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Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Magic Hat's Roxy Rolles

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Sep 9, 2009 7:00PM


We admit that sometimes we tend to fall into ruts here with the "BotW" installments. We find ourselves visiting the same styles and same places. No excuses, really. Now that we upgraded our cell phone from the universal remote we used to carry to a smart phone, we can also take photos on the go again.

The fine folks at Magic Hat are persistent in keeping us abreast of their new selections. It was probably an e-mail we received from them last week fresh in our mind when we found their autumn selection, Roxy Rolles, on draft at Village Tap (2055 W. Roscoe, 773-883-0811). Autumn is prime time for amber ales or IPAs and Roxy Rolles competed that evening pint for pint with Bell's Amber for our beer dollar. It eventually won out. Roxy Rolles is brewed using Pale, Crystal and Munich malts for that deep color and some sweetness. Brewer's Gold hops are added in the mash and the whole shebang is dry-hopped with Simcoe, which adds cirtus notes to the brew on the nose.

Village Tap is selling Roxy Rolles at $4.50 a pint. It pairs surprisingly well with their
"Death on a Bun."