Chicago, hazy IPA cap­i­tal?


Red Eye Chicago - - Drink - By Josh Noel

Gary Gul­ley, who founded Alarmist Brew­ing in 2013 af­ter nearly 20 years in web de­vel­op­ment, swore his brew­ery would never make a hazy IPA.

“We thought it was lazy brew­ing,” Gul­ley said.

Hay­ley Shine, of Eris Brew­ery and Cider House, ac­knowl­edges she didn’t un­der­stand hazy IPA when she first made one ear­lier this year. Per­haps, she said, she still doesn’t.

Brant Dubovick, of Cor­ri­dor Brew­ery & Pro­vi­sions, started mak­ing hazy IPA mostly to boost busi­ness af­ter a tepid re­sponse to the brew­ery’s farm­house ales.

Yet here we are — Gul­ley, Shine and Dubovick are among the na­tion’s hazy IPA elite.

Each scored a medal at the Great Amer­i­can Beer Fes­ti­val in Den­ver in Sep­tem­ber, the in­au­gu­ral year that hazy IPA — a lush, fruity style that has trans­formed the craft beer in­dus­try with as­ton­ish­ing speed — was granted its own cat­e­gories at the na­tion’s pre-em­i­nent beer com­pe­ti­tion.

A to­tal of 673 beers were en­tered in three juicy or hazy cat­e­gories: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale, Juicy or Hazy In­dia Pale

Ale, and Juicy or Hazy Dou­ble In­dia Pale Ale.

Nine medals were handed out. Three of them went to brew­eries within a 4-mile ra­dius of one an­other on Chicago’s North Side.

The flurry in­cluded the big­gest honor of all — gold in the Juicy or Hazy In­dia Pale Ale cat­e­gory, among 391 en­tries, for Alarmist Brew­ing. Eris won bronze in the same cat­e­gory. Cor­ri­dor scored Hazy Dou­ble In­dia Pale Ale sil­ver, among 150 en­tries.

Chicago’s tow­er­ing show­ing raised eye­brows in all di­rec­tions, due mostly to the style’s roots. Hazy IPA is also called New Eng­land-style IPA for a good rea­son: The style was pi­o­neered in that cor­ner of the na­tion, most no­tably by two Mas­sachusetts brew­eries, Tree­house and Tril­lium.

If any­one would seem poised to top New Eng­land at its own hazy game, it would be brew­eries from one of the na­tion’s brew­ing cen­ters: Seat­tle; Port­land, Ore.; San Diego; or Den­ver.

But, nope. It was the big city flat­landers, ma­rooned in fly­over coun­try. were the big­gest thing in the big­gest style at the



At Alarmist Brew­ing, on the Far North­west Side, founder Gary Gul­ley, left, presents head brewer Aaron Dahl with the gold medal won for Le Jus hazy IPA at the Great Amer­i­can Beer Fes­ti­val. The beer style was pi­o­neered in New Eng­land.

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