A pair of Chicago area breweries inked distribution deals late last week: BuckleDown Brewing signed on with Wirtz for Chicago area only distribution while Penrose Brewing Company went with Windy City.
A bill doubling the production cap for craft brewers in Illinois was signed in to law by Governor Pat Quinn on Friday, rather unceremoniously, despite our best efforts to have him sign it while sipping on a Rolling Meadows beer.
The new law increases the production cap to qualify for a Craft Brewers license, and the self-distribution rights that come with it, from 15,000 barrels a year to 30,000 barrels a year. Brewers can still only self-distribute up to 7,500 barrels a year.
The legislation was a byproduct of negotiations between the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago).
For the second time in as many years a brewery participating in our Chicago Craft Beer Week event, South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers, has signed a distribution agreement with a Chicago wholesaler.
Last year it was Six Row Brewing out of St. Louis, a relative unknown to the Chicago market, joining forces with Chicago Beverage Systems. This time, it’s a very-well known downstate brewery doing the same: DESTIHL.
This visit has been a long time coming, hasn’t it.
New Glarus Says:
Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F.
New Glarus Wild Sour Ale
American Sour Ale, 5% ABV
Why we’re reviewing this beer, I couldn’t tell you. You have to drive to Wisconsin to get it. Hell, they’ve probably sold out of it. And who knows — maybe they won’t ever make it again. But Godblessit, it’s been over six months since we wrote about a New Glarus beer, and it’s our site and we love sours so that’s good enough for us. Continue reading
An Englishman’s first love is his brown ale. However, in the summer he often fancies blondes instead! With this inspiration, we’ve created Newcastle Bombshell, an English style blonde ale.
English Pale Ale, 4.4% ABV
*This beer was provided by the brewery for the purpose of a review.
Ryan: We’ve noticed, and perhaps you have too, our beer writing has slowed significantly this summer. And that’s because it’s summer. A time to drink as opposed to drink and write. A time to enjoy a light, crisp beer in the backyard, or front stoop or just about anywhere — really.
Believe it or not, this brings us to Newcastle’s Bombshell, the brewery’s summer offering and ongoing attempt to expand its portfolio beyond its signature brown ale. Continue reading
At a time when craft beer drinkers are seeking out beers low in ABV but big in taste, and brewers are obliging, a new Chicago craft brewery is unapologetically brewing high alcohol content beers with no plans to do otherwise.
Say hello to Ten Ninety Brewing.
We met one of the owners of Ten Ninety, Brian Schafer, at Beer Under Glass and were blown away by both his beer — the Imperial Porter in particular — and his passion to push the ABV envelope. Naturally, we wanted to follow-up with him to find out more about Ten Ninety and his plans moving forward.
The Illinois State Fair — a ten-day celebration of agriculture, carnies and fried food on a stick – kicks off in Springfield tonight with the ceremonial Twilight Parade followed by the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Fair Friday morning.
As someone who grew up in Springfield and frequented the fair each and every summer for two decades there are a handful of things synonymous with the Fair: fresh-made saltwater taffy, a lemon shakeup, a Vose corn dog, a pork chop sandwich from the Illinois Pork Producers Association, something deep-fried, looking at a cow made of 500 pounds of butter, milking a real cow, petting a goat, something else deep-fried, riding down a Giant Slide and beer.
While I could drone on and one about the aforementioned fair goodies it is the latter — beer — we’re going to be talking about today. Continue reading