Whiner Beer Co. focuses on barrel-aged beer, a tradition common in Belgium and France that is gaining a foothold in the US. Industry veterans and partners Brian Taylor and Ria Neri aim to make beers for people with a wanderlust palate, a curiosity for the strange and unknown, and those who take their beer seriously, but never themselves. Housed in The Plant, a net-zero energy business incubator located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, Whiner aims to promote environmentally responsible brewing. The brewery will play a major role in the operations of The Plant’s anaerobic digester. Once up and running, Whiner’s spent grain will help fuel the digester, producing energy for the entire building.
Miaou is a 6.5% is an American Wild Ale, a broad category for a variety of Belgian-inspired alles. It is a Belgian Wheat ale that is aged for 10 months in Cabernet wine barrels, then dry hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops, and a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyzed Brux Trois Vrai wild yeast. Drinker will notice vinous note and juicy citrus flavors.