CUSP Magazine: Winter Issue 2014


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March 18, 2013 marked the triumphant release of

Richie Imperial Porter. Powerful, smooth and complex,

Richie was named Beer of the Week by the Chicagoist

just days after its debut—a sweet success for the rough and

tumble brewery. Boasting notes of cherry and chocolate, but

drinking less like a meal than your typical 8.0% ABV draft

porter, Richie was a hit and rightfully so. The seasonal beer

went over so well that, by popular demand, Ale Syndicate

celebrated the re-release this past November with a party

at Miss Murphy’s Bistro in Irving Park. On draft at the

event was a firkin of Richie Imperial Porter steeped with

Metropolis coffee beans. When combined with Richie’s

cherry-chocolate boldness, the deep, nutty notes of the

coffee sent tasters into a toasty nostalgia, reminiscent

of fall days in Chicago past. Another of Ale Syndicate’s

ingenious peculiarities is their penchant for creating tiny

batches of incredibly unique blends, frequently born out

of collaborations with other local Chicago companies.

Once the firkin at Miss Murphy’s runs dry, there will

be no more coffee bean-soaked Richie in all of Chicago.

Needless to say, Richie’s release set an admirable

precedent for what was to become their current “portfolio.”

A few months after their inaugural release, Ale

Syndicate, which had by then grown to a five-person

operation, announced two additional beers: Municipal

IPA in Spring 2013 and Sunday Session for summer.

Municipal IPA is another of what Sam calls a

“traditional style with a twist” and outsells their second

most popular beer, Sunday Session. A single hop beer,

Municipal packs that distinctively hoppy, IPA punch while

maintaining a pleasant, drinkable balance of flavors.

Initially, it was brewed using a hop variety called

Cascade. After Cascade became scarce, shortly after the

first few batches of Municipal were made, the brothers

shifted their tactic, still retaining their dedication to single

hop brews, but on a rotating three-month cycle. The

hops variety selected for the current batch of Municipal

is aromatic and mildly spicy with floral notes. Despite

constantly shifting hop varieties, the Evans brothers hope

that maintaining consistency in all other elements of

brewing will reinforce quality and brand recognition while

also educating their audience about beer.

The appropriately named Sunday Session is

another of Ale Syndicate’s permanent collection. Falling

slightly higher on the spectrum of alcohol content than a

traditional session beer. The appropriately named Sunday

Session is another of Ale Syndicate’s permanent collection.



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