Chicago seems to have a lot of baseball specific beers. I think it’s that Chicago just has a ton of breweries and in the craft beer desire to find as many different themes and logos as you can, you’re bound to have some baseball overlap. There aren’t nearly as many football beers, though.
Hop Butcher is a pretty small craft brewer. They don’t even have their own brewery (yet) – they contract brew out of a local place.
Brewery: Hop Butcher for the World in Chicago, IL
Beer: Good Ryes Wear Black
Description: “In Chicago, the good guys wear black, so we dedicated our darkest beer to them. This one is scandalously spicy, built on a foundation of the finest malts and unscrupulously hopped with Chinook, Cascade and Citra. It’s so good you’d think your tongue was on the take.”
Unlike some beers you might expect to find at the ballpark, this one isn’t brewed with corn to be a golden color and filter right through you. This is a nice, solid, roasty, malty batch of goodness! Hop Butcher for the World is formerly known as South Loop Brewing; they changed their name about a year ago to have an even cooler Chicago-related brewery name. This one pays homage to the poem by Carl Sandburg from the early 1900’s (“Hog Butcher of the World).
Medium: When they were South Loop brewing, I think it was available in 22-ounce “bombers”. Now they release them in 16-oz cans which I think is a better medium. I got a 4-pack this summer and just finished my last one.
How it’s related to baseball: It’s sold at U.S. Cellular Field and has a bunch of old-school baseball players on the logo. I’m a Reds fan whose kids root for the Cubs, but I appreciate some South-siders staying true to their team!