Getting to know the folks in the food and beverage scene throughout Chicago has been hands down one of the coolest parts about my job over the past few years. Whether it be bakers, brewers, distillers, chefs, or roasters, the limits of creativity in this great city know no bounds, so when Hopewell Deluxe Imperial Coffee Stout, a collab between two of our close partners – Metric Coffee Co. and Hopewell Brewing Company – was announced, I knew we had the makings of a great Beer Drop feature.
Since we already featured Hopewell’s Squad back in May, we thought it’d be fun to switch things up and get to know the other half of this collaboration – I recently chatted with Xavier Alexander, co-owner at Metric, to learn more about this release, their approach to collaborations and more.
PS – Don’t miss the video at the end that dives a little deeper into the creative process that went into the final product!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Chicago, and in the midst of a (semi) polar vortex, Foxtrot just opened a new River North location at 114 W Chicago Ave (come through, it’s lit)! To celebrate, we have a pretty special Beer Drop to feature this week out of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, CA. It’s the 43rd release of their Christmas Ale, and we decided to go BIG with magnums. That’s 50.721 ounces of the good stuff.
I have always enjoyed the history around Anchor’s Christmas Ale, which is really the OG and measuring stick of the variant. Because I would fail to do the story justice, I caught up with Russell Woelfel, Regional Sales Manager and New Beer Developer for Anchor to let us in on all the trade secrets (just kidding, we tried).
Read on for our conversation, and have a very Happy Holiday Season from all of us at Foxtrot!
This month’s wine feature is all about the bubbles, and we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite bottles of the effervescent stuff for all your holiday occasions – from the office party to Winemas to NYE, we’ve got you covered. No ‘pagne, no gain. 💪🏼
For a Holiday Party or Winemas
A staple in our sparkling wine lineup, plus a crazy good value on a high quality, DOCG classified magnum bottle. (This refers to where the grapes were sourced – DOC is the most common for Prosecco and includes a widespread area of Italy’s Veneto region. Our Sorelle Bonca Brut is a Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, so its grapes are produced in a smaller area known for some of the most concentrated Prosecco wines. Boom.)
The lesson here: no one will be mad if you show up with one of these to a holiday soiree.
Pair these bottles with a set of flutes, candle, or another bottle of wine (heyo!) for an easy but thoughtful gift. Even better? There are no rules that you can’t treat yourself to one, too.
We’re big fans of the Domaine des Baumard’s blend of Chenin Blanc and Cab Franc for something a little different from a typical Prosecco or Champagne, and if you’re looking for something to be enjoyed with a meal, the Besserat (with its slightly less intense fizz than other Champagnes) is actually made specifically to pair with food.
For Pulling Out All the Stops
Go big or go home. Perfect for celebrations big and small, impressing guests, or ringing in the New Year in style, this bottle from the longstanding house of Laurent-Perrier is classic, quintessential Champagne. Cheers!
We’re doing it big for the end of the year with not one, not two, but THREE specials for December!
To kick things off, we’re taking a spin on a winter classic with the Peppermint Mocha and Peppermint Hot Chocolate –
Both drinks feature rich dark chocolate, coupled with a hint of peppermint to bring out that oh so familiar holiday flavor, topped off with whipped cream (but feel free to ask for no whip!) and a smattering of real crushed peppermint. The Peppermint Mocha also includes our timeless Sleep Thief Espresso for that extra ⚡️. These two will be available at our coffee bar all month long!
The third is a little more exclusive, and will be available beginning December 15th through the end of the month: the Eggnog Latte!
A traditional latte with the addition of everyone’s winter favorite, eggnog. The final extra touch? A dusting of clove to highlight all those flavors in every sip.