Armed with knowledge and skills learned while running a brewing-supply shop, Jim and Jason Ebel started Two Brothers in 1997 in Warrenville, Illinois, on the outskirts of Chicago. The time the brothers spent as beer-loving expats in Europe inspired them to brew rare styles of Old World suds.

Brewery: Two Brothers Brewing Company

Beer: Domaine DuPage

Style: French country ale

ABV: 5.9 percent

Price: $9.50 for a six-pack

About the brewery:

Armed with knowledge and skills learned while running a brewing-supply shop, Jim and Jason Ebel started Two Brothers in 1997 in Warrenville, Illinois, on the outskirts of Chicago. The time the brothers spent as beer-loving expats in Europe inspired them to brew rare styles of Old World suds.

Why to drink it:

Slightly spicy orange aromas invite you into the first sip, which boasts a decent sweetness and tinges of familiar hoppy bitterness. Will this combo upset hop-heads and lager-lovers? Doubtful. The hops and the sweetness get along swimmingly and know just when to dissipate. It has a nice, smooth finish.

When to drink it:

The middle of September is an interesting time for those who love their brews. It's too late for cold, crisp lagers but too early for that favorite pumpkin ale. Domaine DuPage stops the gap - an easy-drinking ale with just enough kick. Complex but not overpowering character makes this a great beer to pair with a number of dishes.