New Digs, New Beer at 5 Rabbit

David | Blog | December, 20 2012 | No Comment

It’s been a little more than a year since 5 Rabbit Cerveceria brought its first contract-brewed beers to market. On Saturday the company hosted a pre-apocalypse tour of its brand new brewery in south suburban Bedford Park.

A group of beer writers, bloggers and podcasters had a chance to tour the brewery and sample a brand new seasonal from 5 Rabbit, designed to celebrate new beginnings.

The brew house

Ki’Chun  Cerveza con Chanterelles is a strong beer (9.5% ABV) made with Vienna and melanoidin malts, palm sugar and toasted oats. It is spiced with Chanterelle mushrooms and New Zealand Rakau hops, and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. It was delicious and deceptively drinkable.

The name translates to Tasty Start, and the story behind this 5 Rabbit beer is that it marks not so much the end of  the world, but a more pleasant reading of the conclusion of the Myan calendar–which takes place on Dec. 21.  The beginning of a new epoch coincides with the brewery finding its first home.

At Wednesday’s event, Brewmaster John J. Hall and other brewery principals showed off the new equipment and poured young beers pulled from the fermenters.  Creative Director Randy Mosher put together a tasting of four cheeses to accompany the Ki’Chun beer. Of the four, the best cheese companions included a French triple crème and Carr Valley’s Cocoa Cordona.

5-rabbit hopes to fire up its bottling line within the next week or so, and the first bottles of Bedford Park-brewed six packs should hit the store shelves shortly after the first of the year. Modern calendar, that is.  

And to celebrate the new beginnings on Friday, 5 Rabbit will be at several Chicago beer bars, introducing the Ki’Chun on draft. They add that you are invited to raise a glass to their Tasty Start at one of these locations:

Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St.
Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave.
Simone’s
, 980 W. 18th St.

at the Wit Hotel, State St at Lake St.
The Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee
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