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Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Three Floyds Zombie Dust

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Apr 8, 2011 9:27PM

2011_4_8_BOTW.JPG Our lost in Indiana at night excursion to Three Floyds not only netted us an amazing meal, but a growler of amazing beer. Because who knows when we'll find ourselves down Munster way in the near future? This selection is a recently re-christened beer from Three Floyds that's taken off on drafts throughout the city.

Zombie Dust (formerly known as Cenotaph) is a rarity in the Three Floyds line. this is a single hopped ale, using copious amounts of Citra hops from Washington's Yakima Valley. Citra hops are quite the popular hop varietal with craft brewers lately. With a orange blossom nose and pronounced bittering — these hops leave a lingering finish in the back of the palate — Citra can be used as both an aromatic and bittering hop.

The obvious beer to compare to Zombie Dust would be Half Acre's Daisy Cutter, another American Pale Ale with a good bitterness and aromatic nose. But there's a weight to Zombie Dust that isn't apparent in Daisy Cutter. Zombie Dust is what Gumballhead would be like if it was on steroids.

A growler of Zombie Dust set us back $24 at Three Floyds Brewpub. Closer to home we've found the beer on draft at Skylark and Maria's Community Bar and Packaged Goods, both bars we can walk home from. If you can't find it on draft, Three Floyds will soon be selling Zombie Dust in six-packs, the first new beer to not be bottled solely in bombers in years.