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