Beer

What the brewery is working on…

As our name would suggest, we rely on empirical observations to determine our beer lineup.  Our brewing team is working hard to perfect our flagship beers so we are offering only seasonals and one-offs for now, as we establish what the market wants year-round.

Soon, we’ll be looking for your feedback on our successes (and failures), in our very own taproom.  For now, we’ll be doing that by data-mining the internet (BeerAdvocate, Untappd, RateBeer, etc.), taking in data from our own expert beer tasters, and collecting your feedback at events and in our future tap room.  For now, nibble on this:

Many Empirical beers fit into the style categories we all know and love.  For these beers, watch for what series they fall into to determine availability.  2πR beers are available all year while πR/2 are our seasonals.  See below for more of our lineup.  On the market right now, we have:

Available through our good friends at Burke, Chicago Beverage, Euclid, Kloss, Mullarkey, and Town & Country:

Wavelength Wit: Spice Amplification:

Light grainy, spicy and tart aroma with an intense amount of coriander and orange fruitiness. Very pale gold color and a slightly cloudy haze. Dense white head. Refreshingly crisp with dry, tart finish. Herbal-spicy flavor from the coriander and orange, with a spicy and dry finish. Medium light body; smooth and light creamy, dry and a bit tart mouth feel. Low hop bitterness.

SRM – 4.2     IBU’s – 18.0     ABV – 5.0%

Atomic Amber: Honey Hypothesis:

This honey amber wheat beer is one-of-a-kind.  Moderate hop aroma with a nice malty nose. Beautiful reddish amber color with an off-white head. Malty sweet flavor balanced with American and German hops and a caramel malt presence.  All of this is enhanced by 180 pounds of wildflower and clover honey – most of this ferments off, bringing the ABV up from 5.2% to 6.8%.  The scent and taste of honey is perfectly balanced by the malt backbone.  You’re left with a fantastic fall sipper.

SRM – 10     IBU’s – 31.2     ABV – 6.8%

Infinity IPA: IBU Overload: 

What happens when you take the hop schedule from your double IPA and add it to your single IPA recipe? – you get IBU Overload!  We hopped this one five times but kept the alcohol low so it would still be sessionable.  Prominent hop aroma. Dry hopped to give it intensity. Reddish-copper color with a persistent white head. High bitter hop flavor with a support of malt sweetness. Smooth but definitely hoppy and bitter.

SRM – 8.7     IBU’s – 105.0     ABV – 6.0%

Superluminal Northwest Wheat (part of our Speed of Light sessionable beer series):

A medium-light bodied session ale.  You might think this one was a kolsch, it’s so drinkable.  The wheat gives it improved mouthfeel over a light lager, while the addition of northwest hops adds a lot of character.  At 4.6% with a fresh, lemony taste, you can drink this one all day (and we have at more than a few beer festivals this year).

SRM – 4.4     IBU’s – 23.2     ABV – 4.6%

 

Other beers we are refining right now:

πR/2 Beers

Atomic Amber Ale:

Moderate hop aroma with a nice malty nose. Reddish Amber color with an off-white head. Malty sweet flavor balanced with American and German hops and a caramel malt presence.

SRM – 12.4     IBU’s – 37.0     ABV – 5.2%

Infinity IPA: 

Prominent hop aroma. Dry hopped to give it intensity. Reddish-copper color with a persistent white head. High bitter hop flavor with a support of malt sweetness. Smooth but definitely hoppy and bitter.

SRM – 8.7     IBU’s – 70.4     ABV – 6.0%

Event Horizone Oatmeal Stout:

Roasted coffee-like with a slight hop aroma. Black with a persistent tan colored head. Sweet medium dry flavor with a complex oat and dark roasted presence. Nutty and earthy full-bodied flavor. Rich silky mouth feel.

SRM – 43.2     IBU’s – 30.2     ABV – 4.8%

 

πR/2 Beers

Wavelength Wit:

Light grainy, spicy and tart aroma with a moderate coriander and orange fruitiness. Very pale gold color and a cloudy haze. Dense white head. Refreshingly crisp with dry, tart finish. Herbal-spicy flavor with a hint of coriander and orange. Medium light body; smooth and light creamy, dry and a bit tart mouth feel. Low hop bitterness.

SRM – 4.2     IBU’s – 18.0     ABV – 4.8%

Occam’s Razor Oktoberfest Alt:

Rich, slightly toasted malt aroma. Deep orange-red amber color with a rocky foamy white head. Toasted malty sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness. Creamy, smooth texture with medium body. Clean lager character.

SRM – 18.0     IBU’s – 14.0     ABV – 5.8%

 

Empirical Kitchens

Empirical will often experiment with spices, fruits, and vegetables.  When you see the Empirical Kitchens beers, you’ll know Art has been playing mad scientist.  His latest abominations include:

Paradigm Shift Pumpkin Harvest Ale:

Pumpkin pie spice aroma with a hint of malt sweetness. A big-bodied beer with a coppery-orange color.  The addition of Cara Vienne and Biscuit malt combined with vanilla, pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of the hops add to the balance of the fruit.

SRM – 12.5     IBU’s – 31.7     ABV – 8.0%

Cold Fusion Chocolate Cherry Smoked Porter:

Strong chocolate sweet malt aroma with a rich tan colored head. Black in color and rich smooth melted chocolate bar flavor. A slight hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the chocolate.

SRM – 38.4     IBU’s – 36.6     ABV – 6.3%

 

Speed of Light

Sometimes you just want to down a six pack while watching the game or hanging out with friends, but you don’t want to feel bloated afterwards.  Our session beers are easily identifiable with our Speed of Light series.  Soon, you’ll be able to kick back with:

Photon Kolsch:

Very light malt aroma. The slight aroma of noble hops make this light golden colored beer more authentic with a delicate white head.  Smooth and crisp makes this light-bodied beer very drinkable. The subdued maltiness leads to a pleasantly refreshing tang in the finish.

SRM – 4.3     IBU’s – 26.1     ABV – 4.4%

(Unnamed) Black IPA:

Medium-high hop aroma with a hint of dark malt.  A medium bodied beer with fruity, floral and some herbal characteristics from the Summit, Columbus and Centennial hops. Has a nice degree of caramel malt and slight roasted malt flavors.

SRM – 38.0     IBU’s – 60.7     ABV – 6.0%