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What’s on Tap? Thursday, June 5th, Transient Artisan Ales Locaux

TransientAles-lafleurFor those of you not familiar with Transient Artisan Ales (TAA) and Chris Betts it’s owner, brewer, delivery man, chief cook and bottle washer and for those of you who are, this tapping will be an opportunity to experience one of the great but still relatively unknown stories in local brewing here in Chicagoland. Chris has a wealth of brewing experience and currently works as a brewer at One Trick Pony, a brew pub in Lansing, IL that allocates some of its brewing capacity to TAA. So, when Chris is not brewing for One Trick Pony he is utilizing the brew pub facilities to create the beers of TAA. Specializing in Belgian-style beers such as his Obelus Celeia, a blended saison with 10% sour saison for a bright lemony finish, Chris is also known to dabble in American styles such as Hank, a full bodied American porter with heavy notes of chocolate and coffee. Regardless of style the beers are always fresh, flavorful, alive and stand out in todays crowded field of craft beers. This Thursday, as part of our on-going Thursday night special tapping, we will be featuring Locaux, a Midwest country ale brewed with all local ingredients centered around cascade hops from hop head farms in Michigan.  Locaux is a beautifully balanced beer with just enough hops to satisfy the most discriminating hop palate but not enough to turn off those who are overwhelmed by an abundance of hops.  With an ABV of 5.4% this beer is truly accessible and can be enjoyed by all.

The Art of Craft Beer, Thursday, May 22, 2014, Chicago Craft Beer Week Event

Art of Craft Beer PosterThe brain child of our dear friend and patron Keith Bodner, The Art of Craft Beer is an exhibition of art from 9 artists that have created some of our favorite craft beer labels including Rob Seyers the creator of Gumballhead the cat and the Gumballhead beer label for Three Floyds Brewing. In addition, as part of the event, Keith will be launching his new website, beerconfessions.com that will feature videos of beer destinations throughout the county and other salient beer topics. The event will be held from 5-10 in the beer garden and there is no admission fee to attend. A special list of beers will be available featuring many of the brewery’s that will appear in the art exhibit.

Chicago Craft Beer Week Event – Half Acre Tap Takeover and Food Pairing

VillageTap_CCBW_half acreJoin us Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 for a beautiful night in the Beer Garden featuring beers from Half Acre and special food pairings from our own Chef Julia Helton.  The Half Acre beers available for this special Chicago Craft Beer Week event include the following:

Akari Shogun, 16oz, 5.5% – An American Pale Wheat with noticeable hops. Glass 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Chicago, IL, 16oz, 5.2% – American Pale Ale with aromatic hops. Pint 5.50 / Pitcher 20 / 8oz 3

 Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, 12oz, 8.5% – A version of Double Daisy Cutter using galaxy hops from Australia, known to make pallets numb. Glass 7.50 / 8oz 5.25

 Get Right, 16oz, 4.7% – A crisp, clean and refreshing German-style Kolsch brewed with saphir and melon hops from Germany. Pint 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Golden Tuna, 16oz, 4.7% – A sessionable American Pale Ale dry-hopped with mosaic and centennial. Pint 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 Pony Pils, 16oz, 5.8% – A crisp, clean German-style pilsner. Pint 6 / Pitcher 22 / 8oz 3.25

 The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise, 12oz, 5% – A nutty and soft English brown ale brewed with all German malts. Glass 6 / 8oz 4.25

 Vallejo, 12oz, 6.7% – A limited release West Coast style IPA. Glass 5.50 / 8oz 3.75

Tap-A-Lapooza; Thur & Fri, May 15th & 16th

tap-a-paloozaJoin us Thursday and Friday May 15th & 16th as we kick-off Chicago Craft Beer Week with an incredible selection of craft beers including many we’ve been saving for this special occasion.  In addition, our very own Chef Julia Helton will be preparing special dishes to pair with some of the brews. Hope you can join us.

 

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What’s on Tap? May 8, 2014. Saugatuck A La Minute.

a la minuteThis week’s “What’s on Tap?” feature is truly a one-of-a-kind beer.  It’s a collaboration between Saugatuck  Brewing Company of Saugatuck, MI and the winner of a home brewing competition staged by the Brewery.  The winner happens to be Nick Simon, our illustrious beer rep from Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.  Nick is categorizing his beer as an “American Dubbel” with influences from both Belgian and American styles of brewing.  According to Nick, the beer is amber and ruby hued in color and starts off like a nut brown ale in smell and flavor but with deeper fruitier notes. As the beer comes to temperature, floral yeast aromas and jammy stone fruit favors become more evident. A pillowy head laces the glass all the way down and the beer finishes refreshingly dry due to a generous hop addition very late in the boil.  The beer’s name comes from the timely reception of hops and yeast arriving at the brewery, literally “to the minute” as they were needed in the beer making process. Nick will be available on Thursday, the 8th and will be signing pint glasses, so we hope you won’t miss this opportunity to try a delicious new brew and congratulate the man who made it all happen.  Cheers!!!

Join us every Thursday as we tap into something special with a new series titled “What’s on Tap?”. The idea? Every Thursday night we’ll tap a special brew, something you can’t always find, a beer that’s unique and special the kind that we all love to get our hands on. It will probably be a little higher in gravity but not necessarily so, the main criteria is that it should make our taste buds stand up and take notice.

 

What’s on Tap? Thursday May 1, 2014. Three Floyds Zombie Dust

zombiedustZombie Dust is pretty much the beer that “What’s on Tap?” was created for.  One of those brews we can only get our hands on every once in a blue moon that many of our faithful followers clamor for.  It’s an intensely hopped and gushing pale ale that has become a local favorite and legend so we are very happy to be able to share it with you at the next “What’s on Tap?” to be held Thursday, May 1st.  What a great way to start out a new month! Doors open at 5pm.

Join us every Thursday as we tap into something special with a new series titled “What’s on Tap?”. The idea? Every Thursday night we’ll tap a special brew, something you can’t always find, a beer that’s unique and special the kind that we all love to get our hands on. It will probably be a little higher in gravity but not necessarily so, the main criteria is that it should make our taste buds stand up and take notice.

What’s on Tap? April 24, 2014. Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire & Blood

Fire & Blood Dummy DrogonFire & Blood is the third beer in a collaboration series between Brewery Ommegang and HBO that celebrates the critically acclaimed drama Game of Thrones.  For those of you familiar with the drama, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. The beer itself is an American Red ale, 6.8% abv, spiced with ancho chiles.  Instead of heat, the chiles augment malty flavors of raisin and prune that are followed by a slightly floral and spicy hop character.  Reps from the brewery will be on hand and will be giving away special Game of Thrones glassware while supplies last.  In an extra nod to Brewery Ommegang, Chef Julia will be serving PEI Mussels made with the Ommegang Wit.

Join us every Thursday as we tap into something special with a new series titled “What’s on Tap?”. The idea? Every Thursday night we’ll tap a special brew, something you can’t always find, a beer that’s unique and special the kind that we all love to get our hands on. It will probably be a little higher in gravity but not necessarily so, the main criteria is that it should make our taste buds stand up and take notice.

 

What’s on Tap? April 16, 2014. Founders Backwoods Bastard

Backwoods-Bastard-ShieldNot often can we get our hands on a barrel of this special beer from Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, MI.  Not for the feint of heart or palate, the Backwoods Bastard is a Scotch Ale aged in oak bourbon barrels that weighs in at a hefty 10.2% abv. We received this barrel about six months ago and have been waiting for a special moment to share it with you while giving  it time to mellow out in our cooler.  Expect an aroma of single malt scotch and notes of oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice, and a scintilla of dark fruit.  It’s a beautifully crafted sipper that shouldn’t be missed.  Hope you can join us and don’t forget to bring your appetite so you can check out the NEW MENU from our chef Julia Helton.

Join us every Thursday as we tap into something special with a new series titled “What’s on Tap?”. The idea? Every Thursday night we’ll tap a special brew, something you can’t always find, a beer that’s unique and special the kind that we all love to get our hands on. It will probably be a little higher in gravity but not necessarily so, the main criteria is that it should make our taste buds stand up and take notice.

 

What’s on Tap? April 10, 2014

Une Annee BottlesMany of you may not be familiar with Une Annee, a newer Chicago brewery that specializes in Belgian and French style ales.   The brewery is located near the corner of Ashland and Grand in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor and is producing around 1000 barrels of beer per year (about the amount of a brewery pub).  They do not have a tasting room and currently are not doing tours but you can find their beer in craft beer bars, some restaurants and local bottle shops. For “What’s on Tap?”, Thursday, April 10th, we’ll be featuring the following two beers:

Une Annee Austere, 12oz, 6.5% – A dry, light, refreshing Belgian-style saison brewed with a good amount of wheat and a hint of caramel, hopped with Ahtanum and spiked with orange zest and juice.  Glass 6 / 8oz 4.25

 Une Annee Sanguinaire, 12oz, 7% –  A blood-red American twist to the classic Belgian Golden Ale brewed with generous amounts of American hops.  Glass 6 / 8oz 4.25

Stop in to check out these beers and don’t forget to bring your appetite for the NEW MENU by our Chef Julia Helton.

Join us every Thursday as we tap into something special with a new series titled “What’s on Tap?”. The idea? Every Thursday night we’ll tap a special brew, something you can’t always find, a beer that’s unique and special the kind that we all love to get our hands on. It will probably be a little higher in gravity but not necessarily so, the main criteria is that it should make our taste buds stand up and take notice.

What’s on Tap? April 3, 2014. Double Daisy Cutter!!!

DoubleDaisyCutter 2014It’s not often we get our hands on a 1/2 barrel of this gem so we thought it would be a good idea to feature it as our weekly Thursday night offering of “Whats on Tap?”.  Stop in to enjoy this brew and don’t forget to bring your appetite so you can check out the NEW MENU from our Chef Julia Helton.  According to Half Acre, one of Chicago’s cherished local brewers and the producer of this fine beer, “Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. A heftier grain bill amps up the weight and double dry hopping insures there’s enough hops to recede your gums.”  What more do you need to know?  Get on over to the Tap to give it a try before we run out.

Join us every Thursday as we tap into something special with a new series titled “What’s on Tap?”. The idea? Every Thursday night we’ll tap a special brew, something you can’t always find, a beer that’s unique and special the kind that we all love to get our hands on. It will probably be a little higher in gravity but not necessarily so, the main criteria is that it should make our taste buds stand up and take notice.