Quick Draw: Firestone Walker Bretta Rosé

“Why can’t all American Sours be like this?” – Matthew J. Johnsen Happy New Year’s Eve from Chicagoland! On this festive day, Matt and I pulled what we guessed was our most champagne-like beer our of our cellar, and if I may say so, we nailed it. (Booyah!)   According to the Firestone Walker website, Bretta Rosé is “A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and … Continue reading Quick Draw: Firestone Walker Bretta Rosé

Quick Draw: Dovetail Holiday Bock

This past Saturday, December 18th, I participated as a vendor at Dovetail Brewery’s first annual Holiday Market held at their taproom location in Chicago’s Ravenswood Corridor. It was a charming and cozy event featuring artists and creatives from the area, and it also highlighted the recent release of a delicious seasonal beer, their Holiday Bock. (If you missed it, be on the lookout for another market, and hopefully another special beer, this coming … Continue reading Quick Draw: Dovetail Holiday Bock

Quick Draw: Akari Shogun by Half Acre Beer Company

You know warm weather is here to stay when Half Acre releases cans of Akari Shogun American Wheat. (Ok, ok, we never really know what the weather will do here in Chicago, but just roll with me here.) This beer tastes like sunshine, hope, North Avenue Beach, tanned bros in tanks, and bike rides down the Lakeshore path. As the brewery website states, “He who … Continue reading Quick Draw: Akari Shogun by Half Acre Beer Company

Quick Draw: Fresh IIPA by Hubbard’s Cave

It’s no surprise that a former architect and native Chicagoan would choose to name the second arm of his brewery after a piece of Chicago’s structural anatomy. Really only known by locals, “Hubbard’s Cave” is a colloquialism that refers to the section of highway sheltered by Hubbard Street as it passes from East to West over I-90 and I-94, just northwest of the Chicago Loop … Continue reading Quick Draw: Fresh IIPA by Hubbard’s Cave

Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Off Color Brewing, known for their quirky black & white illustrated labels and packaging (and their delicious beers, too!) recently added a small retail space inside their brewery located at 3925 W. Dickens Avenue in Chicago. The brewery sold $1 tickets to their opening party back in February, and donated all of these proceeds to local organization Wright Way Rescue. As the mother of an … Continue reading Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Quick Draw: Hopslam

Hopslam by Bell’s Brewing (Kalamazoo, MI) is the first beer that I can vividly recall being genuinely obsessed with. It widely established the highest standard of excellence for Midwest-style Double IPAs (DIPAs). Brewed with honey, malty and sweet, plus a hoppy bang to match, this beer has it all. Though they keep this beer’s hop bill under wraps, Bell’s was kind enough to reveal that Simcoe … Continue reading Quick Draw: Hopslam

Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Mikerphone Brewing is all about “craft beer inspired by music,” with pun-ily named brews–I Want My IPA and Daft Funk to name a couple. Mikerphone is currently “gypsy-brewing”-they don’t have a permanent brewing facility of their own, so they use space at another- but plans to open a permanent facility in Elk Grove Village, right near O’Hare Airport. You can hear head brewer Mike Pallen … Continue reading Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Almanac Brewing Farmer's Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

(a sour Belgian Blonde ale aged in wine barrels with Buddha’s hand citron zest, yuzu, and blood oranges) Hoppy New Year, beer-lovers! (See what I did there? I said “hoppy” instead of … oh, you get it? … K.) Well anyway, welcome to 2016. December was a busy month for me, and I slacked off quite a bit when it came to this here blog. I produced … Continue reading Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Bob Ross Did It

On Saturday, August 29th, Noon Whistle Brewing held their first barrel-aged bottle release at … you guessed it … noon! Bob Ross Did It is a 10.20% ABV scotch ale aged for many months in Heaven Hill barrels. Matt picked up this modestly priced $15 bomber on the weekend of the successful release, and, after saving it in the cellar for a few months, we decided to crack it … Continue reading Quick Draw: Bob Ross Did It

Quick Draw: Oachkatzlschwoaf Oktoberfest Lager

Currently, the 182nd Oktoberfest is being celebrated in Munich, Germany. Yes, as you drink in these words, from September 19th until October 4th, beer-lovers from across the globe are swinging and swigging from steins while singing Ein Prosit with reckless abandon. Originally the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810, this festival has continued to grown into the largest festival in the world today. So in honor … Continue reading Quick Draw: Oachkatzlschwoaf Oktoberfest Lager