CHICAGO — One of Chicago’s famous popcorn flavors is being turned into a beer.
Revolution Brewing and Garrett Popcorn Shops have swapped secret recipes to bring Chicagoans the creation: CaramelCrisp, a limited-release Revolution ale that tastes like Garrett’s caramel popcorn.
CaramelCrisp is brewed like a tradition brown ale — but with 450 pounds of fresh Garrett’s popcorn thrown into each batch, according to Revolution.
That sweet brown popcorn sugar from Garrett’s caramelizes in Revolution’s boil, according to the brewery.
Boxes of CaramelCrisp, sold in four-packs, will be fanned out to stores in Chicago and its suburbs starting Oct. 1, according to the brewery.
Each can is 7 percent alcohol-by-volume with “notes of crème brûlée sweetness and a lightly salted finish,” according to Revolution.
“There are some places you look at and the first thought is, ‘That’s Chicago.’ Garrett is exactly that, and it’s also how we’ve tried to build Revolution,” said Revolution Brewing owner Josh Deth. “This is a city known for great food and great beers, and this brew is a pairing we couldn’t wait to create.”
Garrett’s has popped up everywhere, with its famous Garrett Mix and CheeseCorn now in grocery stores, said Kris Penn, the popcorn company’s vice president of strategic partnerships. Teaming up with Revolution felt right after “a years-long friendship,” Penn said in a news release.
“With a shared reverence for Chicago, we take pride in partnering with another one of Chicago’s best to create a delicious beer that pairs beautifully with Garrett Popcorn,” Penn said.
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