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 zhanson88
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another big thanks goes out to thewimperoo for sending this as an extra in a trade. Very intrigued to try this wild ale.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden color with light orange highlights. About 1/2" of pure white head forms, which has nice retention. Lacing is fairly limited.

Smell: White grape skins, some sweetness, and a lot of woodiness and vanilla. Some nice funk on the back end, and a hint of sourness.

Taste: Quite a bit of sweetness up front, with some hints of white grape as well. Some woodiness and vanilla emerges. Funk on the back end, without much acidity.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a good deal of fine carbonation. Great mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty nice wild ale. Would probably be a good candidate for aging so the brett can do some work, and diminish the sweetness a bit. Otherwise I was pretty impressed.

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Photo of LAMAGS
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber color with a finger of head low retention and lacing. The nose is tart cherries currants and spice, quite powerful. The flavor is citrus cherry, wood some herbal notes a bit earthy and a little acidic, especially on the finish. Medium body, light carbonation, very tart. A bit of a sour beer well crafted and enjoyable but not for everyone.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Steve for the hook-up!

A: Pours a reddish orange tone with a bright white dallop of foam on top. Retention was good and lace was pretty plentiful.

S: Tart orchard fruit with vinegar overtones and a hint of funky basement.

T: Just as above with some damp barrel, grape skins, and funk.

M: Drying and relatively sharp. Nice juicy fruitiness that lends a little balance.

O: Impressive. Hopefully they'll ramp up their sour program down there in Warrenville.

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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 beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12.7 oz. botle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Refined malt is transformed in the smell, with moderate tartness that features a balance of rice wine vinegar and pale fruit that is closer to pear than apple. Wood is only barely suggested at.

T: Begins off-dry, with early malt that is true to the smell, appearing significantly transformed. Tart sourness soon follows, complementing the slight sweetness of the malt well. Acidity is mostly acetic through the middle, yet restrained in intensity. Flavors reveal some very well-placed oak into the middle, yielding to some comparatively clumsy apple cider. Mild lactic acidity matures on the palate in the finish that is mostly lacking in bitterness. The only late detraction is the persistent apple cider that dominates in the second half.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, gently acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer starts out seeming like a world-beater Flanders red, but then its flavors take a turn for the disappointing. The overly-simplistic presence of cooked apples lodges on the back of the palate, not as acetaldehyde but just some poorly times esters that interact with the tartness in a certain way. Brett is not a factor in the smell or flavor, with souring bacteria featured much more prominently. Add to the mis-steps that the small bottle costs about $10, and this beer--while not a failure--is not a good value at all.

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

Poured from a 500ml caged and corked bottle into a Porterhouse, Dublin tulip.

A: It pours a reddish-gold with some quickly fading head.

S: Blast of sharp funk and wild yeasts; a bit of sweetness and fruits as well.

T: Sour, acidic aspect takes center-stage, but is contained. There is actually a surprising amount of residual sweetness (for the style) and a bit of oak woodiness from the foundres.

D: The complexity and wild aspects forces the drinker to slow down and savor this one, which is good.

Overall: A surprising success for Two Brothers! This is a great little wild ale that is bursting with enough sourness and acidic vinegar notes thank funkheads will get their fix, but it also has enough sweetness to make it an entry-level sour. If only it were a bit cheaper...

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey-amber colour, bit of translucent haze in the body. Head is off-white, tiny dense bubbles forming a thin film of lace. Not bad.

Smell is funkaholic with mega tartness. Oooh, loveleh. Lots of vinegar notes with a sugar-cream edge, notes of raspberry, spiced pear and honeyed yoghurt. Underripe apple and barnyard as well. Lovely melange, erring oddly on the sweet side, but all the more enjoyable for it.

Taste also has that creamy edge, starting with malty notes giving condensed-milk-caramel notes before quickly turning tart, giving me strong citric notes with lemon juice, cranberry and vinegar, touch of tamarind late-mid but it's still quite subdued and not overpowering at all. Sour, mostly, with a maybe unfortunate residual sweetness lingering towards the back but in spite of its unwantedness it does temper the tart finish. Pleasant beer.

A little bit puckering from the start, and really ends up with a bit too much drag. You can feel it long after it's exited the mouth.

A decent cleansing sour beer, but some finesse is lacking. Maybe an additive to drive the tartness in a particular direction, or some more malt for balance, would be welcomed.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

764th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

@Woodshop Classix

Thanks Adam for a share!!

App- A thin golden yellow with a one finger head to it and only about again an 1/8” of bubbles swirling in my glass. As the bubbles receded, no cling or lace to it.

Smell- So this is where this just came crashing down for me. I expected a lot of funk and citrus and malt and anything else in this glass. It was a nice crisp clean little citrus. Maybe a touch of funk and junk behind it.

Taste- A bit tangy, a bit acidic with a little tartness on the back. The flavors are more citrus and lean towards being not all that defined and hard to pin point to me. The tang is more upfront than anything.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A nice residual tart acidic note.

Drink- I had been waiting to try this Chi-town beer for a while. A nice intro sour but could be more if they drill down more on the yeast strains.

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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 JohnPPutz
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden orange with a fizzy white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell-Nice, tart fruits, oak, along with a slight funky vinegar smell.

Taste-Citrus and cherry, with a nice acidic sourness.Some oak as well. I had read someone else compare this to a baby supplication and I can see that.

Mouthfeel-Carbonation is very nice, crisp, dry finish. I would for sure be able to have multiple servings.

Overall- I haven't been very impressed with most of Two Brothers offerings, but this was a very solid beer. I look forward to trying some more sours out of Warrenville.

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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 Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this a while ago in our first DC BIF tasting.

A: Nice orange hue with maybe a soft pink overtone. Ring of head and no lacing.

S: Nice funky smell with some nice candy and tutti fruitti smells though no particular fruit jumps out. Some spicy vinegar and balsamic notes do jump out with brett. Nice

T: Great tart and acidic notes with a great mix of white grape, super tart citrus, balsamic vinegar, and funky yeast. Son't detect a lot of oak in this though, would help to offset a like of the acid but theres a decent amount of sweetness to do that. Cherry. Nice.

M: Nice carbonation and mostly smooth over the palate, lots of acid.

Overall I did enjoy this beer.

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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 CPeterson
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- An orange hued amber brew that pour to a one finger off white head which dissipates rapidly into a thin skim, leaving spotty random lacing.

S -- As soon as it was poured from the bottle, I could smell the acid on this one. Pungent sour cherries, acid, and currant surface on the nose.

T -- First taste is highly acidic, sour cherry lemon / citrus zest are dominant. Light oak and earth, herbal tones work to balance the back end after a few sips. The overpowering flavors here are acid and earth, with afterthoughts of citrus and oak.

M -- Medium body with light carbonation, with a long, puckering linger.

D -- Solid brew, worth a try for the sour fiends out there. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I enjoy the style. For the uninitiated, this would turn them completely off to the style. If you are like me, buy it.

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Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant and pretty interesting beer. Pours a golden-orange color. Doesn't have much of a head, but still has a decent carbonation upon drinking. It has smells of lemon and mainly apricots. Extremely tart at the first sip. Very strong apricot/citrus notes... Not much funk, just very lemon-like aromas. Very drinkable though. Gonna let this one sit in the bottle for a little longer. Aging is preferred. Definitely worth getting one in your hands.

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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 kzoobrew
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank to Carleton for the bottle, cheers buddy!

Very bubbly, golden apricot colored body. The body is fairly clear on the first pour. One and a half finger mounding, bone white head. The head recedes in short order, limited lacing left behind.

Pleasant aroma. Fair amount of funk, earthy mustiness up front. Cherry like fruitiness is set just behind. A bit of vinegar in noticed, balanced well with the other aromas. Nice oak aroma seems to provide cohesion to the nose as a whole.

Unexpectedly strong tart flavor hits hard and fast as the beer rolls from the glass. Green apple cider flavors are intense up front. Subtle cherry flavors are buried beneath, I really wish they had a strong presence. Pleasant oak flavor on the back of the palate. Very pleasant tasting beer, a bit too one dimensional though.

Just a smidge above light bodied. Very crisp thanks to the active carbonation. Slight buttery feel, very dry finish.

I enjoyed drinking Askew. Not the best AWA but a solid stab from a brewery still relatively new to the style. There are a handful of things that could be improved upon but you do not walk away from this beer disappointed. I am interested what Two Brothers comes out in the future, my interest is piqued.

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Photo of JLeege
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear golden/orange color with a fizzy two finger white head, which fades to a thin layer rather quickly. No lacing left behind.

Smell- Tart fruits, lemon and peach. Fairly acidic with some light oaky tones. A hint of vinegar, but not much. A little nail polish.

Taste- Fruity notes up front, lemon and peach skin again, with tart green apple and subtle cherry in the mix. Leads into the oaky notes, somewhat earthy with vanilla and dry leather. A touch of vinegar on the finish as well. Acidic overall, but not bracingly sour. The nail polish pops up again on the linger, which is not entirely pleasant, nor does it ruin the beer in any way for me, it is what it is.

Mouthfeel- Light body with pretty fizzy carbonation, finishes dry. Could use a bit more body. As with most sours, ABVs go unnoticed.

Overall- Beats the hell out of Moaten. A nice sour overall, there is room for improvement, but this is definitely a worthwhile beer. I may grab a few for the cellar. I would love it if they can get a good sour program up and running! (which the label alludes too)

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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 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 BigPlay1824
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy light amber color with a finger of nice foamy head that lingers nicely
S: strong scent reminiscent of wine, grapes and a sweetness similar to apples
T: pretty indescribable, sweetness, sourness, a slight cold bite that hits at the first sip, overall really nice
M: hits strong at the start but smooths out immediately and at the end, there is nothing left to even remind you you had taken a drink
O: really a great brew, not as wholely offensive as other sours Ive had and really finishes up smoothly

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

from a corked caged 12.7 oz bottle

A- pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a smallish white head that recedes to a fresh collar lots of carbonation

S- is tart funky fruit like apples and pears with wet lemon hay

T- starts with a nice tartness with fruit and and lemongrass,funky wet hay follows with white grapes and a sour slight vinegar finish

M- is very dry and tart has a great sour presence with nice carbonation..tastes like a good gueuze , very pleasant

O- a nice tasting wild that is both tart and sour and pleasant to drink

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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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Askew from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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