Our Beers

Big Twin Double IPA

Imperial or Double India Pale Ale

Just like the Evolution replaced the Shovelhead, our Big Twin DIPA is evolving into a killer 8% intensely hopped, bright double IPA with a dry but bitter finish. Hopped with mandarina and mosaic, it is a superbly well balanced brew!

The Story:
Just like the Evolution replaced the Shovelhead, our Big Twin DIPA is evolving into a killer 8% intensely hopped, bright double IPA with a dry but bitter finish. Hopped with mandarina and mosaic, it is a superbly well balanced brew!

Food Pairings: Salty, cured meats.Strong, stinky cheeses. Our own bleu cheese bison burger or lamb lollichops!

Craft'd IPA

American-Style India Pale Ale

A hopped up IPA that always maintains the same consistent grain bill. However, we craft our IPA with a new twist each time it is expertly brewed! As we know, hop varietals are growing rapidly and we are always attempting to take advantage of them. Our "Craft'd" IPA will always change based on which hops we want to use at the time. Brewer David loves the opportunity to experiment with the various versions! This current batch is Cascade hopped and Chinook dry hopped Whenever Craft'd is on, make sure you give it a try!

The Story:
Tribes has earned a reputation as being one of the finest craft beer bars pubs in the Chicagoland area. That means that our beer lists are carefully put together to provide the finest in craft beer to our guests that travel from miles away to enjoy our product. Tribes is also known as a hop forward, IPA focused bar. That being said, we wanted to carefully “craft” each batch of our IPA with the same amount of attention and precision of the other great breweries that grace our handles. Although we are much smaller in production, we encourage each drinker to compare our Craft’d IPA to one of their favorites in a side by side comparison. We are certain Tribes will stand up to the test!

Food Pairings: Bold, spicy foods. Savory salads, spicy tomato or pesto dishes.

Daylight Kolsch

German-Style Kölsch / Köln-Style Kölsch

Made with pilsner and red wheat malts. Hopped and dry hopped with German Tettnange for a total of 1 lb per barrel. Herbal and floral aromas with a clean, crisp mouth feel and slightly sweet finish.

The Story:
Tribes brewer David, originally brewed this beer while he was a an apprentice in a German brewery. He loves making it in the middle of the cold, dark winter, because it somehow reminds him that summer still does exist!

Food Pairings: Lighter food: chicken, salads, salmon. bratwurst; Monterey jack cheese. To be honest - you can drink a Kolsch with anything! If you are hungery, eat! If you are thirsty, crush some Kolsch!

Evolution Belgian DIPA

Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale

Fruity and spicy characteristics from the Belgian yeast and the citric and tropical qualities from the hops

The Story:
Everyone evolves and so do drinker’s palates. Evolution is a Belgian DIPA that challenges typical IPA drinker’s comfort zone. The Belgian yeast certainly gives it an interesting twist that will continue to EVOLVE the craft beer drinker’s palate. This beer is hop forward and not for the faint of heart on the bitterness scale.

Food Pairings: Sharp cheeses such as aged cheddar or even pungent and tangy cheeses. Rare beef with peppercorn and horseradish matches up well. Asian dishes that include wasabi or other peppery dishes. For desert crème’ brulee would be a nice pairing.

Lincoln-Way Rye

Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast

Crystal and Chinook full-hopped character, dark orange hued in color, light on the nose but has a nice spicy/sweet finish. Caramel sweet maltiness with peppery spiciness from the rye. This is the beer that makes "Lincoln-Way" famous!

The Story:
Named for the Lincoln Way Area where the Tribes Beer Company is located. We paid homage to the towns of New Lenox, Frankfort and of course Mokena, IL!

Food Pairings: Herb roasted potatoes, prosciutto, Jamaican-style jerk chicken. Asiago or parmesan cheese.

Ol' Bender, American Brown

American-Style Brown Ale

This is the namesake for one of our brewer's favorite shop dogs. 'Ol Bender is a hound that is relaxed and calm in nature but can also pack a powerful wallop if your not careful. This beer has a biscuity nose...but that makes sense, as 'Ol Bender loves dog biscuits as a treat too. Hoist one for the hound!

The Story:
This is the namesake of one of our brewer David's other favorite shop dogs! Ol' Bender is a hound that is relaxed and calm in nature, but can also pack a poerful wallop if you are not careful! This brew has a biscuity nose plus a fragrant and hopped aroma. Hoist one for the Hound!

Food Pairings: Hearty foods like roast pork, smoked sausage, grilled salmon. Works great with steak and chicken sandwiches too!

Sapphire Sky Saison, IL

French & Belgian-Style Saison

Dry hopped saison with notes of lemon and apricot. This beer is fresh and offers a dry clean finish. The dupont yeast strain gives this beer the classic Belgian flavor profile. Dry hopped with 1 lb of German Saphir hops per barrel gives this saison a unique yet tasty character.

The Story:
As we mourn the end of summer, we welcome the start of autumn with this highly quenchable saison that reminds us of how much we will miss summer once the wicked Illinois winters begin to rear its ugly head.

Food Pairings: Works with a lot of things! From funky, stinky cheese to spicy foods and game. It all works with Saison!

Stuart Mackenzie, Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale

Traditional style Strong Scotch Ale. Malty aroma and taste with a clean, smooth finish. Deep copper to brown color. Slightly sweet with a full body. Pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor as emphasized by the use of Munich malts. Finishes with hints of cherry smoke.

The Story:
This beer was made specifically for FestivALE in Chicago. What is FestivAle you may ask. It is a benefit to help raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Every year many breweries and restaurants get together for a night of great beer and great food. We made this malt-forward Scotch Ale to pair with some of the delicious food from Three Aces. Not only is this beer delicious but it brings the awareness of those fighting a difficult battle. Enjoy the beer and spread the word!

Food Pairings: Pairs perfectly with roasted or grilled meats such as lamb, game birds, ham or any kind of sausages. Cheese pairings will include creamy goat cheese, smoked Gouda.

Tribal Pale Ale (TPA),

American-Style Pale Ale

Made with 100% Vienna malt as the base and some light caramel malts for color. Hopped and dry hopped with Hull Melon. Strawberry and green melon aromas with a malty and slightly sweet mouthfeel and clean finish.

The Story:
This is simply one of the great Pales you will ever taste. Brewer David created this recipe while training in Germany. With its 100% Vienna malt bill, brewed in a classic German tradition, but with American know how. It is like a slow paced trip down the German Autobahn in a kickass American roadster.

Food Pairings: Wide range of food: meat pie. English cheese; great with a burger! Mild or sharp English cheese. Great with our Scotch Egg Plate!