Beer Releases: October 23 - October 30, 2020

New Releases -  Coming Soon

Unfortunately, many of our breweries are in zones that are being rolled back as COVID numbers rise.  Please support these breweries by drinking outside or getting your beer to go.  

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Full glass of Ike & Oak's Broken Carabiner

Ike & Oak Brewing
Broken Caribener

2 cans of Orenda

Will County Brewing Co.
Apple Brandy Barrel Aged
Orenda Vol 3
Oranda Vol 2
 

three cans of Pollyanna Brewing Company's Outdated Tattoo

Pollyanna Brewing Co.
Outdated Tattoo

Three pictures from the brewing of Break the Wheel by Skeleton Key Brewery

Skeleton Key Brewery
Break the Wheel

Tangled Roots Brewing Company, Subject to Change Vol 4, glass on bar top

Tangled Roots Brewing Co.
Subject to Change, Vol 4

     

Friday, October 23

PLEASE NOTE - MANY BREWERIES WILL BE ONLY ABLE TO DO TO-GO ORDERS STARTING ON 10/23,
BASED ON THE RESTORE ILLINOIS COVID PLAN.  

Hickory Creek Brewing Company's beer label for Offspring of the Korn

Offspring of the Korn

This label just cracks me up.  The beer is pretty awesome too.  Hickory Creek Brewing's Offspring of the Korn is a cream ale with coriander and orange peel.  5.7% ABV and 38 IBU.  Head over to New Lenox, enjoy some live music outside, and get some great beer to go.    

Dark beer surrounded by cherries

Make Time for MyGrain's Cherry BBA Belgian Quad

MyGrain's got a new beer dropping today which sounds delicious.  And, I Have Time took its time to get to deliciousness.  This one did some time in a mix of Heaven Hills and Woodford barrels.  They added some tart cherry, and ... in no time ... or a lot of time (take your pick), we have I Have Time Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad with Tart Cherries.  

Glass of Tenderfoot from Rt66 Old School Brewing, surrounded by hops.

A Great NEIPA for Those Starting Out

If you're a "Tenderfoot" to craft beers and New England Style IPAs, then you should start off with Tenderfoot - the latest from Rt66 Old School Brewing.  This tasty conconction will give you citrus and slight floral notes, accentuated by the lemon zest from the brew.  

Coastal Sunrise at CatsEye in Ottawa, IL

We All Need a Coastal Sunrise

And a tasty beer too!  Coastal Sunrise is in stock at Ottawa's CatsEye.  It's a fruited breakfast sour from Humble Forager Brewery in Rochester, MN.  It's got flavors of blueberry, maple syrup, vanilla beans and cinnamon.  

Saturday, October 24

PLEASE NOTE - MANY BREWERIES WILL BE ONLY ABLE TO DO TO-GO ORDERS STARTING ON 10/23,
BASED ON THE RESTORE ILLINOIS COVID PLAN.  

Glass of The Old Gang Orchestra at Elder Brewing Company

The Old Gang Orchestra

There's nothing better than when The Old Gang Orchestra comes back.  There's also nothing better when the band namd The Old Gang Orchestra comes back to play together.  The beer, The Old Gang Orchestra, is a tasty brown ale from Elder Brewing Co.  Make sure to get your gang and go drink The Old Gang Orchestra.

Overhead view of Goldfinger Brewing Co's Vienna Lager

The Tastes of Vienna

Goldfinger Brewing is bringing back one of their favorites.  Make sure to get a pint of Vienna Lager and enjoy it in their outdoor tent!

Wednesday, October 28

PLEASE NOTE - MANY BREWERIES WILL BE ONLY ABLE TO DO TO-GO ORDERS STARTING ON 10/23,
BASED ON THE RESTORE ILLINOIS COVID PLAN.  

Four pack of Cranberry Orange Allure by Pollyanna Brewing company, surrounded by oranges and cranberries

The Flavors of the Season

Pollyanna's season Berliner Weisse is back.  Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back Cranberry Orange Allure.  It's light and tasty, giving you the taste of fall ... NO PUMPKIN!  

Four different beers at CatsEye

Four New Beers at CatsEye

The connoisseurs at Downtown Ottawa's CatsEye have brought in two new beers from Transient Artisan Ales and 2nd Shift Brewing:

  • Transient's Cromulent American Pale Ale
  • Transient's Mind to Devour IPA
  • 2nd Shift's Sunny Cat NEIPA
  • 2nd Shift's Chico's Revenge Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout

Thursday, October 29

PLEASE NOTE - MANY BREWERIES WILL BE ONLY ABLE TO DO TO-GO ORDERS STARTING ON 10/23,
BASED ON THE RESTORE ILLINOIS COVID PLAN.  

Three cans of Strawberry Dizzy by Garage Band Brewing, next to a strawberry.

Strawberry Dizzy

Garage Band has restocked Harvest Moon and Don't Harsh My Mellow.  And, making its first appearance in cans, Strawberry Dizzy.  It's a strawberry blonde ale that is worthy of being considered your favorite fruit brew.  Find out if it is by getting a 4 pack today at the Plainfield-based brewery.  

Tangled Roots Brewing Co's Mixed Berry Stout in a glass on their bar

Mixed Berry Stout

Tangled Roots has a new Mixed Berry Stout that was made with a variety of purees for a chocolatey-fruity-treat.  You're going to get strawberry, blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry and chocolate flavors with this one!

Three cans of Dr. Pangloss from Pollyanna Brewing Company

The Doctor Is In

Pollyanna's Dr. Pangloss is back, just in time for halloween.  This is a Black IPA that went missing for a long time before reappearing just a few months ago.  He's back for a House Call ... and he's waiting for you ... muahahahahha.

Friday, October 30

PLEASE NOTE - MANY BREWERIES WILL BE ONLY ABLE TO DO TO-GO ORDERS STARTING ON 10/23,
BASED ON THE RESTORE ILLINOIS COVID PLAN.  

three beers under the taps at Mad Hatchet Brewing

It's a Mad Hatchet Weekend For Sure!

It's like this weekend was meant for them ... Mad Hatchet Brewing has four tappings this weekend.  The two beeing released on Friday include:

  • At 12pm - Return of the Gourd 2019 - pumpkin stout (9%)
  • At 5pm - Hornswoggler chocolate peanut butter stout (7.8%)

What's being released on Saturday?  We could tell you, but we're going to make you scroll down to the coming soon.  

Sign that says Now Brewing Galaxy Girl, with an album from We Killed The Lion in the foreground

Here Comes the Galaxy Girl

Will County Brewing Company is bringing back their collab Galaxy Girl.  The brewery teamed up with the band We Killed the Lion, who released a song with the same name.  It's a NEIPA brewed with Galaxy Girl.  Get it?  They're clever.  

A four-pack of Pollyanna Brewing's Cranberry Orange Allure, surrounded by oranges and cranberries

A Berliner Weisse for the Season

The weather is getting colder, and we're approaching Thanksgiving.  Cranberries and oranges are a flavor for the season and brings to mind two main stays:  cranberry relish on Thanksgiving morning and opening a can of Cranberry Orange Allure from Pollyanna Brewing Company.  The brew will be in cans to go and draft on October 30.

A glass of beer on top of a 4-pack of Miskatonic Brewing Company's Snake N Shake

Snake, Shake, and More Black is Beautiful

Snake N' Shake is back at Miskatonic!  It's a Milkshake IPA packed with Denali hops to give you a some great pineapple notes.  They have a limited quanity bundle, where you can get two 12oz glasses and a four-pack for $20.  Black is Beautiful is back on tap as well, both on tap and in to-go bottles.  

Rt66 Old School Brewing's Wildcat Cream Ale in a glass, in front of a flag of a wildcat (school logo)

Here Comes the Wildcat

Wildcat Cream Ale is back at Rt66 Old School Brewing.  It's a nice, light, and refreshing beer that weighs in at 5.25% ABV.  Give them a visit today!

Coming Soon

Brewers from both Goldfinger Brewing and Hop Butcher for the World

A Gold Butcher Collab

Quoting Goldfinger's latest post

We did something really fun yesterday! For our first ever collaboration beer, we teamed up with our friends from Hop Butcher for the World to brew a beer that transcends style guidelines and upends the lager stereotype. The great hop-centric minds at Hop Butcher and the lager loyalists at Goldfinger brainstormed a beer that would represent both breweries in the most drinkable way possible. Combining rare new hop varietals with unwavering traditional lager brewing techniques, we can’t wait for you to drink this beer.

As with all beers at Goldfinger, it will require patience as extended lagering will make this beer truly shine. Stay tuned for more details on the beer and the release.

Three photos - German chocolate cake, cocoa, and toasted coconut.

Keyboard Warrior

Check out the ingredients on this one:  dark roasted barley, sweet caramel malt, decadent dark cocoa, a touch of pecan flour, and 75lbs of toasted coconut.  Metal Monkey's "Keyboard Warrior" is a German Chocolate Cake inspired beer that I can't wait to try!  We'll keep you posted as we hear more.  

Graphic from Garage Band Brewing -

On Deck at Garage Band

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

Pumpkins being roasted in a brick over at Flapjack Brewery

Flapjack Adding More Flavor to Pumpkin Beer

Flapjack is working on a Pumpkin Chocolate Brown Ale.  You can see here, they are roasting some pumpkins for this new concoction.  Stay tuned for release details!

Stout being transferred from barrel to tank at Ike & Oak

A New BBA Stout from Ike & Oak

Ike & Oak is working on a new BBA Stout.  The brew was aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill distillery barrels.  You can see in the photo above, it's being transferred to their serving tank prior to bottling.  Coming soon!

The Other Two from Mad Hatchet Brewing

So, what's coming on Saturday, October 31 at Mad Hatchet Brewing?

  • Saturday at 5pm:  Batch 4220 - an imperial stout with Ghana cacao nibs, hazelnut, and vanilla.
  • Sometime:  Pogs and Slammers - A new hazy with a 90s throwback name - 6% hopped with El Dorado and Vic's Secret

Scenes from the Corridor