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Take A Break From The ColdPour Yourself Some Porter

Barrel aged beer is all about big flavors, but how do you push the envelope without completely going off the rails? We’ve seen some interesting experiments over the years, from unconventional barrels to downright bizarre adjuncts. Beer isn’t the only thing aging in barrels at Epic, and their latest release is barrel aged beer on a whole new level.


Epic Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist
Epic Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist
Epic Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist22oz Bottle ...

Barrel aged coffee beans, barrel aged shaved coconut, rum AND whiskey barrel aged Big Bad Baptist – on paper it seems like this might just be too much… Amazingly with all these big flavors in play, Triple Barrel Baptist is remarkably round and balanced, offering a complex tapestry of confectionary notes without finishing overly sweet. A testament to the art of blending and one of the most impressive stouts we’ve ever tasted.


Epic Big Bad Baptista
Epic Big Bad Baptista
Epic Big Bad Baptista22oz Bottle ...

Inspired by Café de olla, this Baptist variant incorporates Mexican coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa nibs. Like Triple Barrel BBB, the integration of flavors here is remarkable. Cinnamon and vanilla can easily overpower a flavor profile, but a judicious hand created this wonderfully balanced brew. A perfect match for flan or crème brulee.

 

Epic Big Bad Baptist
Epic Big Bad Baptist
Epic Big Bad Baptist22oz Bottle ...

Last, but definitely not least, the steadfast original. Despite its name, this barrel aged coffee stout is so beautifully balanced and drinkable that a bomber need not be divided into half a dozen tiny pours. That having been said, if you share some with friends, they’ll be glad you did. Each batch of Baptist uses a different blend of coffee, complementing a palate that’s brimming with dark chocolate and molasses.


Beer For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner is a marathon of decadent dishes. We’ve curated a list of complimentary brews, including some much needed palate refreshers - so raise a glass to good eating, good drinking and a joyous Thanksgiving!


Alaskan Amber
Alaskan Amber
Alaskan Amber6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

The flagship in Alaskan’s award-winning portfolio of beers, this signature amber takes inspiration from a 19th Century Alaskan Gold Rush era brew. Rich and malt forward, but with just enough hops to keep things perfectly balanced. This remarkably food friendly brew will pair wonderfully with almost everything on the table. You can even try mixing a little into the gravy for some added depth of flavor.


Ballast Point Grunion
Ballast Point Grunion
Ballast Point Grunion6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

A well crafted pale ale is a beautiful thing, and Grunion is one of our favorites. Brewed with Calypso and Mosaic hops, Grunion exudes tropical fruit aromas and delivers a good mix of fruity, floral and herbaceous hop flavor. A complex and balanced pale that refreshes the palate and pairs surprisingly well with sweet potato dishes.


Tripel Karmeliet
Tripel Karmeliet
Tripel Karmeliet25.4oz Bottle$11.99

Light in body yet high in alcohol, the best Belgian tripels are paradoxically both rich and refreshing and Tripel Karmeliet is hard to beat. Estery and aromatic, its pillowy soft foam is floral and herbaceous, perfectly complementing its fruity sweetness and spicy finish. Its Champagne like effervesce refreshes the palate and pairs wonderfully with green beans.


Tallgrass Raspberry Jam
Tallgrass Raspberry Jam
Tallgrass Raspberry Jam6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Berliner Weisse is a refreshingly tart style of wheat beer. It’s often ordered with a shot of raspberry syrup, adding color, flavor and softening the finish. Made with fresh raspberry puree, Tallgrass Raspberry Jam is ready to drink right from the can. Much like cranberry relish, this delicious melding of sweet and sour offsets the richness of sides drenched in gravy. *Not available in Bloomington.


Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock
Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock
Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles ...

Ayinger Celebrator is a decadent German doppelbock with flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered pecans, dates and figs. This rich malt complexity also offers notes of toffee and caramel, making this a perfect match for pecan pie. *Not available in Champaign.


Vander Mill Totally Roasted
Vander Mill Totally Roasted
Vander Mill Totally Roasted4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

How about a break from beer? Vander Mill uses handmade cinnamon roasted pecans and whole vanilla beans to create this one of a kind hard cider. Sweet spice and vanilla pair perfectly with bright apple notes and the pecans impart some body and a subtle nuttiness on the finish. Perfect with sweet potatoes as well as pumpkin pie.


Toppling GoliathXhops GoldToppling Goliath’s Latest ExperimentUnleased Upon Chicago!

Like your IPAs and APAs hazy and juicy? It’s the craze de jour, and as breweries scramble to get some skin in the game, a practiced few continue to impress. We’re excited to announce the arrival of Toppling Goliath’s latest hazy masterpiece – Xhops Gold. Highly coveted, color changing and clandestine – the Xhops series delves deep into the world of experimental hops. What are hops are in Gold? We’ll never know, but the results are xemplary.


Toppling Goliath XHops Gold
Toppling Goliath XHops Gold
Toppling Goliath XHops Gold22oz Bottle ...

Like XHops Teal, it’s pretty difficult to believe that no juice, fruit or pulp was used in the production of this APA. The nose is remarkably bright and fruity, with pronounced peach and mango. Its silky smooth body delivers loads of apricot and nectarine, followed by a tangy, citrusy finish.

Also Fresh From Toppling Goliath

Toppling Goliath Galaxy Dry Hopped Psuedo Sue
Toppling Goliath Galaxy Dry Hopped Psuedo Sue
Toppling Goliath Galaxy Dry Hopped Psuedo Sue22oz Bottle ...

This riff on Toppling Goliath’s wildly popular pale is dry hopped with loads of Galaxy hops. This famous Australian hop adds a lovely passionfruit aroma and imparts notes of pineapple and papaya to the finish.


IntroducingA New Lambic From Lindemans

From their bone-dry Cuvee Rene, to their famous Framboise, the lambics of Lindemans offer an eye-opening taste of spontaneously fermented Belgian artistry. For the first time in nearly a decade, Lindemans announced they would be introducing a new fruited lambic. The wait is finally over; Lindemans Strawberry is here.


Lindemans Strawberry
Lindemans Strawberry
Lindemans Strawberry25.4oz Bottle ...

The nose a sublime mix of freshly picked strawberries and lemony lambic acidity. While some fruited lambics are almost cloyingly sweet, this artful pairing of sweet strawberry and tart lambic is refreshingly invigorating and amazingly easy to drink. A wonderful partner for salad courses and a must try with cheesecake.


Lindemans Framboise
Lindemans Framboise
Lindemans Framboise25.4oz Bottle ...

Chances are if you’ve only had one beer from Lindemans, this was it. This tried and true classic pours ruby in color with beautiful pink foam. Both the aroma and palate are brimming with fresh raspberry, with lively carbonation accentuating its rich fruity finish. A perfect match for nearly any chocolate dessert. Pro tip - Try blending a little Framboise into your favorite porters and stouts.


Huzzah!Here’s To Victory At Sea

Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a big roasty coffee porter with a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel and a remarkably long finish. For the unacclimated it’s a must try, and if you’re already a fan, then your ship has come in. This week we welcome the arrival of two deliciously rich variations of this classic imperial porter.


Ballast Point Coconut Victory At Sea
Ballast Point Coconut Victory At Sea
Ballast Point Coconut Victory At Sea22oz Bottle ...

Oftentimes stouts and porters made with coconut tend to be on the sweeter side, but Victory At Sea holds fast to its roots, making this riff a real standout. On the nose there’s a subtle hint of toasted coconut alongside notes of cocoa and dark fruit. An eye-opening amalgamation of flavors, it begins with coconut and dark chocolate, followed by a lasting espresso finish.


Ballast Point Peanut Butter Victory At Sea
Ballast Point Peanut Butter Victory At Sea
Ballast Point Peanut Butter Victory At Sea22oz Bottle ...

We’ve tried peanut butter beers before, but not like this one. While peanut butter dominates the aroma, a bittersweet backbone remains at the helm, plunging the palate into waves of dark chocolate and caramel. Peanut butter returns in the finish, alongside cocoa and coffee beans.


Take A Break From The ColdPour Yourself Some Porter

It may only be November, but it feels like winter is already here. Shorter days and colder nights has us reaching for the warming comfort of a good porter. Here are a few of our favorites, all on sale now.


Three Floyds Alpha Klaus
Three Floyds Alpha Klaus
Three Floyds Alpha Klaus22oz Bottle ...

Three Floyds’ holiday classic returns – big and bold as ever. The nose is roasty and resinous, with pronounced coffee, chocolate and citrus. This big hoppy porter that is so deeply rich and roasty, you’d swear it was brewed with coffee. Put the milk away, and serve this year’s cookies with a nice tall glass of Alpha Klaus. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.


Tyranena Chief Blackhawk Porter
Tyranena Chief Blackhawk Porter
Tyranena Chief Blackhawk Porter6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Named in honor of the stalwart Sauk leader, Chief Blackhawk Porter combines classic English hops with a complex malt bill, producing an aromatic ale with a lovely bittersweet finish. A surprisingly quaffable porter that’s perfect for toasting our hometown hockey team.


Deschutes Black Butte
Deschutes Black Butte
Deschutes Black Butte6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Rarely does a brewery pitch a porter as their flagship brew, but when it’s as good as Black Butte it makes perfect sense. The beauty behind Black Butte is that it’s rich in complexity, yet light enough in body to leave you thirsty for another. A soft and creamy porter, with a lovely mocha finish.


Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Great Lakes brews this porter as a tribute to 29 sailors who perished aboard the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. Famous the world over, it’s garnered a slew of awards and has become a benchmark of the style. It showcases bittersweet chocolate on both the nose and the palate, with hints of coffee, molasses and dark fruit accenting a deep, lasting finish.


Founders Porter
Founders Porter
Founders Porter6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Founders Porter is built upon a sturdy malt bill that offers flavors reminiscent of coffee, caramel and dark chocolate. Smooth across the palate, pronounced cocoa and toffee eventually fades into a wonderfully balanced finish. An excellent beer to cook with, try incorporating into richer stews, soups and sauces.


How Do You Take Your Coffee?In Beer Please!

The dark roasted malts used to brew stouts and porters often impart coffee like flavors and aromas, making them a natural partners for innovative new coffee roasts and blends. Here are some coffee infused standouts from our massive stout and porter sale!


Coronado Early Bird
Coronado Early Bird
Coronado Early Bird6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Enjoy your coffee with cream and sugar? Coronado’s newest creation is a deliciously rich, chocolate kissed milk stout that is not to be missed. Brewed with a robust French roast from San Diego’s Bird Rock Coffee and Roasters, it’s bold and aromatic, with lactose sugar imparting just a touch of sweetness to the finish.


Anchor Coffee Porter
Anchor Coffee Porter
Anchor Coffee Porter6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

In 1972 Anchor brewed their first batch of porter, reintroducing Americans to a nearly forgotten English style. This latest release adds a new depth of flavor to that iconic brew, incorporating “flash chilled” coffee from San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee. The finished brew is remarkably complex, with layered malt richness that’s enlivened by the coffee’s bright acidity and a touch of sweet spice. *Not available in Champaign.


Stone Xocoveza
Stone Xocoveza
Stone Xocoveza6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

It’s difficult to accurately describe the multitude of flavors at work in this coffee milk stout. Sweet dessert spices like cinnamon and nutmeg blend marvelously with flavors of rich cocoa and dark roast coffee with cream. Chili peppers impart just a touch of heat, as well as some earthiness and a hint of dark fruit. Reminiscent of a rich mole sauce, Xocoveza is a remarkably complex and satisfying brew.


Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout4 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

A consummate classic, without which there would be no KBS. Soft and smooth across the tongue, it bursts with dark chocolate aroma and flavor. Its artful melding of coffee and chocolate makes this a mocha lover’s dream, and a wonderful companion for your favorite chocolate desserts.


Oak Aged Perfection

In 2016 Epic acquired three large oak foeders from a California winery. Looking to brew something special for the first filling, Epic laid a sour to rest in for several months before adding 4,000 lbs of freshly picked Colorado grown Rocky Ford honeydew melons. The resulting sour is nothing short of stunning - summertime captured in a glass.


Epic Common Interests collaboration with The Commons
Epic Common Interests collaboration with The Commons
Epic Common Interests collaboration with The Commons12.7oz Bottle ...

The nose is fresh and tangy, with notes of lemon, hay and musky melon rind. Remarkably snappy and clean, an initial burst of fruity sweetness is swept away by a refreshing wave of acidity, leading to a honeydew drenched finish. *Not available in Bloomington.

A Succulent Sour Returns
Deschutes The Dissident
Deschutes The Dissident
Deschutes The Dissident22oz Bottle ...

This award winning sour from Deschutes is back, delivering its beguiling mix of sweet and sour, with pronounced cherry, lemon and a touch of farmhouse funk. Reminiscent of a Flanders red ale, fans of Rodenbach Alexander need to give this a try. As good as this vintage dated sour is fresh, previous vintages have aged nicely, making this a great candidate for your cellar.



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