2016 Stout Spectacular – Kicks Off Thursday, January 21st

VeryMadCow_thumbIt’s time to get out of the house!!!  The 2016 Stout Spectacular will kick-off on Thursday, January 21st and this year we will feature 30 +/- amazing stouts & porters including those listed below.  We will tap 13 at a time so come early and often as the event will be on-going over the next few weeks until supplies run out.  

Barrel Aged Stouts & Porters
2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout bottles (12) $20

Breckenridge Twenty Five, Denver, CO, 6oz, 9.8% – An imperial vanilla porter aged in rum barrels. Glass 5

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

Off Color Dino S’mores, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 10.7% – An imperial stout brewed with Graham flour, marshmallows, molasses and vanilla beans with cocoa nibs added. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

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

Revolution Bean Gene, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 8% – Bourbon barrel aged Eugene Porter with Dark Matter coffee. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Deth’s Tar, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 11.4% – A Russian imperial oatmeal stout aged in Heaven Hill and Old Forester Barrels with a rich silky mouthfeel and deep, complex malt flavors and aromas reminiscent of dark baker’s chocolate, fresh brewed coffee and caramel candy. Glass 6.50

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

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

 Tallgrass Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat, Manhattan, KS, 6oz, 5.8% – Bourbon barrel aged oatmeal cream stout with notes of chocolate and espresso. Glass 6

 Tighthead Chocolate Malty Balls, Mundelien, IL, 6oz, 9% – A Russian imperial stout brewed with chocolate malt and aged 10 months in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. Glass 5

 Stouts & Porters
 5 Rabbit Chocofrut Pina, Bedford Park, IL, 12oz, 7.1% – A stout that melds chocolatey dark-roasted malts with guava and pineapple juice. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Bell’s 30th Anniversary, Kalamazoo, MI, 6oz, 11% – A big, strong roasty imperial stout with flavors of dark chocolate and fruit brewed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bell’s brewery in 2015. Glass 4.50

 Bell’s Cherry Stout, Kalamazoo, MI, 12oz, 7% – An American Stout brewed with tart cherries from Michigan that serve as counterpoint to chocolate notes from the malt bill. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

 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

  Evil Twin Soft DK, 6oz, 10.4% – A thick, creamy, vanillalicious imperial stout. Glass 5

 Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter Nitro, Frederick, MD, 12oz, 9.2% – An imperial porter with notes of roasted chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. 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

 Half Acre Chocolate Camaro, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 6% – A chocolate milk stout brewed with coco nibs and lactose. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Half Acre Malibu, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 5.9% – An American stout featuring the Galaxy hop. Glass 5 / 8oz 3.50

 Southern Tier Choklat, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 10% – An imperial stout brewed with chocolate with notes of sweet caramel, vanilla, dark cherries and a taste of bittersweet chocolate. This beer has been maturing in our cooler for over 1 year. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

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

 Southern Tier Crème Brulee, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 9.5% – An Imperial Milk Stout, nicely sweet and balanced, rich and milky with a nose of Crème Brulee and a flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla and custard. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

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

 Southern Tier Warlock, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 8.6% – An Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins with a flavor of pumpkin pie laced with coffee and dark chocolate and a smooth, velvety mouth-feel that finishes slightly sweet. Glass 7 / 8oz 5

 Stone 2015 Imperial Russian Stout, Escondido, CA, 6oz, 10.6% – A Russian imperial stout with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness. Glass 4.50

 Tyranena Carnal Knowledge Double Oatmeal Stout, Lake Mills, WI, 12oz, 8.5% – As silky double oatmeal stout with notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Urban Legend Coffee Cold War, Lemont, IL, 6oz, 12% – A limited release Russian imperial stout with coffee added. Glass 7

New Year’s Eve Celebration!!!!!


Join us New Year’s Eve for our annual celebration featuring no cover charge + party favors + champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight!!!! Stop in early for dinner and stay for the balloon drop!!!!



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2015 Holiday Beer Roll-out

delirium noelJoin us for our annual Holiday Beer Roll-out on Thursday, December 3, 2015 as we will be tapping some of our favorite holiday beers including:

Delirium Noel,
St. Bernardous Christmas,
Gouden Carolus Noel,
Great Lakes Christmas,
Three Floyds Alpha Clause,
Revolution Fistmas,
Dark Horse 4 Elf,
as well as a vertical series of Anchor Christmas:
2012 Anchor Christmas,
2013 Anchor Christmas,
2015 Anchor Christmas,

In addition, we will have some barrel aged beer from our currently on-going event “Couldn’t Get a Ticket to FoBAB”.

The event will kick-off on Thursday, December 3rd and will continue over the weekend and following weeks as supplies last.

Hope you can join!!!!!



Couldn’t get a Ticket to FoBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event. Kicks-Off Thursday, Nov 19th

barrel aged beer picIt’s that time of year again, for those who couldn’t get a ticket to FoBaB and those who could, when we roll out the barrels of barrel aged beers. As always, festiviteis will kick-off on the Thursday night preceeding FoBaB the annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers that takes place in Chicago on Friday and Saturday November 20th & 21st. We’lll start with 10-13 draft lines devoted to the barrel aged brews along with some special bottles and we’ll have another 10 +/- barrels waiting in the wings to be tapped as soon as the others run dry. Festivities kick-off Thursday Nov 19th but will continue over the weekend and ensuing weeks as supplies last. So… do it the Chicago way, come early and come often and be sure to sample from the evolving and changing list. Beers on hand will include the following with more to come:

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Bottles:
2010 Stout
2013 Proprietors Reserve
2013 Coffee Stout
2013 Barleywine
2013 Backyard Rye

Draft Beers:
5 Rabbit Red Wine Barrel Aged Ponche, Bedford Park, IL, 6oz, 10.6% – A Barlywine aged 8 months in red wine barrels.

2013 Straffe Hendrik Heritage, Brugge, Belgium, 6oz, 11% – Belgian Quadruple aged in three types of oak casks for over a year then blended together producing an aroma and flavor of sweet malt, toffee, ripe dark fruit, raisins, vanilla, a hint of oak, booze and a touch of bourbon. Glass 7.50

Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer, Battle Creek, MI, 6oz, 12% – An English-style barley wine aged 22 months in oak bourbon barrels with robust malty flavors of caramel, toffee, molasses and a subtle citrus finish from the hops. Glass 6.50

Arcadia Shipwreck, Battle Creek, MI, 6oz, 12% – A Baltic-style porter with pronounced notes of vanilla, oak, cocoa and coffee, that is aged, in abandoned mines in Michigan at a constant temperature of 45F, for 12 months in 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels. Glass 6.50

Begyle Barrel Aged Barleywine, Chicago, IL, 6 oz, 9.8% – American barley wine aged six months in a combination of Heaven & Hill, Elijah Craig 12 year and Evan Williams bourbon barrels. Glass 6

Breckenridge 471 IPA, Denver, CO, 6oz, 9.2% – An imperial IPA aged in Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace barrels and dry hopped with Hull Melon hops. Traces of honeydew melon and apricot accompany rich whiskey and slightly smoky aromas. Glass 5.50

Cahoots AmEn!, Oak Park, IL, 6oz, 10.1% – A blend of American and English style barleywine aged in Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Glass 6.50

Cahoots Barrel Aged No S’mores, Oak Park, IL, 6oz, 10% – A sweet imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans and a single malt scotch infusion that is aged in Buffalo Trace barrels for 4 months +/-. Glass 6.50

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Headless Heron, Amherst, WI, 6oz, 8.5% – A pumpkin scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Glass 5

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Scotch Ale, Amherst, IL, 6oz, 9.5% – Cherrywood smoked Scotch ale aged in used 12 year old bourbon barrels. Glass 5

Founders Backwoods Bastard, Grand Rapids, MI, 6oz, 11.6% – A Scotch ale aged in oak bourbon barrels with an aroma of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. Glass 5.50

Grand Teton Barrel Aged Lazy Marmot, Victor ID, 6oz, 8% – A Maibock aged in freshly-dumped Jackson Hole Winery Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Glass 6.50

Hinterland 2014 Bourbon Barrel Dopplebock, Greenbay, WI, 6oz, 8% – Aged 10-12 months in bourbon barrels, a full bodied dopplebock with a dark amber color and pronounced notes of caramel, oak and bourbon. Glass 6.50

Hinterland 2015 Bourbon Barrel Dopplebock, Greenbay, WI, 6oz, 8% – Aged 10-12 months in bourbon barrels, a full bodied dopplebock with a dark amber color and pronounced notes of caramel, oak and bourbon. Glass 6.50

Revolution Gravedigger Billy, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 9.7% – A smooth and creamy wee heavy Scotch ale aged 8 months in bourbon barrels featuring rich malt character reminiscent of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar melded with the flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon. Glass 6.50

Revolution Straight Jacket, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 13% – A barley wine aged 6 months in Woodford Reserve barrels with deep aromas and flavors of dark stone fruits, bourbon, molasses, toasted coconut and vanilla. Glass 6.50

Revolution Ryeway to Heaven, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 13.7% – A Strong Ale brewed with a heavy dose of rye and aged in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels. Glass 6.50

Tighthead Barrel Aged Old Kaya Dog, Mundelien, IL, 6oz, 10.3% – American-style Barleywine aged 5 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. Glass 5.50

Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier, Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, 6oz, 6.8% – A Flemish red ale fermented with sour cherries and aged in oak casks. Glass 6.50


Art of Craft Beer. Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art of Craft Beer II Final reducedIn celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week and in partnership with we will be hosting the second annual Art of Craft Beer event where the artists who create the craft beer labels we love will have their work on display and available for purchase. This year’s artists include: Dan Grzeca – 3 Floyd’s, Rob Syers – 3 Floyd’s, Nikki Jarecki – Off Color, Jeff Kuhnie – Pipeworks,  Joey Potts – 18th Street,  Randy Mosher – 5 Rabbits, Jourdon Gullett – Solemn Oath Brewery, Arcade Brewing and  Aquanaut Brewing. Join us to meet the artists and enjoy a special beer list featuring many of the brewery’s above.


25th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 6, 2015

25th_VT_logoFINAL 2Where did the time go?  On Saturday, June 6th, 2015 we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary all-day and we would be honored if you would join us.  Look for the following:

– Special commemorative t-shirts will be given to the first 200 attendees

-All day long we will be serving our beer in special commemorative glassware and when you order a beer you can keep the glass

– We’ll have a special beer list featuring brewery’s old and new

– We’ll have a music playlist from 1990

– At midnight, we’ll have a signature balloon drop and champagne toast

Come early and often all day to celebrate with us!!!!



What’s on Tap? Penrose Oaked IPA. Thursday 4.9.2015

GlasswareGiveawayVillageJoin us to enjoy a new beer from Penrose Brewing of Geneva, IL.  A style hybrid, the Oaked IPA is a Belgian-style farmhouse IPA dry hopped with Chinook, Lemondrop and Centennial hops and fermented with medium toast American oak.  It has a crisp, dry finish, an abv of 7.1% and while supplies last when you order the beer you get to keep the special Penrose glassware in which it will be served. In Chicago fashion, we suggest you arrive early and drink often to obtain an entire set of the beautiful snifters. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!!!  Hope to see you here!!!

What’s on Tap? Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. 3.26.15

ballast point grapefruit sculpinGrapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on the award winning west coast IPA from Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego, CA. Some would say that Ballast Point Sculpin is the mother of all west coast IPA’s and shouldn’t be tampered with but we agree that the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements the IPA’s citrus hop character.  Make no mistake, although real grapefruit juice is added during the brewing process, this is not a radler-style beer.  With an ABV of 7% Grapefruit Sculpin has the same ABV as the original Sculpin.  We previously were able to get our hands on a 1/6 barrel barrel of this gem and it went fast.  We have now been graced with a full half barrel so it only made sense to feature it in this week’s “What’s on Tap” Thursday night series.  Stop in to enjoy and don’t forget to bring your appetite too!!

What’s on Tap 3.19.15? Schlafly Special Release AIPA.

schlalfy aipaFor those of you not aware, Schlafly is a highly acclaimed St. Louis Brewery that arrived in Chicago just a few months ago.  This will be our first offering from the brewery, a highly rated American IPA brewed with a blend of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops with an ABV of 7.2%.  The blend imparts an aroma of citrus and fruit and a complimentary bitter hop bite. Stop in to give it a try and bring your appetite as Chef Julia and her kitchen crew will be ready to go!!!

What’s on Tap? Thursday, March 12th. Three Floyds Zombie Dust

zombiedustJoin us Thursday, March 12, 2015 as we warm up for St. Patty’s day by tapping into a barrel of the intensely hopped and gushing American Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing.

So what’s going on Saturday, March 14th, the official St. Patty’s day celebration in Chicago?  We’ll be serving up Chef Julia’s corned beef & cabbage and we’ll have a great line-up of beer including the following Irish/red ales:

Begyle Dicey Riley;
Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale;
Six Point Global Warmer; &
Urban Legend Wail of the Banshee.

Hope you can join in!!!!!!!