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What’s on Tap? Thursday 2.26.2015. Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter!!!

DoubleDaisyCutter 2014Don’t miss this Thursday 2.26.2015 as we continue a string of extraordinary IPA releases by tapping into a barrel of Double Daisy Cutter!!!!

What’s on Tap? 2.19.15 Begyle Quagmire

Begyle quagmireThe parade of outstanding IPA’s and double IPA’s continues this week with Begyle Quagmire.  Bell’s Hopslam and Surly’s Todd the Axeman, our features from the past two weeks,  are not easy acts to follow but Begyle’s Quagmire does not disappoint.  It was brewed to celebrate getting through the quagmire at city hall in order to get their tap room open.  The beer weighs in at 9.7% abv and is dry hopped twice using Mosaic and Galaxy hops.  We are also on the final leg of what has been our on-going Stout Spectacular.  We began with 30 stouts and they are now either gone or tapped.  Hope you can join and be sure to bring your appetite as Chef Julia will be ready for you.

What’s on Tap? 2.12.2015 – Surly Todd the Axeman, More Bell’s Hopslam and on-going Stout Spectacular final leg

Join us for an evening featuring rare and special beers including the following:

Surly/Amager Todd the Axeman, Brooklyn Center, MN, 12oz, 6.5% – A collaboration IPA brewed

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with Amager Bryghus of Denmark featuring Citra and Mosaic hops and Surly’s signature Golden Promise malt. Named after Surly’s guitar playing brewer Todd Haug. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Bell’s Hopslam, Kalamazoo, MI, 12oz, 10% – The mother of all imperial IPA’s, brewed with six different hop varietals, a generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Final Leg of our on-going Stout Spectacular featuring:

4 Hands Bona Fide, St. Louis, MO, 12oz, 9% – An Imperial coffee stout made with local coffee roaster Goshen Coffee. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Ballast Point Victory at Sea, San Diego, CA, 12oz, 10% – A coffee, vanilla, imperial American porter, rated 100 by Beer Advocate. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

Bells 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

Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn, NY, 12oz, 10% – A Russian Imperial Stout achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. Glass 8 / 8oz 5.50

Lagunitas Scare City 2, Petaluma, CA, 12oz, 10.2% – An imperial rye cocoa porter with a complex and flavorful roasted malt character. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Longmont, CO, 16oz, 6% – A creamy milk stout with an aroma of brown sugar and vanilla cream and the flavor of toasty mocha and milk chocolate. Glass 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

Local Option Exorcist, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 8.5% – A foreign extra stout with notable hops that follow the flavors of dark chocolate malt. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

Moody Tongue Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 7.7% – A rich porter, as the name implies, brewed with black tea, vanilla bean & caramel flavor. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

 One Trick Pony Marsh Tacky, Lansing IL, 12oz, 6.2% – A hopped up and intensely roasted dark American stout. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Revolution Rise, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 7.1% – An American Stout with notes of chocolate and coffee, loaded with Amarillo & Chinook hops. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

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. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

 Southern Tier Warlock, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 8.6% – An Imperial stout brewed with pumpkin with a flavor of pumpkin pie laced with coffee and dark chocolate. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Temperance Might Meets Right Coffee, Evanston, IL, 12oz, 9% – An imperial stout brewed with a balance of rich malt, roast, and coffee. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

What’s on Tap 2.5.2015? Bell’s Hopslam – Stout Spectacular Ongoing

HopslamPoster_24x36 (1)We continue with our annual depth of winter Stout Spectacular and, in addition, we will observe another annual winter tradition with the tapping of Bell’s Hopslam!!!!  Bring your thirst and appetite as Chef Julia is going all-out in offering the comfort food we all need.

Stout Spectacular On-Going!!!

revolution-brewing-deths-tar-bourbon-barrel-a-L-OrVXSkThank you to everyone who showed up with enthusiasm for the kick-off of our 2015 Stout Spectacular on Thursday, Jan 22nd.  We had 15 amazing stouts tapped with an additional 13 barrels waiting in the wings for a slot to open up.  We have several amazing brews still to come so keep coming back for more and keep an eye out for your favorites.  Those waiting on-deck include:

Brooklyn Black Chocolate; Temperance Might Meets Right Coffee; Local Option Exorcist; Flying Dog Kujo; Revolution Mad Cow;  Revolution Rise; Off Color Dino s’mores; Ballast Point Victory at Sea; 4 Hands Bona Fide; Bell’s Expedition; and One Trick Pony Marsh Tacky.

2015 Stout Spectacular Kicks-Off Thursday, January 22nd!!!!

stout-spectacular-2015Dark, -2 degrees, windchill -19…Oh Yeah… it’s time for our annual Stout Spectacular!!!! Come huddle around the fireplace and join us for this annual get-out-of-the-house winter event. This year we’ll be featuring 20+ stouts and porters including those listed below and we’ll be taping 13 at a time until supplies run out. Bring your appetite as Chef Julia and the kitchen crew will be firing up comfort food to compliment the beer.

Barrel Aged Stouts

Breckenridge 72, Denver, Co, 6oz, 7.2% – An imperial chocolate cream stout brewed with chocolate from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and aged in Whiskey barrels. Glass 5

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 14.3% – The mother of all bourbon barrel aged Imperial stouts, an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Glass 6.50

Revolution Deth’s Tar, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 11.4% – A barrel aged Russian imperial oatmeal stout aged in two different types of bourbon barrels (Heaven Hill & Old Forester) then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew. Glass 6.50

Stouts & Porters

4 Hands Bona Fide, St. Louis, MO, 12oz, 9% – An Imperial coffee stout made with local coffee roaster Goshen Coffee. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Ballast Point Victory at Sea, San Diego, CA, 12oz, 10% – A coffee, vanilla, imperial American porter, rated 100 by Beer Advocate. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

Begyle Coffee Imperial Pajamas, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 9.8% – A local coffee infused imperial oatmeal stout that tastes like a chocolate covered coffee bean. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

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 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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn, NY, 12oz, 10% – A Russian Imperial Stout achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. Glass 8 / 8oz 5.50

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

Local Option Exorcist, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 8.5% – A foreign extra stout with notable hops that follow the flavors of dark chocolate malt. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

One Trick Pony Marsh Tacky, Lansing IL, 12oz, 6.2% – A hopped up and intensely roasted dark American stout. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Pig Minds Joe Daddy, Machesney Park, IL, 12oz, 8.2% – An imperial coffee stout brewed with copious quantities of molasses, brown sugar and locally roasted Guatemalan coffee. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

Revolution Mad Cow, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 7.7% – A smooth milk stout. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

Revolution Rise, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 7.1% – An American Stout with notes of chocolate and coffee, loaded with Amarillo & Chinook hops. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

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. 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

Three Floyds Backmasking, Munster, IN, 12oz, 5.9% – A sweet oatmeal stout with a nose of chocolate and roasted malt and subtle coffee notes. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Transient Artisan Ales Henry, Lansing, IL, 12oz, 7.5% – A robust American porter with pronounced notes of bittersweet chocolate. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Bottles:

2014 Begyle Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas, Chicago, IL, 22oz, 9.8% – An imperial oatmeal stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.  30

3/25/11 Goose Island Big John, Chicago, IL, 22oz, 11.5% – An imperial stout brewed with cocoa nibs. 30

2011/2012 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn, NY, 12oz, 10% – Russian Imperial Stout. 12

New Year’s Eve Celebration

NYEballoons2Join us Wednesday, December 31st for our annual New Year’s Eve bash.  As always, there will be no cover change, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast + BALLOON DROP at midnight.  Stop in early for dinner, doors will open at 5pm.  See balloon drop!!!

Holiday Beer Roll-Out, Kicks-off Thursday, December 4th

three floyds alpha klausIt’s that time of year!!! Can anyone believe it?  We’re rolling out the holiday ales on Thursday, December 4th. Stop in to  enjoy some of your favorite local and Belgian holiday brews including the following:

Begyle Christmas Ale, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 7% – Holiday ale spiced with Bengladesh bay leaves and Saigon cinnamon with a flavor that is delicate and malty with mild spice. Glass 4.50 / 8oz 3.25

 Dark Horse 4 Elf, Marshall, MI, 12oz, 9% – A spiced Winter Warmer brewed with nutmeg, clove, allspice and other holiday flavors. Glass 7 / 8oz 5

 Delirium Noel, Brouwerig Huyghe, Ghent, Belgium, 6oz, 10% – A Belgian Strong Dark Ale with delicious bready flavors, some spiciness and fruity notes. Glass 6.50

 Gouden Carolus Noel, Brouwerig Het Anker, Belgium, 6oz, 10% – A complex Belgium Strong Dark Ale with notes of anise, molasses/brown sugar, raisin/figs, cinnamon and lots of dark fruit flavors. Glass 6

 Great Lakes Christmas, Cleveland, OH, 12oz, 7.5% – The famous holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon. Glass 4.50 / 8oz 3.25

 Revolution Fistmas, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 6.3% – A holiday ale brewed with Chinook hops for pine aromas and spiced with ginger and orange peel. Glass 6 / 8oz 4.25

Scaldis Noel, Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl, Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium, 6oz, 12% – A classic Belgian holiday ale, ruby-copper color and a spicy aroma with notes of caramel and marzipan and peach. The taste is round, with hints of anise leading to a long warming finish. Glass 6.50

Southern Tier 2XMAS, Lakewood, NY, 12oz, 8% – A “double spice ale” brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glögg. 2XMAS ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. Glass 5 / 8oz 3.50

 St. Bernardus Christmas, Brouwerig St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium, 6oz, 10% – A Belgian Strong Dark Ale with notes of dark fruit like cherries and plums, some fig, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Glass 6

 The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming, Placentia, CA, 6oz, 11% – A Belgian-style Quadruple brewed with Belgian dark candi sugar with notes of raisin bread, dried apricots, burnt caramel and roasted pecans.  Glass 6

 Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, Munster, IN, 12oz, 6% – A big American Christmas Porter brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and of course, tons of strange American hops. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Don’t forget to bring your appetite as Chef Julia will be working with her crew to present a delicious menu to compliment the beer.

Final Days – Couldn’t Get a Ticket to FoBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event

bourbon barrel 2The last barrel of Barrel Aged Beers for this year’s event has been tapped and several on the list below are almost gone so stop in soon while supplies last!!! Don’t forget to bring your appetite as Chef Julia has put together an amazing menu.

Allagash Curieux, Portland ME, 6oz, 11% – Allagash Tripel is aged in Jim Beam barrels for eight weeks and then blended with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes and hints of bourbon. Glass 6

Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl, 12oz, 7% – A pumpkin ale aged 6 months in Wild Turkey® barrels with notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak, a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. Glass 7 / 8oz 5

Arcadia Deliverance, Battle Creek, MI, 6oz, 14.3% – Bourbon Barrel aged dopplebock with notes of rich malt, bourbon, brandy-coated sweets, freshly-roasted nuts, hints of spice and a long expresso-like finish. Glass 6.50

Ballast Point Three Sheets, San Diego, CA, 6oz, 9% – A Barleywine aged in Ballast Point Three Sheets Rum barrels. Glass 6

Begyle Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 9.8% – An imperial oatmeal stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. (Bombers will be available at noon on Friday, November 21st at the Taproom, 1800 W. Cuyler) Glass 7

Central Waters La Petite Mort, Amherst, WI, 12oz, 9.05% – A Belgian inspired weissenbock aged 6 months in Heaven Hill barrels brewed in collaboration with The Local Option that is dark amber in color with notes of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Deschutes Mirror Mirror, Bend, OR, 6oz, 11.2% – A barley wine, 50% aged 10 Months in Oregon Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Malbec barrels. Glass 6

Deschutes Not the Stoic, Bend, OR, 6oz, 12.1% – A Belgian-style Quad aged 11 months in 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Rye Whiskey Barrels. Glass 6

Firestone Walker Ol’ Leghorn, Paso Robles, CA, 6oz, 10.5% – A collaboration between Nick Floyd of 3 Floyds Brewing and Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker resulting in a “staggeringly” hoppy blonde barleywine that is aged in a combination of retired bourbon barrels and new American oak wine barrels then blended with a fresh batch of dry-hopped Ol’ Leghorn. Glass 6.50

Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 12.1% – An English-style barleywine aged in third-use barrels, first used to produce Kentucky bourbon and then Bourbon County Stout, with intricate notes of oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and a signature bourbon heat. Glass 6.50

Revolution Gravedigger Billy, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 10.4% – A wee heavy scotch ale aged 6 months in Woodford Reserve barrels with rich malt character of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar melded with flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon. Glass 6.50

Temperance Root Down Porter, Evanston, IL, 6.5%, 6oz – A robust porter aged in Evanston based FEW rye whiskey barrels with mellow notes of vanilla mixed with a touch of chicory, chocolate and whiskey. Glass 5

Tighthead Wee Heady, Mundelein, IL, 6oz, 10.6% – A strong scotch ale aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Glass 5

Barrel Aged Sour Beer
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, Dexter, MI, 6oz, 5.9% – Brewed with pumpkin, spice and cacao and aged in oak barrels. Glass 6

Couldn’t get a Ticket to FOBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event; Kicks-off Thursday, November 13, 2014!!!!

fobab 2014We are very pleased and excited to announce the second annual “Couldn’t get a Ticket to FOBAB Barrel Aged Beer Event” as recently reported in the New York Times Travel Section.  Each year Chicago hosts one of the great beer festivals in the world, the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FOBAB) where scores of breweries from around the country converge to showcase the finest of barrel aged liquids. Tickets go on sale well in advance and are gobbled up in minutes leaving many out in the cold, noses pressed to the glass, dreaming of vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel notes, commonly featured in these barrel aged wonders.  Our annual event is a humble attempt to satisfy those beer lovers who couldn’t get a ticket to FOBAB and, truthfully, those who could.  Though the list is not yet complete this year we will feature 20+ beers aged in retired barrels of Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, Templeton Rye, Kentucky Bourbon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Old Forrester and new American Oak to name a few.  The event will kick-off on Thursday, November 13th and will continue into the weekend and through the following weeks as supplies last.  The beer list will include the following and more:

 

Allagash Curieaux, Portland ME, 6oz, 11% – Allagash Tripel is aged in Jim Beam barrels for eight weeks and then blended with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes and hints of bourbon. Glass 6

 Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl, 12oz, 7% – A pumpkin ale aged 6 months in Wild Turkey® barrels with notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. Glass 7

 Arcadia Deliverance, Battle Creek, MI, 6oz, 14.3% – Bourbon Barrel aged dopplebock with notes of rich malt, bourbon, brandy-coated sweets, freshly-roasted nuts, hints of spice and a long expresso-like finish. Glass 6.50

Begyle Brewing Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas, Chicago, Illinois 9.8% – An imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. 

 Breckenridge 72, Denver, Co, 6oz, 7.2% – An imperial chocolate cream stout brewed with chocolate from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and aged in Whiskey barrels. Glass 5

Central Waters La Petite Mort, Amherst, WI, 12oz, 9.05% – A Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed in collaboration with The Local Option and aged 6 months in Heaven Hill Barrels that is dark amber in color with notes of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Glass 6.50 / 8oz 4.50

Deschutes Mirror Mirror, Bend, OR, 6oz, 11.2% – A barley wine, 50% aged 10 Months in Oregon Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Malbec barrels. Glass 6

 Deschutes Not the Stoic, Bend, OR, 6oz, 12.1% – A Belgian-style Quad aged 11 months in 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Rye Whiskey Barrels. Glass 6

 Firestone Walker Old Leghorn, Paso Robles, CA, 6oz, 10.5% – A collaboration between Nick Floyd of 3 Floyds Brewing and Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker resulting in a “staggeringly” hoppy blonde barleywine aged in a combination of retired bourbon barrels and new American oak wine barrels then blended with a fresh batch of dry-hopped Ol’ Leghorn. Glass 6.50

 Goose Island Bourbon County Backyard Rye, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 12.7% – An imperial stout aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. Glass 6.50

Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 12.1% – An English-style barleywine aged in third-use barrels, first used to produce Kentucky bourbon and then Bourbon County Stout, with intricate notes of oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and a signature bourbon heat. Glass 6.50

 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 14.5% – The famous bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout with intense notes of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Bean Gene, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 9% – A bourbon barrel aged porter steeped with Dark Matter coffee beans that is smooth and well balanced with hints of vanilla. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Filibuster, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 11.5% – An Imperial wheat ale aged in a mix of Old Forester and Woodford Reserve barrels with notes of sweet malt, vanilla and dark fruit. Glass 6.50

 Revolution Gravedigger Billy, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 10.4% – A wee heavy scotch ale aged 6 months in Woodford Reserve barrels with rich malt character of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar melded with flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon from the charred American oak barrels. Glass 6.50

 Surly Barrel Aged Darkness, Brooklyn Center, MN, 6oz, 9.8% – A Russian imperial stout, aged in rye whiskey barrels from High West Distillery, with notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, vanilla, rye whisky and raisins. Glass 5.50

 Temperance Root Down Porter, Evanston, IL, 6.5%, 6oz – A robust porter aged in Evanston based FEW rye whiskey barrels with mellow notes of vanilla mixed with a touch of chicory and chocolate, enveloped in the unmistakable rye whiskey. Glass 5

 Tight Head Wee Heavy, Mundelein, IL, 6oz, 10.6% – A strong scotch ale aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Glass 5