Beer of the week
Beer: Goose Island Ten Hills
Style: Pale ale
Alcohol: 6.2 percent by volume
Price: About $10 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles at Total Wine & More
Story: Ten Hills, available through March, is the first in a series of Goose Island beers showcasing hops varieties. The three used in Ten Hills (Cascade, Perle and Saaz from Idaho’s Elk Mountain Farms) give the brew a peachy aroma and flavors of kiwi and sumac. Though Goose Island is not technically a craft brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev paid $39 million for it in 2011 — I give Ten Hills a pass for having an interesting story and being a standout pale ale.
Pairing: The juicy, tropical-fruit notes and earthy finish of Ten Hills complement the pear and fresh herbs in the warm brussels sprouts salad at Harry’s Pizzeria in the Design District.
EVAN S. BENN
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