremost, if you haven’t heard about Temperance Beer Company change that ASAP. Located in Evanston, IL, Temperance produces beers that are not over hopped or malted, but a true balance of flavors. As Josh Gilbert, the founder stressed, a beer is “a symphony, not a soloist.” Rarely do we try a flight of beers and enjoy every single one, but both of us Broads were thoroughly impressed by every beer we tasted. In addition to producing a great product, both Gilbert and Claudia Jendron–the head brewster–have a great mentality about beer. At the end of the day, “it’s just beer,” they both emphasized. As long as their producing beer that they themselves appreciate then their doing something right. Each beer is brewed with tender loving care, and boy, do you taste it.

So why the name? The temperance movement is often associated with anti-drinking, but in actuality the movement was about social reform. Thus, the name of the brewery, Temperance Beer Co, may seem counter intuitive.  In the 1830s, men were drinking to such excess that they spent majority of their paychecks on booze. The average American consumed nearly seven gallons of pure alcohol a year. In an era where women had minimal rights, they relied thoroughly on their husbands. Alcohol consumption inhibited men from providing for their families and often transformed husbands into aggressors in the home. The temperance movement encouraged drinking in moderation as a means to end such abuse.The focus of the movement was about bettering the community, and Temperance Beer Company is definitely bettering the community one beer at a time.

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One of our favorite questions to ask crafties is what got them into beer. When we asked Jendron, she reminisced of her childhood and watching her grandfather homebrew. Jendron’s grandfather was a major role model and thus began her life-long enchantment with beer. Gilbert also had his first experience with beer at a young age, sneaking a can and drinking half of it at the age of two. Years later–and under more legal circumstances–he started going on numerous brewery tours and started dreaming of homebrewing.

It wasn’t until after the market crashed that Gilbert switched careers from architecture to developing the idea behind Temperance Beer Company. After taking Siebel Insititute’s “Start Your Own Brewery” course, he approached Jendron, asking if she would be interested in being his head brewster and it’s been a symbiotic, creative working relationship ever since. The two make a strong team, and they both have a great palate for beer.

Jendron also made an interesting professional change switching from marine biology to being a receptionist at Goose Island. She admitted to us, “I was a pretty terrible receptionist but I had an affinity for beer.”Thus, she made the transition from being on the administrative side of beer to brewing

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for Goose Island, and we are thankful she did.

Making the trip to Temperance in Evantson is well worth the commute. Temperance’s tap room is beautiful and Ben Geerts, the taproom manager, really knows his beer. Their hours of operation are Wednesday th

rough Thursday from 4pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 11pm, and Sunday from noon to 6pm. While the taproom doesn’t serve food, they have varying food trucks, which will make appearances on the weekends.

For more information about the Temperance movement visit:

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/roots-of-prohibition/

 

 

 

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Join us at Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden for our first of twelve classes, Monday, February 24th @ 8pm. For those of you that know very little about craft beer, but want to start from the beginning this is the PERFECT class to start your education. We will be discussing what exactly makes up your brew. You’ll get to visually see the key ingredients that compose beer. There is limited space available, so reserve your seat before the class fills up! Contact events@sheffieldschicago.com to RSVP or e-mail us at hoppedupbroads@gmail.com to ask us for more information about the class.

 

Cheers!

 

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As my father constantly voiced to me, “There will always be people who have more than you and always people who have less, so never compare yourself to others.” These words have been something that I have attempted to live my life by; it’s not always the easiest thing to do since we live in a world where comparing ourselves to others is a common practice. How does this have anything to do with craft beer, you ask? Everything. Just change one simple word: “There will always be people who know more than you and always people who know less.”  Thus, as beginners who know nothing about beer, don’t compare yourself to the people who seem to know everything. But even more so, for those of us who do know quite a bit about craft beer, don’t look down on others for not having the same knowledge set as you. Beyond just being a moral guideline, it’s a necessity to support the growth of the craft beer industry.

Let’s take a look at some fun facts.

There is no doubt that the craft beer industry is booming. According to the Brewer’s Association, as of June 2013 there are officially 2,483 operating craft breweries in the United States, which is up 137 from 2012 and up 513 from 2011. This is obviously exciting news for anyone invested in the craft beer world. However, the question then becomes, will this growth continue or will it be a boom and bust? This is a serious question we must ask ourselves as new craft breweries both open and close within the U.S. everyday. Another important question to ask: is the market for craft beer keeping up with craft brewery growth? In a recent analysis by Demeter Group, they projected that by 2020 Craft Beer will represent nearly 15% of the Beer Industry. While this is an exciting increase, Mintel, a Chicago-based global supplier of product research, indicated that solely overall,  “some 36 percent of American consumers drink craft beer.” Thus, in order for these newer breweries to survive (despite producing a good product obviously), we need to, as a community, continue to educate people about craft beer.

The issue is, there is a pretentious air amongst the craft beer world. “I know more than you” can often be the name of the game. However, if we want to be an industry that continues to grow, then we must support our craft, not selfishly snicker at those who know less. My main point being, we want people to DRINK craft beer right? Well, if all they know is Bud Light, guess what? The consumer is going to order a Bud Light. However, if as people in the industry, we can offer craft varieties they may enjoy then they can finally stray from their comfort zone. Remember, you didn’t always know everything about beer either. You had your mentors, you had your time for questions. Where would you be today if someone didn’t offer you a guiding hand?

This is where craft beer education takes a huge role in maintaining the growth of our industry. If we educate the commercial consumer then I have no doubt that our industry won’t bust but continue this beautiful uphill trend. One of Mintel’s noted beverage analysts Jennifer Zegler, emphasized the need for beer education: “to expand craft beer’s appeal beyond Millennials, Mintel said more educating of beer drinkers about craft beers is needed. That education could take the form of classes and tastings that inform consumers about the distinctions between craft brews and other alcoholic beverages…” This is why we find it so important to create a beer school with a judgement free zone. If instead of poo-pooing what other people are drinking, help them by introducing them to different beer styles. Help them explore their own palate and discover what flavors they enjoy and what styles they’d rather avoid.

I want to be careful here though.  I do believe it is an important characteristic for all beer drinkers to know clearly what they like and what they don’t like. It’s great and even admirable to understand your own personal palate. Just be aware how much your palate changes over time, and how vastly different others palates can be.To use a non beer example. I use to HATE cottage cheese, just absolutely detest it. But for some reason the past month, I’m not just enjoying it but actually craving it as my daily afternoon snack. Palate shift. The same happens to beer drinkers. You may start out as a Bud Light, lager loving lad or lass but then discover the undeniable aroma of an IPA or velvetiness of a stout. Don’t judge someone just because their palate seems young. There palate may shift over time too.

Even more importantly to emphasize, we all have different tastes in beer. You may overlap with other craft beer lovers but then diverge at other points. Take us Broads for example. We both hate fruity Belgians and wheat ales and truly enjoy IPAS and brown ales. 4 Hands Centennial Red Ale, yes please. Allagash White, no thanks. However, inversely Founder’s Rubaeus get’s a resounding YES from Bri, while I find the beer too fruity to enjoy a whole pint of (comes with the territory of being a fruit beer, I know).  And Iadore the Anchor California Lager, while it just doesn’t click with Bri’s taste buds. Instead of judging each other harshly for our differing views, we discuss, learn and gain an appreciation for these beers even if we don’t personally enjoy them.

The same approach can be said for introducing beers to newer crafties. Give them the opportunity to discuss with you what they’re tasting, smelling, and what they’re overall impression of the beer is, because you’re helping them develop an awareness of their budding palate. It all goes back to the simple proverb we learned in elementary school, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” Instead of telling people what they should be drinking, what they should be enjoying, show them how to determine it themselves. If you make people comfortable within the craft beer world, they’ll stick around. More craft beer drinkers, more people to buy the increasing number of products produced daily.

So what someone doesn’t know Bell’s Oberon or Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin Sumpin? Or so what someone enjoys Miller Lite? Teach them, help them learn, help them grow because I promise you, it will help all of us craft beer nerds out in the long run.