From Earlier This Week
Pollyanna Brewing Co.
The Full Lemonty
Garage Band Brewing
Whiskey Hill Brewing
Skeleton Key Brewing
Paintball Fight in the Pool
Friday, July 10
Is it Truly Summer Without Pollyanna’s Raspberry Beer?
Summery is back out in cans and draft at all three Pollyanna Brewing Company locations. It’s been a strange summer, but this wheat ale with raspberries keeps every its drinkers looking positive! That’s what Pollyanna is known for.
Hailstorm Forklifts Over to Iron&Glass
I&G Romeoville just got a new shipment from Hailstorm Brewing. This includes Forklift Training (a cherry cheesecake pastry sour), Haze Concept 3 (Hazy IPA), Orange Cream Stratus (Dreamsicle Milkshake), and Primo (Mexican Lager)
Orange & Brew’s Friday Drop
Three tasty beers dropping in Downers Grove today.
- Swinging Swords – a double oat IPA from Liquid Love Brewing
- Dear to Heart – a dry-hopped pils from Liquid Love Brewing
- Aliena – a vanilla imperial stout from Foreign Exchange Brewing
Saturday, July 11
Black Horizon’s Third Anniversary
Check out the draft list for BHBC’s Third Anniversary:
- L.A.G.E.R. – American Light Lager
- Munich Dunkel – German Dunkel Lager (brown lager)
- Dune Shaper – Blueberry Golden Ale
- Horizon APA – American Pale Ale (Citra/mosaic)
- Horizon IPA Vol. 13 – DIPA w/citra hops
- Cheesecake, vanilla, lime golden ale (lactose free)
- Stealing Sunshine – Blood Orange Sour Ale
- From Earth to You – Gin Barrel Aged Wit w/rosehips and hibiscus
- Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Bonfire Fun – BA Imperial smoked sweet stout (contains lactose)
- Marshmallow Bourbon Barrel Aged Bonfire Fun – BA Imperial smoked sweet stout w/marshmallow (contains lactose)
- Sugar Bomb – Milkshake IPA (contains lactose)
- Pan Leche – White stout w/cold brew coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla (contains lactose)
- Guest tap: ERIS CIDER – Strawbarella (Strawberry and Rhubarb Hard Cider)
- Beer Slushies – Dune Shaper and Pina Colada
If you’ve never been to the Willowbrook brewery, it’s highly recommended. Black Horizon’s beers pack a ton of flavor and are definitely up there in the Chicagoland area.
Strawberry Slammer Kolsch at Rt66 OSB
Wilmington’s Rt66 Old School Brewing has a summer beer for you with a fruity flavor. Get there quick to try “Strawberry Slammer Kolsch,” a definitely one for the season.
EDIT: Tapped out quick (7/12)
Can’t take credit for the title here, stole it directly from Whiskey Hill Brewing. Their newest, “Crazy Calabrese,” is a collab with Turano Baking Co. They took a easy drinking blonde ale and added 100 lbs. of cannoli shells to the mash. Starts off crisp with citrus hoppyness and ends with brown sugar sweetness. Definitely a creative and tasty concoction.
Sunday, July 12
Hell Jazz? Hell Yes!
OK, took me a little bit to come up with that catchy line … got to keep it fresh now. And, speaking of fresh, this IPA is definitely that. Weighs in at 6.25% ABV. In fact, check out everything on the board … well worth it.
Tuesday, July 14
This is What Alan Jackson Was Really Singing About
Wow, yes, went 90’s country music on that reference. Ike & Oak‘s Chattahoochee Delight pastry sour is described to taste just like peach cobbler in a glass. Sign me up! Tart, sour, fruity, and a touch of lactose.
A Porter Cranked to Eleven
Metal Monkey’s newest is called “Vulgar Display of Porter.” Obviously, it’s a porter … but a whole new level of porter. Bold maltiness, roasted malt character with notes of coffee and chocolate. Weighs in at 5.5% ABV.
Survival of the Latest from Tangled Roots
The latest in the “Survival of the Fittest” series from Tangled Roots is a German-style Helles Lager. It’s a crisp, all malt lager that’s been brewed to be a true thirst quencher. Grain-like sweetness, notes of biscuit and bread with hints of spicy noble hops.
Wednesday, July 14
Clean and Crisp
Ike & Oak Brewing’s Gold Hill has returned! It’s a Kolsch. The style actually originated in Cologne, Germany. Weighing in at 5%, this one is a great outside drinker. Assuming you’re doing so responsibly and legally.
Just Plan on Being at Skeleton Key Every Wednesday
With beers like this, it’s just easier to mark your calendars now. SKB’s Tiki Sour Series is back with “Paintball Fight in a Peach Tree,” which is a kettle sour with peach, coconut, orange, a hint of cherry and rum spices.
Whiskey Hill Busting Out the Cinnamon
Don’t see a whole lot of cinnamon going into beer, but Head Brewer Eric over at Whiskey Hill got a little creative. He took Subtle Void, their milk stout w/ cocoa nibs and vanilla, and added cinnamon. Can’t wait to give this one a try!
Thursday, July 16
Black is Beautiful at Flapjack Brewery
The Black is Beautiful initiative was kicked off by Weather Souls Brewing and adopted by a ton of breweries nationwide. Berwyn’s Flapjack Brewery is offering Black is Beautiful Tropical Stout, which was brewed by Kinslahger Brewing. All proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, which is a respected local organization that works to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all.
Dreamsicle Beer Alert
Mad Hatchet’s The Sickle is back on tap! I love me dreamsicle beers, and this one is definitely a great one! Head over to Shorewood today before I drink it all.
Bring This Dog Anywhere
Service Dog is back at MyGrain Brewing. It’s a tasty NEIPA that weighs in at 7.3%. Citra, Simcoe, and El Dorodo hops – double dry hopped for extra flavor. If you like super citrusy hazy’s, this one is for you!
Golden American Lager
Pollyanna’s Gold Medal-winning American Lager is back. Lite Thinking is truly an amazing beer to cool down in the summer heat. Make sure to get some today!
Friday, July 17
One Keg of Henry
That’s right, one keg of Henry at each Pollyanna location. What is Henry? To be specific, Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Henry 2019. It’s last year’s version of Henry (a chocolate milk lager with cocoa nibs and vanilla bears) that sat in a single Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel, then aged in Maple syrup, then back in that barrel for a year. Don’t miss out!
And, if you’re liked “Lederhosen Luau,” the collab with Revolution, there are a few more cans at each Pollyanna as well.
A Big One from Rt66 Old School Brewing
I’d start stretching out for this one now, and definitely get a DD. “South of 80” is the latest from Rt66 Old School Brewing, and it weighs in at 9.45% ABV. It’s a DIPA with tropical notes, earthy notes, and sweet sweet honey.
Post of the Week
Garage Band Brewing
Get your hands on this can-shaped glass from Garage Band Brewing in Plainfield. It’s a cool piece of merch that holds a glass of Nor’Easter, Alban Eiler, or any other their other great beers.
Black is Beautiful – Miskatonic Brewing Company
Black is Beautiful is a brewery-driven initiative started by Weather Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, TX to highlight and fight the issue of racial injustice in America. A portion will be barrel aged for a future connected release, while the rest will be blended with mature imperial stout from their barrel cellar. The latter will be released on Saturday, July 18th at Miskatonic. Proceeds from both will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Will County Brewing is Getting Into Some Monkey Business
So, what happens when two great breweries collaborate? We’ll know soon enough. Stay tuned for news on this Will County Brewing Co. – Metal Monkey Brewing collab.
A Hot Anniversary This Saturday at Miskatonic
Miskatonic is turning 5 years old! They’re bringing us Displacer Beast this weekend. And, I can say, I’ve never seen this type of beer before.
It’s an Ancho Mole Imperial Milk Stout … and no, it’s not this type of mole.
or this type of mole …
To quote Wikipedia …
Mole (/ˈmoʊleɪ/, /ˈmoʊli/ IPA: [ˈmole] (listen); from Nahuatl mōlli, “sauce”) is a traditional marinade and sauce originally used in Mexican cuisine. In contemporary Mexico the term is used for a number of sauces, some quite dissimilar, including black, red / Colorado, yellow, green, almendrado, de olla, huaxmole, guacamole, and pipián. Generally, a mole sauce contains a fruit, chili pepper, nut, and such spices as black pepper, cinnamon, or cumin. Outside of Mexico, it typically refers to mole poblano.
The Ancho pepper has a deep red color and a wrinkled skin. Sweet and smoky with a flavor slightly reminiscent of raisins, their heat is mild to medium-hot.
Miskatonic has been playing around with peppers, and state that they “are finally ready to unleash this into the world.”
The beer will be on draft and in 4-packs this Saturday (July 18).
Alter Brewing is Channeling it’s Inner Thor
Alter is working on a tasty one. They’re brewing a NEIPA with a Norwegian Kveik yeast. They’re bringing the thunder, which will be here in early August.
They are also working on Orange Hwip, which should be here in a few weeks as well.