Chicagoist "Beers of the Week:" A Bloody Awesome Duo

By Paul Schneider in Food on Apr 20, 2012 9:20PM

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A pint of Loud Mouth Soup, a collaborative effort by Greenbush Brewing and City Provisions. // Photo: Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting

This week, we couldn't decide on just one beer. Lucky you. Our selections are tied together by a special ingredient: blood orange.

Greenbush Brewing and City Provisions are back with another collaboration. This time it's Loud Mouth Soup--a Belgian wit made with blood orange, fennel pollen, coriander, and tellicherry peppercorns. The beer has been on tap at Greenbush for a few weeks, but makes its Chicago debut today at City Provisions, where it will be available on draft. We love the the delicate interplay of the earthy, floral, and tangy qualities of the specialty ingredients. It's not often you find a witbier this complex.

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En Passant flows freely at a release party at the Goose Island barrel warehouse. // Photo: Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting

Goose Island is also making use of blood oranges in its latest Fulton & Wood series beer. Brewers Claudia Jendron, Joel Becker, and Keith Gabbett teamed up to create En Passant, an English mild ale brewed with two kinds of rye and the juice and rind of blood oranges. The beer is a deconstructed riff on the old fashioned cocktail. As such, it plays nice with bourbon or rye whiskey. En Passant is available on draft around the city, and when it's gone, it's gone. Good Beer Hunting has a great post on the release party. Check out the brewers' take on the beer in the video below.