Tallgrass Brewing Is Coming To Illinois

In Beer News by Ryan

Tallgrass Brewing’s four packs of tallboys (16 ounce cans) will soon be found on store shelves across Illinois.

The Manhattan, Kansas based brewery, which opened in 2007 and began canning in 2010, has announced its foray into Illinois with a downstate launch happening now and plans to arrive in Chicago next month. In fact, Tallgrass Founder Jeff Gill tells GuysDrinkingBeer his beers should be hitting retail outlets in downstate Illinois this week. “We are SUPER pumped about Illinois, and have just shipped beer to the downstate wholesalers,” said Gill, in an email exchange.

The beers heading to the Land of Lincoln include an imperial ESB, a Belgian Tripel and a pale ale chosen by Esquire Magazine as one of the best new beers of 2012.

Tallgrass is being distributed by a series of Anheuser-Busch affiliated wholesalers downstate, known as the Illinois Distribution Alliance, and River North in Chicago.


Here are the beers headed for Illinois:

  • 8-Bit – American Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV
  • Oasis – Dry-hopped Imperial ESB, 7.2% ABV
  • Ethos IPA – Dry-hopped India Pale Ale, 6.8% ABV
  • Buffalo Sweat – Oatmeal Cream Stout, 5% ABV
  • Velvet Rooster – Belgian-Style Tripel, 8.5% ABV

Ethos, described by Gill as a brightly hopped IPA, is a new release for Tallgrass and is due out this month.

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