Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two Brothers Dog Days Lager

This time of year, we're quickly approaching the "dog days of summer." You could almost say we already experienced this period a few weeks ago but that was only a taste of what is to come. Here at the Uptown Grill, we welcome the dog days by adding a beer from Two Brothers brewing company to our draft selection, specifically for this season. Two Brothers Dog Days lager - a beer for those that would normally stick with their trusty old MGD - is a full-flavored, refreshing lager with hints of caramel and hops.

Dog Days lager is a perfect late summer brew. This beer is brewed in the style of Dortmund, Germany. This area was known as having the highest concentration of breweries in Germany. The beer has a pale, golden color with moderate bitterness and mild hops. It has a rich caramel malt character that is well balanced by a light body.

As its namesake implies, Two Brothers brewing company was founded by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel. The brothers had a passion for craft brewing after they had spent time in Europe exploring and tasting the many brews over there. After returning to The States, the brothers (as a hobby) tried their hand at home brewing in order to replicate what they had enjoyed on their trip. They started a home beer and wine making store called The Brewer's Coop in Naperville.

Ultimately, their dream was to create their own signature brews for everyone to enjoy, and before they knew it, their dream came true in 1997.  Since then, they have grown to become the largest independently owned and operated microbrewery in Chicagoland, located about 30 miles west of Chicago in Warrenville.  Over the years, production and distribution has expanded more than 10 fold while the company is still 100% family owned. The national recognized Beer Advocate has given the brewery 4.5 stars out of 5.

We recommend that you give this local brew a try.  This full flavored lager will tame the summer heat that is approaching. So tell your server to bring on the Dog Days while you kick back on our patio. (Or in the air conditioned dining room.  We won't judge.)

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