Farm-to-glass beer making
Jared Rouben's market discoveries find their way into a new batch each week
Fresh start: A sign at the Goose Island Brewery advertises Jared Rouben's Farmers Market Series beer. (José M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
Moments later a tiny pour arrived and the woman sipped.
"Oh yeah," she said. "It doesn't taste like strawberries."
She meant it as a compliment: Strawberry Sundae was not too sweet and not too cloying. It was a real beer with real ingredients, not a cheap flavor gimmick.
"I'll do one of these," she told the bartender, tapping the glass.
Rouben nodded and smiled.
"That's good," he said.
Jared Rouben's farmers market series of beers is available at Goose Island's Clybourn brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., most Mondays (through October) by 11 a.m. The beers are made in very limited quantities and usually gone by Wednesday, at the latest. Call first, 312-915-0071.