Blakkr by Surly Brewing + Real Ale Brewing + Three Floyds Brewing

April 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Collaborations are all the rage right now, and we’ve got a great one from Real Ale, Surly and Three Floyds. Known as Blakkr, this Imperial Black IPA has five different malts and three hops with English Ale yeast. It clocks in with 85 IBUs, lending a supper hop-forward presence, as well as 9.99 percent alcohol that stuffs alcohol throughout the nose and taste. This beer is billed as having flavors of black licorice and bitter sweet hop aromas of pineapple, but it also has undertones of dark chocolate and a syrup-like consistency. Much like many of the collaboration beers we’ve had, [...]

Blues and Brews Podcast #15

March 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

  On this show we are spotlighting two collaboration brews with the first being Brotherhood Of The Barrel Batch 2 of 2 by Solemn Oath Brewing and Two Brothers Brewing and the second was the brew Blakkr by 3 Floyds Brewing, Surly Brewing, and Real Ale Brewing. On this show we’re kicking it off just right with some great brews, and some of the best in Blues, RnB, and Soul from Jimmy Witherspoon, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Junior Wells, Nikki Hill, Muddy Waters, and Otis Rush. Be sure to drink a few craft brews along with us when listening to the show and keep in touch with us on [...]

Blues & Brews Interview – Begyle Brewing

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

  On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 we sat down with Kevin Cary from Begyle Brewing here in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, drank some of their fine brews, took a little tour of their facility, and talked about how they got their start here in Chicago, where they are now, and what future plans they have for 2014. Although Jason didn’t want to be in any of the pictures… here are some of the pictures he took when we were checking out the brewery. For more information on Begyle Brewing Co. go to: Official Website Official Facebook Page Offical Twitter Page Get on out [...]


February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

  On Thursday 2/20/14 two amazing craft brewers will join forces for the good of all. Three Floyds, Bill Kim and Half Acre will host an evening of fellowship in celebration of “A Week of Three Floyds and Friends.” To mark the occasion,Half Acre will release Shewolf, a bracing, collaborative IPA we brew with Three Floyds. While their store and tap room will be open as usual, they’ll have another level of participation that gets you into the bowels of the brewery. They’ll be serving Bento Boxes curated by Chef Bill Kim and four 12oz pours of beer (two by Three [...]

Voodoo Doughnut – Pretzel, Rasberry, and Chocolate Ale by Rogue Ales

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Review by guest reviewer and indie rock critic at Xtine Bowles. OK ok ok Rogue Ales, you got me. I’ve got a vagina and I bought into this pink and cute voodoo doll label bullshit. And yes. Yes! I will save this bottle to throw some spring flowers in it and leave out as a decoration. That being said about the outside of this cute bottle, what a bunch of fucking bullshit this beer is. Did you shave some unicorn hoofs in there too? Now, don’t get me wrong. On first sip – actually on first five sips – I had high hopes. Like when you get that shitty wax [...]

Falcon Dive IPA by Lake Effect Brewing

February 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Lake Effect Brewing Co. has got a real treat for all of you who want a pretty good hoplosion of a brew. Color is a golden/amber with about two fingers of a foamy white head and a good amount of carbonation. Falcon Dive IPA uses a good amount of Falconer’s 7C’s blend of 7 popular “C” hop varieties (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Cluster, Columbus, and Crystal) which gives a nose and taste of floral/citrus/grapefruit which you would expect, but there is a pretty big piny taste from that Chinook that grabs you by the balls a bit which kind of reminds me of a [...]

Blues and Brews Podcast #14

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  On this show we are spotlighting two amazing beers from Idaho’s very own Grand Teton Brewery with their brews “Coming Home 2013 Holiday Ale” and “XX Bitch Creek ESB 2012″. We picked up both at Gene’s Sausage Shop located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood here in Chicago at 4750 N Lincoln Avenue. On this show we’re kicking it off just right with some great brews, and some of the best in Blues, RnB, and Soul from Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Samantha Fish, Priscilla Stewart, Screamin Joe Neal, Sir Charles Jones, and The Gerry Hundt [...]

Anchor Brewing Releases Anchor IPA

February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Anchor Brewing announces the release of Anchor IPA; an adventurous new brew to join Anchor’s core lineup of distinctive, hand-crafted brews. “When we started thinking about Anchor IPA, we wanted to create a beer we would be proud to serve in our Taproom,” said Mark Carpenter, Brewmaster at Anchor Brewing.  “Right now a lot of IPAs are so hop forward that your palate can only enjoy one because of the high bitterness. Our IPA will have a strong hop flavor so you know you’re drinking an IPA. But, the combination of malts we’re using are strong enough to hold up to the bitterness, [...]

3 Sheeps Beer + Cake Night @ The Sedgwick Stop

January 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

  On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 starting up at 5PM one of our favorite places to go for brews The Sedgwick Stop will be having a Beer and Dessert pairing that will knock your friggin’ socks off!! How about some really killer cake & some of 3 Sheeps Brewing‘s new brew Ewephoria Ginger Chocolate Stout. Yummy. Come on out and join in the fun. Be sure to RSVP here on facebook. For more information on 3 Sheeps Brewing go to: Official Site Official Facebook Official [...]

Founders All Day IPA 15-Packs Coming This Spring

January 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Founders Brewing is excited to announce 15-pack cans of All Day IPA will begin shipping to our distributor partners in March, replacing All Day IPA 12-pack cans without raising the suggested retail price. This is the first time a major craft brewery has put out a 15-pack. “We are able to offer 15-pack cans due to production efficiencies from packaging cost savings,” said Co-Founder Mike Stevens. “We’re excited to pass the savings on to our customers as a way of saying thank you for their reception of All Day IPA.” Developing the All Day IPA recipe was no easy task. “We [...]
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