Chicago's Off Color Brewing
are the craft brewery equivalent of those kids you knew in high school. You know the ones - they sat at the back of your AP English class, cracking jokes under their breath and snickering while quietly acing every test and essay. "At some point," their autobiography
begins, "John and Dave were born. They did other stuff for awhile and then they figured out they were better at making beer than at the other stuff. So that's what they do now." This, as you might have guessed, is a vast understatement. Off Color excel with ease and a smirk. The John and Dave mentioned in that bio are John Laffler and Dave Bleitner, who both attended the Siebel Institute and then interned at Metropolitan Brewing
. They went their separate ways for a bit (John to Goose Island
and Dave to Two Brothers
("it's just called Two Brothers
")) before coming back together to found Off Color. The sheer flippancy of their site and ingenuity of their brews suggests that, from the beginning, John and Dave have only done exactly what they want with their brewery. They sometimes use dairy yeast and uncontrolled fermentation, because why not. They made the grain mouse their mascot because the brewery is constantly plagued by them. Their FAQ tells how many bottles of bourbon are on John's desk (the current number is 11). They do what they feel like, and as consumers of their intriguing brews, we are very glad of that fact.