Behold, the February 2017 Beer Labels from Illinois we’ve discovered.
Each week (or thereabouts) we pore over a database of beer labels approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, to bring you new, reworked or re-branded beers from brewers across Illinois (and sometimes Northwest Indiana) before they hit store shelves.
You can do this too, if you want! All of these are publicly available through the TTB’s website. But you don’t have to, because you have us and we’re the dorks that find this kinda stuff interesting.
Note: Just because a beer label has cleared the TTB does not mean it will be released soon, if at all. Many breweries send labels to the TTB to have them available should they decide to release a beer, or with plans to release a beer but may not be released for any number of reasons. Treat these labels as an idea of what your favorite Illinois breweries might be doing, but nothing is certain until the breweries release the actual beer.
This month’s available labels include new looks from: Penrose, Maplewood, Begyle, Lake Zurich, Hopothesis, Half Acre, 5 Rabbit, Crystal Lake, Off Color, Finch, Forbidden Root, Pipeworks, Main Street, Bold Dog and Band of Bohemia.
By the way, if you’re looking for keg rings. we don’t post them anymore; they can occasionally give insight into a new beer name but generally a bunch of round things with printing on it isn’t the best visual experience. (If anything comes out that’s super interesting we may post an exception that proves the rule; we may also tweet them out separate from this post. Follow us here if you haven’t already.)