ROMEOVILLE – After bringing together more than 20 women from a dozen suburban microbreweries for the recent International Women’s Day, the resulting collaboration beer, “Hold My Crown,” hit taps at 10 breweries and one local bottle shop this week.
Each participating brewery is releasing its own variant of the beer during the first week in April, culminating in a tap takeover with all nine variants and the base beer at Iron & Glass bottle shop in Romeoville at 5 p.m. April 5, a news release stated. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pink Boots Society, a professional organization that assists, inspires and encourages women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.
The base beer, dubbed a Lithuanian Pale Ale, is described as most reminiscent of a Belgian IPA or hoppy saison.
"It is a refreshingly dry, citrusy pale ale with fruity saison character and pleasantly prominent bitterness (6.7% ABV / 45 IBU)," according to the release. The base beer will be available on tap at Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge at 8102 Lemont Road, suite 300, with small-batch variants on tap at the following breweries:
● BuckleDown Brewing (Lyons): blood orange
● Church Street Brewing Company (Itasca): lemongrass
● Dry City Brew Works (Wheaton): hibiscus
● Elmhurst Brewing Company (Elmhurst): strawberry
● Metal Monkey Brewing (Romeoville): lemon + rosemary
● More Brewing (Villa Park): honey-tangerine + ginger
● Scallywag Brewing (Westmont): pomegranate
● Skeleton Key Brewery (Woodridge): base beer, no adjunct
● Werk Force Brewing (Plainfield): kombucha
● Wolfden Brewing (Bloomingdale): passionfruit
The collaborative brew day took place at Skeleton Key Brewery, where the taproom was open to the public so guests could get a full view of the day’s activities. Samples of malt, wort and hops from the brew were shared with patrons, and a video camera was set up over the mash tun and kettle to live-stream the goings-on inside the vessels.
In addition to female owners, brewers and staff from suburban breweries, participants also included PBS-Chicago Chapter representatives and women who own or work at local bottle shops, craft beer bars and ingredient suppliers.