Forget CNN. We can tell you what’s happening in the world. Some shit’s blowing up. Some is hitting the fan. Here’s your fleeting escape.
Chicagoland is our home, but my brother Joe and I grew up about sixteen miles north of Milwaukee. For us, bringing SOB home to Wisconsin, maintaining that personal connection to where we're from, and, above all, doing it well have always been high on our priorities.
After you step through a refurbished barn door to this donut-offering plateless BBQ hot spot, you’ll be greeted by a skeeball machine on which you get one throw to see if you can enter. This place has everything: no chairs or tables, 600 taps, a Russian man screaming profanities, ski bums, and Stockard Channing singing "There Are Worse Things I Could Do." Don’t look for a bartender; there isn’t one. And why are there no bartenders? Because it’s that thing when everyone you know is on the Paleo diet.
This month marks the release of our most recent collaboration, Stefon, which our friends at Perennial Artisan Ales brewed at their shop. Stefon is a dark rye farmhouse ale conditioned with Brettanomyces. Earthy, spicy rye malt is at the front of the nose, followed by subtle stone and tropical fruit, with crackling cocoa flavor on the palate and a slight tartness that will only develop further with age.
We have three beers returning to our lineup, two of them in bottles. Ravaged By Vikings is our American double IPA brewed with Simcoe and Columbus for resinous, pine-sap flavor and dry-hopped with a blend of American hops for a huge citrus, pine-resin nose. Man vs. Internet is our Belgo-American double red ale that combines caramel, oatmeal sweetness with dark fruit and spice for a full-bodied flavorsmack. Salty Beard is our single-hop Belgian IPA, brewed and dry-hopped this time with El Dorado hops for huge melon, tropical fruit, and citrus character, all packed on top of some big fruity Belgian-style yeast esters and absolutely no salt whatseover.
We're here to help you steer clear of that debacle and point your pupils toward something dark--just not Ted Bundy dark. This week, we release Psychogaze, our American porter. Loaded with Munich, crystal, chocolate, and black malts for a complex malt character that hits the full spectrum of caramel, toast, roast, and earthy coffee. Rolled oats add a velvety texture to the beer's medium body, while Nugget and Willamette hops contribute fruity, earthy aromatics.
As we’ve grown, the demand for our apparel, headwear, and miscellaneous items (coming soon) has grown in parallel. Alongside our passion for creating quality beer, the aesthetic presence of our space and the products we create has always been a focus. From our creative partners to the work of our in-house artist Jourdon Gullett, we’ve always strived to construct the best atmosphere possible for you to enjoy the beer that we’re so proud of—and sometimes that is a tee shirt on your back.
As we move forward we will tap something out of the norm, sometimes it may be a rad pin, other times a specially infused beer... and, because you are thinking it, we will break out some barrel-aged stuff sometimes too. Special tappings won't be all. We'll also choose a beer, sometimes two, to do $10 growler fills.
In case you missed round one in Armitage Awesomeness, our two breweries got together to do two things: celebrate the great venues for beer in one Chicago neighborhood and throw an event that reflects our best experiences hanging out with friends over beers. Craft-supporting establishments and breweries do a killer job of giving you options for single-venue events, but we wanted to pull together an itinerary for you that gives the beer event some legs and a breath of fresh air.
I was worried you would be too panic-stricken from oh, you know, the methane gas escaping from the Arctic, the outbreak of an untreatable virus, our poorly secured nuclear weapons, the violent conflicts spread across Eurasia, our border crisis, our vanishing and toxic drinking water, the impending Hawaiian hurricane sandwich, and what-not to even chance opening your eyes, let alone your browser. Well, here you are anyway! Whether it's bravery, non-chalance, recklessness, or sheer ignorance that got you here, I promise: it's safe. Beer news, and that's it. Isn't that a nice warm blanket of wool over your eyes? This month, fresh batches of Snaggletooth Bandana and Butterfly Flashmob will continue to roll out in draft form, along with some new releases and one returning favorite.