Seasonal and holiday beers are starting to trickle in to the Near West store. Look for Bell's Brewing's Winter White, an American take on a Belgian wit biere full of banana, clove and yeast flavors. Bell's Christmas offering should be arriving this week too with the seasonal favorite Merry X-mas ale from Anchor brewing not far behind.
For your holiday table, considering pairing beer with the meal this year instead of or in addition to wine. Belgian strong ales are great with the main meal as their higher alcohol content and slight sweetness cut through the fats and rich flavors from the turkey, gravy etc. Rare Vos from Ommegang Brewing would be a perfect choice. If you want to go with something a little lighter, the crisp, fruitiness of Orchard White from The Bruery or Harpoon natural cider would be great counter points for the wide array of flavors going on in the meal. Try some rich, thick Java Stout from Bell's Brewing along with dessert and you'll forget about the coffee.
I received a personal tour of their land and facility. Kenny drove me around through the 200 acres of rolling green hills. I got close to and personal with their herd of 100 pure bred Holsteins. Along with a very clean facility were many healthy cows and 5 new calves that Kenny helped birth 3 days prior. (See the several pictures I have attached, below.)
Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese personally ships their product nationwide, yet they have one vat, one cheese making room and under 10 staff members. Raw milk cheese is their specialty and it is made with vegetable-based rennet.