Beer Releases: September 18 - 25, 2020

New Releases -  Coming Soon

Chicken fried, jasmine, hazy, and full of Oktoberfest-goodness.  That describes this week on the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.  Keep on reading to find out more about this week's beer releases.

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Glass of Beer from Alter Brewing

Alter Brewing Company
Second Dimension

Metal Monkey logo

Metal Monkey
Metalmorphosis, Track 6

Glass of beer from Ike & Oak

Ike & Oak Brewing
Corbet's Couloir Doppelbock

Cans of In The Cards from Pollyanna Brewing Company

Pollyanna Brewing Company
In the Cards

Hawktober graphic featuring River Hawk Brewing logo

River Hawk Brewing

Glass of beer from Tangled Roots

Tangled Roots Brewing Company
Farm to Foam



Friday, September 18

Two cans of Chicken Fried Punk by Black Horizon Brewing

Oh I Like My Chicken Fried, a Cold Beer on a Friday Night ...

A monster of a fruity and hoppy double IPA, please say hello to Chicken Fried Punk.  This beer focuses more on the bright citrus and sweet sappy characteristics of West Coast hops.  You'll get notes of tropical fruit, citrus, candied pine, and jammy hops.  10% ABV on this one ... get it while's its still around.  

Glass of beer at Elder Brewing Co

Elder's Kicking Out A New One

John Boat Haze is the latest from the Joliet-based Elder Brewing Company.  It's a IPA that weights in a 7.4% ABV and 90 IBUs.  Early reports that this one is full of hoppy flavor.

Hickory Creek Experimenting With Their Latest

Part of the fun of following craft beer is seeing the different experiements.  And, Hickory Creek has a unique one ready for you all today.  Gary has been plaing around with Jasmine rice.  Jasmine X1 clocks in at 3.5% ABV, purposely made on the lighter side so you can get the full Jasmine experience.  Let us know what you think!

beers in front of a wildcat flag

My Old Wilmatucky Home

Rt66 has released an old favorite, Ole Wilmatucky American Lager.  Get in on Friday, September 18 where you can pick up 3 crowlers of this light, crisp, and refreshing beer for $30.  Only on the 18th!

Saturday, September 19

Lady in German Dress holding cans of beer

Skeleton Key's Annual Oktoberfest Beer

SKB is releasing "Shoot the Glass" on the same day Oktoberfest in Munich would have started.  You can preorder their annual Marzen-style Oktoberfest Lager for pickup on 9/19 between 12p-3pm.  Draft pours and walk-up orders will be available on 9/20.   

Bierwynsteiner in glass stein (with Flapjack logo)

Here Comes Bierwynsteiner

It's that time of year to celebrate bier, and on September 19, you can get your hands on Bierwynsteiner.  For $20 on the 19th, you can get a Bierwynsteiner with fill and glass stein.  Make your indoor reservations here.  Outdoor is first-come, first-served ... you get your pour in plastic (but a wrapped stein).

Tuesday, September 22

Can of Alter's Center Line on top of architectural schematics

Find Your Center Line

It's all about finding your center.  Especially when you feel like you're pulled too far in one direction or the other, you'll always want to return to that Center Line. And, that's what Alter's core golden ale is all about.  Center Line Golden Ale is that crisp, clean, and welcome beer drinking experience that we all know and love - no matter if craft beer is your thing or not.  Get to Downers Grove and to Alter Brewing Company, find that Center Line.  

Pollyanna's fun size beer, surrounded by vanilla, peanuts, sugar, chocolate and more.

The OG Fun Size

Pollyanna's Fun Size is back on tap - the one that started it all.  This is like having a liquid snickers bar that will give you a little buzz.  vanilla beat, peanuts, chocolate, sea salt.  Available in Lemont and Roselle now, available at St. C by the end of the week.  Hitting distribution soon as well!

Wednesday, September 23

Glass of Dont' Harsh my Mellow

Don't Harsh My Mellow

A favorite Garage Band brew is back on tap!  Don't Harsh My Mellow is brewed with Galaxy hops, Amarillo hops, and a hint of El Dorado hops - perfect for craft beer drinkers that love American Pale Ale's.  Weighs in at 6% ABV and 36 IBUs.

Thursday, September 24


Asmodeus Appearance

An oldie and a goodie!  Metal Monkey is tapping 2018 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Asmoseum at 3pm (expecting to stay on tap all weekend, including at their Oktoberfest).  You're going to get bourbon aroma, with chocolate and coffee.  To quote Metal Monkey, "Pours like motor oil, tastes like awesome ... and bourbon!".  Couldn't have said it better myself. 

photo of Night Walker by Mad Hatchet Brewing

Night Walker

An homage to the old horror movie, Night Walker is the latest from Mad Hatchet Brewing.  It's a Coffee Porter, with flavors of coffee, caramel, toffee, and a little nuttiness.  Perfect for the time of the year.  

Friday, September 25

Cans of Essential Supplies going down the can labelling line.

A Orange & Brew and Pollyanna Brewing Company Collab

Beer is essential.  We learned tha through this pandemic.  And, on Friday, when you tell your boss / spouse / significant other that you are off to get Essential Supplies ... little will they know that you are getting the newest beer from a partnership betwen Orange & Brew and Pollyanna.  It's a Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA brewed with milk sugar, sabro, mosaic, citra and huell melon hops.  It'll be at Orange & Brew and all three Pollyanna locations


Coming Soon

Label for Nerd is the Word from Pollyanna


I am truly excited for this beer, which will be released during Pollyanna's Sixth Anniversary Celebration (sometime at the end of September).  The candy-inspired "Nerd is the Word" will be loaded with strawberries and concord grapes after being kettle soured and given a light lactose addition).

Giant pumpkin that says

A Giant Collaboration

Will County Brewing Company is teaming up with Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm in Minooka.  This beer will be brewed with home baked Blue Moon Pumpkins directly from Heap's Farm.  Expect this one on tap soon.  

Graphic from Garage Band Brewing -

On Deck at Garage Band

Harvest Moon (Oktoberfest), Fear the Voices (Double IPA), Fell on Black Days (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout) are being brewed at Garage Band Brewing in Plainfield.  All are coming soon!

Brewers working to cut open pumpkins (for an eventual beer) at Mad Hatchet Brewing in Shorewood, IL.

These Beers will be Gourd-geous

I'm a little too proud of that pun.  The brewers over at Mad Hatchet are getting ready for Undead Gourd (pumpkin pie ale) and Return of the Gourd (pumpkin stout).

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