Widmer Brothers says:
Brewed with 6 different hop varieties and 3 different grains, including wheat, Upheaval will be a fitting tribute, not only to the bold Northwest-style IPA, but to Kurt and Rob Widmer’s unapologetic attitude in legacy of innovation.
That’s not dust on the bottle, it’s hop remnants — no joke.
Widmer Brothers Upheaval
IPA American IPA, 7% ABV
*This beer was provided by the brewer for the purpose of a review.
On occasion, breweries will send us beer to review. Most of the time that beer arrives in a box, shipped from afar, or dropped off by a distributor. Although there was that one time I got a backpack full of stuff — and two beers. Typically in said box is a beer or two or three and some promotional material; a press release or a flyer or a sticker or two or three. Widmer Brothers did something different for this release: they blanketed the beer and accompanying glassware in hop leaves.
Last night, we spent a few hours in the company of fellow beer drinkers enjoying the release of our ‘collaboration’ beer, “It’s Dangerous To Go Alone.”
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Three Floyds. Paul Kahan.
Both names inspire a certain level of frenzy and excitement in beer geeks and foodies, respectively. When Three Floyds and Paul Kahan get together, you can imagine what might happen.
Actually, though, you don’t have to imagine. Continue reading
Imagine my surprise today, walking down LaSalle St in Chicago, when I saw this:
Last year, Pipeworks and Three Floyds took center stage, with Pipeworks winning damn near everything possible in RateBeer’s annual best list. This time around Goose Island, riding the wave of its Bourbon County Brand Stout varieties, reclaimed the top spot in Illinois while Three Floyds continued its dominance in Indiana.
Sometimes you make jokes on Twitter and your wit goes out into the great unknown, unseen and unappreciated. (Or worse, unfavorited.)
Sometimes you joke around and someone decides to let you help turn it into a beer.
About a month ago, the latter happened.
Test-steeping hibiscus in hot water, hops in the background. All to hopefully come up with a good-tasting beer.
On Tuesday night, as the snow began falling on Chicago, thousands of people streamed in to the long-awaited Lagunitas Chicago Brewery for a “not-so-dry-run,” a chance to showcase the space and give those uneducated on all things Lagunitas a crash course on eclectic brewery.
Beer labels approved so far this month from: Ale Syndicate, Arcade Brewery, DESTIHL, Goose Island, Lake Effect, Little Egypt, Off Color, Revolution, Rolling Meadows, Templar Brewing, Urban Legend and Von Jakob Brewery. Continue reading
Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address last week kicked off another legislative session for lawmakers in Springfield, although action will be rather sparse until after the primary election on March 18th. There are only 12 session days scheduled between now and then. Nevertheless, we’ll keep tabs on what bills are introduced and on the move in Springfield.
House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin and the Frankenmuth Brewery in Frankenmuth, Michigan have become the first out-of-state breweries to receive a Craft Brewers License from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and the right to self-distribute in this state.