Tag: Arcade Brewery

Best Coffee Beer of 2015

Best Coffee Beer of 2015

For the past couple of years, I’ve been counting down my favorite coffees of the year. For historical perspective, check out my favorite coffees of 2012, 2013, and 2014. Here we are at the dawn of 2016, and I am once again counting down my favorite […]

13 Essential Halloween Beers

13 Essential Halloween Beers

image courtesy of sommbeer.com Dead Guy Ale – Rogue Ales and Spirits Whether it’s a zombie, ghost, or other creature from beyond, you’re likely to see a few dead guys walking around this Halloween. Dead Guy Ale is the perfect beer for those who like to […]

It’s (Coffee)-IPA Day!

It’s (Coffee)-IPA Day!

 

Today is National IPA Day! Apparently!

In celebration, relive the magic of two recent Coffee IPA reviews:

BIG RED TUGBOAT COFFEE IPA // RAM BREWERY & TUGBOAT COFFEE ROASTERS

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA

 

I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but I was surprised to find that Big Red Tugboat was incredible. What this beer got right wasn’t just its flavor, though; its balance was absolutely spot on. It’s a very hoppy and citrus-heavy IPA, and the coffee element acts as a backbone to support it.

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA…? More like Big Red Tugboat IPAWESOME.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT COFFEE PALE ALE // ARCADE BREWERY & DARK MATTER COFFEE COMPANY

Arcade Brewery Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale

I experienced the Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale in three stages: 1) this beer is weird and it makes me feel weird and I don’t like it; 2) you know, this beer is a very complex and interesting experiment in coffee-infused beer brewing; 3) this beer is freaking delicious. The first few sips were—I’ll admit it—unappealing. But as I sipped on it more, the flavors developed and this beer really grew on me.

It’s different, it’s weird, it’s unorthodox, and it’s pretty damn good. No frills, no gimmicks. Just a very unique collaborative offering from two of the most different, weirdest, most unorthodox craft beverage producers in the City of Chicago.

Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale // Arcade Brewery

Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale // Arcade Brewery

The Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale collaboration comes from two of the most exciting Chicago-based craft beverage producers: Arcade Brewery and Dark Matter Coffee Company. The collaboration came about through a friendship between the two companies. The beer was part of Arcade’s Public Brew series, a quarterly beer where […]