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YEAR ROUND BEERS

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lumen

Unfiltered Lager

4.2% ABV // IBUs 15 // SRM 2.8

Lumen Unfiltered Lager is a clean-finishing, ultra-light response to the growing popularity of craft lagers. Made with Pilsner malt and flaked corn, it’s an unfiltered, premium version of the style arguably most synonymous with the word “Beer.” This is a charismatic and crisp take on a classic that is sure to satisfy even the most casual of palates. It’s a break from the hops and is beautifully light. That’s why we call it Lumen. Step into the light!

cold fusion

Cream Ale

5.2% ABV // IBUs 18 // SRM 4

Cold Fusion Cream Ale is our best seller and our flagship. It’s called Cold Fusion because we fuse elements from both ales and lagers throughout the brewing process to achieve this crowd pleasing, crushable flavor. Rye provides an earthy spice to this crisp, smooth beer and it is a great choice for customers looking for something less hoppy and sessionable. Cold Fusion was featured in a 2017 Chicago Tribune Article titled “10 Chicago Beers to try this Summer” and continues to win over everyone who tries it, especially on nitro!

covalence

Juicy Pale Ale

5.5% ABV // IBUs 32 // SRM 3.9

Covalence Juicy Pale Ale is the newest addition to our year round lineup. It is a juicy-flavored, hazy break from some of the more conventional and bitter hops traditionally associated with IPAs. It’s sessionable and juicy flavor from Amarillo, Ekuanot and El Dorado hops makes this beer a must-have for anyone looking to explore the emerging category of Hazy IPAs that have become all the rage as of late. With Chicago’s love of all-things-IPA, Covalence is sure to become a staple during the warmer months and beyond. Covalence is all about sharing but you’ll probably want to keep this beer all to yourself.

PROTON

No Coast American IPA

6.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 6.4

Proton No Coast IPA is one of our medal winners. This hoppy beaut took home the gold medal for IPAs at the 2018 Illinois Brew Fest and is charged to the max with Ciara and Mosaic hops. We call it a “No Coast” IPA because we combine processes and brewing techniques that span the category. We combined our personal favorites from west coast, east coast, and traditional English IPAs to create an IPA that stands out from the crowd. It’s a bit of a Frankenstein of an IPA and it very intentionally refuses to sit neatly into a single sub-category of the style. The response has been nothing but positive — just like a Proton.

symbiotic

Kettle Sour

4.5% ABV // IBUs 7 // SRM 2.3

Symbiotic Kettle Sour is our award-winning “gateway” sour and a rising star of our year round lineup. It won a gold medal at the Illinois Brew Fest in 2018 in Berliner Weisse/Witbier/Saison category. It gets its name from the way our yeast and lactobacillus bacteria work in conjunction to create this ultra-light, delightfully tart beer. It is a perfect option for consumers looking for a point of entry into the burgeoning sour beer category as it is very palatable compared to some of the more aggressive sour beers cluttering the growing category. A perfect choice for patio season, this beer is about as refreshing as it gets.

SEASONAL & specialty BEERS

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space for everyone

Kettle Sour with Peaches and Plums

4.5% ABV // IBUs 7 // SRM 2.3

Available: December 18th until it runs out

Space for Everyone is a long awaited collaboration between two space lovers, Empirical and The Adler Planetarium.  We both love the science behind yeast and how it turns liquids into alcohol, so we decided to brew something with multiple strains of yeast and bacteria, a kettle sour. Each time we brew a new batch of this beer we will ad different ingredients to continue our exploration for great flavors. The base of the beer is Plisner and Raw Wheat malts with Comet hops and both Saccharomyces and Lactobacillus. For our first batch we brewed with Piloncillo brown sugar and added peaches and plums to the fermenter. The result is tart and light in body, fruity, refreshing and has a malty finish. We will never cease to explore!

subatomic

Session Hazy Pale Ale

4.0% ABV // IBUs 28

Available: Spring and Summer

Subatomic Session Hazy Pale Ale is the newest hoppy beer in our time vortex. To create an easy drinking yet super flavorful beer we shrunk down the ABV, IBU and in turn the calories as well. At 4.0% ABV this Pale Ale is the most crushable beer on the market and it doesn't lack in flavor. Idaho 7 and Wakatu hops provide a tropical yet dank profile that will invigorate your palate while only consuming in 120 calories. Welcome to the Quantum Realm.

nucleon

Double Dry Hopped IPA

8% ABV // IBUs 65 // SRM 5.8

Available: Fall and Winter

Nucleon DDH DIPA is without a doubt for the hop heads and appeals to more adventurous palates. One whiff of this double dry-hopped IPA and hop-lovers will be swooning. The brew is sneaky in the fact that the big hop aromas and flavors conceal how high the ABV is. This beer passes along loads of flavor and aroma without the bitterness typical of a beer this hoppy and will have drinkers loving the tropical fruit notes. We double dry-hop with loads of Cascade, Centennial and Comet to achieve this hop-lover’s delight.

adamantium

New England India Pale Ale

6.8% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 4

Available: Random Release!

Adamantium New England Style IPA  is our hard hitting hazy champion that appears randomly throughout the year. This double bladed shield breaker is brewed with heavy amounts of Citra and Galaxy hops. British yeast, flaked oats and wheat along with late hop additions gives this beer a smooth and rounded mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness without any lingering bitterness. Where is Adamantium when not available? Somewhere traveling around the galaxy in search of juicier hops. 

vibranium

Coffee Brown Ale

6.0% ABV // IBUs 20 // SRM 18

Available: February to March

A light and easy drinking Brown Ale brewed with cold brew coffee added post fermentation. We partner with a different local coffee roaster for every brew to bring out different types of roast and coffee flavor. Flaked oats lend a full body to this light ale with brown and chocolate malts lending the roasted, chocolate and cold brew coffee flavors. This beer tastes great for breakfast, lol!

heliotropic

Rye Pale Ale

5.5% ABV // IBUs 35 // SRM 4

Available: April to June

Heliotropic Rye Pale Ale blossomed one year on a fresh spring day. This bright and beautiful beer smacks you in the nose with pineapple, grapefruit and hints of resin from the massive amounts of Comet hops we throw in, and Comet is the only hop used in this beer. Brewed with generous amounts of wheat and rye, producing a beer with a dense mouthfeel and spicy malt flavor. Turn your face to the sun and follow this beer into the summer.

Gamma Ray

Ginger Wheat

5.8% ABV // IBUs 25 // SRM 5

Available: May to July

Gamma Ray Ginger Wheat was designed to be the perfect pairing for food. We began with a classic Witbier malt bill then added our own twist by tossing fresh ginger root and lime zest into the boil while adding cracked black and pink peppercorns as a “dry hop”. The body of this beer is light and spritzy with just a touch of tartness to help round out all the flavors and make the ginger and citrus sing. Gamma Ray is ultra refreshing especially when consumed with full flavored, spicy or floral foods, especially grilled veggies.

fruited symbiotic

Kettle Sour with Fruit

4.8% ABV // IBUs 7 // SRM 2.3

Available: June until it runs out

Fruited Symbiotic is our Summer seasonal. We take our award-winning Symbiotic Kettle Sour and ferment it with a different fruit each year. Symbiotic gets its name from the way our yeast and lactobacillus bacteria work in conjunction and adding fruit to it adds another layer of flavor complexity. It is a perfect option for consumers looking for a point of entry into the burgeoning sour beer category and reminds people of delicate light wine and beer fused together; the perfect hot weather beverage. This beer will make you explode with excitement and yearn for more.

MARZEN ATTACKS!

Märzen Style Lager

5.0% ABV // IBUs 25 // SRM 6.5

Available: September and October

Märzen Attacks! Märzen Style Lager is our take on a classic German Style Lager. We brew our copper colored lager in the Spring time and let it sit at cool temperatures in the fermenter through the Summer. Traditional German malts and hops are used; Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts with German Tradition hops. The malt really shines in this beer with notes of toffee, toasted bread and sweet apricot, finishing smooth and dry. Make sure you’re prepared for the invasion, because this beer moves fast!

singularity

Oatmeal Stout

5.5% ABV // IBUs 30 // SRM 30

Available: October to December

Singularity Oatmeal Stout is massively loaded with three different types of oats into a sessionable stout recipe. Featuring raw, malted and caramelized oats, Singularity possesses an immensely full body and mouthfeel. Rich, roasty flavors of coffee and cocoa linger on the palate while a frothy, tan head blankets the beer down to the last sip. When on nitro it gives Guinness a run for its money. So sessionable it’s hard to just have a single beer.

MANGOLORIAN

Mango Pale Ale

5.6% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 6.7

Available: November until it runs out

Mangolorian Mango Pale Ale was originally introduced as Aroma Dance in 2017 as a collaboration with one of our favorite beer bars Link’s Taproom. We crave the beer so much that we brought it back as a regular specialty rotation. A clean, bright and frothy Pale Ale with delicate aromas from Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops with a punch of flavor from the mango added during fermentation. This is the way we brew.

endothermic

Baltic Porter

8.0% ABV // IBUs 30 // SRM 40

Available: December to March

Endothermic Baltic Porter is an interpretation of our favorite style of dark beer. We enjoy how the lagering process smooths out the heavy roasted flavors. Endothermic is a full bodied, well balanced and incredibly smooth dark beast. A roasty nose with flavors of salted chocolate, raisin and coffee finishing with a silky smooth mouthfeel. You can hardly tell this beer is at 9.0% ABV. Every year we age this beer in different bourbon barrels so keep an eye out for our super limited releases of the barrel aged version.

neutronium

Imperial Rye Stout

10.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 40

Available: January until it runs out

Neutronium Imperial Rye Stout is a special release we do each year because it is one of our favorite base beers for aging in whiskey barrels. Always a limited release because we only put to market the extra beer that doesn't make it into barrels. Full bodied from additions of rye and chocolate rye with an aromatic balance of Amarillo hops. Flavors of dark fruit, cold brewed coffee and toasted bread with a higher bitterness than normal from the hops produces a highly dense beer that will compose a symphony of flavor in your mouth.

barrel aged and wild ales

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BR.OSON

Wild Belgian India Pale Ale

6.2% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 4.7

Released: July 2020

BR.OSON Wild Belgian India Pale Ale is a wild ale based off a Belgian style India Pale Ale. We ferment the beer with both Belgian ale yeast and Brettanomyces and let it sit from six to eight months while the Brettanomyces adds funk to the beer. Before packaging we heavily dry hop. It’s tropical and pineapple aromas come from Comet hops. Brettanomyces lends funky, barnyard, hay and earthy flavors while the hops take over the aroma and give tropical fruit overtones. The Belgian yeast blends comfortably with the Brettanomyces. Over time this beer will lend more of the funky flavors as the hop profile fades.

BR.Ovalence

Wild Juicy Pale Ale                               **Bottles Only

5.5% ABV // IBUs 32 // SRM 4.7

Released: December 2019

BR.OVALENCE Wild Juicy Pale Ale is a wild version of our year-round Covalence Juicy Pale Ale. We ferment the beer with both house ale yeast and Brettanomyces and let it sit from six to eight months while the Brettanomyces adds funk to the beer. Before packaging we heavily dry hop. It’s sessionable and juicy flavors come from Amarillo, Ekuanot and El Dorado hops. Brettanomyces lends funky, barnyard, hay and earthy flavors while the hops take over the aroma and smooth out the finish. This is a very unique drinking experience as it is two very different styles that clash in the most beautiful of ways.

rigel

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in a single Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for three years. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale. This beer is highly limited and will be gone soon. 

sirius

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

A barrel blend of Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for three years. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale. Blended between a few different Cabernet Sauvignon barrels (1+8).

vega

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

A barrel blend of Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for three years. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale. Blended between a few different Cabernet Sauvignon barrels (1+6).

spica

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale w/ Blackberries

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

A Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in a single Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for three years with blackberries. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale.  The blackberry lends little fruit flavor and extra earthy funk. 

arcturus

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale w/ Peaches

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

A Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in a single Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for three years with peaches. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale.  The peach lends an additional complexity and really compliments the barrel and sour characteristics. This beer is truly beautiful.

capella

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale w/ Passionfruit and Guava

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

A barrel blend of Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for three years with passionfruit and guava. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale.  The passionfruit and guava make this beer even more tart with tons of tropical fruit flavors. Blended between a few different Cabernet Sauvignon barrels (3+7).

achernar

Mixed Fermentation Wild Golden Ale w/ Elderberries                     **Draft Only

5.8% ABV // IBUs 10 // SRM 3.2

Released: November 2020

Barrel: Cabernet Sauvignon 

A Mixed Fermentation Golden Ale aged in a single Cabernet Sauvignon barrel for three years with elderberries. Complex bacterial flavors of funk, barnyard and a hint of tartness starts the pallet before a wave of juicy wine coats the entire mouth with hints of oak and just when you think it is going to finish tannic and dry like wine, it takes a turn with toasted bread and hay characteristics of the malt used for the base Golden Ale.  The elderberries turn the beer a gorgeous hue of pink with an extra hint of tartness and some underlying earthy tones.

barrel aged neutronium - 2019

Imperial Rye Stout                                           

11.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 40

Released: January 2020

Barrel: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Neutronium Imperial Rye Stout is a special release we do each year because it is one of our favorite base beers for aging in whiskey barrels. This batch was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 13 months. Full bodied from       additions of rye and chocolate rye with an aromatic balance of Amarillo hops. Post barrel flavors of dark fruit, oak  tannin, cold brewed coffee and toasted bread with a semi-sweet finish. Dangerously drinkable.

barrel aged neutronium w/ double chocolate- 2019

Imperial Rye Stout

11.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 40

Released: January 2020

Barrel: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Neutronium Imperial Rye Stout is a special release we do each year because it is one of our favorite base beers for aging in whiskey barrels. This batch was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 13 months. Post barrel aging we added a copious amount of liquid chocolate. Full bodied from additions of rye and chocolate rye with an aromatic balance of Amarillo hops. Post barrel aromas of sweet chocolate, flavors of oak tannin, bitter chocolate and toasted bread with a sweet finish.

barrel aged neutronium w/ chocolate and coffee - 2019

Imperial Rye Stout                                           

11.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 40

Released: January 2020

Barrel: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Neutronium Imperial Rye Stout is a special release we do each year because it is one of our favorite base beers for aging in whiskey barrels. This batch was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 13 months. Post barrel aging we added liquid chocolate and cold brew coffee. Full bodied from additions of rye and chocolate rye with an aromatic balance of Amarillo hops. Post barrel aromas of fresh ground coffee, flavors of oak tannin, cold brewed coffee, bitter chocolate and toasted bread with a semi-dry finish.

barrel aged neutronium w/ Chocolate, Vanilla and roasted pecans- 2019

Imperial Rye Stout                                          

11.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 40

Released: January 2020

Barrel: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Neutronium Imperial Rye Stout is a special release we do each year because it is one of our favorite base beers for aging in whiskey barrels. This batch was aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels for 13 months. Post barrel aging we added liquid chocolate, Mexican vanilla beans and roasted pecans. Full bodied from  additions of rye and chocolate rye with an aromatic balance of Amarillo hops. Post barrel flavors of chocolate cake, dark fruit, oak tannin, and    toasted nuts with a semi-sweet finish.

barrel aged endothermic- 2019

Baltic Porter                                                  

10.0% ABV // IBUs 30 // SRM 40

Released: December 2019

Barrel: Woodford Reserve Double Oak

Endothermic Baltic Porter is aged each year in a different bourbon barrel. This 2018 batch was aged in Woodford Reserve Double Oak barrels for 14 months. Full bodied from the delicate lagering process makes this beer an easy drinker for being high in alcohol. We let the wood speak with flavors of black licorice, toffee and dark chocolate. Dangerously drinkable.

barrel aged endothermic- 2020

Baltic Porter                                                  

10.0% ABV // IBUs 30 // SRM 40

Released: December 2020

Barrel: Willett Bourbon

Endothermic Baltic Porter is aged each year in a different bourbon barrel. This 2019 batch was aged in Willett Bourbon barrels for 12 months. Full bodied from the delicate lagering process makes this beer an easy drinker for being high in alcohol. We let the wood speak with flavors of black licorice, toffee and dark chocolate. Dangerously drinkable.

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earthworm jim

Wormwood Pale Ale

5.0% ABV // IBUs 35 // SRM 7.4

Available: ???

Earthworm Jim Wormwood Pale Ale originally started as a homebrew from Head Brewer Jacob’s collection of recipes. He loved it so much he had to share it with the rest of Chicago, and there’s no better market to do it in! This Pale Ale starts with a simple malt bill and has a blast of flavor from Citra and Azacca hops, even though they are used in small amounts. We add wormwood at the end of the boil for a little extra bitterness, herbal aroma, pine and grassy flavors to balance the juicy hops. Line up Malört lovers, this one is for you!

CHERRYWOOD SMOKED LAGER

Smoked Rye Lager

5.0% ABV // IBUs 25.5 // SRM 8.6

Available: ???

There is nothing like the aroma of freshly smoked malt. Cherrywood is probably our favorite smoked malt, which is what we use in this Rye Lager. 15% cherrywood smoked malt, 15% rye and the rest of the grain bill is made up of vienna. We hop with American Centennial for a crisp bitterness that balances with the malt and lager the beer to be clean and smooth. The smoke is more on the nose than the mouth but does linger a bit in the after taste. 

ISOTOPE

Altbier

4.8% ABV // IBUs 28 // SRM 14.5

Available: ???

Light, low abv yet full of flavor are the beers that we brew best. Isotope is a great example of that as we use all German ingredients for flavorful malt characteristics. Pilsner and Munich lend the majority of the base and a touch of carafa roasted malt for color and hint of roast. Balanced out with Northern Brewer and Styrian Golding hops we use our house Ale yeast but ferment it at lower temperatures like a lager to clean up the beer and give it an easy finish.

phase transition

Robust Porter

7.8% ABV // IBUs 30 // SRM 32

Available: September to January

Phase Transition Robust Porter was our original dark beer. Our goal was to make a beer that plays on the subtleties of chocolate and dark fruit flavors. To that end, we used two chocolate malts baked up by some menacingly dark English Crystal Malt to yield notes of dried cherries, caramelized raisins, and pure dark chocolate. What really makes the beer is the addition of piloncillo brown sugar which brings an extra layer of complexity while allowing the beer to be dry with a slight rummy finish. Drinking this liquid will turn you into a solid state of floating on air.

barrel aged neutronium - 2020

Imperial Rye Stout                                           

11.0% ABV // IBUs 40 // SRM 40

Released: January 2021

Barrel: Woodford Reserve Double Oak

Neutronium Imperial Rye Stout is a special release we do each year because it is one of our favorite base beers for aging in whiskey barrels. This batch was aged in Woodford Reserve Double Oak barrels for 12 months. Full bodied from additions of rye and chocolate rye with an aromatic balance of Amarillo hops. Post barrel flavors of dark fruit, oak  tannin, cold brewed coffee and toasted bread with a semi-sweet finish. Dangerously drinkable.

EMPIRICAL TAPROOM

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Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773).293.7896

Email: info@empiricalbrewery.com

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