I'm missing yet another game. This time, however, it's my own damn fault. My 10-year high school reunion is this weekend, and I've decided to attend it for no particular reason. That means a trip home to Chicago, and not to the UCLA game. (For the record, this decision was made long before the season started.)
The untimely trip to Chicago does give a great idea for a tailgate beer. I grew up in DuPage County, about 25 miles west of the Second City. Happily, just down the road from my old stomping grounds is a great craft brewery. Two Brothers Brewing, located in Warrenville, IL, makes a fantastic Red Rye Ale called Cane and Ebel, and I'm naming it as my gameday beer-o-the-week.
I talked about Two Brothers and Cane and Ebel early last year, but I think it's a beer worth re-visiting. I love this brew. While not typically a fan of rye ale offerings, I find this style does a great job balancing a combination of spicy/sweet malts with hoppy notes. The bottle touts this as being "hopped up," but it's not as bitter/resiny as that advertising can often mean; more floral/sweet. The creamy/sweet finish is especially pleasing.
I'm definitely going to grab some while I'm back home. It may be a little bit of a stretch for those in Colorado to get some by kickoff Saturday, but if you can, it's well worth the effort.
Happy Friday! Go Buffs, beat the Bruins!