February Explorer Series to Feature Limited Time Selections Until the Tap Runs Out
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a traditional casual dining restaurant known for its expansive selection of craft beers, is continuing its Explorer Series on February 4 and has collaborated with Left Hand Brewing Company and Allegro Coffee Company to bring a variety of flavors to its guests. This third series installment will feature a collaboration coffee pale ale, for which Old Chicago employees and World Beer Tour members had a hand in creating, from the selection and roasting of coffee beans down to the actual brewing of the beer. The final product, called De’Nile Coffee Ale, is a deep, burnished-copper brew made with Allegro Coffee’s Blue Nile Blend, and is exclusively available at Old Chicago locations in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
“The Explorer Series has been a great program for us, and has exposed our guests to a variety of beer selections they may have never thought of trying before,” said Jason Murphy, Old Chicago’s brand manager. “It’s been a treat to collaborate with such iconic breweries, and be involved in the creation process with Left Hand for the De’Nile Coffee Ale, emphasizing the fact that we truly believe in the beer that we serve.”
In addition to the De’Nile Coffee Ale, the series also will feature other selections from Left Hand Brewery, including:
- Milk Stout Nitro – Super smooth milk stout with soft roastiness and mocha flavors
- Sawtooth Ale Nitro – Super smooth American-style extra strong bitter with nutty malt flavors balanced by herbal hops
- 400 Pound Monkey – English-style IPA with earthy, herbal hopnotes, well-balanced by bready malt
- Wake Up Dead Nitro – Super smooth Russian imperial stout trifecta of cocoa, dried fruit and licorice notes (available in bottle only)
As an added perk, guests who try the Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro will be able to enjoy it from the Spieglau Stout Glass. Developed specifically for complex stout beers, this glass designed by Spieglau will strengthen the aroma and improve the taste of the Left Hand Milk Stout compared to a traditional pint glass.
A leader in the traditional casual dining space, Old Chicago has been serving handcrafted cuisine and local craft beers across the nation for 37 years. Old Chicago is committed to quality creations and to showcasing local, regional and national craft brewers while providing great value in a welcoming atmosphere. To learn more about Old Chicago, visit www.oldchicago.com.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (Old Chicago) is a traditional, casual dining restaurant specializing in Chicago-style pizzas, taproom classics and craft beer. Founded in 1976, Old Chicago operates in 22 states with 96 restaurants. With over 30 craft beers on tap, Old Chicago is also the home of the World Beer Tour which rewards members for enjoying 110 of the best craft beers from across the globe. Visit www.oldchicago.com to learn more and to find the restaurant nearest you. For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. is the largest craft brewery restaurant operator in the country with nearly 200 franchised and company-owned restaurants primarily operating under the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants and Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries brands. As a leader in the casual dining segment, CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, including ChopHouse and Big River, and employs more than 12,000 people throughout the U.S. All of CraftWorks’ restaurant brands have innovative menus with made-from-scratch food and a vast selection of unique craft beer, as well as unbeatable service and loyalty programs that tout over a half-million active members. Based in Broomfield, Colo., CraftWorks is not only committed to serving its loyal guests, but also the communities in which its restaurants operate. In 2000, the CraftWorks Foundation was formed and has contributed millions of dollars positively impacting communities throughout the country. For additional information about CraftWorks, the foundation and its craft brewery restaurant brands, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.
Celebrating twenty-one years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 24 Great American Beer Festival medals, 9 World Beer Cup awards, and 7 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing was the first craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 29 states & DC. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”
Distribution: AL, AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI
Founded in 1977, Allegro Coffee Company is considered by specialty coffee industry experts to be one of America’s premiere coffee roasters and distributors. Allegro’s entire approach to coffee is based on sustainable agriculture and the preservation of the traditional ways to grow, roast and brew great-tasting coffee. Allegro Coffees are available at all Whole Foods Markets, as well as select hotels, restaurants and coffeehouses nationwide.