What’s on Tap? Penrose P 2. Thursday, March 27th

Penrose_GlassJoin us for “What’s on Tap?” as we plan to introduce a brand new beer from a brand new brewery, Penrose P 2. Penrose, located in Geneva, IL has a focus on Belgian inspired session ales, oak barrel-aging, and alternative fermentation. It’s our understanding the Brewmaster, Tom Korder, has 10 years of experience working at Goose Island and was involved with the barrel aging program there.  P2 is a Belgian-inspired Pale with an abv of 5.4% and a tropical fruit, clove and resiney aroma that finishes dry with an aggressive, yet balanced, hop bitterness.

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 March 20

maine beer co.Thursday March 20, 2014 we are excited to feature our first beer, Maine MO,  from the Maine Beer Company located in Freeport, Maine,  Mo is an American Pale Ale with flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passionfruit and pine with a subtle malt sweetness for balance but it finishes dry. The Maine Beer Company was founded in 2009 by two brothers with a special kind of philosophy where 1% of all gross sales are donated to environmental not-for-profits and they continuously strive to operate their brewery in an environmentally conscious manner.  It’s a small brewery and not much of their beer makes it all the way to Chicago so we wanted to share this special Pale Ale with you.  It’s a beautifully crafted beer and very approachable with an abv of 6% so everyone should be able to give it a try.  It reminds us of Spring so we thought it was the perfect beer to tap on the first day of Spring and we hope that by drinking it the long winter we have all survived will begin to fade from our memory.


What’s on Tap?

HOPSLAMHopslamPoster_24x36 (1)Join us Thursdays 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.  The inaugural “What’s on Tap?” will kick-off appropriately on Thursday, March 13 with a barrel of Bell’s Hopslam, the mother of all imperial IPA’s.  Please stop in to join us and check out the NEW menu from Chef Julia.

Now Serving Brunch

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Challah French Toast with bananas and nutella

Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3pm.  We’ll have many of our regular items as well as special brunch offerings from Chef Julia. Stop in to enjoy eggs any style with Slagel sausage, pancakes made with ricotta cheese, egg whites & oats served with fruit compote and maple syrup, challah french toast with bananas and nutella and much more.

2014 Stout Spectacular Continues

VeryMadCow_thumbOur response to the cold, dark, depth of winter on Thursday, Jan23rd, was a big “Oh Yeah” as we huddled around the fireplace with friends and kicked-off the 2014 Stout Spectacular.  A great crowd was on hand and all were treated to a line up of very special brews as well as the delicious Slagel Farms pot roast braised in 1 year old Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout prepared by our beloved Chef Julia. Thirteen stouts were tapped with 9 more in reserve so the Spectacular will keep going as long as supplies last.  Please check out our beer and food pages for current offerings and  be sure to stop in so when the Spring arrives you can say you looked this frigid winter in the eye and it was mother nature that blinked!!

2014 Stout Spectacular

vt-stout-spectacularVT Stout proofThursday, January 23rd is the kick-off date for our annual Stout Spectacular.  For this years kick-off event Chef Julia Helton will be preparing stout braised  Slagel Farms beef short ribs and we have collected an amazing selection of 20+ beers.  We will be devoting 13 of our 26 taps to the stouts and the event will continue to run as long as supplies last.  Stouts offered during the event will include the following:

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% – Cellered for one year, a Russian Imperial Stout achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts.  Glass 8 / 8oz 5.50

Cisco Imperial Stout, Nantucket, MA, 6oz, 13.5% – A dry, full bodied imperial stout with notes of black fig, plum, toasted almond and unsweetened cocoa. Glass 6

Founders Imperial Stout, Grand Rapids, MI, 12oz, 10.5% – A Russian Imperial Stout brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body.  Glass 8 / 8oz 5.50

Gigantic Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout, Portland, OR, 12oz, 10% – Huge aromas of roast, coffee and dark fruit and flavors of toasted malts, burnt and caramelized sugars, licorice and sesame.  Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

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

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Denver, CO, 12oz, 9.5% – An Imperial Stout with subtle vanilla flavor that rounds out intense notes of roastiness and huge hop character. Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6

Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Cleveland, OH, 12oz, 9% – An imperial Stout with a rich malt body and bold hop flavor. 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 5.25

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Longmont, CO ,16oz, 6% – Dark and delicious, 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

Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout, Cooperstown, NY, 12oz, 7% – Brewed with licorice root and star anise with flavors that include chocolate, dark coffee, and rich malt character.  Glass 7 / 8oz 5

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

Revolution Very Mad Cow, Chicago, IL, 6oz, 9.7% – A full bodied, dark, creamy, milk stout aged for “many moons” in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Glass 6.50

Revolution Zanate, Chicago, IL, 12oz, 7% – A mole stout brewed with cinnamon, cocoa nibs & guajillo pepper. Glass 8.50 / 6oz 6

Rogue Imperial Stout, Newport, OR, 12oz, 11.6% – A Russian Imperial Stout rich in texture, broad, soft and creamy.  Glass 7 / 8oz 5

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 Moloko, Munster, IN, 12oz, 8% – A Milk Stout brewed with a portion of golden naked oats and lactose milk sugar to give it a rounded and full-bodied mouth feel and a deep roasted and slightly sweet maltiness.  Glass 8.50 / 8oz 6