When we think about classic Midwestern IPAs, the first thing that comes to mind is the always incredible Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This fragrant, delicious IPA is a must have for all hop lovers — and now for the first time is available in 16 oz. cans. The can design features a local artist's illustration from a label that was previously retired when Two Hearted was just a young, wide eyed beer in the late 90's. Who says you can't teach an old beer new tricks?
When the folks at Rhinegeist Brewing in Cincinnati, Ohio set out to make a traditional West Coast IPA, they didn't want to just create a beer that locals would love, but one that everyone who got their hands on would appreciate. Truth IPA isn't available all over the country just yet, but is now available in cans and is exceeding expectations with every sip. The clean, crisp IPA takes things next level with it's resiny hop bite and balanced finish. Truth is, one of the best West Coast IPAs is now brewed in Cincinnati, Ohio.
If you hear good things about the craft beer boom in Chicago, it's hard to have the conversation without mentioning Pipeworks Brewing. Citra Ninja is a standout amongst a full slate of great options that Pipeworks offers, and it stands out for a reason. Bursting from the bottle with citrusy hop aromas, Citra Ninja is aggressive yet subtle, swiftly attacking your palate like, well, a ninja. The Citra hop strain might be the trendiest hop on the market right now, but not everyone wields it as well as Pipeworks with Citra Ninja.