Beer

  1. Barrel to Bottle: Tripels

    Barrel to Bottle: Tripels
    Roger was recently asked about his "Aha Moment" in beer; that one drink that makes you realize what beer (or wine, or spirits) is capable of. For him, it was tripels. The beer scene is dominated by bold flavors, and tripels are not lacking in that department. Bold, complex and very easy to pair with food. Take a trip from the Trappist breweries of Belgium to a walled city in Canada, to America's best takes on the style.  
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  2. Bourbon County Brand Stout 2020 Tasting Notes

    Bourbon County Brand Stout 2020 Tasting Notes

    The Barrel to Bottle team had the pleasure of tasting through this year’s Bourbon County Brand lineup, and we’re happy to report that we were quite impressed. Check out the following podcast and tasting notes for our initial impressions. Cheers! 

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  3. Barrel to Bottle: Bourbon County Brand Stout 2020 Preview

    Barrel to Bottle: Bourbon County Brand Stout 2020 Preview

    In this very special bonus episode of Barrel to Bottle, the team shares a sneak peek at Goose Island's 2020 Bourbon County lineup. From the special barrel finishes of the highly limited Birthday and Anniversary variants, to the caramel apple wheatwine Caramella, and the artfully flavored Kentucky Fog, Proprietor's and Special #4, there's a lot to love in this year's variant lineup. And don't sleep on the OG BCBS, it's a classic.

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  4. Barrel to Bottle: Seipp Brewing Co.

    Barrel to Bottle: Seipp Brewing Co.

    Seipp Brewing Co. was known as the Beer that Built Chicago, and at one time it was the best selling beer in America. It survived the Chicago Fire, but like many other Chicago breweries, couldn't survive Prohibition. Laurin Mack, Conrad Seipp's great great great granddaughter joins the Barrel to Bottle Crew to talk about reviving her family's brewery. 

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  5. Black Friday 2020: Goose Island BCBS Release Information

    Black Friday 2020: Goose Island BCBS Release Information

    Update: If you replied to the cancellation notice emails we sent out on 11/19, we're working through them to get issues resolved. Please have patience.

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  6. Barrel to Bottle: OktoberFestbiers

    Barrel to Bottle: OktoberFestbiers

    You might  think that all Oktoberfest beers are the same, but Roger is here to show you that's not the case. The Barrel to Bottle Crew will help you clear up some of the confusing aspects of Oktoberfest, starting with why it's in September.

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  7. Rattle Skull

    Rattle Skull

    Beer cocktails don’t get much attention these days. Probably because craft beer has morphed into an adjunct-laden playground where new releases are already tantamount to a cocktail, straight out of the bottle. The Rattle Skull really has no pre-made corollary and is certainly worth whipping up on a cool autumn or winter’s night. Consider employing it as a welcoming cocktail for your beer loving friends over the holiday season (it’s great way to kick off Thanksgiving) or as the perfect nightcap to enjoy by a cozy, comforting fire. This is old school, potent and packed with rich warming flavors. It always elicits raves from craft beer and cocktail fans alike.

     

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  8. Barrel to Bottle: Quarantinis IV - The Gang Picks a Fight with Stanley Tucci

    Barrel to Bottle: Quarantinis IV - The Gang Picks a Fight with Stanley Tucci

    Stanley Tucci has a lot to learn about making a Negroni. The question is, does he hunger for knowledge on this classic cocktail, or does he just want to play games? As Roger runs through all the ways in which The Tooch screwed up this cocktail, the Barrel to Bottle spends their big night screwing up this cocktail. But the great thing about a Negroni is you can transform it into almost anything. 

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  9. Barrel to Bottle: Hard Seltzers with Joel Brower of Odd Side Ales

    Barrel to Bottle: Hard Seltzers with Joel Brower of Odd Side Ales

    At this point it's pretty obvious that hard seltzers are more than just a passing fad. One of the biggest questions we get at Binny's is "what are these things exactly?" Hard Seltzers can be made many different ways , as Odd Side Ales' plant manager Joel Brower explains to the Barrel to Bottle crew. After the interview, Roger, Pat and Chris sample through different brands and flavors of hard seltzer. 

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  10. Barrel to Bottle: Gabriel Magliaro, Co-Founder of Half Acre Brewing Co.

    Barrel to Bottle: Gabriel Magliaro, Co-Founder of Half Acre Brewing Co.

    It's hard to believe Half Acre Brewing Co. is now considered a veteran of the Chicago craft beer scene. But 14 years will change a lot of things. Co-founder Gabriel Magliaro sits down with the Barrel to Bottle crew to discuss the history of the brewery and the challenges they've faced over the last decade plus. 

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