Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is continuing its Explorer Series with the fourth installment kicking off on May 20. For this series, Old Chicago has collaborated with Minnesota-based Summit Brewing Company to create the featured selection.

Old Chicago’s craft beer experts visited Summit Brewery to assist in the brewing process of the featured collaboration for the series. Together, they created the Cracking Wit, a witbier that combines traditional elements of Belgian White Ale with a new U.S. hop variety and a unique strain of yeast. 

Fresh ground coriander and lemon peel contribute a distinctive spicy and citrusy aroma, with fruity esters from the yeast enhancing complexity. Single hopped with Equinox, a superb new U.S. hop variety, provides strong notes of tangerine and papaya. 

The Cracking Wit is exclusively available at Old Chicago locations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.      

“Partnering with Summit Brewing Company for this series has been a real treat for us,” says Jason Murphy, Old Chicago’s brand manager. “Being with the team in Minnesota during the brewing process and watching the brewmasters work their magic was an incredible experience. Having a hand in the behind the scenes work is crucial to us because we like to make sure that we’re serving our guests the absolute best. We’re thrilled with the way the collaboration turned out, and are eager for everyone to be able to try this unique and flavorful selection.” 

In addition to the Cracking Wit, the series also will feature other selections from Summit Brewing Company, and will be available until the kegs run out. Selections include:

  • Hopvale Organic Ale – Featuring 100 percent organic U.S. hops, malts, and lemon peel, this brew captures intense grapefruit, pine, and lemon hop characters in a supremely drinkable session ale
  • Extra Pale Ale – Brewed since 1986, this extra pale ale features caramel undertones with biscuity malts superbly balanced with an earthy hop bite and juicy citrus flavors
  • Sága IPA – Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin, this India pale ale features a tropical hop aroma and a clean, assertive bitterness

As an added perk, guests who try the Summit selections will be able to take home their very own Summit and Old Chicago collaboration pint glass for just two dollars.

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