Summer Wit

Summer Wit from Wild Onion Brewing Co., Lake Barrington, IL, pours a beautiful straw color with a thick head.  It’s plenty cloudy and fizzy as well.  The bouquet is clean with hints of citrus and spices.  Summer Wit is bitter at first, and rather thin-bodied.  There is some sweetness, and then more bitterness.  It’s a good beer, not remarkable, but good.  What I really like about it is that it is brewed in the Chicago metro area at The Onion Pub & Brewery, so I am able to visit and try the rest of their brews in the near future.  Interesting that the beer is canned rather than bottled for local distribution.

White Beer fit for a Monarch

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Not affiliated with the old Monarch Brewing Co. of Chicago

I’ll tell you what…it’s great to have such fine breweries in the Chicagoland area, such as 3 Floyds, Metropolitan and Two Brothers.  Brewed in in March in celebration of their anniversary, Monarch White Beer by Two Brothers is a Belgian-style witbier, and a good one at that.  It is a bit more golden in color than I expected, but that’s not a bad thing.  It holds it head well and features some lively carbonation.  The bouquet is great, with mild spices, citrus and a yeasty, hoppy whiff to decorate your nose.  The taste follows that pattern as well, while displaying good texture, mouthfeel and balance.  The malt can be appreciated best in the finish.  This brew is light enough to be very drinkable, without displaying any thinness of character.  You may or may not want to pour the yeast in the bottom of the bottle.  It makes it slightly more bitter if you do.  Hang a star on that one, DJ!