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Askew | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Saccharomyces cerevisae and Brettanomyces. Transferred to oak foudre after initial fermentation. Foudre has previously gone through a spontaneous fermentation.

Added by ChugginOil on 05-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of largadeer
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Askew pours a largely clear peach skin hue, capped by a small head that recedes to a collar pretty quickly.

A lot of fruity lacto on the nose, with balsamic vinegar and slight acetone behind. Ripe stone fruit, strawberries, mild barnyard and nail polish. Pretty decent.

Tastes better than it smells. Quite sour and fruity, there are some nice strawberry, peach and pineapple flavors going on here. Very lactic and slightly stomach churning, though it narrowly avoids coming off as harsh.

Carbonation is on the lower end of medium, it could probably use a touch more, but it's not a large detraction. The finish is mild, lactic and fruity again, pretty mouth watering from the acidity.

Surprisingly good on the whole. Not in the upper tier of American sours, but better than I was expecting.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, straight down the middle. Half an inch of crackling white foam rose up and receded after a few minutes, soon resembling filtered cider in the glass. Some irregular bits of spotty lace clung to the sides here and there. Sunset orange tone, good clarity with a very slight haze. It glints gold when it catches the light.

Lightly acetic cider nose, white wine vinegar, funky apple orchard, lemon and lime zest. Fruit forward and with a sharp hint of acidity.

Fruity taste with a moderately sour, acetic bite. Juicy apple, lemon, sour grape, some crabapple sharpness. Clean and effervescent, it dries up quickly, with a hint of Brett, crackery malt, and wet barrel oak in the dry aftertaste. Flavor is fruity and fairly complex, the woody hint in the aftertaste is pleasant too. Carbonation is light, and it has a fairly vinous character to it. Quenching and tasty.

Great to finally see Two Brothers bottle a sour ale from their foudres. Askew was even more enjoyable than previous wild ales Opus 10 and Philosophers Stone (though all were different stylistically). Hope this is a sign of more sour things to come...

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Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to funkyaudio for including this as an extra.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with just under a finger of off white head. The head fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Quite sour. Vinegar and tart citrus. Mild sweet and fruit notes.

Taste: Tart up front, again I'm reminded of citrus and vinegar. The sourness fades during the sip and there is a very mild malt sweetness as well as some oak. The finish is mildly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good sour ale. Much better than the last sour I had from Two Brothers. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a light fizzy head dark orange peach hazy color.

Nose has a nice sour malt, tart cherries and fruit, great sour tart malts, hint of lacto, great fruit, hint of wild funk.

Taste is great, tart sour funk, sour fruit, tangy lacto and bit acidic, sour cherry and light lemon and other fruits, a bit sticky, a light oak and vanilla round the flavors off. A long sticky finish with sour tart fruit and a little malt lingers.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little carbonation but decent.

Overall great, nice tart sour fruit flavors, light lacto and funk, acidity is balanced well, nice light oak and vanilla rounded flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle date, but picked this up when it was released in 2011. Pours slightly hazy pale orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, cherry, cider vinegar, spiciness, hay, grape, lemon, oak, and funk. Very nice aromas with great balance of everything. Nothing is too overpowering. Taste of big tart apple, cherry, grape, lemon, pear, spiciness, grass, earthiness, light vinegar, and oak. Nice tart and sour finish; with some lingering notes of apple, grape, vinegar, spiciness, and earthiness. Very nice balance of sweetness with the acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all as expected from the style. Overall this is an outstanding and well balanced American wild ale. Very complex and smooth drinking despite the acidity.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The beer pours an amber-orange color with a fizzy off-white head that is not retained very well.

S: A very intense aroma. Lots of grass and lemon which provides a ton of sourness. Fairly heavy on the oak, and a little bit on the musty side. A mild fruitiness as well as a surprising amount of vinegar.

T: The vinegar flavor is quite strong, as is the lactic/lemony sourness. This results in an intensely sour beer. Very, very heavy on the oak as well. A mild cherry flavor provides a bit of fruit. Surprisingly, a little bit of malt on the back end.

M: This is medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The vinegar character was just a bit too much, and the oak was too strong as well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally, a use for those damn foudres. This stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises white grapes (very vinous), brett, tart strawberry, tart raspberry, lemon zest, light lime zest, maple syrup, and light cranberry. The taste holds notes of tart orange, raspberries, brett, lemon zest, blood orange, red wine, and currants. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very enjoyable wild. It focuses on the sour fruit, but doesn't overdo it (you get to keep your enamel).

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a clear orange-golden color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, brett, light oak or wood, and some light vinegar. Definitely a lot of funk and sour fruits in the nose; really great.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, brett, oak, fruity malts, vinegar and acedic notes. Again, very nice, but not quite as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic, but still pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this was one of my favorites of the tasting and the biggest surprise. Loads of funky brett and sour fruits; a really great sour. If I could buy this on the shelf I'd definitely buy a few of them. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). I skipped this one after being burned by too many mediocre Two Brothers offerings, and by the time I saw the positive reviews it was too late. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar showing solid retention, some wisps and negligible lace. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Huge grape and red wine vinegar flavors mingle with massive acetobacter, and a touch of light oak. As the beer warms up there's a light plastic note, but on the whole this is pretty good, if not nostril-singing.

T - Again, very grape-heavy with vinous oak, dry oak, and some light funk in the finish. There's a vague popcorn note that I get from some of the Santa Fe wild ales, but it's not as intense as those. Not as impressive as the aroma unfortunately.

M - Medium bodied, moderate-to-low carbonation level, and an extremely dry and tannic texture. No obvious alcohol, but I wasn't really expecting any.

D - This was pretty decent, albeit too pricey at $10 for a 375ml bottle. Still it's another step in the right direction for Two Brothers' sour program - I think I liked Hoodwinked a little better but this was enjoyable as well.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, beer is amber and clear with a lazy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention though.

Aroma is lactic and bright, succinic acid maybe.

Beer is flavorful with a nice finish, light and effervescent on the palate, a good finish. Overall I did enjoy this beer and I'd have it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark and murky copper in color with a bright white lacing around my snifter. It smells of Brett, Sach, and tart cherries. The light cherry is a nice addition that some sours lack. It tastes of tart cherries and brett. Those are generic adjectives for a sour but this is nicely done. It finishes tart and dry. The finish is nice and to be expected and the cherry is excellently portrayed. It drinks very well and I wish the volume in my glass wasn't disappearing. Overall this is a fine sour and for the first time, I'm impressed with Two Brothers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Received 3x years ago (almost to the day) from Benpopper in a fantastic trade... Thanks Ben. Shared tonight with COOPMatt and Buckeyeboy. Pours a slightly hazed orange with a short-lived white head... still provides decent lacing.

Nose is big juicy and sour... a tiny bit acetic, but not bad given the age and the time spent in foudre... a bit of red wine and the brett really opened up on a later pour.

Flavor is sour, but not face-melting... surprisingly balanced... something that I associate with tannic pie cherries.. a touch acetic on the back-end and perhaps something that I associate with acetone, but I think Matt poisoned my well with that.

Nice body and carbonation... has held up surprisingly well... Thanks again Ben, we should hook up again some time.

3.75's across the board.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Shared by someone at Sour Fest 2011, thanks!

A: Dark orange with a big white head. Nice color and head retention.

S: Tart lemon with a moderate oak presence. Lightly lactic. Quite funky with hoarsy and cheese notes. Musty and earthy.

T: Piquant lemon with oak and musty notes. Faint wet leather with a little cheese. Hoarsy and goaty, surprisingly wild for an American sour. Upper moderate tartness finishing with a pronounced acetic acidity.

M: Light body with upper moderate carbonation. Dry, sticky, and lightly tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise. Recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml gueuze-style green bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York. Brought back to Sydney to drink with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a slightly hazed and chunkily sediment-disturbed orange-gold, very similar to a gueuze in this regard, with a crackling and alive head of fine white bubbles. Lacing is stretchy and patchy. Decent body, but almost no visible carbonation, which is surprising.

Nose is sharp and astringent, with big bold acidic tartness. It's slightly like very acidic fruit juice, and less of the robust, funky, rubbery characters you get off a good gueuze, but it really reminds me more of the Belgian style sour beers than the duskier, fuller American Wilds.

Taste is actually very pleasant, without a big spike of acidity, but without the too-full slightly sweet body that can sometimes come from a half-assed AWA. Here we have a pleasantly tart fruit character, with a crisp finish and lovely light mouthfeel that sharpens and directs the flavour into all the right zones. Exceptionally smooth for the sharpness and tartness; it softens the palate while staying exceptionally drinkable and refreshing.

Awesome American Wild: probably fair to say the best I've had that didn't come from Russian River. The crisp drinkability and the directness of the acidity really hark back to the canonical Belgian lambics, but the smoothness on the palate gives it that vault into the new world.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this to me recently.

Pours a dark golden orange/copper color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.  

Slightly funky aroma with lots of earthy oak and barnyard character.  Vinous with some lactic funk, acetic vinegar and tart dark fruits.  Hints of grape, dark cherry, etc.

Medium bodied with a tart, dry/funky presence that lingers over the sweeter vinous notes into a tart dry finish.  Puckering and sour without being harsh or acidic.  Lots of earthy oak and dry musty funk up front with brett and other bugs.  This is countered by the sweet vinous fruit notes, mostly dark cherry, grape and plun.  lingering acetic vinegar presence that makes me thirst for more.  Well balanced and pretty sour/funky without being overdone.  Pretty complex and easy to drink.    

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer has a deep dried orange body with a slight hazy and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a bubble off-white head that last as a thick ring around the glass.

S- The very soft brett white cheese mold note has a cedar quality that comes through as it warms and an aged vinegar note in the finish.

T- The nice polite tartness blends with some old wood character and a soft fruit taste finishes with a bit of a tart bite.

M- The light mouthfeel as a soft astringency but no alcohol heat and a velvety fizz.

O- This beer has a nice subtle taste of a young wild ale. The tartness is soft but balances the flavor and the aroma is a bit softer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra from recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Appearance: A dull orange bodied beer with a brilliant golden hue. White head about 1 fingers worth that turns into a ring around the top of this beer.

Smell: Overripe white grapes and granny smith apples and vinegar.

Taste: Sour and funky up front. In the middle of the beer you taste the apples which taste both sweet and sour; you also get the acidic vinegar in the middle it seems to dominate this beer. The oak is very lost in this beer and quite faint.

Mouthfeel: Light bodid beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is really well carbonated. Clean and crisp beer.

Overall: Still learning about sours, so this beer was a bit much for a beginner to sours because of the strong vinegar flavor. I would try this again at a late time as my palate for sours evolves.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden hue. Produced a nice cap of tan froth that dissipated. Some lacing. Loving the color of this.

(S)- A nice mild acidic vinegar. Some tart fruits of lemon and white grape skins and granny smith apple and pear. Very nice smell. Some funk in the oak nuances.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice fruit profile with a mild acidity and sourness. Finishes smooth and mild oak funk.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A nice mild acidity and sourness and fruit. The oak nuances are nice.

(D)- This is just plain enjoyable. Getting mixed reviews, but a great drinking sour; not super sour or funky, but I genuinely look forward to see how this develops further with age cause this here has the makings to be really amazing down the road. Crisp and refreshing, I could easily drink a whole 750mL bottle of this if it came in that size. It is relatively young in the bottle at this point, but its just fantastic for a mild sour and GREAT for the warmer weather creeping up on us. I for one was extremely impressed with this from Two Brothers!

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Photo of claspada
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from this year's (2011) release I believe.

Pours a nice bubbly rusty copper color with a fizzy off-white head which dissipates faster than I expected given all the bubbles.

Aromas begin with lots of grass and lemon which provides a ton of sourness. Fairly heavy on the oak, and a little bit on the musty side. A mild fruitiness as well as a surprising amount of vinegar.

The tastes begin with the same tart, slighly sour, musty funky flavors. The nice polite tartness blends with some old wood character and a soft fruit taste finishes with a bit of a tart bite.

The mouthfeel is also nicely balanced; not too sweet or tart or sour. Body is medium with medium carbonation; a nice dry crisp finish.

Overall this was a very solid offering from a brewery I am either very pleased with or very dissapointed in at times. This beer has a nice subtle taste of a young wild ale. The tartness is soft but balances the flavor and the aromas. Not too puckering or distinct in any "funky" category which makes it fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Columbus for $8.99. I actually passed on buying this for about a month, and after opening one today I plan to go back and buy several more tomorrow.

Poured into a Hill Farmstead wine-style glass. The beer is a hazy peach color, with a nice frothy wet looking foam. The nose is sour and a little acetic, almost gueuzy smelling. It's a mostly appetizing aroma, marred only by a tiny bit of nail polish.

Very tart, sour fruits of the lemon/apple/grape varieties. Very "wild" tasting, funky with a strong sour bite, burning ulcer-like aftertaste. Lighter than usual carbonation. Overall a very satisfying wild ale, and a surprise from Two Brothers.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from France 44 via mail order.

Pours a hazy bright ruby red color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of bright raspberry and strawberries with medium malts underlying everything. Also present are very slight hints of vanilla and funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as crisp. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by slight tart raspberry flavors. Midway through small amounts of vanilla and funk come into play, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer, although the fruit flavors didn’t come through quite as strong as the nose intimated. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly clear and orange, with a very small head. Smells like a pleasantly aged blend of oak, sour yeast, and fruit. Nothing too horribly complex or astounding, but a nice, solid blend.

Tastes about how it smells. Good fruit complexities balanced out well by the yeast--not punishingly sour, but still not so dulled that it seems like a cop out. There's a very nicely dulled, almost chocolately end to the sour, and this falls in to a really nice, yeasty finish.

Imma fucking with the rating system here, because this isn't quite as good as a 4.5 flavor so I'm saying it's 4.5 overall. Not quite, but still good.

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Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

A -- Nice pop when the cork js removed. Pours light copper in color with almost two fingers of off-white head. Head fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Initially a big stream of carbonation slows down after a few minutes.

S -- White grapes and a bit of lemon tartness with a mild yeast funk. Some tart apple as well.

T -- Nice tart of tart white grapes and sour apple up front. Not much earthy funk really, but a small yeast presence. Faint oak notes. Middle seems to fall a bit flat. Finish is tart with a bit more funk coming through.

M -- Medium crisp mouthfeel that finishes with a pleasant but not overwhelming dryness.

O -- This definitely has a white wine character to it. More earthy funk would be welcome, but still a pretty good sour. Just lacking some complexity.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving me this one a semi-recent MASSIVE in-person trade when he came down to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I smelled the vinegar in the nose I was a little concerned at how this one was going to turn out. However, it was not present in the flavor which was nice. What I did find in the flavor was a very nicely balanced sweetness and tartness that made this one very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. My first brew from this brewery that I know of, and I hope it won't be my last. A very solid brew here.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for sharing this one. Getting local beers around here is getting more and more annoying.

A - Golden-orange beer that has a bit of a haze. Finger of white foam that left some random spots and lace on the glass.

S - Lots of acetobacter on the nose with this one. Pretty sharp, almost hurt the nose a bit but it smells nice with some grapes.

T - A very nice tartness here. It's quite sharp, with a touch of fruity sweetness. I'm surprised at how good this is, it's a very solid tasting American Wild Ale. Bit of wood.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, very dry and tannic.

O - Very nice beer, it's a good example of the style and I enjoyed drinking it. Unfortunately can't find any anywhere, so odds of me getting more are slim.

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Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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