The Beer Drop: SweetWater 420 Strain G13 IPA

We’re taking our first trip down to the Peach State for this week’s Beer Drop! But rather than stone fruits, we’re gettin’ into more ‘botanically’ inspired ales with SweetWater Brewing –

I believe the Venn diagram between the 420 and craft beer cultures has a pretty significant overlap, and apparently so do the folks at SweetWater, whose flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale has made them a household name in the Southeast and beyond. Now they’re taking it a step further with their brand new 420 Strain G13 IPA that packs a natural hemp flavor. Though it won’t make you feel like you’re exploring Amsterdam via space cakes, the homage and olfactory experience is unmistakable.

Pick up some of this brand spankin’ new brew now, and read on for my Q&A with Dane Lewandowski, SweetWater’s Illinois Market Manager, for more on this new 420 Strain series.

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The Beer Drop: Forbidden Root Ghost Tropic

We first got to know West Town’s Forbidden Root last October when we had the opportunity to feature one of my favorite beers of all time, Snoochie Boochies, as our Beer Drop. Since then, the brewery has made a few key changes – most notably bringing on a new head brewer, Nick Williams, and launching a fresh series of beers – so naturally, it was time for a revisit!

We recently chatted with Nick to catch up on what’s new at FR, what makes their hazy beers so damn good, get a glimpse into daily life at the brewery, and of course, the skinny on this week’s beer – the juicy Ghost Tropic from their hazy series.

Read on for our conversation, and be sure to order up your Ghost Tropic now – this release will be gone again before you know it. Cheers!

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Summer Giveaway: Win a YETI

We’re giving away a YETI Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler to get you geared up for Labor Day weekend (and these last few weeks of peak summer)!

YETI’s first backpack cooler, this Hopper features the same superior cold-holding, 100% leakproof zipper, and tough DryHide™ Shell as the rest of its Hopper Flip family, but with ergonomic shoulder straps for easy transport to wherever the rest of the summer takes you.

Here’s how to enter:

Place a Foxtrot order between today and Aug 27, and enter code WINAYETI at checkout to be entered for a chance to win! Easy. Get an entry for every order you place with the code during the entry period.

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The Fine Print:

To Enter: (1) Place a Foxtrot order via the app or web using the code WINAYETI during the entry period (Aug 15 – Aug 27, 2018). Must enter promo code during checkout. Cannot be combined with other promotional codes. Earn an entry for each order made with the code during the entry period. Delivery fee and order minimums still apply. Cannot be applied to previous purchases prior to Aug 15. (2) Send an email during the entry period to with subject line “Win a YETI” and your name and email address. Limit 1 entry per valid submitted email address. No purchase necessary. By submitting your email address you are agreeing to share your email with Foxtrot.

Entry period closes Aug 27, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and notified on Aug 28, 2018. Must be at least 21 years old, and a Chicago resident within our delivery zone or able to pick up prize at one of our Chicago store locations. This promotion is not affiliated with or sponsored by YETI.

Veg Out: Fresh From the Garden Cocktails

TBH we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into either, but after an afternoon of R&D, we are all. in. on vegetables in our cocktails. Try ’em for yourself with these simple swaps on classic recipes, and impress the crew at your next al fresco get together.

(And for all you sticklers, we know some of these veggies might ‘technically’ be considered fruits – just go with it, k? Whatever they are, they’re still delicious).

Arugula Gimlet

Because salad shouldn’t have all the fun – shake up the traditional gimlet with these leafy, peppery greens to kick up the herbal notes of your favorite gin. 

  • 2 oz gin
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Combine gin, fresh lime juice and simple syrup into shaker. Top with ice and 1 cup of arugula. Shake and strain through a fine filter. Garnish with a sprig of arugula. Serves 1.

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Bloody Berry

Vodka + tomato usually means bloody mary, but we’re swapping out those heavy garnishes for a light, garden brunch-ready combo of sweet, earthy heirloom cherry tomatoes, strawberries and a spritz of lemon.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 5 heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 lemon – squeezed

Slice heirloom tomatoes in half, dice two large strawberries and muddle together. Add to shaker with vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and ice. Shake vigorously, and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a tomato! Serves 1.

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California Margarita

If you’ve ever been told you eat ‘too much’ avocado toast (not possible), this one’s for you. Double down on the healthy fats and fun (tequila!) with this rich but surprisingly refreshing marg.

  • ½ avocado
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (~2 full limes)
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Peel and pit avocado, and muddle. Add all ingredients into a blender until smooth. Serve in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime garnish. 

No blender? No problem – just add a little elbow grease to your muddling to get a more liquid consistency, toss all ingredients into a shaker (but with 1 ½ oz of tequila), shake for 20 seconds and double strain! Serves 1.

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The Beer Drop: Duvel Single Fermented

In a land historically renowned for their beer, this Belgian “King of Beers” has been at it since 1871. In 1920, to celebrate the end of World War I, they debuted their now signature Belgian Golden Ale, originally dubbing it “Victory Ale.” Later, a local craftsman noted during a tasting that this new style was, “quite the devil,” or Duvel in Flemish language — and the name has stuck ever since. As you’ve probably gathered by now, this week’s Beer Drop is a nod to one of the world’s most storied breweries: Duvel Moortgat. (Pronounced Doovle – NOT Doovel. #details)

Duvel has been the measuring stick for Belgian beer and the international beer industry for generations, all the while staying at the forefront of innovation throughout that time. You know the tulip glass used so often as a vessel for your favorite brew? Well, they invented it to create a more complex drinking experience.

Even with all its tradition, this old guard isn’t afraid to adapt in the quickly changing beer world. Duvel has partnered with various craft breweries throughout the world, including past features Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewing Company (to name a few), to create modern takes on their classic Belgian Ales.

This week, we celebrate the first can release of Duvel Single Fermented! Read on for my Q&A with Stuart Knight, Director of Import Marketing at Duvel USA, to learn more about this beer previously only available on draft, and how it compares with its older brother.

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The Beer Drop: House Beer

There’s a new beer in town! And to say we’ve been waiting years for it is an understatement…

We enjoyed our first cans of House a few years back at a happy hour co-hosted with the crew at The Infatuation, and our team’s immediate reaction? We gotta get it. Unfortunately for us (and you), House was only available at the time in its hometown of Venice, CA. Fast forward to this summer, and we’re thrilled to finally introduce you to House Beer!

The goal is simple: make one beer and do it really well. Hence their modern-day, craft take on the classic American Lager. After officially launching in Chicago last week, we had the chance to catch up with brewery founder Brendan Sindell to learn more about their off-the-beaten-path beginnings, and what’s next in Chicago and beyond.

PS – We know the Beer Drop brews are typically super limited in stock, but not to worry…these cans won’t be leaving our shelves any time soon. 🍻

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