In times long past, Root Beer was something far Nobler. It was more compelling than todays’ faint shadow, brewed like real beer, using roots and herbs wrested from the earth.
Forbidden Root returns to that lost era. Malt and a pinch of hops are topped by a generous dollop of botanic ingredients which includes: wintergreen, vanilla, cassia cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, clove, star anise, tarragon, basil, capsicum, patchouli, sandalwood, balsam of Peru, licorice root, yerba santa, cocoa, molasses and finally aged with oak to round off the flavor. As a result, the rich complexity and a long clean taste tells you this is not a soda, but traditional brew that is a delicious window into another age.
Forbidden Root is splendid with full-flavored or spicy foods from Yankee pot roast to Kansas City-style ribs to California tri-tip on the grill.
|MALTS: lager, vienna, caramel, black
HOPS: very light at 7 IBU
BOTANICALS: more than 20 purely natural extracts including wintergreen, cassia cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice, vanilla, sandalwood, cardamon, black pepper and many others
ALCOHOL: 5.5% ABV
|Forbidden Root, Chicago’s first botanic brewery, was founded by Robert Finkel, a self-described ”refugee” from the world of high-stakes entrepreneurship. It began as a longtime dream to create a true-brewed root beer and quickly grew to encompass the broader idea of reinventing botanic beers. Our product line features four flagship beers-Forbidden Root, Sublime Ginger, Wildflower Pale Ale, and Shady Character-as well as several seasonal and brewpub-only offerings.
On February 18, 2016 our restaurant and brewery opened in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. We serve food crafted from local, high-quality ingredients to ensure the menu always highlights our beers, never overpowers them.
In addition to our passion for beer and food, Forbidden Root is passionate about giving back:
We are a benefit corporation, meaning that goals other than shareholder value are built into our operating charter.
We aim to be as green as practically possible. We are sensitive to our use of energy and recycled materials, sustainable practices, and waste disposal/recycling.
We support charities with 100% of the profits of our non-beverage merchandise. Our current beneficiary is Chicago’s Green City Market.