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Vice's Newest Brew Already Has Big Fan Following

By Josh McGhee | March 27, 2015 5:43am
Vice's "Cluster, D*** near killed her" is a double IPA with an ABV of 8.4 percent.
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SOUTH LOOP — You should definitely use caution when handling Vice District Brewing Company's newest beer.

Vice's "Cluster, damn near killed her" boasts an alcohol by volume of 8.4 percent. The brew is so strong, it's only available in servings of five ounces or 12 ounces. Vice's other beers come in 5-, 16- and 20-ounce servings.

The Double IPA is "uniquely balanced in its malt and hop presentation" and "the result is a wonderful bouquet on the nose," according to its description.

And in layman's terms: "it's a hoppier IPA," Vice co-owner Curtis Tarver said.

"We just wanted to play with it. The cluster hop is kind of forgotten and it's one of the oldest hops. We just wanted to take it back," Tarver said.

So far the customers appear to love it, along with the craft beer experts at the Hop Review, which named it one of the top six beers at the Chicago Beer Festival. Read their full list here.

But what about that outrageous name? It's the result of crowdsourcing. Vice went to its social media accounts and asked customers to name their newest brew, Tarver said.

Vice got about 85 responses and presented the top six names to the people for voting. The second-place finisher was "Knew She Wasn't Single," which personally makes more sense, but maybe they know something I don't.

Friday Vice will tap yet another new brew, "Roll the Dice," an American Brown Ale.

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