The Beer Drop: Brickstone Dark Secret

Bourbonnais, Illinois: a lovely town to Chicago’s south, the summer camp home of Da Bears, a welcome stop off I-57 for fellow Chicagoland Illini like myself, and last but not least, the home of Brickstone Brewery – our spotlight for The Beer Drop this week. You’ve probably spotted Brickstone’s beautifully designed cans throughout the city, and we were delighted to recently add two of their year round hits, the APA and Hop Screamer IPA, to our menu. 

For this week’s feature, I’d been working with Brickstone to see if we could get our hands on something particularly special, and *drumroll* …say hello to their heralded Dark Secret Rye! We’re the only retailer in Chicago with this bad boy, so you’ll want to snag this one sooner than later – order up and read on for our chat with Brickstone’s founder and brewer, Tommy Vasilakis!

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The Beer Drop: Tighthead Brewing Hat Trick

This week’s Beer Drop hits close to home. Literally. I spent my formative high school years in Mundelein, Illinois – shout out to all my fellow Carmel Corsairs out there – a northwest suburb of Chicago in the heart of beautiful Lake County, and home to this week’s feature, Tighthead Brewing!

My older siblings and in-laws are how I first got to know craft beer, and during summer break in college, we started a family tradition of attending the Mundelein Craft Beer Festival, hosted by Tighthead. I turned 21 the month they began producing in 2011, so pretty much from the moment I was able to legally do so, I’ve been enjoying the local treats Tighthead has to offer.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Bruce Dir, Mundelein native and Founder/Owner/Brewer at Tighthead (named after his former rugby position) who left his corporate job of 20 years to follow his dream of turning his homebrewing hobby into what has grown into a well-reputed craft house. Long story short, it’s the craft beer American dream, and when I was able to get our hands on their limited release Hat Trick Belgian Tripel, knew we had the makings of a special feature.

Read on for the Q&A, and I’ll see you all at the Mundelein Craft Beer Festival this summer!

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The Beer Drop: Une Année Framboise & Hubbard’s Cave Vanilla Imperial Stout

Bonjour mes amis! (Warning: more shameless uses of Google translate to come)… This week’s Beer Drop is all about those French and Belgian style beers with the fine folks from Une Année Brewery out of Niles, Illinois. 

We have not one, but two rockstars for you this week with the Une Année Framboise and Hubbard’s Cave Vanilla Imperial Stout – keeping reading for my Q&A with Jerry Nelson, Founder and Head Brewer, for more on the brewery and the beers – À votre santé, beer lovers!

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The Beer Drop: Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine

This week’s Beer Drop is totally gnarly, dude 🤙 ‘cause we’re featuring the Olde GnarlyWine from our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company.

When Lagunitas expanded production to Chicago from their homebase in NorCal, they quickly became a staple around the city and were an original Foxtrot item. I remember first seeing Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ – my early go-to – and their flagship IPA more and more around the same time I moved to Chicago, so you could say we have some personal history as well.

I recently got to catch up with Karen Hamilton, Director of Communications at the brewery, to talk all things beer and Lagunitas, but before we get to the Q&A, one piece of advice: if you haven’t paid a visit to their Chicago taproom yet, make. it. happen.

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The Beer Drop: Toppling Goliath King Sue & Mosaic Dry Hop PseudoSue

Come along for the ride out to beautiful Decorah, Iowa – we’re catching up with the folks from highly reputed Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. for this week’s Beer Drop to share some of their dino-mite brews!

The first time I encountered TG, I inadvertently thought they were Chicago-based due to their partnership with the Field Museum, but after digging deeper into their history and how they put a rural Iowa town on the beer lover’s map with their sought-after stouts and IPAs, knew we needed to get them on board for a feature and share their story.

Read on for my Q&A with Clark Lewey, Owner and President at Toppling Goliath, and get your hands on their limited release offerings – like the rare King Sue – before they’re extinct! (That’s our last dinosaur pun, promise).

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January Coffee Special

New year, new coffee special!

Escape the tundra and bring the temps up a few digits with our Volcano Mocha – a dash of hot sauce and healthy dose of cinnamon blended with rich dark chocolate. Available at our coffee bars all month long – stay warm and we’ll see you soon! ☕️