‘The Ultimate Tap Takeover’ at Kryptonite Bar Jan. 12

AleSmith Brewing Company handles. (Photo provided by Chris Wachowiak)

By Chris Wachowiak
Kryptonite Bar Owner

The Ultimate Tap Takeover? That’s a bold claim. I mean, if you were to call it the “Ultimate Tap Takeover,” what would you need to make it that? First, you’d need something extremely unique (check). Second, you’d need something extremely good (check). Third, you’d need something extremely exclusive (check). Put those three elements together, and you have the AleSmith tap takeover at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., Rockford.

AleSmith Brewing Company is one of the premier craft brewers in the nation. Located in San Diego and never before tapped in the Chicagoland area, Rockford’s own Kryptonite is proud to offer these award-winning, hand-forged ales that are anything but ordinary.

At 8 p.m., Jan. 12, you can try some of these award-winning beers on draft at Kryptonite Bar, and only Kryptonite Bar if you live in the Chicagoland. And if you want to be one of the 30 first to try it, there is an exclusive VIP introduction at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the exclusive VIP tasting party are on sale online and at Kryptonite. Otherwise, you can get in for free at 8 p.m. to sample some of the following beauties:

• Anvil ESB — The first of their brews and their flagship ale. Bright copper color with light tan head. Malty, slightly hoppy aroma. Caramel and malty flavors with a perfect balance of imported English hops. Awards: Multi-award-winner, including Silver and Gold at the World Beer Championships.

• IPA — Deep golden to light amber color, and a nice off-white head, with good retention when properly served. Starts off with pleasantly strong hop flavors balanced by a firm malt backdrop, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness. Awards: Multi-award-winner, including Silver at the California State Fair and the World Beer Championships along with the bronze at the 2005 American Beer Festival.

• Wee Heavy — A classic Scotch Ale, sweet and malty, with a very subdued dose of hops. Awards: Multi-award-winner, including Silver in its category at the Chicago Real Ale Festival and The World Beer Championships along with the bronze at the 2004 and silver in 2005 American Beer Festival.

• Speedway Stout — The pride of the group being a HUGE Imperial Stout that weighs in at an impressive 12 percent ABV! It’s brewed with coffee for an extra kick, and aged in a bourbon barrel, helping give it the No. 1 Best Beer in the World rating by ratebeer.com. It has also been featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box in a segment on the best dark beers in America.

Rockfordians have an opportunity to taste and do something that can’t be done in Chicago! Kryptonite opens at 8 p.m. to the general public to taste this award-winning brewery, and you also have the opportunity to take advantage of their package license and take some of the big-bottle formats to go! If you want to be part of the exclusive VIP hour at 7 p.m. and receive your own custom event T-shirt, then grab your ticket online or at Kryptonite Bar.

From the Jan. 9-15, 2013, issue

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