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Can't-miss 'unicorn' beers at HopCat Chicago's Wood & Wild
Doug Wise, HopCat Chicago Beer Program Manager | October 18, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

The Wood & Wild Festival is so close we can almost taste it. The event - happening Sunday, Oct. 22 at all HopCats - puts a spotlight on barrel-aged and sour beers. The lists can be daunting, so we're checking with our beer experts at each location about the can't-miss beers that will be tapped throughout the day. Below are some suggestions from Doug Wise, beer program manager at HopCat Chicago, whose full tap list is available here.

Lagunitas Rum BA Brown Shugga - Brown Shugga on its own is maybe the smoothest 9.7% beer you can find, and I'm a sucker for brown sugar. Adding the the sweet booziness of a rum barrel makes this a must-try! [More info via Untappd]
 

Moody Tongue Bourbon Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter - Moody Tongue is one of the best breweries in Chicago, and this limited brew has me daydreaming. Baltic porters are not so common, and feature malt complexity with the smoothness of lager yeast. Everything I have read so far about this beer suggests a harmony of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. [More info via Untappd]

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2015 - Hailing from Grand Rapids, Founders is one of our oldest partners. I've come to be pretty familiar with KBS, a yearly limited release, during my time with HopCat, but I've never had it aged two years, and I'm excited to see how it has evolved over time. [More info via Untappd]

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'Unicorn' highlights at HopCat AA's Wood & Wild fest
Marty Rivard, HopCat Ann Arbor Beer Program Manager | October 18, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

As we continue the countdown to our Wood & Wild Festival -- taking place Oct. 22 at every HopCat location -- we're checking in with our expert beer managers for suggestions about beers to try at each of our restaurants. Here, HopCat Ann Arbor's Marty Rivard suggests a couple of "unicorns" (beers so epic and legendary they defy comprehension) that will be featured at A2's Wood & Wild event:

I'm pretty pumped for the Saule by The Bruery. This beer is made so scarcely that it is near impossible to find and it's a blend of every Anniversary Ale they've ever made. Which is pretty dope.
 
Also, our 2015 Madrugada Obscura - Dark Dawn. This is a Jolly Pumpkin Oak BA Belgian-Style Imperial Wild Stout... mouth-full, eh? I'm a huge Jolly Pumpkin fan, they make really fantastic sours and I've been really into sour stouts and porters lately. I think the chocolatey, roasted maltiness of the beer adds a very nice addition to the sour and fills the mouthfeel nicely. I'm excited to see how the Belgian yeast will complement this one.
 
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More unicorns: Great beers to try at HC Royal Oak's Wood & Wild
Jay Poljanac, HopCat Royal Oak Beer Program Manager | October 17, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

The Wood & Wild Festival is so close we can almost taste it. The event - happening Sunday, Oct. 22 at all HopCats - puts a spotlight on barrel-aged and sour beers. The lists can be daunting, so we're checking with our beer experts at each location about the can't-miss beers that will be tapped throughout the day. Below are some suggestions from Jay Poljanac, beer program manager at HopCat Royal Oak, whose full tap list is available here.

Arbor Brewing's Lil' Sour Puss - Super excited to have this exclusive sour on that a number of our Michigan BPM's had the opportunity to blend with Arbor themselves. Meticulous planning and about a dozen different blends later, I think we came up with the perfect match. 

Central Waters' Brewers Reserve: BA Stout - Central Waters just recently broke into Michigan distribution and I couldn't be happier about this, as I had the opportunity to drink lots of CW while spending time at our Madison location. Central Waters has a highly regarded barrel aging program that I think Michigan has only gotten a small taste of. This one, in my opinion, is the highlight of their Brewers Reserve Series. [More info via Untappd]

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve: S'mores - Because who doesn't love a beer that reminds you of your summer campfire fun when fall rolls around? This beer has plenty of flavor to go around, and happens to be one of my favorite Dragon's Milk Reserve variants. [More info via Untappd]

Perrin No Rules (2016/2017) - This beer obviously speaks for itself, but having a vertical of two years is even better. Its a rare offering to get these beers normally, but to have both to be able to compare to each other and showcase what can happen with further aging a barrel aged beer is something I really enjoy. [More info via Untappd: 2016 | 2017]

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