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Tasty Treats for Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner, hopefully candy and costumes are covered, but what about the beer? If you’re looking for a pumpkin beer, the Barrel Aged Schlafly mentioned above is the way to go. If pumpkin’s not your thing, or if you’re looking for something a little different, give these treats a try.

 

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The Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Lagunitas Born Yesterday

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It’s that time of year again… fresh hop season! The hop harvest is a joyous occasion where freshly plucked hop cones head straight off the bines and into the kettle. Okay, in many cases it means overnighting the hops across the country, and Lagunitas did just that for their super dank, super wet and super tasty Born Yesterday Pale Ale. We wanted to be there for its birthday, so we called up our friends at Lagunitas and headed over for a visit.
 
Born Yesterday is all about freshness. Freshly picked hops are usually dried and processed as quickly as possible in order to prevent spoilage. For Born Yesterday, freshly picked “wet hops” from the Yakima Valley are the key component of this amazingly flavorful and aromatic brew.
 

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Beer Deconstructed: Witbier

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Water, malted barley, hops and yeast – these are the classic building blocks of beer. As brewers continue to manipulate and supplement this treasured combination, the breadth of their labors is both beautiful and daunting. Rest assured we’re here to help you make sense of it all. Ever wonder why a certain beer tastes the way it does? Recognize a familiar flavor but can’t quite put your finger on it? This week we take a closer look at Witbier.
 

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The Dark One Draws Near – Are You Prepared?

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For those lucky enough to have snagged a ticket, one of the years most anticipated beer events is just around the corner. Each year throngs of 3 Floyd’s devotees from all around the country make a pilgrimage to Munster to celebrate the release of Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. For the uninitiated, DLD is quite an experience. Great beer and food abounds, but get ready to wait in some amusement parkesq long lines. Thankfully 3 Floyd’s allows attendees to bring bottles of beer to share with fellow craft compatriots. As such, DLD represents much more than just the beer from which it takes it’s name. It’s in these lines, that some of the most imaginative and carefully crafted beers in the world are shared with friend and strangers alike.

 

Dark Lord Day Bottle Share

 
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Celebrating National Saison Day!

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Of all the beer styles brewed toady, few are open to as much interpretation as the saison. Saisons are highly carbonated and refreshing pale ales that were originally brewed by Belgian farmers in order to entice seasonal farmhands or “saisonniers” to sign on for summer work. Yeast plays a big role in their flavor profile and while most are brewed with strains that produce highly aromatic and spicy flavors, some also incorporate wild yeast strains such as Brettanomyces which can impart some earthy funk. So raise a toast to this classic style with one of these refreshing favorites on #NationalSaisonDay!

 

National Saison Day 2017

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Fresh Catches from Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Sea Rose

Ballast Point Sea Rose is a lively new wheat ale that delivers remarkably natural cherry flavor. The finish is pleasantly tart, but not puckering and is accented by hints of sweet baking spice. If you’re looking for something unique and sessionable, this one is a keeper. Yet another delicious fruit beer from

 

Ballast Point Bonito Blonde

California loves their blondes, and the latest from Ballast Point is a real beauty. A pronounced malty aroma is complemented by a subtle minerality; giving way to a refreshingly smooth body and a satisfying finish. While not quite as sweet, Bonito’s fruity yeastiness and soft malty mouthfeel reminded us of a much requested yet frustratingly unavailable farmhouse ale from Wisconsin.

 
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Get it at Binny’s: Odell Brewing Company

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When we first heard Odell Brewing Co. planned to come to Illinois we immediately asked, “WHEN?!” Thankfully the wait is finally over. Initially inspired by the classic ales of Great Britain, this Colorado craft pioneer’s portfolio has grown to include all manner of styles. From long cherished classics, to award winning sours, Odell brings a solid selection of brews to the shelf.

 

Odell Brewing Company Binny's

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: 5 Rabbit Cervecería

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This week we escape the cold winter greyness with the bright Latin flavors of Chicago’s 5 Rabbit CervecerÍa. These intrepid brewers turn to Central and South American cuisine for inspiration, using a wide variety painstakingly sourced ingredients at various stages of the brewing process.
 

5 Rabbit

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Myths and Legends Brewing Company

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All this cold weather as of late was driving us a bit stir crazy, so we decided to hit the road and visit some local breweries. Our customers continue to rave about Myths and Legends Brewing Company in nearby Westmont, so we headed on over to check things out.

 

Myths and Legends Tap Room

 

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California Dreamin’: Juicy Brews from Sierra Nevada

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In the ever-evolving IPA scene, the current name of the game is “juicy”. Be they beers brewed with freshly squeezed juice, uniquely fruity hops or a combination of the two, IPAs are steadily becoming less about bitterness and more about fruity aromatics. Sierra Nevada’s latest is a testament to the uniqueness of modern hop varietals.

 

California Dreamin' Sierra Nevada

 
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