Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Forbidden Root
Located in a former movie theater in Chicagos West Town neighborhood, Forbidden Root is committed to introducing the world to the wonders of Botanical Beer." One step inside their doors and their passion is immediately present, the walls decorated with rows of jars containing all matter of bark, berry, root and spice.
Head brewer BJ Pitchman took us for a thorough tour of the facilities. Below are several bright tanks that are connected directly to taps behind the bar. Beer doesnt get much fresher than that. The beer flows with the help of a state of the art draft system. Well thought out and put together, it is an impeccably clean and well-maintained back end of the brewery.
While their recipes are often inspired by obscure 19th-century texts, the brewing process brings us back to the 21st century. Forbidden Root uses various herbs and botanicals in their various beers. We asked to take a look at some of these varied ingredients they gladly obliged. Seen below are just a few of their unique ingredients, from cardamom and cloves to fennel and peppercorns, it seemed as though they were getting ready to make gin rather than beer.
In addition to beer, Forbidden Root also crafts their own unique elixers. Seen here are Woodmaster, Robear and Blood and Spice. Served in small beakers imbibers are encouraged to add them in small amounts to various brews in order to create your own unique botanical experience. All three are fantastic and no trip to Forbidden Root is complete without giving them a try.
Ultimately, Forbidden Root offers something really special. They are operating proof that beer styles are not played out and that adjuncts can bring more than a mere novelty to beer. This spirit of innovation and experimentation, rooted deep within the past, is coming to fruition right here in Chicago.
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