While in Chicago, we are going to sample some beers the next four days from Local Option. The first one beer up is their Sweet Leaf Ale. There is really no history on the internet for Local Option. They are based in Chicago. What I do know when visiting this brewpub, it is a metal bar. They play some extreme metal. The food was amazing and the bartender when I was there knew his beers. This brewery tries to do something different with their beers and I believe they are successful at it. Let us get into this beer.
It has a cloudy golden color without a head. The smell has a heavy tea notes. The taste has medium pallet malty sweet notes with a sweet tea note finish. It is extremely drinkable brew.
Here is a description from their website (www.localoptionbier.com):
Sweet Leif is a Bière de Garde infused with Chinese Sencha Green Tea. The beer pours deep gold with aromas of earthy spice and fruit esters. Flavors of grass, toasted malt and slightly sweet caramel are immediately present, augmented by a smooth, medium body and a dry finish. You will love Sweet Leif though it can’t hear you.
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Closing, this beer reminds so much of Milwaukee Brewery O-Gii Ale. The difference between these beers is O-Gii Ale is a Belgian Style White Ale and this one is a French to Belgian base beer style, which is Bière de Garde. I have to say between the two. I love this one better. The tea shines through out the beer drinking experience and it is not overpowering. It has a nice refreshing and easy drinking beer. I am not sure if they package this but I hope they do in the first. This is one brew that they brew in Marshall, Michigan at Dark Horse Brewery. I do not know that Dark Horse Brewery has anything to do with this brew. I wonder if they name this beer after the classic Black Sabbath song. I highly recommend this beer. If you are visiting Chicago, you need to stop by their brewpub. You will not be disappointed from the food and the beer selection. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser