Monday, March 25, 2013

Delasser Tapping Tonight!

Delasser, our Belgian Pale Ale will be tapped tonight at 6pm.  There will be a private tapping for Mug Club Members in the Pub room from 5-6pm.  We brewed Delasser, a low gravity Belgian Pale Ale to grow our new Belgian Schelde yeast culture.  We will be using the yeast from Delasser to brew higher alcohol Belgian beers.  The first of which will be a Belgian Dubbel, my assistant Bill's first commercial release!

Delasser is refreshing to drink and will quench your thirst as the warmth of spring arrives.  It's the perfect companion for relaxing outside on a sunny day.  The spice and fruit flavors characteristic of the Belgian Yeast Strain bring complexity to this beer while the low gravity and gentle malt sweetness make it easy to drink

Cheers! 

The Chicago Beer Festival Union Station

If you missed out on Stout Fest over St. Patty's weekend here's your chance to make up for it if you have already purchased your tickets as this event is SOLD OUT.  The Chicago Craft Beer scene is growing at a rapid speed and that means you need to have your finger on the mouse and ready to go at an instant if you want to score the best tickets around. The Chicago Beer Fest is happening Saturday March 30th 1-4 and 6-9pm at Union Station's Great Hall.  The event will feature over 60 breweries, lots of local favorites: Goose Island, Lagunitas (soon to be local), Half Acre, Bells, and of course US!  We'll be bringing along some favorites for you to sample, Pullman Brown Ale and Panama Red Ale.  There will be food for sale so don't forget cash; there may be limited ATMs.

210 W Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606 1-4pm 6-9pm 21+ MUST have ticket to get in.  Please be responsible  and take a cab or public transportation Blue Line (Clinton) Brown/Orange/Pink Line (Quincy/Wells) Brown/Orange/Pink Line (Washington/Wells)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Goose Island Stout Fest 3/16/13

It's that time of year when all the amateurs will be out drinking $3 pints of the "Green Beer" and the beer geeks have forked over some cash to drink some of the areas finest dark beers, aka Stouts. For those of you lucky enough to score tickets, which were rumored to have sold out in 60 sec without any warning of them going on sale,  doors open at 12 pm (11 am MBA members) at Goose Island Clybourn.  Flossmoor will bring along two of it's finest Stouts, Iron Horse and Thundersnow. Iron Horse Stout 5.8% ABV, 42 IBU The malt bill has been simplified to create a balance of chocolate and roast, with a discernible American hop presence to balance.  Thundersnow 9% ABV, 67 IBU Rich and complex, this Russian Imperial Stout has every dimension of flavor coming into play.  Roasty and fruity with a noticeable presence of alcohol. Think bittersweet chocolate.
Flossmoor's very own Assistant Brewer Bill Savage will be on hand pouring and chatting with fellow beer geeks to answer any questions you may have about current Flossmoor Station and it's beers.

Goose Island Clybourn's annual Stout Fest will have 15+ area breweries and their brewers on hand, pouring their handcrafted stouts!


Breweries Attending: Atlas Brewing Co. Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery Goose Island Clybourn Goose Island Beer Co. Half Acre Beer Co. Haymarket Pub & Brewery Lucky Monk Brewery Revolution Brewing Rock Bottom Chicago Rock Bottom Warrenville Pig Minds Brewing Co. Pipeworks Brewery Spiteful Brewing Two Brothers Brewing Wild Onion Brewery! Must be 21 to attend and have a pre-purchased ticket.  1800 W Clybourn 12-4pm

Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Paddy's Day Food and Beer

It's that time of year again to make corned beef and cabbage and we've got the perfect beer to pair it with, our very own Buddy Holly Barley Wine.  We're not alone in thinking it's a great beer to pair it with either.  The guys and gals over at craftbeer.com agree. "Slow-cooked corned beef with cabbage and root vegetables is a true Irish-American tradition. Irish immigrants used corned beef instead of the usual bacon when they arrived in America.Corned beef gets it robust flavor from a plethora of spices including mustard seed, dill, coriander, allspice, black peppercorns, bay leaves and clove. The tangy cabbage and a salty, flavor-packed corned beef needs the distinct intensity of a barley wine so the beer doesn't get lost. The strong taste and heavy alcohol content of a barley wine cuts through the meat and is able to stand up to the array of spices and textures from this hearty dish."  Read the article here for more information on food and beer pairings for this St. Patty's Day http://www.craftbeer.com/beer-and-food/st-paddys-day-pairings  Sl√°inte!
 

Buddy Holly Barley Wine: Toffee, sweet and malty with an array of fruit notes and aged in oak barrels which contribute a subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak flavor 9% ABV

Magwitch IPA Tapping

Magwitch IPA will be tapped tonight at 6pm.  There will be a private tapping for Mug Club members from 5-6pm in the Pub Room.  We brewed Magwitch to be aged in barrels for a bottle release in July.  The beer on tap tonight is the beer we had left after filling 4 oak barrels.  There is only a small amount.  It will be on tap for a limited amount of time.

Magwitch IPA is a historic English IPA.  100% English Pale Malt and 100% East Kent Golding Hops.  We based the recipe off of recipes from the 1800s.  Hense the name Magwitch.  Magwitch is a character from Great Expectations, a Charles Dickens novel written in 1861.

The beer is refreshing in its simplicity.  The beers malt sweetness lends way to fruity esters and hops, finishing dry.   A fitting reminder of where America's most popular style came from!

Hope to see you in for a pint!

-Bjorn