In case you missed it, we recently released Hexafoos and None More Black. We have some more Wreckagemaster out, and the last batches of this year's Snaggletooth Bandana are coming out of the tanks as we start brewing Kidnapped By Vikings in its place this week.
When your hop supplier calls and says, "Hey, a bunch of Galaxy just fell out of the sky, do you want it?" you say, "Assuming you're not just tripping at your desk right now, does a bear shit in the woods? Send 'em over!" Then you make Oubliette. This was the first beer we ever brewed, and for good reason. We're all about assertive aroma hops and complex Belgian yeast. No other beer we make marries those two elements with such balance and crushability. The tropical-fruity Australian Galaxy hops and peppery Belgian yeast phenols are somthing like the Wilson Pickett-Duane Allman call-and-response climax in their better-than-the-Beatles version of "Hey Jude." Yup, we said it. Available early September, wide release. Read more about Oubliette.
There are awful bars, decent bars, great bars, and candy bars. We like them all. But then there a few that you just have to love. Michael and Louise's Hopleaf Bar is one of those. Along with The Map Room, they are the tavern pioneers of Chicago's beer frontier, bringing fine Belgian beer to our city for the past twenty years, long before Chicagoans were aware of or interested in drinking it. Oh, how things have changed. We brewed a Belgian dubbel with the Hopleaf crew that we will release at Whole Cow on September 22nd. Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and a touch of grassy, earthy hops. No name yet. Have a suggestion? Leave it in the comments and we'll try to save it from our spam filter. Available late September, very limited release. Right now you can't read more about the beer with no name.
This month has really been full of lupulin surpises. We had a delivery of an experimental hop variety, salaciously named Exp. #05256. They told us it's in the Simcoe realm: pungent, piney, resinous, dank, and catty with black currant and some other weird fruitiness. We're putting it exclusively into a single-hopped Belgian IPA to see how this kitten purrs with some of the fruity esters and peppery phenols we know and love around here. We'll be bringing this beer to Sierra Nevada's Single, Fresh, Wet, & Wild Festival in Chico, CA on October 19th. You'll have a chance to try it before then in Chicagoland. Available late September, limited release. Read more about Salty Beard.
This month, the sun relents. The nights call for fire. Lake Michigan's all, "Hey guys, where are you going? I just got comfortably warm for you." Your summer beers aren't cutting it anymore. It's time for fuller-bodied, malt-forward beers. This is the one for you. Toasty, caramelly, and well-hopped, this auburn brew will be your solace between solstices. Available late September, limited release. Read more about Oktoberface.
Each month we will give you a preview of what to expect in the way of beer releases. In no way are we saying we’ll actually meet your expectations–just set them. If this sounds good to you, you should probably reevaluate every important relationship in your life. Like, now.