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Old 01-29-2010, 07:11 AM   #1
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Has anyone in the Chicago region, or outside by any means, heard of "Two Brothers Brewery" ? I just sampled three of their year rounds (prairie path, DuPage, Cane & Ebel's), and I'm absolutely taken back. Especially by their Cane & Ebel's, a super hopped up red rye ale which they add 70lbs of Thai palm sugar to each batch. They use "Summit" (anyone ever heard of the strain?) hops with a whopping 18% aa. The beer's got a wonderful, pungent, citrus flavor to it.

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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I have had their beers, and I enjoy them, also. They are in suburban Warrenville, I believe, and have a brewpub that serves food attached, also. I have read there are Saturday brewery tours, but have not gone yet.

Also, their labels are different, a plasticized sort of thing, and are damn near impossible to get off, even with my standard oxyclean soak.

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Ive heard of it. know where its at but never had there beer lol

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I had a bottle of Cane and Ebel last week and really enjoyed it. I've been drinking a lot of hopped-up red ales recently and this one definitely stood out. Maybe it was the Thai palm sugar. I'd love to do a clone of this if anyone has a recipe idea...

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I've had a few of their beers, but so far they've been average at best. Can't remember off the top of my head which ones, I might have to try the Cane and Ebel and see if it's any better.

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Also, their labels are different, a plasticized sort of thing, and are damn near impossible to get off, even with my standard oxyclean soak.
Surprised the hell out of me when I first tried to take the labels off.

I have tried their Golden Ale (Prairie Path?) and I enjoyed it. Unfortunately I am now in Ohio and cannot try any of their other beers till I get back home.
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I love their Cane and Ebel and their Bitter End, especially the Bitter End. Fantastic beers and I think these guys really do it right. High quality product and creative. I have recipes for both at home but I have yet to make them so I can't attest to how good they are. The Cane and Ebel recipe is from the brewery if I recall correctly.

Found Cane and Ebel, it is from the brewery, you can scale it to you batch size:

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Munich 3%
Crystal 10 8%
Rye 12%
Crystal Rye 3%
Melinoidan (Aromatic will work) 3%
Black Malt less than 1% for color

First wort hop with Summit and Columbus 40 IBU
30 minutes left with Summit 12 IBU
25 minutes left with Columbus 8.5 IBU
20 minutes left with Simcoe 7 IBU
Dryhop with Simcoe about .3 oz/gallon

Thai Palm Sugar added before start of boil. (.15 lbs / gallon)

Mash mid 150's
Boil 75 minutes
target starting gravity 1.072

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Very neat, I'm glad some of my other brew brothers in arms have checked it out. I'll be going there tomorrow for an afternoon tour. They go at 1 and 2:30 if anyone else is interested. Here's their website.

www.twobrothersbrew.com

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In 2008, I believe, I got a sixer of the Domaine duPage and thought it was awesome until I got to the fifth bottle, which was apparently infected; it really didn't taste right. The sixth bottle is still haunting my beer collection, daring me to drink it.

I found the same thing about the labels - printed polypropylene with some kind of pressure-sensitive adhesive that you won't be able to get off without using goo-gone or something. I advocate bottle re-use, but recycle these.

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Old 01-31-2010, 10:27 PM   #10
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Their "artisian" labels are pretty neat though. They've got some pretty cool artwork on them. They use a really impressive bottling machine, I believe it was made by, or called "Kronus". I'm not sure if that contributes to the impossible labels to get off or not.

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