Tonight's beer is a collaboration between Two Brothers Brewing Company (Illinois) and Brasserie Castelain (France). It is the Diversey and Lill(E), a biere de garde with an ABV of 6.5%. The credit on this collaboration between Jason Ebel and Nicholas Castelain goes to Castelain/France where the beer is actually brewed.
It poured with a big fluffy and sticky ecru head. It smells really good with a little fruit in the nose. The taste is ripe fruit and spice. My notes indicate that I thought it was a crazy biere de garde. It's been awhile since I drank this one and I'm now wondering what brought on that note.
From the Vanberg & DeWulf site: It is a little known fact that Chicago’s first brewery, Diversey and Lill, had a French connection. Diversey, a Frenchman, and Lill ran the largest brewery in the West in the mid-19th century. The brewery was lost in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Now how many years later, the name Diversey and Lill(e) is back on the beer scene.
As fleeting as it is, I think this was a good beer. Cheers!