Dovetail Brewing Releases Seasonal Dunkelweizen


Chicago’s acclaimed local brewery, Dovetail Brewery (1800 W. Belle Plaine at Ravenswood in the North Center neighborhood), continues its mission of crafting outstanding seasonal beers with its release of the new Dunkelweizen. This dark wheat beer is Dovetail’s interpretation of the classic southern German dark beer that is particularly enjoyable during cooler weather months.

“Our Dunkelweizen is a winter version of our Hefeweizen that is darker in color and features rich chocolate and roast notes in addition to the clove and banana that are traditional Hefeweizen characteristics,” said Dovetail co-owner Hagen Dost. “Dunkelweizen is a heartier version of Hefeweizen that is refreshing without being too robust and filling. It pairs well with the heartier foods of late fall and winter.”

Chocolate brown in color, it has an alcohol level of 5.1% ABV (alcohol by volume), IBU 16 (International Bitterness Units), EBC 35-45 (European Brewery Convention-a color scale) and CO2 6.6 g/L (carbonation). The serving glass of choice is a fluted Hefeweizen.

The Dunkelweizen is available on tap at the Dovetail Brewery taproom with its expanded hours. The taproom is now open Tuesday through Sunday.

Chicago bars and restaurants currently carrying Dovetail Dunkelweizen include Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose); The Vig (1527 N. Wells); Riverview Tavern (1958 W. Roscoe); JP Burke’s (2913 N. Lincoln); The Beer Bistro (1061 W. Madison); Gideon Welles (4500 N. Lincoln); and Beermiscuous (2812 N. Lincoln).

This month, Dovetail Brewery’s taproom was named one of Chicago’s best new breweries by

Stop by to visit the taproom, grab a beer and remember to BYOF (Bring your own food). In addition, some of Chicago’s finest food trucks frequently can be found parked in front of the taproom.

About Dovetail Brewery

Bill and Hagen lowres300Dovetail Brewery, located at 1800 W. Belle Plaine in Chicago, Illinois, is a craft brewery owned by master brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, specializing in delicious, balanced beers brewed using traditional German and Belgian brewing methods. Signature beers include unfiltered German-style lagers, traditional Hefeweizen, Rauchbier and Lambic-style sour beers. Dovetail Brewery also produces a variety of special seasonal beers.

Taproom hours are: Tuesday- 2 pm – 10 pm; Wednesday- 2 pm – 10 pm; Thursday- 2 pm – 10 pm; Friday- 12 pm – 11 pm; Saturday- 11 am – 11 pm; Sunday- 10 am – 8 pm.

The 22,000 square foot brewing facility includes an attractive tap room that is open to the public for drinking and retail sales. The tap room is also available as a rental space for private events.

Dovetail Brewery delivers beer by the keg to venues near the brewery and also to some select venues closer to the Loop. All bars, taverns and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area that wish to serve Dovetail beer on tap are welcome to pick up kegs, in two sizes, at the brewery during normal business hours.

For more information about Dovetail Brewery, please visit the brewery’s website at (under construction), their newsroom at or contact Bill Wesselink by email at or Hagen Dost by email at For additional information, call 773-683-1414.

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