Funsherpa is on a mission to discover what Chicagoans love. We are going beyond the tour books and yelp reviews and are asking YOU, Chicago. Funsherpa kicked off our series of surveys in honor of the Chicago Craft Brewery Convention with our beer survey. The contenders were Allagash, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Half Acre, Metropolitan, SKA Brewing, Three Floyds, and Two Brothers. We are excited to announce that Three Floyds Brewery took the prize as Chicago’s favorite craft beer, with Chicago’s own Goose Island Brewing in a close second.
Who Are The Three Floyds
Brothers Nick and Simon and father Mike Floyd founded Three Floyds Brewing Company in 1996 in a small warehouse in Hammond, Indiana. To give you an idea of their humble beginnings, their first brewery housed a used 5 barrel kettle, attached to a wok burner, with swiss cheese tanks turned into beer fermentation vessels. But this simple brew house was all the Floyd’s boys needed to turn their dream into a reality. They set out to brew beer that distinguished itself from other craft brews, with a motto of “it’s not normal”. Three Floyds grew in popularity and eventually moved to Munster, Indiana which today is still the home of the brewery and their brew pub.
It’s Not Normal
With names like Alpha King, Gumball Head and Apocalypse Cow, and bottles featuring labels with trippy artwork, you can tell that Three Floyds Brewing is not your average brewery. But it’s more than their unique branding that has given Three Floyds their cult-following – it’s their absolutely amazing tasting beer. One of the Funsherpa team’s favorite brews is Gumball Head, named after a little known comic book cat. Gumball Head was created to be a summer time wheat ale, but due to the great demand, it is now available all year round. This wheat beer has a refreshing hoppy aroma, with hints of grapefruit, lemon, marmalade, and peach. Three Floyds says “these flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumball Head a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck”. Now if that doesn’t sell you, we don’t know what does.
I’ve Got a Golden Ticket
While Three Floyds doesn’t have a chocolate river or freaky little Oompa Loompas, their golden ticket is equally coveted. Three Floyds Dark Lord Day is an annual
“Fantasy Beer Drinking Event” that happens on the last Saturday of April. Selling out every year, Dark Lord Day gives beer enthusiasts from around the world a chance to sample craft beers, including Three Floyds own Dark Lord. The Dark Lord Russian Style Imperial Stout is brewed with Chicago’s own Intelligentsia coffee, mixed with Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. These intense flavors and the 13% alcohol content make Dark Lord Chicago’s most sought after beer. To get your chance to try the Dark Lord you must buy a golden ticket, usually open for sale in early March, which entitles you to buy four bottles of the brew. But don’t drink up just yet, the Dark Lord gets better with age, and most beer enthusiasts just now opened their 2009 bottle.
What You Crave
While we at Funsherpa definitely recommend taking a trip over to Munster for a brewery tour or a bite at the Brew Pub, you can find Three Floyds right here in Chicago too. Try the Map Room or Sheffield’s Beer Garden.