Flesk Grand Cru & More

Lombard’s Flesk Brewing is celebrating their 3rd anniversary next week by releasing a barel-aged sour they are calling Grand Cru.

They are also releasing a new collab beer with Arcade Brewing called Chiberian Warmer, a 7.7% Winter Warmer brewed with cranberry and orange peel.

The release event for the Chiberian Warmer will be held at The Beer Bistro (1061 W Madison St) on December 1st. #sourbeer #3rdanniversary #flesk #Arcade #WinterWarmer


Illinois Wins @ FoBAB 2015

FoBAB 2015 wrapped up last night and several Illinois Beers came away with awards. For all results visit FOBAB.com.

The overall Best of Show Winner was Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout from Destihl. My favorite brewery, Spiteful, won first place in the Barleywine category. Half Acre (Gin Pony) and Metropolitan (Wooden Dynamo) came in one and two in the Classic Beer Style category. In the Strong Porter/Stout category, Deth’s TarĀ from RevolutionĀ finished 3rd with Destihl taking first.

In the Specialty Strong Porter/Stout category 3 Illinois breweries finished in the top 3, Spiteful (Malevolence Chocolate Caliente), Brickstone (Barrel Aged Dark Secret w/Raspberries), & Lagunitas (The Picante Perro).

An exciting new brewery out of Plainfield, Werk Force, won 3rd place in the Fruit Beer category with Water on Mars.

In the expiremental beer category Naperville’s Solemn Oath won 3rd place for Limousine of the Damned.

The recent Penrose & 18th Street collab, Wild 18, won first place in the Wild Beer/Brett category and Off Color’s collab with Central State, Whiskers, came in 2nd in the Wild (Acidic) Sours category.

#FoBAB #DrinkIllinois #Spiteful #Destihl


Off Color’s Le Wolf

One of the newer offerings from Chicago’s Off Color is 7.8% ABV Biere de Garde called Le Wolf. Brewed with Nugger and Streisselsplat hops and Pils, Vienna, and Dark Munich malts, this is perfect fall beer. It has the spice of a saison and bready or crackery fuller elements of a marzen. There are subtle notes of carmel mixing nicely with faint citrus aspects. As always with Off Color beers there are secret ingredients and on Le Wolf they add “Territorial Aggression and Je Ne Sais Quoi (I Don’t Know What). Available in four packs, Le Wolf would be a solid Thanksgiving beer. #offcolor #aggression #LeWolf


One Guy, One Beer Episode 1: Pig Minds Brewing Company

Friend of the blog and hopefully future contributor, Nick Ostdick, launched a beer review blog and video series called One Guy, One Beer earlier this year. In the coming weeks will be featuring his past and feature episodes at Craft Beer Ninjas. Above is episode 1 featuring Pig Minds Brewing Company’s Joe Daddy Imperial Coffee Stout. #pigminds #coffeestout #oneguyonebeer #DrinkIllinois