The Beer Drop: Goose Island Brasserie Blanc & Cooper Project

The Goose is Loose; I repeat, the Goose is Loose. 

For The Beer Drop this week, Team Foxtrot and I had the pleasure of traveling over to Goose Island‘s East Garfield Park Barrel Warehouse to get a tour, drink some tasty barrel-aged beers, and check out the brand spankin’ new event space where Stephanie Izard and Co. are taking on the catering.

We’ve worked closely with GI in the past, and I feel like I’m always jumping at our next opportunity. Everyone I’ve interacted with (big shoutouts to Beau Forbes, A.J. Platt, Bryan Klau, and the subject of our Q&A, Bill Savage) has been the epitome of class and is always down to collaborate with us to bring you the good stuff.

As a result, we got our hands on two fantastic barrel-aged options from the brewery who put barrel-aging on the map in the 90’s – including Cooper Project #2 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Doppelbock and Brasserie Blanc Wine Barrel-Aged Golden Ale. Read on for my Q&A with Lead Barrel Program Brewer, Bill Savage. Cheers!

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The Beer Drop: Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut

For this week’s Beer Drop, I quite literally had to travel around the world to make it happen. I’ve been a big fan of Mikkeller ever since a visit to Copenhagen in 2015, and have been looking for an opportunity to feature some of their tasty treats since we started this blog back in April.

My first step was to find their local distributor – gotta follow the rules when it comes to the three-tier system! They weren’t with any of our regulars, but through good ol’ fashioned word of mouth, I tracked them down. Check.

The next, and much trickier part, was getting connected with someone at the brewery for the Q&A. Since they’re headquartered across the pond in Denmark, I couldn’t exactly just pop in and wasn’t having luck via other attempts.

Fortunately, I had a trip to Iceland planned and made it a point to pop into the local Mikkeller and Friends spot (highly recommend). I chatted it up with the bartender about The Beer Drop, who connected me with their Events Manager, who connected me with their PR Manager, who finally connected me with Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the legendary head of the brewery and twin brother of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, head of Evil Twin Brewing, who I caught up with for a feature a few months ago.

Though it was the ultimate long-play, I’m confident that both the beer, Nelson Sauvin Brut – dry hopped and aged in chardonnay barrels – and the Q&A with Mikkel were more than worth it. Get your hands on it while you can, and read on to hear from a master brewer. 

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The Beer Drop: BuckleDown Irresponsible & Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is here, people! When selecting Foxtrot’s lineup for everyone’s favorite beer celebration, I got in touch with the good folks at BuckleDown Brewing out of Lyons, IL, as we were planning to feature their super tasty Märzen for this week’s Beer Drop. I’d also heard great things about some of their barrel-aged beers, but hadn’t had the opportunity to try much in Chicago, so I took the opportunity to see what, if anything, was available. Doesn’t hurt to ask, right?

Well, the crew at BuckleDown is fantastic, and we’re pumped to be one of the only spots in the city to bring you BuckleDown’s Irresponsible in bottle form. This Imperial Red Rye spent some time aging in barrels from FEW Spirits, and the incredible depth and well-balanced barrel flavor make this one a hot commodity. 

Let’s do this thing – grab one of these beautiful wax dipped bottles and read on for my chat with BuckleDown co-founder, Sean Mahoney. Prost!

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Wine About It: Alfredo Maestro

Looking for The Beer Drop? Don’t worry – Sean and his henleys will be back in full force next week. Starting today, we’re debuting a new series – Wine About It – where we’ll spotlight a notable or unique wine (or wines…the more the merrier, right?) the first Wednesday of every month. Similar to The Beer Drop, we’ll have a limited number of bottles in stock, so once they’re sold out, they’re out – but we’ll be back the first week of every month with another great bottle.

Let’s pop those corks! We’re excited to kick things off and get to know two bottles from organic Spanish winemaker Alfredo Maestro, including our first orange wine (yep, you read that correctly):

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