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When confronted with an epic craft beer list that?s 100 brews long, we tend to stop reading, flag down the bartender and make our default request: I?ll have the light, fruity one. Whatever that is. ?

Now we know to order Forbidden Root, a new Chicago-based ?botanical brew? that comes in three refreshing, food-friendly flavors. (The company began distributing to local bars last spring, and now you can buy its bottled beers at shops like Binny?s, Beermiscuous and others. It?s on draft at bars and restaurants all over town, from Skylark in Pilsen to Longman & Eagle in Logan Square.)

We recently tried the original Forbidden Root beer--a creamy blend that?s less about hops than rich notes of licorice, cinnamon and caramel--and concluded it?s the perfect, hearty pairing for a fall bonfire. ??

On Indian summer days, meanwhile, we?ll stick with the Sublime Ginger, a bright, honey-and-lime-juice-tinged brew with decidedly tropical leanings. Want to make this one sing? Add a grapefruit garnish.

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