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Deschutes’ Inversion IPA Is Coming To Illinois

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When we first heard about Deschutes entrance into Illinois all we could think about was hops, hops and MORE HOPS. I mean, that’s what breweries in the Northwest are known for, right? Tongue numbing, palate wrecking, hallucinatory IPA’s. So color us a little bummed when the first three beers we were greeted with didn’t melt our taste buds. But that …

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Two Brothers Returns To The Keystone State

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PRESS RELEASE Two Brothers Brewing Company is ready for their long awaited return to the state of Pennsylvania. Thanks to Pennsylvania’s first and largest craft only beer carrier, Shangy’s The Beer Authority, Two Brothers Brewing Company beers will be available in March. “Two Brothers left [Pennsylvania] a couple years ago and we have had a daily request to bring them back …

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Batter Up: The Ballpark Brew Fest Is Next Month In Schaumburg

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PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, Ill. – Empire Productions, LLC has joined with Schaumburg Boomers Baseball to launch Schaumburg’s first annual beer fest, being held at Boomers Stadium on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for general admission ticketholders. This four-hour, unlimited sample brewery festival features specialty beers from over two-dozen breweries, like Lagunitas, Tenth & Blake, SixPoint, …

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South Loop Brewing Calls Out Rick Bayless Over Crown Imports Partnership

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Rick Bayless, one of Chicago’s most popular chefs, one of the President’s favorite chefs, and perhaps most well known as (at least on a national level) a “Top Chef Master,” announced plans to create a “craft beer” with Corona maker Crown Imports, according to Crain’s. The Chicago restaurateur and PBS cooking-show star will partner with the nation’s largest beer importer …

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Ballast Point Coming To Chicago; Wirtz Beverage To Distribute

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PRESS RELEASE Chicago, IL – Today, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and Wirtz Beverage announce a new partnership to distribute Ballast Point beers in Illinois and Minnesota.  The agreement brings the beers to the Chicago market for the first time and also makes them available statewide in both Illinois and Minnesota.  This agreement builds upon an existing partnership in Nevada …

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Review: Southern Tier Harvest Ale

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Southern Tier says: “Harvest Ale is our celebration of the changing weather and the sowing of hops and barley that will be used in our upcoming brews. We usher in the fall with a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Deep ruby in color with an even deeper hop flavor… in fact, we throw fresh English …

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Review: Stone Vertial Epic 10.10.10

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Stone says: “Fermented with the legendary Ardennes strain of Belgian yeast, 10.10.10 is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with pale malt and triticale (a cross of wheat and rye), hopped with German Perle hops, and steeped with chamomile during the whirlpool stage. In secondary fermentation, we added a juice blend of Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties.” Stone …

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From The Cellar: Stone Vertical Epic 09.09.09

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Stone says: “This is quite a complex and layered beer. Bold and smooth chocolate malt flavors combine with a Belgian yeast lending tropical fruit/banana flavors and hints of spiciness, all complemented by citrus notes from an addition of tangerine peel. Rich vanilla beans add a nice counter to the chocolate malt – actually enhancing the chocolatiness. The finish is smooth, …

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Review: Arbor Jackhammer Old Ale

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Arbor says: “Jackhammer Old Ale is our celebration of the wonder and magic of autumn in Michigan. At nearly 9% ABV, this high gravity ale combinds a warming sensation with a rich malty sweetness to create an outstanding initial complexity.” Arbor Jackhammer Old Ale Old Ale, 9% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: “Arbor’s beers tend to be kind of hit …

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Review: New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red

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New Glarus says: “Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely “Wisconsin.” So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet.” New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red Fruit Beer, 4% ABV Sayeth …

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Review: Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale

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Destihl says: “This imperial stout is made with sour cherries and Belgian yeast and aged in oak barrels. Black in color and full-bodied with subtle aroma, flavor and tartness perceived from the addition of sour cherries.” Destihl Cerise Stout Imperiale Imperial Stout, ?% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: A few years ago Karl & I hit up a fancy Mexican …

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Review: New Glarus Spotted Cow

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New Glarus says: “Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.” New Glarus Spotted Cow Cream Ale, 5.1% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Karl: Taking from the Spotted …

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Review: Sprecher Black Bavarian

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Sprecher says: “This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it a world champion.” Sprecher Black Bavarian Schwarzbier, 6% ABV Sayeth the Guys: Ryan: Over the last year I have developed a profound appreciation for the schwarzbier …

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Review: Boulevard The Sixth Glass 2010

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Boulevard says: “Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur… “ Boulevard The Sixth Glass Quad, 10.5% ABV Sayeth the …

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