Chicago Craft Beer Week Kick-off, Thursday, May 19, 2016

VeryMadCow_thumbIn honor of the 2016 Chicago Craft Beer Week kick-off on Thursday, May 19th we will present a special line up of draft beer featuring several of the barrels we’ve been squirreling away for special occasions including the following:

Bell’s Honey Hearted, Kalamazoo, MI, 6oz, 16.7% – A very rare and special beer. Prior to dry-hopping, Bell’s takes their revered IPA, Two Hearted, adds honey and performs a secondary fermentation using champagne yeast. The result is then aged in Traverse City Whiskey barrels with orange and lemon zest. Glass 5

2014 Founders Old Curmudgeon, Grand Rapids, MI, 6oz, 9.8% – A smooth, rich and malty old ale brewed with molasses and aged with oak. Glass 5

Founders Backwoods Bastard, Grand Rapids, MI, 6oz, 11.6% – Scotch ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. Glass 5

Revolution Very Mad Cow, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 9.7% – A dark and creamy milk stout aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Glass 6.50

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale, Amherst, WI, 6oz, 10% – A scotch ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. Glass 5

…and many more.  Hope to see you here!!!

Goose Island Wine Barrel Aged Beers. Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Goose Island is most famous for it’s Bourbon County lineup of barrel aged beers, but their sour barrel program known informally as the sister’s is every bit as formidable. Each of the beers in this series, all of which are brewed in the Belgian tradition, bear a female name and are aged in wine barrels with specially selected fruit. Join us for an incredible event on Friday, May 20, 2016, in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, as four of these amazing beers will be available on draft.

*Halia is a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, ABV 7.5%, aged in wine barrels with whole peaches, resulting in bright, effervescent fruit notes in a soft, hazy body that finishes slightly tart and sweet with the pleasant character of ripe, juicy peaches.

*Juliet is a Belgian Style Wild Ale, ABV 8%, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with blackberries, resulting in a tart, fruity, complex ale. Notes of wood, tannin, dark fruit and spice make Juliet an ideal beer for enthusiasts of Pinot Noir and Belgian sour ales.

*Lolita is a Belgian Style Wild Ale, ABV 8.7%, fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise.

*Gillian is a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, ABV 9.5%, that brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, Gillian is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.

What’s on Tap? Bell’s Honey Hearted. Thursday, May 12, 2016.

bellslogoJoin us Thursday, 5/12 for the tapping of a very rare and special beer, Bell’s Honey Hearted. Prior to dry-hopping, Bell’s takes their revered IPA, Two Hearted, adds honey and performs a secondary fermentation using champagne yeast. The result is then aged in Traverse City Whiskey barrels with orange and lemoin zest. ABV 16.7% 🙂 If that’s not enough, we will also be featuring a new session pale ale from Bell’s called Oatsmobile, brewed with oats, along with the beloved Two Hearted and the summer seasonal, Oberon. Hope to see you here!!!!!

What’s on Tap? Pipework’s End of Days. Thursday, May 5th.

Pipeworks-End-Of-Days3Pipeworks End of Days is an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and ancho chilies. A firey finish from the chilies makes this the perfect beer to enjoy on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo. Hope to see you here!!!

What’s on Tap? Empirical Infinity IPA and Hopewell Swift IPA. Thursday, 4.28.16

Empirical LogohopewellStop in for a special evening featuring two new IPA’s from two new local breweries, Empirical located at 1801 W. Foster and Hopewell located in Logan Square at 2760 N. Milwaukee. Both IPA’s are classic representatives of the category with lively hop notes and solid malt backbones. The following are descriptions from the breweries:

What we love in a great IPA is a firm, clean bitterness with a mix of pine, resin, and bright citrus aromas, all capped off with a snappy dry finish. We achieve that luscious imbalance by using copious amounts of American hops at every opportunity during the process. The result is a crisp, toasty, malt flavor that cowers before a massive hoppy bitterness and aroma, crawling its way from the glass to smack your taste buds around.

This is our IPA featuring a substantial crisp bitterness kept in check by a solid malty sweetness. With an intense citrus bouquet and flavor, Swift is a bright and clean IPA.

Hope to see you here!!!!

What’s on Tap? The Bruery Or Xata. Thursday, April 21st.

BrueryPronounced “horchata”, a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America. The Bruery’s take on this traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. Hope to see you here!!!!

What’s on Tap? Thursday, April 14. Half Acre Deep Space!!!

Deep-Space-v1Up until now Half Acre Space has only been available in the Half Acre Tap Room. This is still true, however, Deep Space, the imperial version has now been brewed and will be poured for the first time in Chicago this Thursday at the Tap. We will also have many more brews from Half Acre including Daisy Cutter, Double Daisy, Mila, Shrub Tundra, Softy and Crystal Norde. So…stop in to try Deep Space and get your Half Acre on. Hope to see you here!!!!

What’s on Tap? Thursday, April 7th, Breckenridge 471 IPA Simcoe

471IPALogoBreckenridge 471 is a series of double IPA’s aged in whiskey barrels featuring different hops. The version we will have this Thursday for What’s on Tap? will feature the Simcoe Hop known for its aromatic and bittering qualities. Hope to see you here!!!!

What’s on Tap? next week, Thursday, 4/14? Half Acre Deep Space!!!!

What’s on Tap? Thursday, 3/31/16. 5 Rabbit Ironica

Village Tap_IronicaWhat’s on Tap kicks off again Thursday, March 31st featuring “Ironica” a new IPA from 5 Rabbit and when you buy the beer you can keep the special 5 Rabbit glass (while supplies last). Also, to further celebrate the beer from 5 Rabbit we will be serving “Ponche”, a barley wine aged 8 months in red wine barrels. Hope to see you here!!!

2016 Stout Spectacular – final tapping

big hugsToday we begin the end of our long journey as we are tapping the final barrel of the 30+ barrels lovingly collected for the 2016 Stout Spectacular. From here on out, as we transition into the Spring, the list of stouts will become smaller 🙁 Here’s the final list, hope you can join us for the last hurrah!!!!

Cahoots Barrel Aged No S’mores, Oak Park, IL, 6oz, 10% – A sweet imperial stout, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, brewed with vanilla beans and a single malt scotch infusion. Glass 6.50

Central Waters 2014 Brewer’s Reserve Barrel Aged Stout, Amherst, WI, 6oz, 9.5% – A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Glass 5

Hammerheart Olaf the Stout, Lino Lakes, MN, 6oz, 9.5% – An imperial rye stout hopped with cascade and aged in oak. Glass 4.50

Revolution 2014 Mean Gene, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 8.5% – Eugene porter aged 8 months in Woodford Reserve barrels. Glass 6.50

Tyranena Carnal Knowledge in The Wood, Lake Mills, WI, 6 oz, 8.5% – A silky double oatmeal stout aged in rye whiskey barrels. Glass 4.50

Alesmith Speedway Stout, San Diego, CA, 12oz, 12% – An Imperial Stout brewed with coffee with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, toffee and caramel. Glass 9 / 8oz 6.50

Bells 2014 Expedition Stout, Kalamazoo, MI, 12oz, 10.5% – A Russian Imperial Stout with a huge malt body and a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

Half Acre Big Hugs, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 10% – An Imperial Stout with pronounced coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25b

Penrose Vanilla Bean Spectral, Geneva, IL, 12oz, 9.4% – An imperial stout brewed with Belgian yeast and vanilla beans with notes of chocolate and espresso. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Pollyanna Nitro Vanilla Bean Eleanor, Lemont, IL, 12oz, 6.8% – A robust American porter brewed with vanilla beans. Glass 5.50 / 8oz 3.75

Southern Tier Choklat Oranj, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 10% – An imperial stout brewed with chocolate and orange peel. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Southern Tier Mokah, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 11.2% – An imperial blended coffee/chocolate stout with a nose of rich coffee, chocolate and toasty malts and a flavor that follows. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Stone Chai-Spiced 2015 Imperial Russian Stout, Escondido, CA, 12oz, 10.6% – A”one-time only beer” brewed with spices to emulate the aroma and taste of chai tea. Glass 9 / 8oz 6.50