753-5975, humblebrewing.com. On tap intermittently at various bars and festivals; check Facebook for updates.
It's uncertain at what point "humble" becomes indistinguishable from "hermit." Co-owner Scott Davis readily acknowledges that on their operating scale—they produced a mere 25 barrels this past year, in brewmaster Chad Freitag's garage—it's difficult to keep their beers in front of their fans. Despite their small size, they've been given the vote of confidence by such local authorities as Bailey's Taproom and the Hop & Vine, and for good reason. Their Gonzilla Double IPA is weirdly sessionable, an astonishingly fragrant and mellow golden beer that still rocks 92 IBUs at 7.5 percent ABV with that prototypically Northwestern combo of Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops. "There's a lot of great beer out there," said Davis, humbly, "and we wanted to prove we belonged before we got out there." Okay, you proved it. Now where's the beer? ADRIENNE SO.
DRINK THIS: Anything you can find—this is rare stuff!