Hop Harvesting with Two Brothers Brewing Company: Heavier Handed

Ever hear of Pontiac, Illinois? It’s home to Route 66 Hall of Fame, surrounded by spacious corn fields and full of the kindest people. It’s as American as any town can get. It also happens to be home to hop farmers, Steve and Karen Scott of Vermillion Valley Farm. It’s a centennial farm, meaning it’s been in their family for over 100 years. They live and work on a 9 acre farm where they also grow organic produce that you can find at the local farmers’ market every weekend. The Scott family are responsible for the cascade hops that are used to brew Two Brothers annual fall release, Heavier Handed. This is the second year that Two Brothers will use Vermillion Valley hops.
 

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Beer Buzz: Beer News

Penrose Packages Appearing PromptlyPenrose Brewing

 

It’s true. The delicious beers of this up and coming Geneva brewery will hit Binny’s shelves before the 4th of July! Their initial launch will include P2 Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale, and Proto Gradus Belgian-Inspired Single Ale, and these two are just the start. Plans include the release of all four of their year-round offerings. The Beer Buzz reached out to Penrose Brewmaster Tom Korder for his thoughts:

 

“Bottles are yet another great way for us to get it in the hands of thirsty new friends.” Introducing people to nuanced and refined craft beers that are more accessible than many of the common styles available today… are they damn proud of that?

 

“We’re damn proud of that,” Korder said.

 
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Beer Buzz: Only Child Red Rover

Sometimes we get to do some fun stuff… Like brew with our favorite breweries. This time around, Downers Grove beer consultant, Vince Bingen spent a day with Only Child Brewing of Northbrook.
 

Only Child Red Rover

 
What’s the story behind Red Rover?
Red Rover is an Imperial Red Ale that was meant to be a homebrew that my friend Joe and I came up with. Joe and I loved this beer a lot but could not brew it, because our homebrew set up requires us to be outside and my little apartment balcony just wasn’t working. I told Ben from Only Child about our dilemma and he said COME ON OVER!
 
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Beer Buzz: What Kind of Craft Your Own 6 Pack Are You?

We first introduced the Craft Your Own Six Pack racks back in November of 2011, and we were blown away by its success. You have spoken, and we’re listening! So we’re bringing an even bigger selection to these racks. Many Binny’s locations offered 80 or 160 craft beers to choose from, but now that number is jumping by at least 80 beers!

 
Our Craft Your Own Six Pack feature offers a constantly changing selection of craft beer, from local to global, seasonal to everyday craft best buys. And at the low price of $9.99 per 6 pack, it’s a great steal. Find out what kind of “Craft Your Own 6 Pack” you are after the jump!
 
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Beer Buzz: More Headlines

Sunday Blue Sunday

bluesunday-2-4-2014 The 2014 New Holland Blue Sunday is here. Good news: it’s yours for under eight bucks (it used to cost more than an Andrew Jackson). Better news: it also tastes better than ever. We think the secret might be the touch of kombucha blended in.

 

Jamaican Us Crabbie

Our second alcoholic ginger beer is hitting soon. It’s called Royal Jamaican. Crabbie’s is good, and this one is too, but a little different. Less malty, more ginger spice, lighter in body. If you like Crabbie’s, try this one too.

 

No Selfies

New-Belgium-Snapshot-2-4-2014New from New Belgium comes Snapshot. It’s an unfiltered wheat, and they pretty much nailed the style. Also new from New Belgium comes Spring Blonde. This one’s a Belgian Ale, and it’s a limited seasonal – think pale malt with good Belgian spice. We think you should try both.

 

Southpaw High Five

We still remember the launch of Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout with a smile. It was a favorite on tap for so long, finally available at home! They’re expanding the Nitro line with Nitro Sawtooth Ale, in stores now. Very cool. And on a limited basis, Nitro Wake Up Dead, which sounds dangerous.

 

Good Beer, Great Cause

Stone-Burning-Rosids-2-3-2014Stone Brewing, doing something awesome and releasing an awesome beer at the same time. Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids is – get this – an imperial cherrywood-smoked saison dedicated to fallen brewer Matt Courtright. Cool beer with a meaning. Plus proceeds go to GoDesign, a charity that builds schools and houses in impoverished areas around the world.

 

The Biggest Little Kegs

Bell’s is expending their already cool 5L mini keg offering, with rotating styles on the way. The first release is their Midwestern Pale Ale, their malty workhorse pale. Watch for new styles over time.

 

21,780 Square Feet

Heyoka-2-4-2014 We’ve heard rumblings that we might finally see expanded distribution from Chicago craft veterans Half Acre. We’ll keep you posted. In the mean time, check out exciting new styles from them on shelves now, including Heyoka (everyday IPA in cans) and this year’s Navaja bombers are out now.

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Top 10 Beer Picks For The Big Game

 
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Revolution A Little Crazy

A Belgian-style IPA with Citra hops? We love it, you should too. Gives your party some international flair while keeping the Seattle fans happy with a punch of Pacific Northwest Citra hops. Football inspired deviled eggs are the only thing that seem right with this crazy IPA.

 

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Two Brothers Night Cat

MORE CITRA HOPS! Another light bodied brew with a balanced hop profile. Light enough to keep you going strong through the whole game, and going through this.

 

 

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Allagash White

This classic wit sets the mark for the style and pleases all palates. A sure hit for beer geeks and novices alike. If you haven’t ever had it, you should. Speaking of things trying things you’ve never had… Bacon wrapped tator tot bombs. You’re welcome.

 

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Great Divide Yeti

Made right in the heart of Denver, this massive and hoppy Russian Imperial stout is as powerful as the Broncos offense. Goes great with salt – try it with these pretzel dipping sauces.

 

 

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

This award winning golden lager might be as close as Cleveland will get to a championship… possibly ever. It’s a well balanced callback to the centuries old German style. And nothing pairs better with a German style, American brewed beer then cheddar beer weenies.

 

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Red Hook ESB

A Seattle classic with just enough spicy, citrusy hops to balance the malty sweetness. It’s been a popular craft buy since 1987 for a reason. Perfect with this cheddar bacon cheese dip we found.

 

 

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Breckenridge Ophelia

We always have room for another hoppy wheat. The newest from Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery drinks so light and fresh that you’ll wish it came in bigger bottles. It’ll pair very nicely with this watermelon helmet of fruit.

 

 

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Kona Longboard Lager

A quaffable Hawaiian crowd pleaser. The mighty longboard is known for converting fledgling beer drinkers to the way of craft beer, and it’s still flavorful enough for the faithful. Works great with this Hawaiian salsa.

 

 

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Tallgrass 8 Bit Pale Ale

This galaxy hopped pale is one of our favorites, and the throwback can will make you want to break out the NES and play some Tecmo Bowl after the big game. Don’t blow into the cartridge! Try it with these Jiffy Muffin corn dogs. Aren’t they the cutest?

 

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Deschutes Red Chair

An IPA masquerading as a pale ale? It’s a resinous, hoppy, smashmouth kind of beer. It’s the perfect beer to soak these wings in.

 

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