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August 9, 2010 11:57 AM   Subscribe

What beer available in Chicago most resembles New Glarus Brewing's Totally Naked?

Last weekend while in Wisconsin my boyfriend picked up some New Glarus Totally Naked before crossing back into Illinois. He hasn't found anything as smooth and crisp, not too hoppy but also not a typical lager, as Totally Naked. Unfortunately, New Glarus isn't readily available in Chicago and driving to Wisconsin regularly isn't feasible. He's not a beer snob so I'm hoping there's something close enough that might work as a substitute.

The brewery's website describes Totally Naked as: Pure and crisp this is a beer with nothing to hide. Wisconsin two-row barley malt ensures a mellow and smooth body. We imported Noble Hop varieties from Germany and the Czech Republic to ensure a fine mature aroma with no coarse bitterness.

Expect this beer to pour a delicate golden hue that sparkles in the summer sun. This lager is brewed using all natural ingredients with no artificial additives of any kind. Kick back, relax and enjoy the simple unadorned flavor. This is beer at its most basic.

What beer or beers available in Chicagoland can I try as a substitute to Totally Naked?
posted by Bunglegirl to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Go to the Binny's near North and Clybourn (technically 1720 N. Marcey St) and talk to Adam. He's the one with the long hair. (No, not the one who looks like Jesus.) He really knows what he's talking about and will definitely point you in the right direction.
posted by phunniemee at 12:05 PM on August 9, 2010 [2 favorites]

I haven't tried it myself yet (just moved to Chicago last week), but Metropolitan Brewery is based in Chicago and has a beer called Flywheel Bright Lager that uses Noble hops. It looks like Totally Naked is an extra pale lager (so is Rolling Rock, FWIW), but you might poke around and try other pale lagers to see if any catch his fancy.
posted by booknerd at 12:09 PM on August 9, 2010

Bell's Lager is relatively easy to find in Chicagoland and is a similar style beer. I think it does have a slightly stronger hoppy taste though.
posted by burnmp3s at 12:32 PM on August 9, 2010

Huge new glarus fan and I usually suck it up and hit the border every months for some cases. Best (and closest) prices are at Woodman's in Kenosha. They always have a great selection of NG brews.

Grab some cheese and usingers while you're at it and it's worth the gas.

Given your stated no-travel goal, then I would keep tabs on relatives and friends traveling back and forth to give them money and bring some back.

Next then yes I would go to Binny's or Armentti's for some recommendations.

My personal suggestions:
I usually can find Capital brew's in Chicago . . try their "Supper Club" lager
Lagunitas Pils
Bell's Lager
posted by patrad at 1:09 PM on August 9, 2010

Beer Advocate identifies this as an American Pale Lager, and suggests Dave's BrewFarm Select (Wisconsin) as a top example of the style. Disclaimer: I have not tried this beer.
posted by grateful at 2:30 PM on August 9, 2010

We went for a tour at Capital Brewery and Supper Club wasn't quite a match. He says Rolling Rock is similar but not as smooth and he hasn't tasted a Bells that matches. We'll talk to Adam and try all of your suggestions. Thanks.
posted by Bunglegirl at 7:10 PM on August 9, 2010

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