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Chocolate Stout Inspired by Superdawg Malts Latest from Lake Effect Brewery

By Heather Cherone | December 4, 2015 5:25am
 Super Shake, a chocolate stout from Superdawg and Lake Effect Brewery, will debut Dec. 10.
Super Shake, a chocolate stout from Superdawg and Lake Effect Brewery, will debut Dec. 10.
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NORWOOD PARK — Iconic Chicago hot dog stand and drive-in Superdawg's dessert menu is getting its moment in the spotlight with its very own craft beer from Lake Effect Brewery.

Super Shake, a stout inspired by Superdawg's old-fashioned chocolate malts, will go on tap at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Fischman's Liquors and officially join SuperBier and Whoopskibeer in a trilogy of beers produced by a collaboration between the Portage Park brewery and Norwood Park hot dog stand.

All three beers will be on tap at the release party, said Ben Ustick, Superdawg's social media manager. Samples of the classic Superdawg and foodie-favorite Whoopskidawg will be served, he added.

"True Superdawg fans always pile on a malt or a shake even after a huge meal," Ustick said.

Both SuperBier and Whoopskibeer sold out quickly, outpacing Lake Effect Brewery's ability to keep up with requests, Ustick said.

"It is hard to ignore the demand for these beers," Ustick said, adding that four packs of 12-ounce bottles of SuperBier and Whoopskibeer will be available for purchase at Fischman's, along with bomber bottles of Super Stout.

The popularity of the first two beers prompted Ustick and the brewery's founder Clint Bautz to revive their idea to collaborate on a dark beer, or a stout, that was first developed nearly two years ago, Ustick said.

Superdawg has always featured malted milkshakes on their menu, made with ice cream, syrup, milk and malt powder based on a recipe first developed in the 1920s.

The fact that stouts also use malt to add sweetness made the connection an easy one, Ustick said.

Ustick — who is a serious craft beer fan— expects the Super Shake Stout to be just as popular as its predecessors — but don't ask him to pick his favorite.

"Like a mother who loves all her children equally, we love all our menu items — and beers — the same," Ustick said, laughing.

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