Hello, folks! It's that wonderful day of the week again, Thirsty Thursday! Last week, I launched my first beer review with Chicago's Goose Island India Pale Ale. I decided I like the local microbrew scene enough to stick with it this week, but this time it's even closer to home. This week's selection is Two Brothers Domaine DuPage.
Style: French Style Country Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%
International Bitterness Units: 24
Color: Deep Amber
Glass Used: Pint
Food Pairings: Chicken Kiev
Cellaring Notes: Enjoyed 67 Days Before Best By Date
Reading Material: Chicago Tribune Sports
Let me preface this review by saying that this little number was part of a microbrew variety pack given as a gift a few weeks back. I love when this happens. Not just with beer, but with anything: hidden gems in a pile of coal. I once gleefully discovered a signed edition of Farenheit 451 in a bag of books I bought for $2 at the second-hand shop.
And Two Brothers' Domaine DuPage is a gem. The fact this beer is brewed in Warrenville, IL, just up I-88 from my homestead, is an added source of awesomeness. When poured, the color is auburn without the barest hint of cloudiness. Little head, white in color. Caramel undertones to roasted malt aroma is a scrumptious prelude to the main event, which is slightly bready but reminiscent also of dried fruit. Slightly bitter without being acidic, this brew paired wonderfully with the spice of the Kiev, replicating nearly perfectly the color of the buttery interior of the entree. As its website correctly boasts, this beer is a premier palate cleanser: I immediately wanted another before dessert.