Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Brewery: Two Brothers (Warrenville, Illinois)
Style: Bière de Garde
Chicago has a thriving beer scene, and it extends all the way through the suburbs. We have a handful of great breweries outside of the city, but perhaps the best of all is Two Brothers Brewing Company located in Warrenville. Founded by the Ebel brothers, Jason and Jim (hence the company name), Two Brothers specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The brewery’s Domaine DuPage, a French style country ale, is one of their most popular offerings.
When poured into a glass, Domaine DuPage has a beautiful rich amber look to it. Its smell brings about a pleasant grain aroma, and this comes through in the taste as well. The bottle’s label evokes images of amber waves of grain, and I can’t help but envision this every time I take a drink. I also noticed tastes of caramel and a bit of nutiness. A slight amount of bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it is more subtle than anything.
Domaine DuPage is an interesting beer, one that is very drinkable especially on these hot summer days. It makes for an excellent food pairing option, and it is just good quality all around. I can’t say I have had many, if any, French style country ales, but this beer has me wanting more.