Fall Brew Review with Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.

September 25, 2009 9:52:53 AM PDT
Oktoberfest is in full swing in Munich, Germany and this is the first official weekend of fall, the perfect time to talk about seasonal ales and lagers. Local beer expert Anthony Norkus of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., a Lincolnwood, Ill.based beer distributor, shares his top picks among fall beers to help you navigate the beer aisle and bar menu this season. The beers featured are available wherever better beers are sold in the Chicagoland area, and prices listed are suggested retail.Coney Island Freaktoberfest: Seasonal blood-red lager from the Shmaltz Brewing Company in New York, "conjured to exorcise the grim horrors of the armies of the souls-less drafts everywhere," Freaktoberfest is brewed with Canadian Pale Ale and Wheat Malts, German Munich and Vienna Malts, and British Caramel Malts; and, warrior, cascade, Willamette, hallertau, and Northern Brewer hops. ABV 6.66 percent. $5.49, 22 oz. bottle. Food Pairing: Hot Wings.

Wiehenstephaner Festbier: Full, rich-bodied, hoppy seasonal lager from Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery in the Bavarian city of Freising, Festbier is especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating with its deep gold color, great mouth feel and lots of flavor. ABV 5.8 percent. $10.99, 6-pack. Food Pairing: Bratwurst with Mustard and Sauerkraut.

Southern Tier Harvest Ale: Classic, English-style Extra Special Bitter beer from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York, Harvest Ale features a deep ruby color and an even deeper hop flavor. Brewers throw fresh English hops into every brewing vessel, then dry hop after fermentation to impart a zesty kick, resulting in a beer with real hop character that mingles with fresh malted barley. ABV 5.7 percent. $10.49, 6-pack. Food Pairing: Chicken or Turkey.

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale It may sound nuts, but most ales with nutty flavors or aromas are made without any real nuts. Abita Pecan Harvest Ale, on the other hand, is made with real Louisiana pecans by the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, 30 miles north of New Orleans. The natural oils from the nuts give this ale a light pecan finish and aroma. It's wonderful paired with red meats, seafood, and, not surprisingly, nuts! ABV 5.4 percent. $8.99, 6-pack. Food Pairing: Grilled Beef Skewers.

The Great St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale Brewed just once a year by McAuslan Brewing, Quebec's foremost micro-brewery, The Great St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale returns this fall to captivate aficionados with a savvy blend of pale and caramel malt, hops and spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. This seasonal specialty is ideal for celebrating Oktoberfest, Halloween or Thanksgiving, or for simply enjoying among friends. ABV 5.0 percent. $10.49, 4-pack. Food Pairing: Carrot Cake à la mode.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States and the recipient of the 2007 "Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award" from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Brewers Association for promoting craft beer and making consumer choice a top priority. The 121 year old company is family-owned and operated by president, Jack Glunz, the grandson of Louis Glunz I, with day-to-day operations led by five of his and his late wife Patricia's seven children as members of the fourth generation. The first two members of the fifth generation have also joined the staff, with other members working during school breaks. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., features an extensive portfolio of 665 micro, specialty and import beers from 67 suppliers representing 172 breweries worldwide, and is the premier distributor to restaurants, bars, liquor and grocery stores in Chicagoland. The company is dedicated to quality service and to educating its customers and the public about beer tastes and trends. For product descriptions and a list of local retailers through a "Find it near me" zip code search, as well as suggested food pairings, and details on upcoming special events and beer tasting classes, please visit glunzbeers.com


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