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Cane and Ebel

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Warrenville, IL

Style: American Strong Ale

Eddie’s Rating:
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I don’t write home a lot. Mainly because I am home, even though my favorite saying du jour is “A man’s parents’ basement is his castle.” When I do write home (yell up the stairs), it’s about a new craft beer that has just then tickled my tongue.

So, normally, I don’t write home about the year-round and seasonal releases of Warrenville, Illinois’ Two Brothers Brewing. Their beers are not bad by any means—on the contrary, I’ve never had an offering from them that I would consider “bad.” Their everyday entries are solid, drinkable beers, but, like I said, nothing worth yelling up the stairs about.

However, where the two brothers, Jim and Jason Ebel, do shine is in their specialty releases. These are some of the best beers in the Midwest. One that I am particularly fond of (multiple yelling up the stairs) is their Cane and Ebel, described as a “hopped-up red rye ale” brewed with palm sugar. Giddyup.

Dumped into a pint glass, this beer is a deep ruby red sporting a dense, craggy head. The lacing this leaves on the glass is impressive: makes me wanna stick my face in there and lick the inside of the mug. But I won’t since that last hospital visit cost my parents something like fifty bucks.

Anway, the nose is a beautiful waft of hops. The sipping is invitingly soft, but with a weighty mouthfeel—tons of body and a big dose of malt. This is all balanced by a firm hop presence. Not super bitter, mind, but maybe enough to turn off hop haters. Somewhere between a hoppy pale ale and a low end IPA. And at the very end, kind of like dessert, I swear I can taste that palm sugar at the tip of my tongue.

Not ultra complex but a pleasing, extremely balanced mix of body, sweetness, and bitterness. This is one highly drinkable beer.

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on August 17, 2007.
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