Beer Releases: January 10 - 16, 2021

New Releases -  Coming Soon

Tuesday, January 12

Glass of beer on a table, surrounded by white lights

A Centennial Milestone for Mad Hatchet Brewing

Mad Hatchet has brewed their 100th batch of beer.  It's called Batch 100.  It has 100 IBU.  They like the number 100.  The beer is a 8% Midwest IPA, extremely drinkable with its west coast style and juicy feel.  

Thursday, January 14

Split photo - top, beer on bar in front of copper brewing vessel, bottom, lady adding extract to a beer brew

A Thursday Two

Tangled Roots Brewing Company is dropping two beers for us today.  River Raptor Tropical Pale Ale is a bold with juicy hops and a light, sessional body.  Party Like It's 1999 is a sour ale brewed with natural apple flavor and cranberry puree (brewed with Lone Buffalo server Alysa to celebrate her 21st birthday) ...  2020-21=1999 ... get it?

Black Goldfinger Cans on the canning line at Goldfinger Brewing Company

The OG ... or more aptly, The OL Cans Coming

Goldfinger's Original Lager is making its way to local liquor stores today, fresh off the canning line.  Is your local store on the list?  Check out the list.  

Howler and a glass of beer at Metal Monkey Brewing

JACK TR'IPA has Arrived in Romeoville

Metal Monkey's extremely limited (1-keg) JACK TR'IPA is now on tap.  It's a West Coast-Style Triple IPA ... get it? ... that weighs in a 10% ABV and IBU.  A boatload of Cascade, Amarillo, and Tridgent hops give it a bitter citrus burst.

Friday, January 15

Graphic promoting Glowing Embers Collab, Nik and Ivy Brewing and Embers Tap Hosue, Friday, 1-15

A Lockport Collab

Nik & Ivy Brewing teamed up with across-the-street neighbor Embers Tap House for a new IPA, Glowing Embers.  We'll report more on the beer as we hear more details.

Glass of beer from Nik and Ivy Brewing in Lockport


Get to the LAGAH! is also being released on Friday by Nik & Ivy.  It's a Vienna Lager that has been lagered for 6 weeks.  Vienna is in Austria, birthplace of Arnold Schwarzengger.  The beer itself has tasting notes of totasty bread with a touch of caramel sweetness, paired with a mild hop bitterness for balance.

Also, this beer gives me the chance to embed this video ...  

Two cans and a glass of Double Guava Lexical Gap from Pollyanna Brewing Company


We all love Lexical Gap from Pollyanna Brewing Company.  They're releasing the perfect solution to the winter blues, Double Guava Lexical Gap.  Loads of tropical fruits and hops, it'll make you dream of 80-degree days.  Original Lexical Gap also is freshly canned and available in draft and in cans.  

Friend of Mine

Let Me Tell You About a Friend of Mine

This Friend of Mine is from Rt66 Old School Brewing in Wilmington.  It's a Hefeweizen, and it weighs in at 5.8% ABV.  It's fruity, slightly watery, and has stronger notes of banana.  This Friend of Mine is waiting for you!


Coming Soon

Split photo - left ... three brewers posing for a photo, right - same brewers in a van together

Riding Double Shotgun

The story about this Will County Brewing and Urban Brew Labs collab, as told by Urban Brew Labs' Facebook page...

It all started on a very hot summer day en route to Brew at the Zoo, there they were, @willcountybrew stranded on the side of the road with their transit van looking defeated. As we pulled up in our van offering assistance for transportation to the event, it became apparent that three of us needed to squeeze into a two-seater cargo van. As uncomfortable as it was with no-AC, the three of us made the best of it and a forever friendship was bound and Riding Double Shotgun was created!

Brewer bringing Bergamot Hops to production at Alter Brewing Company

Danks Alter!

Alter Brewing Company is working on Dank You 2X IPA.  This one has a lot of Bergamot hops, bringing some juicy orange to the beer.  It's expected to weigh in at 10%.

Graphic promotion Wood Vibrations (featuring the can art) ... coming soon

Alter's First New Beer of 2021

They're giving us the excitations, who's ready for Wood Vibrations? Alter is working on a classic Helles lager, brewed with Czech Saaz hops and aged in an oak foeder for 5 months.  Release date coming soon, and it'll be accompanied by me giving bad jokes references either the Beach Boys or Marky Mark version of Good Vibrations.  I haven't decided yet.  

Brewer holding a giant inflatable palm tree

A New Hwip

Alter Brewing Company's Orange Hwip is massively tasty ... and on December 30, they announced a new Hwip was in the works.  We don't know the flavor, officially, but the photo gives a hint.  

Pallet of Goldfinger cans in a dimly lit storage area

About to See The Light

Goldfinger is teasing the release of their Lager in cans, which is expected to be released in February.  Zlotonator Dobblebock is also scheduled to come in February.  Zloto means gold in Polish.  This beer is expected taste "exactly how the monks would desribe it." liquid bread.  Also coming in February is their Black Lager (Schwarzbier).

Artwork for West Coast Warlock (lady in roller blades with lightning bolts comign from hands)

West Coast Warlock

Miskatonic is expecting to release West Coast Warlock ... a bumped up version of West Coast Wizard.  They increased the dry-hop of the previous version and ramped up the ABV to 8% for this West Coast-inspired DIPA.

Miskatonic and Skeleton Key Brewers making a batch of beer

Your Dungeon or Mine?

Skeleton Key Brewery and Miskatonic Brewing got together for a Barleywine collab entitled Your Dungeon or Mine.  

bags of ingredients next to a brewing vessel at Ike and Oak Brewing

A New Woolly

Mid-February will be time for a new Woolly from Ike & Oak.  These Milkshake IPA's are always top-notch.  You can see some of the ingredients for it here, 2-row malted barley, wheat, oats, and lactose.

Got Balloon Head?

Metal Monkey is brewing up some Balloon Head for their upcoming Anniversary.  Cherry and Blue Raspberry.  If you're a fan of Airheads candy, you'll love it.  Check out a little behind the scenes in the embedded video.

Scenes from the Corridor