If there’s one beer you drink this weekend, let it be 5 Rabbit’s Huitzi.
The two-year-old brewery, based just south of Midway Airport, calls the limited-release, seasonal brew a midwinter ale, but it’s far from the stereotypical form.
You’ll find no deep hues or dark spices in this bottle ($11 for 750 ml). Instead, Huitzi is a harbinger of spring: refreshing, floral and a vibrant, rosy pink. This is a beer for lovers of Saison and rosé, a drinkable respite from winter.
Its color comes from jamaica (hibiscus), the blossom frequently found coloring aguas frescas. It adds flavor to a Belgian strong ale that weighs in at 8.7 percent ABV. Chamomile and local honey from Naperville’s Talbot apiaries bolster the brew’s aromatic character.
We drank a bottle alongside a Mexican meal with heavily spiced mole and a cilantro-packed salad. We plan to bring one on our next trip to ATK for a Thai feast, too, and keep some on hand for grilling season.
The vernal equinox, the first day of spring, is Wednesday, March 20. We know what we’ll be toasting with.
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