CHICAGO — On the heels of its Lincoln Park brewpub launch and just prior to Chicago Craft Beer Week, Burnt City Brewing announces its three year-round beers, available now. The brewery cans the beers—Dick the Butcher pale ale, Face Melter hibiscus IPA, and Balloon Boy farmhouse wheat ale—in its production facility on the South Side of Chicago and also rotates canned seasonals and other special limited releases throughout the year.
“We’ve been working on this for so long, so it’s really satisfying to see the cans finally rolling off line,” Founding Brewer John Saller says. “I love our packaging—I think it really stands out on the shelf.”
Featuring black silhouettes with glowing yellow eyes on bright-colored backgrounds of green, red, and orange, the artwork for the new Burnt City cans depicts the heroes of a post-apocalyptic city in a graphic novelesque vignette, paying homage to the Great Chicago Fire. For the labels, the brewery worked with Ian Law and Adam Muran of Chicago-based design company Mighty Few.
Founding Brewer Ben Saller says, “We’ve worked with Ian and Adam before, and we knew they could take this crazy imaginary world we were envisioning and turn it into something awesome.”
Burnt City Brewing’s flagship beers include:
Dick the Butcher pale ale (5.3% ABV)
This no-nonsense pale ale is brewed with Cascade hops to deliver a fresh grapefruit aroma and clean bitterness. Rye malt keeps this beer dry and drinkable.
Face Melter hibiscus IPA (7% ABV)
With a righteous dose of hops and hibiscus, this IPA packs a powerful aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Citra, Centennial, and Cascade hops team up to provide a strong, yet smooth bitterness and intense flavor without a harsh aftertaste.
Balloon Boy farmhouse wheat ale (5% ABV)
Easy to drink, but hard to pin down, Balloon Boy is a refreshing Belgian-style wheat ale with subtle tart citrus upfront that gives way to a beautifully complex fruitiness. This wheat ale sits well with every kind of beer drinker.
Available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans ($9.99 suggested retail), as well as 1/2 BBL and 1/6 BBL kegs, Burnt City’s year-round beers are available throughout its current distribution area: Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Alabama. For more information, visit www.burntcitybrewing.com.
Burnt City Brewing crafts nuanced beer for Chicago and beyond, celebrating in every pint the spirit of perseverance that is so deeply rooted in the city’s history. Founding Brewers John and Ben Saller create inventive year-round offerings, seasonals, and special releases with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Burnt City Brewing cans beer out of its production facility (825 E. 99th St.; 773.360.5233) in the Pullman neighborhood on the South Side and workshops new ideas at the brewpub and bowling alley (2747 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-295-1270) in the heart of Lincoln Park. Hours for the brewpub and bowling alley are Monday-Thursday 5-11 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-2 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m. For more information on the brewery and its distribution, visit www.burntcitybrewing.com, and follow on Twitter and Instagram.