Goose Island The Illinois
Kyle: We can't tell you how exciting it is to see a Goose Island Imperial IPA in a 4-pack again. The last time this happened, the beer was marvelous, and Goose Island was still using plain brown packaging for their 4-packs. Goose Island encompasses a blend of Chinook, Citra, Cascade, and Meridian hops in brewing this 9% ABV and 95 IBU brew. Don't miss out on The Illinois, as it is part of a rotating series of 4-packs and we aren't positive if we will see it in bottles ever again.
Pat: I fondly remember the old Goose DIPA, and The Illinois is a great replacement. Very inviting aroma, well balanced bitterness, and well masked ABV. This is a double IPA that other brewers should be striving to mimic. Grab it while you can!
Two Brothers Bare Tree Weiss '13
Kyle: Hybrid styles are becoming more and more common, whether it is the Black IPA, Belgian IPA, Hoppy Wheat, etc. But Two Brothers seems to be the only brewery with the guts and innovation to combine the barley wine and weiss beer styles. On paper it doesn't seem like it would have a chance in the world of working, but it does. Reminiscent of a weiss beer on steroids, yet somehow the weiss yeast characteristics are not overpowering. The uniqueness of this beer really stands out in the sea of suds that is Binny's.
Pat: Year after year this is a fantastic brew. Worthy of stashing away for a few years if you have the patience. So much flavor is packed into this beer, and it is so drinkable and "smooth," for lack of a better word to describe it. Another one that will be gone soon, so grab it now if you're a fan.
Brickstone Belgo Pale Ale
Kyle: Not only did we get a fresh batch of 2012 GABF gold medal winning Brickstone Pale Ale delivered to our stores, we were blessed with 2013 GABF gold medal winning Belgo Pale Ale as well. Winning these awards two years in a row is nothing short of an incredible feat. Bold statement of the day: Brickstone Pale is the best Pale on our shelves, and Belgo Pale Ale is the best Belgian style Pale Ale on our shelves.
Pat: What can I say that hasn't already been said? A stunning beer, I just wish it were available in 6 packs!
Ale Asylum Ambergeddon
Kyle: Perhaps more of a "hoppy red" than an "amber ale," but scrumptious no matter how you decide to describe the style. Its 6.8% ABV is on the high end for the style as well. Despite not being traditional, you still get the characteristics that define the top tier ambers, such as a huge malt kick and hint of sweetness.
Pat: This amber ale is as hoppy as most IPA's and just as flavorful. A strong malt body keeps this beer from being overly bitter, and adds enough balance to keep it sessionable. In keeping with the theme of this email, we declare that Ambergeddon is the new king of the amber ales on our shelves.