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

Review #200. Woot.

I poured this corked & caged 12.7 oz. bottle into a Belgian tulip glass. No best by date, but apparently this beer can age for years, and I believe it.

A: honey gold color with a whisper of haze, presumably from yeast, the first pour yielded a wall of somewhat large, clinging bubbles along the sides of the glass, the rocky head quickly fell away into a tiny but distinct cap, the lace is decent.

S: distinctly sour and grape-like, there is a lemon peel note, and a general over-ripe fruit aroma. There is a hint of a sweaty barnyard aroma in the background, adding some interest.

T: mouth-puckering sour right out of the gate, with grape, over-ripe melon, banana, green apple, and bitter orange peel quickly emerging, the finish is dry and sour, and the floral/earthy hop note is faint but persistent.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture with a bracing, pucker-inducing core, moderate carbonation.

O: My experience with wild ales is limited, but this beer certainly piqued my interest.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewba for this 375 ml cork and cage bottle, which I poured into a tulip.

Askew pours a hazy orange with yellow highlights and a two-finger white head. It's a little cloudy, though I can see through the glass.

Apples dominate the smell here - there's a definite cider-like quality for me. Underlying the apples is a citric tartness, complimented by a grassy, earthy scent. There's some definite funk here, but it's not overly pungent.

Askew is far less tart than I expected given the aroma. In truth, it's quite sweet, especially for the style. There's a lot of fruit in this beer: from the first sip I detect apples, lemons, and oranges. There's a lemon candy aspect here that I really enjoy. Whatever funk is there is counterbalanced – almost overwhelmed – by the sweetness. This is very tasty but, again not quite what I expected.

The mouthfeel is spot-on: lively carbonation, light and bubbly. Very, very easy to drink.

I’m not sure that this fits perfectly within the confines of the American Wild Ale category, but regardless of style it's a great-tasting beer that I certainly enjoyed, and it's a very drinkable sour for sure.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; white head held very well; well carbonated presence; lots of sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Sour grapes; vinegar; ketchup; olive; almost no malty smell to this but very true to it Wild Ale form

T - Sour grapes; olive (in a light vinegar brine); champagne sweetness; no malt

M - Watery; very tangly and makes the palate active with effervescent activity; packed with sour flavors; dry and crisp finish

D - Great stuff; I'll definitely have another; feels like a deep and fulfilling challenge for my palate; I love this kind of stuff; make more, please!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheDudeRules for this one by way of 666 BIF Round 4. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour produces a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, kiwi brown. Lacing is stringy with decent cling.

S: Nose is woody, white grapes, lemon rind, sharp tartness. Yeasty. Aromatic, funky, and very clean. Almost Gueuze-like. Very tasty.

T: Opens tart, peach, lemon, oak, Brett funkiness. Very sour. Green apple. Finish is tart lemon, and a tart apple aftertaste. Simply but robustly sour with a good balance between the tartness and fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and sharp in the mouth and goes down smooth. Oily and messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Nice. Again, gueuze-like.

O: Askew is an American Wild Ale that, up to this point, resembles gueuze most closely. To me, that's its strength. Great balance and nice feel. Worth a try.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Askew, Two Brothers Sour

A: hazy orange with murky carbonation bright yellowing at the edges ample lacing

S: lots of wine acidity and funk with tart white grape and sour apple some melted sour patch kids cherry smell

T huge dry tartness that overrides all fruit notes with a bitter souring probably one of the sourest wilds that I have had some cherry and grapefruit notes emerge but the huge acidity and Pickering profile dominates

M very thin with minimal coating or lacing huge drying effect but a solid middle body it gets better when it warms up the tartness is more mellow it feels like it needs to be aged for a year or two to mellow out the acerbic aggression

D: very drinkable surprisingly given it's hostile initial stance I wish that this were more accessible it's a great take on the sour and pushes the tart fruits to the litmus

Narrative: Mr. Billingsly watched the teenagers file into his classroom lazily, each swinging their Geometry books without regard. “Look at them, each one of them no respect for Euclidian postulates, just going through the damn motions.” He stared down his brown and tapped his fingers disapprovingly and waited for them to take their seats. Things weren’t the same for Old Mr. Billingsley since his brother died. It was his roommate, his best friend, and his basic grasp on common courtesy. “Come on now, this is 3rd period, not the entire afternoon, let’s have a SEAT!” The adolescents shifted nervously in their seats and watched him draw a circle on the board. His sour disposition eyed them with scorn “THIS, is circle, but it is not a PERFECT CIRCLE, that doesn’t EXIST!” One student coughed, “OH what’s that? You have an objection to my statement?” “No Mr. Billingsly, I just…you…I mean” Mr. B’s face developed into a tart scowl, his teeth slightly ground upon one another, “THERE IS NO PERFECT CIRCLE” This would be a long sour year of Geometry.

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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 ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty light hazy peach color, minimal head/lacing.

Funk, wet/dry oak, bits of citrus.

Sharp acidity, musk, lemon/lime sourness, sour apple.

The bugs have been here. Sharp tangy mouthfeel, more abrasive then I'm used to but not bad. Sticky sweet finish and a Rodenbach like texture detract points for me.

Would be nice with some dedicated fruit flavors; this is a bit too sweet for me to be a straight wild. Apart from this a very nice little sour here, very recommended for extra-sour lovers. Don't know if I'd age this though.

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

(A) Has a slightly cloudy orange color to it with there being some spots of brown in the deeper areas. Produces a thin white head.

(S) Vinegar, brett, sourness, citrus, some gueuze and oude bruin aspects. Definitely has light fruits like pear, apple, and grape in it.

(T) The vinegar sense is right up front with a mix of green apple and white grape. Has a fruity tartness. There is some pear that makes it's way in at the end.

(M) It's a pretty thin beer that isn't as dry as a lot of the other sours that I've had.

(O) This was a surprise, especially from Two Brothers. This is really good but I can see this being even better with time on it.

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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 camil1mj
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first sour beer review. I have only dabbled in trying sours. Picked this up upon recommendation from Liz at Pat's Liquor in Indiana.

Poured from a 12.7 oz cork and caged bottle into a Bell's tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep orange hue with white foamy head that takes a few minutes to recede.

S: Sour, vinegar with citrusy acidic undertones.

T: An immediate sour punch to the face that would make a lesser man pucker his lips! It tastes like tear jerkers and beer have been gloriously brought together to form a more perfect union.

M: Light bodied. Appropriately carbonated.

O: Good beer. As a sour beer novice, I am sure there are many better examples of the style. I consider this the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Photo of thetomG
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy golden color with a smallish layer of tiny white bubbly head.

Aroma has a strong funky vinegar element to it - not my favorite, but not bad either.

Flavor is great - there is the expected brett funk & sourness but as it warms up some nice tart fruity (apple?) notes come through with that vinegar form the nose lingering in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth but well carbonated.

Great beer and likely my favorite from Two Brother. Definitely worth checking out, particularly if you like sours.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Cork and Cage. A little pricey at $11.99 but figured what the hell. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed orange tan color with a 1/2 finger head that settles to collar around the glass. Swirling generates a light tan lively head. Sweet, acetone, vinegar, apple, lemon, and orange all in the nose. The aroma is fairly strong sour wise. Light mouthfeel. Starts with a sweet sour orange acetone type flavor that then goes a little down hill from there. The flavor falls off to a mild bitterness in the back of the throat and has a old woody/earthiness to it which may be from the barrel. Some lace. I’m not completely sold on this one. It’s great to see a new sour but to me this is only slightly better than average.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a burnt orange into my tulip glass with about half a finger of slight white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Tart fruits, hints of white wine vinegar, oak, floral notes. To be more descriptive about the fruit aromas, as the beer warms up I detect, granny smith apple and lemon zest.

Taste – An immediate pucker, though not terribly tart/sour (but more than I was expecting after reading a few reviews). The slight vinegar flavor melts with the tart apple and lemon up front. The fruits fall off to a lighter floral side, though the malty vinegar taste continues on. The sip ends with a slight sweet backbone mixed with oaky earthy notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slight prickly carbonation, finishes clean.

Overall – Honestly, not a bad beer. I am not a “homer” by any means – I just moved to IL from CA and have never really had many beers by Two Brothers. For their first real attempt at this style, it is better than expected. Is this Russian River? No, but the fact that I live twenty minutes from these guys and they are at least dabbling in the style makes me happy knowing in the near future we could have some more local American Wild Ale’s available. I am definitely going to pick up a few more of these and let them age for a bit to see how the beer develops. Also, at nine dollars, it isn’t horribly expensive and there really isn’t much else in this style around the area that can be had cheaper (reviewer below me, let me know what other sours are cheaper than nine dollars a 12.7oz around here!)

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Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into New Glarus flute.

A: pours a clear pale yellow, very bubbly, not much head retention

S: the smell is right on for a sour, reminds me a bit of Petrus aged Pale, notes of white grapes, tart cherries, lots of oak. Not picking up any bret character.

T: starts off puckery tart, gives way to lots of fruit with some delicate sweetness, a faint mustiness comes through in the finish (bret? oak? not sure). This is a nice easy drinking wild ale, it has exceeded my expectations after the flop that was Moaten.

MF: light body, high carb

O: this is a very nice sour from Two Brothers. It would be nice to see Two Bros to continue to experiment with this style considering they have those nice big oak foudres. My only issue here is the price point, @ 8.99 for 12.7 oz, there are a lot of other sours I would turn to first.

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Photo of machostacos
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from caged and corked 12.7oz (very heavy) green bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber, a little hazy, with a finger or two of somewhat soapy head that leaves quickly. Incredibly effervescent! My first thought was "this looks like champagne" - and it really does.

S: Wow - immediately gets my mouth watering. VERY tart and puckery-smelling. Zippy. Tart apples, lemon meringue, and acetone mostly. I get a little oakiness and some peppery alcohol peeking through as well.

T: Very puckering tartness and sourness - like the Warhead candy :) A big flash of lemony acetone in the middle, finishing quickly. Some unidentified herbal spice character is hidden in there somewhere as well. Aftertaste is light, lemony, and biscuity. It's strange to think that something so similar to nail polish remover and Lemon Pledge would be so tasty!

M: Nice, medium-light body. A little slick and oily. Very tart and puckering - this'll make you gleak! Bubbly, crisp, refreshing.

O: Only my second sour, and my favorite thus far (ha.) Incredibly drinkable, less accessible, but hardly offensive in any way. On the contrary, in fact - very crisp and tart and refreshing. A lovely sour, and certainly one you should try whether you like sours or not.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; white head held very well; well carbonated presence; lots of sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Sour grapes; vinegar; ketchup; olive; almost no malty smell to this but very true to it Wild Ale form

T - Sour grapes; olive (in a light vinegar brine); champagne sweetness; no malt

M - Watery; very tangly and makes the palate active with effervescent activity; packed with sour flavors; dry and crisp finish

D - Great stuff; I'll definitely have another; feels like a deep and fulfilling challenge for my palate; I love this kind of stuff; make more, please!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in the Regional GIF. Thanks

Pours a rosy sort of amber color. Thin white head dissipated to film. Slight lacing.

Aroma is nice. Very funky and tart. Lemon. Smells great.

Taste is more funky than tart although it has a decent funk. Reminds me of a straight lambic or Geuze that could use some years to develop.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry as it should be. High carb.

Overall a tasty sour. Needs some age IMO but still good.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited that my local started releasing some sour projects.
Solid lacing and a pale straw yellow color. A bit hazy but not madly so. The aroma is nicely funky, a dry dusty funk that stays withen bounds, doesn't go super barnyard.
With the first sip this one isn't as sour or tart as i expected but is really approachable for the style and would be a great intro to wilds. the oak is noticable and it's about time their foudure is used for something of this nature. dry and almost hollow it seems at times, dropping out fast and seems high carbed with low viscosity.

A solid wild, falls around average or a bit above, could be great for the right palate. im still really stoked this came from a few burbs over. I am glad to see something new from 2 bros.

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Photo of samie85
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 5/30/11.

A-Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of white head.

S-Oak with a bit of sour funk with some red wine notes.

T-Tart, sour vinegar notes with some earthy, leather hints.

M-Medium-bodied and drying feel with prickly, light carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking and I could see it being a really good introduction to sours.

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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 AleWatcher
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Captain Lawrence tulip-- thanks for the lass Cuzco, it has become quite a regular part of the rotation!

So this is the first of the few bottles I bought, I'm hoping I like it! Otherwise, it shall be an extra in the next few boxes I send!

An orangey color with a tan head of 1.5 fingers. The head is frothy and composed of rather large bubbles, it sticks around surprisingly well, but only leaves small chunks of lace behind. I'm not going to lie, this is prett nice looking beer-- it could pass as a nice ipa just on looks!

So let's get to talent competition of this beauty contest: smell and taste portion.
Apples and cherries hit big with strong oak character and vinegar, acetic acid, and some yeast dryness. Apple cider vinegar is a good descriptor. Pears and apricots make a quick cameo. The beer has a decent tartness and sourness, but it isn't super sweet and it certainly isn't super sour. It's a smooth, lightly Pickering sourness that drinks nice and easy.

Here's my only complaint- this beer is overcarbonated. It's the kind of overvarb issue that I think hurts the sourness from reaching that level it should be.

Overall, well done gentlemen. This beer drinks MUCH better than Moaten! I look forward to many more sours rolling out of Warrenville.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze glass. Pours a deep golden hue with a big, off white head of about two fingers. Head slowly drops.

Aromas of deep sour cherry, lactic and acetic sourness. Some oak. Aromas much more pronounced than Moaten.

Flavors of sour cheeries, lactic, mouth puckering sourness. Finish is oaky, sour, puckering.

Mouthfeel is puckering, with lactic acid and vinegar. Drying. Sucks the saliva out of your cheeks.

A classic american wild, with fantastic lactic and vinegar sourness. Very dry and puckering. One of the best american versions I've tried.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into tulip.

A: The beer pours a thick fluffy head, that sinks fairly quickly. The body is a golden orange. The lacing is left in thin swaths.

S: The aroma is very fruity, with oaky undertones on a nice, big sour front. The level of sourness is not as strong in the aroma as it is in the overall taste.

T/M: A bold, mature sour character is present thought, with a lingering tart pie tone on the finish. A smooth and mellow mouthfeel, that has a nice level of carbonation. The taste does resemble a tart apple, with a good influence of brett. A bit of oaky vanilla on the finish. Flavors do add more layers as the brew warms, but oak is a bit in the background.

Overall: A nice wild ale, big sourness, but not to multi-dimensional with other flavors. A nice offering from Two Brothers and can't wait to see how this develops.

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

Everything about this beer screams apples, so I'll start by saying the body resembles apple juice, but with a high and tight white head.

The smell has the acidic qualities of a fresh granny smith apple. I also pick up white grape.

The taste is a plethora of white fruits... acidic and tart granny smith apples, pear, and white grapes. It has a young taste to it.

Crisp and tart mouthfeel. It is puckering, but not punishing.

A very good sour by Two Bros. It's not as good as some of the more well known sours, but certainly a solid sour and hopefully they'll put out more because it's easily accessable for me.

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