Welcome to the repository of Alter beer. Within this hallowed webpage you will find mention of every beer we have ever made. Here you can revel in the present, reminisce about the past, and hope for your favorites to rise once again…
Please Note: Not all of our beers are available year-round. If you are interested in visiting the taproom, please check out our menu to see what is currently available.
If you are a retail establishment and would like to carry our beer, please contact our sales department for current offerings.
These beers make up the foundation of Alter Brewing’s beer lineup and can typically be found year-round in our taproom. They represent the consistency of quality that we strive for beer in and beer out.
Our flagship IPA epitomizes the balance of a Midwest IPA. Dry-hopping with Citra and Simcoe creates intense tropical and citrus aromas, while the strong malt bill produces an excellent balance with the hops for a smooth and minimally bitter finish.
Over 90lbs of cherry juice were added to each barrel of this wheat ale. The result is a refreshing, effervescent, tart cherry beer with just the right splash of cherry sweetness. Guests to our taproom can enjoy this beer as a shandy when combined with our hand-made ginger soda (when available).
A malt forward brew that is heavily dominated with notes of chocolate, caramel, and hints of coffee. Brewed with a variety of specialty malts, and a small dose of Kent Golding and Fuggle hops to keep the sweetness in check.
We have but one Alterior Motive here…. and that’s making killer beer. Our flagship IPA is everything we love about hop aroma and flavor. It’s the epitome of balance. However we wanted to alter our motives just a little bit with our Motive Series. This collection of IPAs highlights a specific hop varietal with each brew.
Our love for IPA’s continues. This west coast style IPA is copper/orange in color, medium bodied, and well balanced. We use Tomahawk, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra in the boil, then dry hop with one pound of Citra and a half pound of Simcoe hops per barrel that lends a tropical and citrus fruit aroma.
Our third MOTIVE release is all about Mosaic hops. Mosaic is an extremely versatile hop, capable of exhibiting a variety of aromas and flavors including: tropical, floral and fruity. In true West Coast fashion this beer puts the hops on a pedestal with a major dry-hopping of Mosaic.
Deep golden color with a white creamy head and medium body. Smooth and clean mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation. Well balanced between the pleasant bready notes of the pale malts and the subtle earthy and fruity character of the hops. Accented by hints of spice from the noble Tettenang hops.
Festbier is our twist on a Vienna-style lager (adapted in Germany as a Marzen or Oktoberfest). Golden in color with an amazing degree of brightness, this smooth lager is notably malt forward with a subtle toasted character and hints of sweetness.
Working with another brewery or business to make a beer is such an important part of today’s brew culture. We are thrilled to have worked with the partners we have found so far and hope to keep building those relationships as we grow.
This stout was brewed with pecans, vanilla bean, toasted coconut and pure liquid cocoa. Aroma is similar to a chocolate milk shake with subtle nuttiness. The flavor is dominantly chocolate, with that same subtle nutty flavor..
An Alter Brewing Company/Kuma’s Collaboration DIPA. Copper/orange in color with fruity aromas that include honey dew melon, strawberry, tangerine, and pineapple. A rich malt backbone creates a semi-dry finish with a clean and soft bitterness.
Lyman Honey Wheat Ale is the result of our partnership with the Downers Grove Park District, and was debuted on Sept. 9th, 2017 at the Field to Fermenter program, where participants spent a day learning about both honey and beer!
Deep golden in color with frothy off white foam. Faint floral and slight citrus in aroma with some white bread-like notes. The flavor is slightly sweet and very delicate. We fermented our house wheat beer and then added 75 pounds of Lyman Woods spring honey to start a secondary fermentation to add some complexity to this brew. Honey is approximately 97% fermentable so the actual honey flavor is very subtle and slightly subdued, but refined pallets will be able to detect the slight citrus and floral flavors in the finish. Easy drinking and very smoooooooth!
We know… you wish we could brew all of the beers all of the time. Alas, if only wishing made it so! These rotating beers are ones that come and go depending on when we can fit them into our brew schedule.
A strong malt backbone supports the massive amounts of west coast hops that produce resinous, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. Please be aware that the hops in this beer change every time, thus your experience will be altered right along with it.
Light golden in color with light to medium body and bright white foam. Flavor starts with some juicy tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple, along with some lemon-like citrus. Finishes semi-dry. Dry-hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops… All the Hopular kids..
O.P.A.P.A. = Oak Park Amarillo Pale Ale. This was our entry into this year’s Oak Park Micro Brew Review “Replicale” competition, where 21 breweries brewed a pale ale with a single varietal hop. We were assigned the wonderful Amarillo variety.
While we didn’t take top honors at the competition, this pale ale definitely took top honors in our hearts. Hopped to the max with Amarillo hops, this supremely drinkable pale has subtle notes of grapefruit and citrus.
Literally, over a ton of malt went into making this beer. Pale, dark caramel, roasted, chocolate and black malts combine for a decadent mouth feel and flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and fresh toffee. Balanced with subtle earthiness of English Kent Golding and Fuggle hops. Deceptively smooth for a big beer.
This dark, smooth, creamy milk stout is our very first offering on nitro. After Party is a very dark, sweet, and medium bodied ale. Its slightly roasted character blends oh so smoothly with slightly sweetened espresso notes.
It was created from the second runnings of our Smash Tun parti-gyle brew, with lactose added to give a creamy texture and hint of sweetness. These qualities are enhanced by the use of nitro.
Lord FarQuad is a big, complex multi-layered brute of a Belgian quad that displays aromas of stone fruit, cedar, dark molasses, toffee, and edamame. Finishes slightly sweet with a warm sensation from the high amount of alcohol.
A medium bodied American red/amber ale made with 2 row pale and caramunich malts that bring a strong biscuit, toast and caramel backbone. This compliments the tropical fruit and citrus notes brought on by Galaxy and the 7- “C” hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Crystal, Cluster and Columbus.
Here you will find the resting place of all the one-time brews we have done. While we may revisit some of them in the future, for now they will lay sleeping in the warm embrace of the bottom of this webpage.
6 different malt varieties and a dash of noble hops (Tettenang) make this malt forward caramel colored, Belgian inspired ale flow on your tongue with notes of toffee, toasted bread, plum, caramel and fig.
A Belgian Style IPA brewed with pale and light Munich malts. Balanced with Centennial and one of our favorite new hop varieties Hull Melon. This hop adds a honey dew flavor that balances out the spicy, phenolic character in the brew.
Our very first English beer! East Kent Goldings hops balance well with the malt to create an exceptionally drinkable, yet flavorful, beer with mild bitterness and subtle sweetness. The name of this beer refers to a giant figure on the side of a hill in East Sussex (Southeast) England that dates back centuries, and holds a special place in the heart of one of our own. And after taking a sip we know that it will carve out a special place in your heart as well.
A wild and clean funked up Berliner Weisse served with woodruff syrup for a touch of sweetness. Named after Dustin, our assistant brewer, this beer’s name also references the partial spontaneous fermentation that took place due to…. dust (wild yeast) in the wind!