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Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Lagunitas' Wilco Tango Foxtrot

By Chuck Sudo in Food on May 11, 2010 8:20PM


Saturday found our path crossing Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and studying their deep beer menu. The Lagunitas kick we've been on lately steered us toward Melnick's "Beer of the Month" selection, which contains all the classics identifiers of a Lagunitas brew: rich flavor, bold hops and an entendre for a name. Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF? Get it?) is an Imperial Brown Ale redolent with floral hops, caramel, and some good carbonation. The mouthfeel has some similarities with a barleywine, with a heavy malt foundation and surprisingly strong hops on the flavor profile. You'll really taste the roasted barley malt here, if you're into that. Naturally, we paired this with Melnick's "burger of the month," the "Smoker," a monstrosity topped with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, cheddar and beer-battered onions.

We liked the beer better.