Beer Releases: December 11 - December 18, 2020

New Releases -  Coming Soon

Artists Rendering of Lock & Mule by Tangled Roots Brewing Company

We're Extending the 2020 Ale Trail Digital Passport

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The new expiration date for the Ale Trail Passport is February 28, 2021.  

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Label for Hickory Creek's Grow a Pear

Wednesdsay, December 9
Hickory Creek Brewing Company
Grow a Pear  

Goldfinger Brewing's three different type of cans, including their collab with Hop Butcher

Thursday, December 10
Goldfinger Brewing Company
Original, Pils, and Und Hopfen (collab with Hop Butcher for the World)

A cute snowman, a River Hawk Decoration, fake snow, and a glass of River Hawk's Toboggan Ride - their latest beer.

Thursday, December 10
River Hawk Brewing
Toboggan Ride

4 cans and a glass of Pollyanna Brewing Company's Blackberry Allure

Thursday, December 10
Pollyanna Brewing Company
Blackberry Allure

Glass of Visanthe from Will County Brewing Company

Thursday, December 10
Will County Brewing Co
Visanthe Brown Coffee Ale

Friday, December 11

Several beers from Metal Monkey

Imperial Tis the Squeezin

It's the holiday season, and flavors of orange juice, cranberry juice, and pomegranate juice mean that the Metal Monkeys have been squeezin this season.  They are proud to present, Imperial Tis the Squeezin.  It's the big version of their Christmas inspired Gose.  

Picture of two bottles from Skeleton Key Brewery wearing very tiny snow hats.

A Surprise, Limited Edition Double Drop

Skeleton Key has a double, 22oz barrel-aged bottle drop.  Both weigh in a 10.5% ABV, so get ready ...

  • Hazelnut Praline Imperial Stout - This is SKB's Imperial Milk Stout with toasted hazelnuts, Ugandan cacao nibs, milk sugar and vanille.  The beer was aged in Journeyman Rye whiskey barrels.  Expect a big dark chocolate flavor to domainate, with side notes of whiskey and roasted hazelnut.
  • Words that Stay - SKB's Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.  Rich caramel, malty sweetness, accented with vanilla and charred oak of the barrel.

Glass of Annburr

Toasty Caramel in Wilmington

Rt66 Old School Brewing's Annburrrr is a Amber Ale for this type of weather.  It's a great beer, slightly smooth, and as I mentioned in the title - notes of toasty caramel.

Saturday, December 12

One beer with 2 candy canes, one beer next to a bag of Metric Coffee from Rt66 Old School Brewing

A New Two at Rt66 Old School Brewing's Holiday Party

This Saturday (12/12/2020), Rt66 Old School Brewing is hosting their Customer Appreciation Party with a limited quantiy of two new beers (and their other beers too).

  • Santa's Dark Side - Peppermint Porter
  • Percolator - Coffee Porter

Label artwork for Brown Eyed Girl from Garage Band Brewing

Do You Remember, When We Used to Sing

Grage Band Brewing's latest is called Brown Eyed Girl.  It's made with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans, giving a smooth, robust taste.  Make sure to head to the Plainfield brewery to pick some up today.  


Wednesday, December 16

6 cans and one full glass of Heavy Squeeze from Alter Brewing Company

The Juice is Worth the Heavy Squeeze

"The juice is worth the squeeze," is a great line from the movie The Girl Next Door.  An if you have never had a brew from Alter Brewing Company, they put their heart and soul into each beer.  Heavy Squeeze is a crisp lemon wheat, smooth and sweet.  And, check out the new label.

Glass of Strawberry Lupulin City

Milkshake IPA with a Strawberry Beret

I know the Prince song is Raspberry, I just can't think of a better title.  We're big fans of Lupulin City from MyGrain Brewing in Joliet.  They just released a new variant.  This variant was brewed with Mandarina Bavaria, Azacca, Simcoe and Cashmere hops.  And, you know what the first thing you'll taste when you drink this one ... you could say the first flavor on the top (hence the Beret reference).  Strawberry.  They added a ton of strawberries and lactose to make this beer truly tasty.  It's a limited release - so make sure to get down for Strawberry Lupulin City Milkshake IPA today!

Tall glass of Jacob's Ladder underneath the tap at Mad Hatchet Brewing

I'm Going with a Scary 80's Reference

Mad Hatchet is known for scary-good beers with references to scary things.  Jacob's Ladder is a scary-good cream ale... it was the first beer I had when the brewery when it first opened.  Definitely recommended.

So, the question of the day --- what does Jacob's Ladder refer to?

Option 1 - this movie

Option 2 - this video

Glass and can of Belgian Golden Strong, in front of canning equipement

A Tasty Belgian at Miskatonic

I personally am a huge fan of Belgian beers - something about the spice in Belgians really captures my taste buds.  Miskatonic is back with one of their tasty foundational beers, Belgian Strong Golden, with enough twists to make it unique.  They started out with a base of Belgian Pilsner malt, Belgian Candi Sugar, and Belgian yeast.  These combine to provide lively dought malt characteristics terminating in a complex dry snap of citrus, spice, and subtle fruit sting of high alcohol.  

Four different cans from Skeleton Key brewing

FORE! at Skeleton Key Brewing

Skeleton Key Brewing has four new 4-packs of 16oz, including one new hazy IPA.  Here's the info:

  • Blow up the Moon NEIPA - NEW! Dank and hazy, with a glinting knife's edge of bitterness to balance the juice. 6.5% ABV, with Riwaka, Mosaic and Simcoe hops
  • Friends Don't Lie APA - Dry-hopped with all Centennial for bright, citrusy grapefruit zest character throughout. 5.7% ABV
  • One Stitch Oatmeal Stout - In cans for the first time! This classic oatmeal stout is dark, roasty and delicious. 5.4% ABV
  • Paintball Fight Kettle Sour - Also in cans for the first time! Pleasantly tart with citrusy overtones for a refreshing finish. 4.5% ABV

Thursday, December 17

Stacks of cans of Black Horizon's Midnight Fist Fight

Everybody's Midnight Fist Fighting

First rule about Midnight Fist FIght Club is to spread the word about Midnight Fist Fight Club.  It's a Hazy IPA, 100% hopped with Citra.  You'll be hit with a left of sweet orange peel, and a right with a creamy malt.  The delicate hop finish will make you count to 10, before you open another can.  Get over to Black Horizon Brewing Company to get this one today!

Cans of Ike and Oak Brewing's Woollysicle, next to a glass of the beer

Canned Woolly

Crowd favorite Woollysicle from Ike & Oak Brewing is now available in cans.  Woollysicle is a dreamsicle flavored Milkshake IPA.  It's hazy, creamy, and notes of orange and vanilla added to a fruity hop character.

Glass fof beer in holiday sweater.  Information about beer on a letter board in background.

Put a Light On at Whiskey Hill

New on tap at Whiskey Hill is Put a Light On.  It's a triple dry-hopped IPA with a slightly creamy body, with mango, pineapple, and a little pine in the finish.  WHB used Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops in this one.  

Friday, December 18

Cans of Surreal Expanse

A Surreal Expanse

Surreal Expanse is the newest release from Black Horizon Brewing Company.  It's a sour ale with passion fruit, orange, and guava.  A surreal taste for sure - the tast passion fruit and guava form the perfect partners for the orange citrus.  

Nik and ivy

Nik & Ivy's Beer and Cupcakes

Nik & Ivy Brewing Co has their dessert stout ready for the drinking.  $20 for a four pack of dessert stouts.  Each four pack has four differenet flavors, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Mint Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road.  Four an additional $10, you can get a four pack of cupcakes, in those same flavors.  Beer and Cupcakes - a can't miss combination.

Coming Soon

Santa pointing at two different labels of beers at Pollyanan Brewing company

SUPER FUN TIME at Pollyanna Brewing Company

On Saturday, December 18, all three Pollyanna locations are having SUPER FUN TIME WINTER PARTY DECEMBER EDITION.  Heaters, fire pits, music, food, fun, fun, fun, and two new beers.  Did I mention fun?

  • Check Out My SoundCloud - 7.7% ABV Hazy Double IPA with over 7lbs/bbl of Citra, Mosaic, Sabro, Idaho 7, and Ekuanot hops.
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Toasted Marshmallow Fun Size - 13.5% ABV Imperial Milk Stout aged in Willet Bourbon Barrels with Toasted Marshmallow, Peanut, Vanilla Bean, Cocoa Nib, & Sea Salt

Graphic for Alter Brewing's HVAC

Alter's HVAC Sounds Like It's Working Fine

Hazelnut, Vanilla and Coffee.  Sounds like a great beer on its own, but listen to this ... Alter took those falvors and blended them into a bourbon barrel aged barleywine.  Barrel Aged HVAC Barleywine Ale is coming soon!

Nathan from Ike & Oak brewing

More Woolly from Ike & Oak

Nathan from Ike & Oak is working on the latest Woolly - Woolly Cocoa!  This one is a Chocolate Milkshake IPA.  Can't wait!!!

Brew in process at Metal Monkey Brewing in Romeoville

Come and Knock on My Door, We've Been Waiting for Brew

Metal Monkey is working on a new batch of beer for their Shutdown Series of small batch brews.  Pictured is Jack TriPA - a huge triple IPA featuring Cascade, Amarillo, and Trident hops, fermented with Omega Yeast's Lutra Kviek.  Brew coming soon.  Click here for my Jack Tripper reference (probably dating myself here).

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