Vanilla Bean Stout

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Avery is releasing the 2nd installment in their Botanicals & Barrels series, Vanilla Bean Stout. In the process of creating this beer Avery barrel-aged batches of both of their current stouts, Czar Imperial and Out-Of-Bounds. They then blended these beers together with three types of vanilla beans to smooth out the more bitter aspect of beer. This is a 10.8% ABV 22 oz bomber release that stood stand tall next to the Raspberry Sour that was previously released . #Botanicals&Barrels #Avery #VanillaBeanStout

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Our Top 15 Beers of 2015

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2015 was the year of Sours. When we sat down to craft our end of year list it was no surprise that nearly half of the beers we named were wild ales brimming with Brett. From there we began naming the second biggest style of 2015, Barrel-Aged (BA) (fill in the blank). Whether it is a BA stout, Golden Ale, or Barleywine, BA beers are everywhere and of course on our list. The two beers on the list that are not either sours or barrel-aged happen to come from my favorite brewery of the year, Chicago’s Spiteful Brewing.

2015 was a fantastic year for beer drinkers, and 2016 should be even better!

Continue reading Our Top 15 Beers of 2015

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Penrose to Release Outlier & Spectral with Vanilla Beans

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Penrose announced today that they will be releasing two new bottle offerings on December 19th. Penrose will be releasing Outlier, an Abbey-inspired dark ale aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for 16 months, as well as a limited bottle run of this year’s iteration of Spectral with vanilla beans that we had previously mentioned.

Both beers will beer available on draught beginning 12/19, Spectral is currently available, and the line will be counted at 10:45am to determine the allocation of the bottles released. You can find full event details here. #Penrose #Outlier #Spectral

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Spiteful is Turning 3!

Spiteful is Turning 3

Spiteful Brewing has announced that they will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary by taking over the taps at Four Moon Tavern on December 19th. They will be serving Spiteful IPA, Alley Time Pale Ale, Big Fat Corporate Party RIS, Working for the Weekend DIPA, God Damn Hazelnut Pigeon Porter, Malevolence Chocolate Caliente RIS, and Barrel Aged Belligerent Bob Barleywine (ON CASK!). The event begins at 12pm and goes until close. Go party with #SpitefulBrewing! #BobBarleywine #FourMoonTavern

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Mash Tun Release Event

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Mash Tun Issue 008 will be released today, Dec. 10th, with an event at Co-Properity Sphere (3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago) beginning at 7pm. The event will be a bottle share and a live broadcast of the fantastic podcast and Lumpen Radio Show Insider’s Roundtable. The issue feature an interview with Against The Grain and Spiteful as well as FoBAB coverage and more. #MashTun #InsidersRoundtable

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Bell’s Stout Night @ The Beer Temple

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Tomorrow night, Dec. 11th, The Beer Temple (3185 N. Elston Ave.) is celebrating Bell’s 30th Anniversary with a special stout night featuring the following:

* Bells Expedition Stout 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & More
* Bell’s 30th Anniversary Stout
* Bell’s Black Note
* Bell’s Batch 9,000
* Bell’s Batch 10,000
* Bell’s Double Cream Stout
* Bell’s Cherry Stout
* Bell’s Java Stout

The most exciting item for sale will be pre-packaged 4-year verticals of Bell’s Expedition Stout!

Below is the 7 year vertical tasting that Chris Quinn of The Beer Temple did a couple of years ago.

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