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Ale SyndicateIt’s an amazing time to be a craft beer drinker in Chicago, there are an insane amount of breweries that are planning to open this year and it’s simply awesome. The newest brewery that will be making sure your pints are filled is Ale Syndicate. Not familiar with the name? That’s because Ale Syndicate is the evolution of New Chicago Beer Company, the brewery project that Jesse Edwin Evans and Samuel Evans founded after selling their successful Lucky Hand Brewing in Oakland, California in 2009.

There was a lot of buzz surrounding New Chicago Beer Company last year and their plans to open up a brewery in a building that would create its own energy and produce no waste.  After New Chicago Beer Company left the brewing deal at The Plant in the Back Of Yards, I sort of lost track of them. I had heard rumors they were still planning on opening up but in the Wild West that is the craft beer world, you never know. But it is indeed true, New Chicago Beer Company is still alive but this time with a new name, a new location and a new vision.

Samuel Evans, when asked about the name change said, “As much as we loved the old name, and the path we had been on, we felt we needed to recognize how our vision for the brewery had evolved.” He went onto say that “This is bigger than any one of us; it will be more than the sum of our parts. The name Ale Syndicate Brewers reflects that goal.”

“We’re not just an ordinary brewery – we’re a syndicate,” said Jesse Evans.

This month they rollout with three inaugural beers; Municipal India Pale Ale, Richie Imperial Porter and Sunday Session. These three beers are described as “distinctly Chicago.” Municipal is an all-Cascade hop ale with a tangy aroma and citrusy flavor. Richie Imperial Porter has roasted barley and chocolate malts, balancing sharper flavors with a clean, semi-sweet finish. Sunday Session is a mellow ale that uses wheat to complement a blend of Cascade, Crystal and Centennial hops for a deliciously drinkable brew.

“We are incredibly proud of these initial recipes,” said Jesse Evans. “We’re working with local businesses to integrate distinctly Chicago flavors into future beers.”

Right now you’re just going to see these beers on draft but stay tuned for them later this spring in the stores. Jesse and Samuel are currently still working on the brewery that will be located in the Green Exchange campus at 2601 W. Diversey. That’s in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood if you don’t have a map handy… quite a hike from the Back Of The Yards. The Green Exchange is the country’s largest sustainable business community. Until the brewery is ready and renovations are done, Ale Syndicate beers will be brewed at Big Chicago Brewing Company in Zion, Illinois and Galena Brewing Company in Galena, Illinois.

After hearing about the concept and story behind New Chicago Beer Co. for so long I’m excited that Ale Syndicate is here. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ale Syndicate has become and will become and more importantly I can’t wait to taste their beers.

Guest post by Brad Chmielewski of Hopcast. Brad can also be found on Twitter.

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