Summer Brew Preview with Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.

May 15, 2010 7:03:14 AM PDT
Anthony Norkus of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., a beer distributor based in Lincolnwood, visits ABC7 Chicago. (News Release) It's a great time to be a beer lover with more beer styles and beer brands to choose from than at any other time in our nation's history! In honor of American Craft Beer Week (May 17-23), local beer expert Anthony Norkus of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., a Lincolnwood, Ill.-based distributor, joins us Saturday to share his top five picks among seasonal suds. He also suggests beer and food pairings. The beers featured are available wherever better beers are sold in the Chicagoland area, and prices listed are suggested retail.

Station Master Wheat Ale: Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, Flossmoor, Illinois. A golden, flavorful, and crisp light ale brewed with 33% wheat malt, Station Master Wheat Ale is distinguished by a hoppy yet smooth taste with a malty body and a subtly spicy aroma. ABV 4.60%. $6.99, 22 oz. bottle. Food pairing: Buffalo Wings.

New Holland Golden Cap Saison Ale: New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, Michigan. A modern interpretation of traditional farmhouse ale, this soft, pale beer embodies the flavors and aromas of summer fields. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn. ABV 6.25%. $10.99, 6-pack. Food Pairing: BBQ Ribs or Pulled Pork.

Founders Cerise: Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Made using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, this fruit beer tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill. Adding fresh cherries at five separate stages of fermentation achieves the ultimate balance between tartness and sweetness. ABV 6.5%. $10.99, 4-pack. Food Pairing: Chocolate.

Unibroue Ephemere Ale: Unibroue Brewery, Quebec, Canada. Apple-Ephemere has a fresh apple aroma with reminiscent notes of Granny Smith and McIntosh. The subtle flavor of green apple is complemented by delicate notes of fruit and spice topped with a rich, white head. ABV 5.5%. $10.99, 4-pack. Food Pairing: Cheddar Cheese or Pork.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche: Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, Delaware. A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, characterized by its intense tartness, and fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches. The fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of this beer. Comparable to Pinot Grigio wine. ABV 4.5%. $8.99, 4-pack. Food Pairing: Grilled Chicken or Fish, Salad

For details on events surrounding Craft Beer Week, please visit glunzbeers.com

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 122-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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