It’s Thursday night of a long holiday weekend! Wahoo!! So what are your plans tonight or weekend? If you are into craft beer, you should check out the newest local brewery to hit the Chicago suburbs, Miskatonic Brewing Company. Located in the suburb Darien, IL right off I55, Miskatonic has only been open for a mere 6 weeks but is quickly becoming a regular destination for us. My husband, Stephen, and I not only love craft beer and breweries, we also really try to support local businesses when we go out. It’s not hard to love Miskatonic. Right from the moment we walked in, we felt right at home in the chill atmosphere. The decor is like most brewery tap houses with a lot of stainless steal, but the bar itself was a real stand out. I thought it was absolutely gorgeous. There is plenty of seating in the tap room at a bar, high top tables and then there is another room off to the side that has sliding doors, which would be perfect for events.
While my husband and I grabbed seats at the bar, we were greeted by the friendly bartender. Now down to the beers. Stephen started with the Ingenue which is their saison/Belgian farmhouse ale (ABV 7.3% & IBU 28). Described as having hints of white pepper and fresh squeezed orange juice, my husband agreed with the description, saying it had a “flavorul orange citrus finish.” On the popular beer logging app, Untappd, he rated it a 3.75 out of 5, on his scale is really really good because 5’s never happen with him. I had a sip and thought it was great. My beer of choice was the Catchpenny, a session rye ale (ABV 4.5% and IBU 20). I didn’t rate it because I’m lazy, but if I had, I would have given it a 4 out of 5. I could literally drink this beer all day. It has the perfect balance of flavor without over powering you. It would be enjoyable year round but especially in the summer because it’s so crisp and refreshing. I actually had this twice, sticking with what I really loved. Stephen moved on to Wise Fool, an IPA (ABV 7% and ABV 65); he rated it a 3.5 out of 5 and said it was a good IPA with a nice hop flavor. I do not care for IPA’s or hoppy-flavors so I wouldn’t be a fair judge of this (at least I know that). Finally, he rounded his tour de beers here with the Shield Maiden, an American Pale Ale (ABV 5.5% and IBU 50), and his remarks were “not a bad choice if you’re looking for a good beer with some cascade hops and Hawaiian notes”, rating it a 3 out of 5. When I sipped this one, I could definitely taste the citrus in it, making it another good summer beer.
Overall, the beer definitely hit all the right flavors. We can’t wait to go back and try some more! Even if you can’t make it out this weekend, try to go out and support this relaxing local brewery! I know we will back ASAP! Happy drinking!
Wet Hair, Don’t Care
P.S. Since this is in suburbia, please plan accordingly and drink responsibly 🙂