Cane and Ebel beer

During a recent visit, a friend brought over Two Brothers Brewing Company‘s Cane and Ebel beer. This beer is made with rye and Thai palm sugar. The label describes the beer as “a hopped-up red rye ale.” I wouldn’t know red rye from any other color, but the beer did have a distinctive rye flavor. It had a decent measure of hoppiness, but the aftertaste was strong with rye. I found it enjoyable.

Cane and Ebel beer by Two Brothers Brewing Co

The Cane and Ebel rye beer label

Another guest that night described it as “Killian’s done right,” and I’m inclined to agree. The copper-colored beer had just a hint of sweetness and was very full-bodied for an artisan brew. I don’t know if I would consider this beer an Irish Red, but it hit the same notes before the rye kicked in to make the whole bottle a unique experience.

The 12oz. bottles were sold in a four-pack for around $11, a price normally reserved for imports, but Two Brothers is located on the outskirts of Chicago, according to the label. Another interesting feature on this beer’s label is the alcohol content, 7%. It’s not unusual to find an ale with that much alcohol, but it is extremely rare–and I thought illegal in the United States–to find a beer label proclaiming the alcohol content.

I managed to drink two of these, despite the short ratio of bottles to bodies, and the second bottle was poured into a glass, rather than drunk from the bottle. The sharp rye aftertaste was mellowed a bit from the glass and the sweetness highlighted.