Beer Releases: December 4 - December 11, 2020

New Releases -  Coming Soon

Artists Rendering of Lock & Mule by Tangled Roots Brewing Company

Get a Sneak Peak of Lock & Mule

Earlier this week, Tangeld Roos Brewing Company shared photos that were taken inside the new Lock & Mule in Lockport, IL.  Make sure to take a look at this sneak peak by checking out this earlier article.  

From Earlier in the Week

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Can Label for Hickory Creek's Marleys Ghost

Tuesday, December 1
Marley's Ghost
Hickory Creek Brewing Company

Can of Juicesicle from Will County

Thursday, December 3
Strawbana Juicesicle
Will County Brewing Company

Silverback Barleywine from Metal Monkey Brewing

Thursday, December 3
Metal Monkey Brewing Company

Friday, December 4

Two bottles from Miskatonic

Miskatonic's New Small Cellar Series

Today, Miskatonic is kicking off their newest series of beers, featuring hand-bottled brews showcasing a unique technique in bottle conditioning and wood aging.  They've got two for us from stainless:

  • They took their 11.7% Russian Imperial Stout and added neutral yeast.  This will result in a silky-smooth pour.
  • Their second one will yield a lovely vibe - their 7.1% Brown Ale was finished on neutral red wine yeast for this series.  

Don't overlook the cool vibe of the bottles and label either ...

Glass of Take a Deep Breath from Rt66 Old School brewing, in front of two wrapped packages

Take Two Deep Breaths

Rt66 Old School Brewing has a new beer out, an American Pale Ale named Take a Deep Breath.  It's a zestry, refreshing beer with notes of citrus.  Take a deep breath, then take a sip of Take a Deep Breath.

Can of Winter Porter from Tangled Roots, surrounded by snowflake decorations

Not Ready for Snow, But I'm Ready for Winter Porter

Tangled Roots' Winter Porter is now available.  If you haven't had this tasty winter beer, it's a robust porter with coconut and liquid cacao.  Grab your four pack today!

Surf Chicago on a table at Nik & Ivy

The Complete Opposite of Winter

Surf Chicago is being released at Nik & Ivy.  This is a hazy IPA loaded with citra, mosaic, and wai-iti hops.  Notes (or waves as N&I describe it) of pineapple, mango, orange, lime and berries.

Awkward Pause from Metal Monkey

Time for an Awkward Pause

Awkward Pause is the latest brew from Metal Monkey, part of their Small Batch Shut Down series.  The beer is a light, English golden ale that we amped upwith the En Masse coffee blend from Metric Coffee in Chicago.  A light beer with an intense coffee nose and flavor.

Hickory Creek Logo

Hickory Creek With a New Experiment

Gary over at New Lenox's Hickory Creek Brewing Company just tapped a new batch of his experimental Jasmine rice beer.  They sourced the rice from the University of Arkansas, which provided a special strain called "Aroma 17."  HC added 50% more rice than the previous version ... so go visit and give it a try!

Saturday, December 5

Cases of Jinglebeard Peppermint Stout from Will County Brewing

Ho Ho Ho, It's Jinglebeard

One of the best holiday traditions around is opening up a can of Jinglebeard.  This is the first Will County Beer I remember hearing about, and it fits perfectly in the holdiay seaosn.  It's a peppermint stout that Kris Kringle himself would drink four or five of.  (Did you all ever wonder what Santa does on December 26?)

A Trio for Pollyanna Roselare's Third Anniversary (Available in Lemont and St. Charles too)

They grow up so fast.  Roselare, Pollyanna's location in Roselle, IL, is turning three.  They're bringing out three beers to celebrate the anniversary.  And, if you can't make it to Roselle, those beers will be available in St. Charles and Lemont as well.  Here's the beer details:

  • Third Anniversary Beer - An Altbier Sticke - a hybrid lager/ale with fresh Noble hop bitterness and light malty sweetness.
  • Controlled Reentry - A Double Dry Hopped IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe.
  • It Takes Me So Long To Get Ready, Red Currant - a foudre-aged sour fruit beer

Tuesday, December 8

Photo of Cake Crusher from Black Horizon

Triple Dip and Cans from Black Horizon

Three drafts and a can release for Black Horizon in Willowbrook.  

  • Cake Crusher (Raspberry) - Both cans and drafts available of this one.  Graham cracker crust, soft vanilla and creamy cheesecake notes ... and raspberry!  They used over 170 lbs of raspberries.
  • Barrel Aged Flanders Brown - This beer is a Flemish style brown sour, refermented on raspberries for over a year and a half.  It's a limited one for sure.
  • "Dreamsicle" Double Sugar Bomb - Ding ding ding ... sugar bomb in Dreamsicle.  Not only that, it's a big imperial milkshake IPA that weighs in 10%.  

Grizzly Hackle from Ike & Oak

Are You Ready for Grizzly Hackle?

Ike & Oak in Woodridge is bringing us Grizzly Hackle today!  It's a fruity beer with citrus hop aroma.  Summit, citra, and mosaic hops were used on this beer, which has a intense bitterness that builds upon a malty backbone.  

Wednesday, December 9

Label for Hickory Creek's Grow a Pear

A Special Brew Ready for You

That title rhymes!  Grow a Pear is Hickory Creek Brewing Company's tasty Marley Marzen, their Marzen-Style Lager that had pears added.  It was a popular beer last year, brough back again for this year!  Pears were grown on their property in New Lenox.  

Thursday, December 10

Goldfinger Brewing's three different type of cans, including their collab with Hop Butcher

Goldfinger's First Cans, including their collab with Hop Butcher

The highly anticated initial cans from Goldfinger Brewing Company are appearing in a few different places, including I&G Romeoville.    They canned their Original, Pils, and Und Hopfen.  And if you want to catch Und Hopfen in draft, the collab with Hop Butcher, it'll be on draft on Saturday (December 12).

A cute snowman, a River Hawk Decoration, fake snow, and a glass of River Hawk's Toboggan Ride - their latest beer.

Time for a Sled Ride

River Hawk Brewing's newest is exciting as a Toboggan Ride, so they named it as such!  Toboggan Ride is available starting at 3pm.

4 cans and a glass of Pollyanna Brewing Company's Blackberry Allure

The Allure of Blackberry

Pollyanna Brewing Company's Allure series is a tasty, refreshing Berliner Weisse of various different flavors.  The latest release is Blackberry Allure.  It's a sour, wheat ale that is tart, fruity, and definitely worth a taste.

Glass of Visanthe from Will County Brewing Company

Hello, Old Friend

Will County Brewing's Visanthe Coffee Brown Ale is back for the holidays.  Warm up with the locally roasted Ethiopian Coffee flavor, which enhances the fond memories of toasty caramel and chocolate flavor.  

Friday, December 11

Several beers from Metal Monkey

Imperial Tis the Squeezin

It's the holiday season, and flavors of orange juice, cranberry juice, and pomegranate juice mean that the Metal Monkeys have been squeezin this season.  They are proud to present, Imperial Tis the Squeezin.  It's the big version of their Christmas inspired Gose.  

Picture of two bottles from Skeleton Key Brewery wearing very tiny snow hats.

A Surprise, Limited Edition Double Drop

Skeleton Key has a double, 22oz barrel-aged bottle drop.  Both weigh in a 10.5% ABV, so get ready ...

  • Hazelnut Praline Imperial Stout - This is SKB's Imperial Milk Stout with toasted hazelnuts, Ugandan cacao nibs, milk sugar and vanille.  The beer was aged in Journeyman Rye whiskey barrels.  Expect a big dark chocolate flavor to domainate, with side notes of whiskey and roasted hazelnut.
  • Words that Stay - SKB's Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.  Rich caramel, malty sweetness, accented with vanilla and charred oak of the barrel.

Glass of Annburr

Toasty Caramel in Wilmington

Rt66 Old School Brewing's Annburrrr is a Amber Ale for this type of weather.  It's a great beer, slightly smooth, and as I mentioned in the title - notes of toasty caramel.

Coming Soon

One beer with 2 candy canes, one beer next to a bag of Metric Coffee from Rt66 Old School Brewing

A New Two at Rt66 Old School Brewing's Holiday Party

This Saturday (12/12/2020), Rt66 Old School Brewing is hosting their Customer Appreciation Party with a limited quantiy of two new beers (and their other beers too).

  • Santa's Dark Side - Peppermint Porter
  • Percolator - Coffee Porter

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 falvors 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!!!

Scenes from the Corridor