Pencil This In: 2 Zwickels Walk Into A Bar At Hopleaf

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 12, 2014 5:30PM

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Anyone who has taken a tour of a brewery has had the opportunity to sample beer, unfiltered, directly from the fermentation tanks. The valve used to pour the beer from the tanks is known in German as a "zwickel." Brewers routinely sample the beer via this valve to check on its quality and fermentation progress, and because it's fun to drink beer directly from the tank. Zwickel (or kellerbier) is also a Bavarian style lager noted for its cloudy appearance and the fact it's served unfiltered. Expect to see a lot of brewer's yeast in suspension here.

Off Color Brewing and Metropolitan Brewing are hosting an evening of drinking zwickelbier 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Hopleaf. Metropolitan will be serving their Heliostat zwickel while Off Color brings their take on the style, You Never Take Me Anywhere Nice, to the party. (5148 N. Clark St.).

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