Beer Releases: December 18, 2020 - January 4, 2020

New Releases -  Coming Soon

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Time for Some Holiday R&R

As 2020 wraps up, we here at the Ale Trail are going to wind things down for a bit and take some rest and relaxation.  This page will be updated occasionally throughout the rest of the year ... and I'll be back ready and recharged for 2021.  (Assuming my one year old actually lets my wife and I get some sleep).

That being said, thank you for being a continued reader of the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.  Please go out and support your local breweries.  if you can't drink outside, stop in for a four-pack to go.  Everyone is working hard, and we want them to still be able to come out of the other side of the pandemic.

To Jordan, Nate, and the team at Blue Nose Brewery, you guys had a hell of a run.  You can't see it, but I'm giving you all a standing ovation.

Coming in the new year --- The Golden Growlers, where we honor the best in 2020.  

Stay safe everyone, have a great holidays.

On behalf of the Heritage Corridor CVB,

From Earlier in the Week

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  6 cans and one full glass of Heavy Squeeze from Alter Brewing Company

Wednesday, December 16
Alter Brewing Company
Heavy Squeeze

Glass of Strawberry Lupulin City

Wednesday, December 16
MyGrain Brewing Company
Strawberry Lupulin City

Tall glass of Jacob's Ladder underneath the tap at Mad Hatchet Brewing

Wednesday, December 16
Mad Hatchet Brewing
Jacob's Ladder

Glass and can of Belgian Golden Strong, in front of canning equipement

Wednesday, December 16
Miskatonic Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Golden

Four different cans from Skeleton Key brewing

Wednesday, December 16
Skeleton Key Brewing
Blow Up The Moon, Friends Don't Lie, One Stitch, Paintball Fight

Stacks of cans of Black Horizon's Midnight Fist Fight

Thursday, December 17
Black Horizon Brewing Company
Midnight Fist Fight

Cans of Ike and Oak Brewing's Woollysicle, next to a glass of the beer

Thursday, December 17
Ike & Oak Brewing Company

Glass fof beer in holiday sweater.  Information about beer on a letter board in background.

Thursday, December 17
Whiskey Hill Brewing Company
Put a Light On

Friday, December 18

Cans of Surreal Expanse

A Surreal Expanse

Surreal Expanse is the newest release from Black Horizon Brewing Company.  It's a sour ale with passion fruit, orange, and guava.  A surreal taste for sure - the tast passion fruit and guava form the perfect partners for the orange citrus.  

Nik and ivy

Nik & Ivy's Beer and Cupcakes

Nik & Ivy Brewing Co has their dessert stout ready for the drinking.  $20 for a four pack of dessert stouts.  Each four pack has four differenet flavors, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Mint Chocolate Chip and Rocky Road.  Four an additional $10, you can get a four pack of cupcakes, in those same flavors.  Beer and Cupcakes - a can't miss combination.

Saturday, December 19

Santa pointing at two different labels of beers at Pollyanan Brewing company

SUPER FUN TIME at Pollyanna Brewing Company

On Saturday, December 18, all three Pollyanna locations are having SUPER FUN TIME WINTER PARTY DECEMBER EDITION.  Heaters, fire pits, music, food, fun, fun, fun, and two new beers.  Did I mention fun?

  • Check Out My SoundCloud - 7.7% ABV Hazy Double IPA with over 7lbs/bbl of Citra, Mosaic, Sabro, Idaho 7, and Ekuanot hops.
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Toasted Marshmallow Fun Size - 13.5% ABV Imperial Milk Stout aged in Willet Bourbon Barrels with Toasted Marshmallow, Peanut, Vanilla Bean, Cocoa Nib, & Sea Salt

Monday, December 21

Glass of beer in front of a fermenter with Frankenstein artwork on it


Frankenstein's Mosaic is back on tap.  This yummy Hazy IPA is brewed with Mosaic and Vic Secret Hops.  

Various pickles around a digital chalkboard that talks about the beer

A Pickle Beer

It's an annual beer from Metal Monkey, and one of the most unique.  Rick is an Imperial Pickle Ale, a Gose with pickle juice and pickling spices.  I can't give a true comment on this one, I'm not a pickle fan.  But, if you like pickles, you'll want to give this one a try!

Tuesday, December 22

Two glasses of beer at Ike & Oak Brewing, in front of crowler cans and the beer taps at the restaurant

Jamba Time!

Get a little Woolly Jamba (or a lot of Woolly Jamba) at Ike & Oak Brewing.  This returning brew has flavors of strawberry, banana, and vanilla with a fruity hop character.  Hazy and full-bodied.

Wednesday, December 23

Cans of Chicken Fried Punk on a barrel outside Black Horizon Brewing Company in Willowbrook, IL

I Like My Chicken Fried

Get your hands on this Double India Pale Ale, Chicken Friend Punk.  The beer was brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops, giving you a dank juice-y feel with very low bitterness.  Super drinkable.  

Glass of beer in an Elder Brewing glass, in front of two videos - A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

A New One from Elder

The Joliet-based Elder Brewing company has come out with a new sour, Elder Juice.  A mild sour with juicy hop flavors.  It's a limited release for Christmas, so get your orders in now!  

Three cans of Brown Eyed Girl from Garage Band Brewing in Plainfield, IL.

You Were My Brown-Eyed Girl

Brown-Eyed Girl, the great Brown Ale from Garage Band Brewing, is now available in cans at Garage Band Brewing.  The beer was brewed with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans.  

A can of Grow a Pear on the bar of Hickory Creek Brewing Company in New Lenox, IL

You Can Get a Pair of Grown a Pear

Hickory Creek Brewing Company has put out its tasty Marzen-style brew Grow a Pear in cans.  Think of this one as a Oktoberfest beer brewed with pears.  Truly tasty, pick up a single or a four-pack.  

Glass of beer, in front of crowlers, at Flapjack Brewery in Berwyn, IL.

A New Flapjack Beer

Berwyn-based Flapjack Brewery has released a new brew in time for Christmas, Macchione Italian Pils.  Cans and crowlers available, get a pizza along with it!

Saturday, December 26

Glass of Beer in front of cocoa and coffee beans

Today We'll Drink This, the Brunch Connection, The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me ...

Yes, sometimes I channel The Muppets.  The latest from Mad Hatchet Brewing is a collab with Connect Roasters in Bourbonnais.  It's a Coffee Mocha Stout, which contains the Guatemala Tehuya coffee beans (dark roast) and Dominican Cacao Nibs & Vanilla.  

Sunday, December 27

Glass of beer being poured at Nik and Ivy Brewing

Nik & Ivy's Latest - PB & J without the J

The Lockport-based brewery released their latest porter variant today - their PB & J Porter without the J.  Great beer to enjoy while watching some football.

Sunday, January 3

A four-pack of beer and a glass in the snow, along with a key ring featuring old fashioned keys

Blowing Up the Moon

Skeleton Key Brewery's newest beer is entitled Blow Up the Moon.  It's a NEIPA featuring ripe, juicy passionfruit.  It will make you wish for summer, despite the weather we currently have outside.

Monday, January 4

Artwork for Boras Al Moro

A Mexican Chocolate Stout to Start the Year

Bolas Al Muro is Will County Brewing Co's super-delicious Mexican Chocolate Stout.  Weighing in at 7.5%, this stout is made with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla bean, ancho, guajillo, and habanero chilis.

Coming Soon

Graphic for Alter Brewing's HVAC

Alter's HVAC Sounds Like It's Working Fine

Hazelnut, Vanilla, and Coffee.  Sounds like a great beer on its own, but listen to this ... Alter took those flavors and blended them into a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine.  Barrel-Aged HVAC Barleywine Ale is coming soon!

Nathan from Ike & Oak brewing

More Woolly from Ike & Oak

Nathan from Ike & Oak is working on the latest Woolly - Woolly Cocoa!  This one is a Chocolate Milkshake IPA.  Can't wait!!!

Brew in process at Metal Monkey Brewing in Romeoville

Come and Knock on My Door, We've Been Waiting for Brew

Metal Monkey is working on a new batch of beer for their Shutdown Series of small batch brews.  Pictured is Jack TriPA - a huge triple IPA featuring Cascade, Amarillo, and Trident hops, fermented with Omega Yeast's Lutra Kviek.  Brew coming soon.  Click here for my Jack Tripper reference (probably dating myself here).

Scenes from the Corridor