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Firestone Walker Luponic Distortions Archimedes

Chicago’s Like Minds Brewing Company first fired up its kettles last fall and since then has undergone several changes in personnel and direction. One thing has remained consistent, a commitment to brewing quality beer often with unique ingredients. Archimedes is but the first in a string of upcoming bottle releases from Like Minds. Keep a close eye on future editions of the Beer Buzz, we’re looking forward to telling you all about them soon.


Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion6 Pack of 12oz Cans or Bottles

Highly aromatic, the nose is deliciously fruit forward with notes of guava and honeydew melon. The palate is very light and soft giving way to peaches, pineapple and citrus. It’s finish is a touch floral with a subtle hint of spice. No. 001 was great, No. 002 is even better. Can they keep this going? We’ll have to taste and see.

*Not available in Champaign.


Hoppin' Frog DareDevils Got Game Collaboration w/ Cigar City



Hoppin' Frog DareDevils Got Game Collaboration w/ Cigar City22oz Bottle

B.O.R.I.S. - Zhukov - D.O.R.I.S. - Hunahpu. Medal winners, 100 percenters; in the world of Russian Imperial Stout, these are some of the giants. We are proud to announce that these two masters of the craft, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and Cigar City Brewing have joined forces to do what they do best. DareDevils Got Game is a massive megaton delivery of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel and licorice. This Oatmeal Imperial Stout, is seductively smooth and astonishingly well balanced given its piquant payload. Don’t hesitate and make a move quick before this rare beauty passes you by.

*Not available in Champaign or Bloomington.


Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII Anniversary Ale

Each year Deschutes celebrates their anniversary with an imperial version of their flagship Black Butte Porter. While we always look forward to this unique release, we are excited to report that this year’s edition is really something special.


Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII Anniversary Ale22oz Bottle

Highly aromatic, the nose is deliciously fruit forward with notes of guava and honeydew melon. The palate is very light and soft giving way to peaches, pineapple and citrus. It’s finish is a touch floral with a subtle hint of spice. No. 001 was great, No. 002 is even better. Can they keep this going? We’ll have to taste and see.


4 Hands Dakine Tropical IPA



4 Hands Dakine Tropical IPA6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Is fruit the new hops? This truly is the summer of fruit beers. With all the delicious new hop varieties producing tropical fruit flavors and aromas it’s easy to see why brewers keep experimenting with peels, juices and purees. 4 Hands rides this wave of juicy tropical goodness with their new IPA Dakine. Brewed with pineapple and mandarin orange peel, it’s extremely juicy with a candied pineapple sweetness that’s balanced by a crisp citrusy finish. Another nice addition to a growing list of quality pineapple brews.


Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot



Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot22oz Bottle

First released in 2009, Wilco Tango Foxtrot was introduced as a “Jobless Recovery Ale”. Big and hearty yet refreshingly affordable, it provided some much needed satisfaction during uncertain and frustrating times. Here we are seven years later and this imperial brown ale returns to deliver once again. It’s incredibly well balanced with resinous and citrusy hop notes that keep toffee and brown sugar sweetness in check. So deliciously different it just might provoke an exclamation or two.


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An old Chicagoland favorite returns home

Incredibly complex nose with hints of caramel, cocoa, vanilla, pecans, raisins, and a touch of peat. One sip and you’re greeted by a mélange of flavors that is similarly complex, with toffee, dates and pipe tobacco giving way to a luscious finish that smacks of chocolate covered orange peel. This is one of the most intricate and interesting beers we’ve tasted in some time. Given its strength, it’s astonishingly drinkable now, but will undoubtedly mellow a bit after some rest in the cellar. If you have the discipline to save it till Christmas; this is liquid figgy pudding.


Baderbrau Pilsener6 Pack of 12oz Cans

If you enjoyed Baderbräu back in the 90s, this is the beer that will take you back. While Baderbräu initially re-launched in the market with the help of some contract brewing, every drop of their iconic Pilsener is now brewed in Chicago and it’s better than ever. Crisp, clean and satisfying, it’s a spot on example of a style that’s not an easy feat to accomplish.


Baderbrau South Side6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Attention Sox fans, this brews for you. This perfectly executed Munich Helles style lager begins with a touch of malty sweetness that is perfectly balanced by grassy and herbaceous European hops. Not quite as dry as their Pilsener, this easy drinking brew is a real crowd pleaser. Even steadfast macro devotees are going to like this one.


Baderbrau High Noon6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Pop the top and pour into a nice tall weisse glass and you’re immediately hit with classic yeasty esters of banana and bubblegum. Fruity but not over the top, it’s very creamy with a nice lemony finish. Garnish with a lemon or enjoy naked, either way you’re in for a good time.

*Not available in Champaign or Bloomington.


Like Minds Archimedes

Chicago’s Like Minds Brewing Company first fired up its kettles last fall and since then has undergone several changes in personnel and direction. One thing has remained consistent, a commitment to brewing quality beer often with unique ingredients. Archimedes is but the first in a string of upcoming bottle releases from Like Minds. Keep a close eye on future editions of the Beer Buzz, we’re looking forward to telling you all about them soon.


Like Minds Archimedes 12.7oz Bottle

There is indeed something magical about Archimedes. A closer look at the label demystifies things a bit; that fruity funky fermenter Brettanomyces is at it again. Abhorred by some and adored by others, this wild yeast strain delivers layers of complexity, adding nuanced flavors of earth, tropical fruit and hay to this crisp and spicy IPA. Archimedes uses a strain of Brett that is more fruity than funky with notes of pineapple and nectarine pairing wonderfully with its bright citrusy hop profile. Try pairing this with your next salad course, its dry peppery finish and earthy undertones cry out for a nice leafy salad topped with mushrooms, blue cheese and mandarin orange slices.

*Not available in Champaign or Bloomington.


New from Lagunitas
Lagunitas Stoopid Wit 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Light, creamy and refreshing, Belgian-style Wit beers are perfect for summer, but if you’re a hop head they fall a bit short. Why not brew a hoppy wit? Smart idea Lagunitas. Bursting with tropical hop aromas, Stoopid Wit combines spicy yeasty notes with juicy American hops resulting in a satisfying and refreshing riff on a Belgian classic.

*Not available in Bloomington.


Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom
Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom22oz Bottle

Ballast Point loves their fruit. They’ve concocted some clever creations that artfully pair fruity American hops with the likes of mangos, pineapples, watermelon and grapefruit. They dive into unchartered water with this unique twist on an IPL (India Pale Lager). On the nose, it’s sweet and sherberty just like a dreamsicle, but its creamy juicy center leads to a bold hoppy finish. Big, crisp and refreshingly different.


The Beast is Back!
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Dripping with juicy tropical hop oils, this aptly named Imperial IPA from Great Lakes is one beast of a brew. Big malty sweetness keeps its 80 IBUs in check, and fans of hoppy American Barleywines will find some familiar flavors here. Fruity and floral hops lead to a finish loaded with lemon and pineapple. Only seen once a year, grab a 4pk quick before this giant disappears.

Also, don’t forget to check out Great Lakes award winning lineup of six packs on sale for the month of July!


Heads Hop Heads
Left Hand Extrovert6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Meet the latest addition to the Left Hand family of brews. Whereas Introvert IPA is light bodied and sessionable, Extrovert is more assertive, with some subtle malt sweetness giving way to a nice fruity hop profile. Brewed with Jarrylo hops, this unique breed of hops imparts notes of pear and spice to the finish.


Founders reDankulous6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

When we first tried reDankulous we knew it was something special. Many others agreed and it returned home from the Great American Beer Festival with Gold. Founders wisely decided to bring it back, this time in 4 packs! This sticky rich imperial red IPA is bold and spicy; with Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe providing that unmistakably dank aroma.


Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager6 Pack of 12oz Cans

While Quinannan Falls is not a real place, one taste and you’ll understand what Bell’s founder Larry Bell was dreaming about – a walk through a dense pine forest. While light and crisp like a lager, ultimately this brew is all about a big resinous piney hop profile. Clocking in at 6.5% ABV with a long lingering hop finish, this is a lager for IPA drinkers.


Even More 	Fruits of the Summer

The fruit beers keep rolling in! This has been one fruit filled summer, and it’s barely just begun. Here are a few brand new brews along with a couple time tested favorites!


Avery Liliko'i Kepolo6 Pack of 12oz Cans

One of our absolute favorite summer refreshers of 2015 is now available year round in six packs! Avery’s tropical Wit Liliko'i Kepolo combines a light creamy Belgian-style Wit with liliko'i (Hawaiian for passionfruit) producing a fruity ale with a lovely tart finish. This also makes a great mixer for rum and Tiki cocktails.


Fruli Strawberry25.4oz Bottle

Like Avery’s Liliko'i, Fruli Strawberry is proof that Belgian Wit beers make an excellent canvas for bright fruit flavors. Fruli incorporates real strawberry juice into the fermentation process, producing a finished beer that blends the deliciousness of sweet strawberry jam with hints of spicy coriander and aromatic orange peel. At 4.1% ABV this is perfect summer session beer.


Stone Citrusy Wit6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

That’s right, another Belgian Style Wit! As we all try to keep our wits about us, rest assured this is no ordinary Wit. Besides the conventional addition of coriander, it is also brewed with kaffir lime leaf and tangerine peels. The resulting brew is light and spicy with bright citrus aromatics and a refreshingly crisp finish.


O'Fallon Wheach 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Wheat + peach = Wheach. A deliciously simple equation turned a summertime favorite into our best selling beer from O’Fallon. While we’re pleased as a peach that Wheach is now available year round, a hot summer day is still our favorite time to enjoy some. Try adding a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice for a session-able take on a Fuzzy Navel.


Breckenridge Mango Mosaic 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Seems like as of late when it comes to craft beer, tropical is the name of the game and Breckenridge has a winner with their new Mango Mosaic Pale Ale. We commend them on their choice of hops, few hops deliver such wonderful tropical fruit aroma and flavor better than Mosaic. Vibrant sweet mango on the nose continues on the palate and mixes well with hoppy notes of guava and pineapple.


Boulder Pulp Fusion Blood Orange6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Pulp Fusion pours dark golden in color and features spicy and citrusy hop aromas. Cascade and Centennial hops provide big citrusy hop notes that blend seamlessly with the added blood oranges. Overall a very citrusy IPA with a nice clean bitter finish.

The fruit beers keep rolling in - like watermelon and pineapple! This has been one fruit filled summer, and it’s barely begun. Here are a couple brand new fruity brews along with a few time tested favorites!


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