From Earlier This Week

For more information on these beers, check out this post:
Beer Releases:  July 10 – 17, 2020

Ike & Oak Brewing
Gold Hill

Skeleton Key Brewery
Paintball Fight in a Peach Tree

Whiskey Hill Brewing
Subtle Void (Cinnamon Variant)

Flapjack Brewery
Black is Beautiful
(by Kinslahger Brewing)

Mad Hatchet Brewing
The Sickle

MyGrain Brewing Co.
Service Dog

Pollyanna Brewing Co.
Lite Thinking

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.

Alter Gives Me The Perfect Excuse for a Spaceballs Clip

Sometimes, you just have to (it’s Friday…)

Raspberry Plush is a fruited sour ale with raspberries.  Light sweetness to balance out the sour.  Available at both locations!

Saturday, July 18

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 (/ˈml//ˈmli/ IPA: [ˈmole] (About this soundlisten); 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 peppercinnamon, 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).  


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’s Shoutout to The Big Lebowski

Don’t F With the Jesus is a cream ale with coffee, inspired by both The Big Lebowski and the White Russian alcoholic drink.  It’s infused with Ethiopian coffee beans, and finishes very creamy.  Get yours now in the tap room or online at

Tuesday, July 21

Take on Mt. Bear Head at Ike & Oak

Many of Ike & Oak Brewing‘s beers have names of “Mt.”.  As of writing, 14 of the 84 beers listed on UnTappd start with Mt.  For those unaware, Ike & Oak truly loves nature, outdoors, and being active.  

Here’s your chance to take on a mountain.  Mt. Bear Head is a new NEIPA.  Full-bodied, hazy, and full of tropical fruit hop character.  

Wednesday, July 22

Vortex City Hits Flapjack Brewery

The Berwyn, IL-based brewery released Vortex City Double IPA.  It’s a Double dry hopped India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Sabro, Azacca, CTZ, and Tahoma hops.  It’s a nice sized beer, weighing in at 9% ABV.  Get yours today!

In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room

It’s Wednesday, and the place to be is Skeleton Key.  The brewery’s latest in the Tiki Sour Series looked to be the best yet.  “Paintball Fight with a Zombie” features sun-dried lime peel, lush cherry, ripe mango, juicy pineapple, brown sugar, and rum-reminiscent spices mingling with their lemony-crisp kettle sour base.  Remember, as with all the beers in this series, super limited release.  Get there ASAP!

Thursday, July 23

Mend Some Paths By Buying This Beer

Tangled Roots’ Path Mender Pale Ale does exactly as the name implies, it mends paths.  $1 from every pint and 6-pack will be donated to Starved Rock to help repair the trails.  With millions visiting the park every year, repairs and infrastructure improvements will be needed to keep the park a safe place for many years on end. 

You can currently get the beer on draft now, and bottles will be available on Thursday, July 23. 

Forty One Eighty Eight is also available.  Forty1-Eighty8 is a light bodied American Pale Ale. All of the agricultural ingredients used in this beer were grown at Tangled Roots’ farms here in Ottawa, including Nugget and Cascade hops which give this beer a citrus forward flavor and aroma with hints of earthiness. #FarmToFoam


Squidworth’s Favorite Beer

Back at Metal Monkey is Bikini Bottom Pineapple Gose.  It’s a unique take on the German Wheat Beer, featuring coriander and Himalayan salt.  Did I mention that pineapple juice?  Available in draft and crowlers only.  ABV:  4.3%

I Just Don’t Have the Words to Describe This Beer

Lexical Gap is back at Pollyanna!  I’m going to steal the verbiage from the label to hopefully reinforce the joke.  

Sometimes, the English language just doesn’t have a word for something. There are words like YOLO, twerk, and OMG, but for some reason there isn’t a plural word for “you.” Sorry, but “ya’ll” or “youse” or even “you guys” doesn’t quite fill the lexical gap. Our Lexical Gap IPA is straight west coast, you guys (see what we did there?). Brewed with massive amounts of Citra, Centennial, Simcoe, and Columbus hops, finding a word to describe your gratification might be pretty tough. Most expletives, however, will probably suffice.

Post of the Week

When there is meat on a stick, it’s worthy of being called out.  Bravo, Ike & Oak!


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.


The Band is Warming Up

Plainfield’s Garage Band Brewing is working on a new American Wheat that will be ready in a few weeks.  Keep an eye out for Wadnoggin!

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.

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.

The Beer is Cake

OK, so I don’t have one of those cool optical illusion videos, where the end result is a really fancily-decorated cake.  I wish I did, I’m hungry.  But I do have info on a collab with Will County Brewing, Mad Hatchet Brewing, and Orland Park Bakery.  It involved four 18″ x 26″ sheet cakes.  

Flapjack Brewery’s Cherry Limeade Sour

Pictured here (in a cool filter) is one of Flapjack’s brewers adding cherry puree to their cherry limeade sour.  It sounds perfect for summer, and can’t wait to try this.

SKB’s Black is Beautiful

We do know that this beer is coming out sometime this weekend at Skeleton Key Brewery.  We’ll keep you posted.  The SKB version is a collab with Liquid Love Brewing, brewed with Sweet Plantain and Toasted Coconut.

Fruhauf is on the Horizon

Pollyanna’s Great American Beer Fest medal-winning Oktoberfest lager is scheduled to hit my stomach (and cans) on July 31st.  5.4% ABV.

Blue Nose Breaking Out the Lemons

Blue Nose Brewing is working on a great tasting Lemon Zest Saison.  Looking forward to this one for sure!

Not sure where the video went … but I’ll fix this later.  


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