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 social@foxtrotco.com 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.

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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The Beer Drop: Around The Bend Maui Gold

Just in case that gray, rainy weather last weekend planted the ‘winter is coming’ seed in your mind, this week’s Beer Drop should get us all back on the right track – Around The Bend‘s sunny Maui Gold! A hint of pineapple makes this session IPA a fresh, crushable option to toss in the cooler for the rest of the summer. 

I recently had the chance to catch up with Dan Schedler, Around the Bend’s Founder/Head Brewer/Chief Bottle Washer, to talk all things Maui Gold, ATB, the worst brew day of his life (don’t worry, it all turned out okay), and what’s next for the brewery as they continue to carve their niche in Chicago and beyond. Read on for our full conversation!

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The Beer Drop: Collective Arts Liquid Art Fest

O Canada! We’re heading north for this week’s Beer Drop to Hamilton, Ontario, home to Collective Arts Brewing.

While they’ve only been available in Chicago since late 2017, five-year-old Collective Arts has already developed a fantastic reputation amongst the city’s craft beer drinkers thanks to their focus on the fusion of creative brewing + the talents of emerging artists and musicians…and the beer is pretty tasty, too.

I was able to catch up with CAB’s Illinois Sales & Marketing Manager, Tom White, to learn more about this week’s featured beer (a unique Milkshake IPA brewed with lactose and fruit puree), the brewery, their artists and more. And if Tom’s name sounds familiar, you may know him from his other gig at beer site The Hop Review.

Alright let’s get to it! Cheers 🍻

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The Beer Drop: 4 Hands Rubus Flux

Boysenberry. Hops. Brettanomyces (x2). Brew all that together for a different kind of purple drank – the Rubus Flux! a.k.a this week’s Beer Drop feature from 4 Hands Brewing Co. out of St. Louis.

This very limited production Boysenberry IPA also happens to be a collaboration with Chicago’s own Marz Community Brewing – what could be more Midwestern than a beer brewed by two of its best and brightest cities? We had the chance to catch up with Ian Penrose from 4 Hands this week to learn more about the brewery, their focus on family and community, Rubus Flux’s unique, berry funk flavor profile, and Ripple, a 4 Hands staple we’ve also added to our lineup just in time for those peak summer temps.

Order up and read on – cheers!

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The Beer Drop: Unity Vibration Kombucha Beer

New week, a completely new type of brew! For this week’s Beer Drop we’re talking (and drinking) all things kombucha beer with Unity Vibration:

The husband-and-wife team behind Unity Vibration out of Ypsilanti, Michigan (pronounced Ip-Suh-Lan-Tee for all you non-Mitten-ers out there), first started brewing their own kombucha in 2007. Kombucha naturally produces a low ABV during its fermentation process, and once the Feds caught wind of its (very, very) slight booziness, began requiring producers to either tweak their recipes to lower the ABV or become full on breweries. Rather than compromising their craft to filter out the alcohol, Unity Vibration leaned into it – they became a microbrewery and began producing higher ABV offerings, pioneering what we enjoy today as kombucha beer.

But enough from me – I had the chance to connect with Unity Vibration co-founder Rachel Kanaan on all things kombucha, kombucha beer, and the path they took to bring a new category of beer to the masses – read on for the full Q&A!

Oh and PS – if you’re not about that gluten life and typically don’t drink beer, all of Unity Vibration’s offerings are naturally gluten-free! 

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The Beer Drop: Boulevard Saison Brett

There’s beer and bbq in the air – we’re heading to Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City for this week’s Beer Drop!

In the spotlight is their Saison Brett, a Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces. Only brewed every so often in small batches, this ale happens to be a funky take on one of their flagship brews, the Tank 7 (also making its debut on our menu this week).

To learn more about the beers and the traditions of this Midwestern craft house, I recently caught up with Jeremy ‘Noodles’ Danner, Boulevard’s Ambassador Brewer, for a quick conversation. Keep scrolling to read on! Cheers –

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The Beer Drop: Alarmist Le Jus

We’ve been waiting to get our hands on this one for a while, and it’s time to finally get JUICY. For the first time in cans, this week’s Beer Drop features Alarmist Brewing‘s highly regardedNew England-style IPA, Le Jus.

If you’re not familiar with what the folks at Alarmist are all about, then you’ve come to the right place. A quintessential hobbyist-turned-pro brewer story, they’ve created some awfully tasty stuff in their brewery on the Northwest side, so we’re pretty pleased they went pro, to say the least. Le Jus is a fantastic take on the incredibly popular NE IPA style, and their flagship Pantsless is easily going to become your next go-to pale ale.

I had the chance to catch up with Gary ‘The Gullster’ Gulley, Owner and Chief Alarmist, to hear more about their story, what took them so long to make Le Jus, and how they became Charlize Theron’s favorite brewery.* Read on below!

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The Beer Drop: Spiteful God Damn Maple Syrup Pigeon Porter

THOSE. GODDAMN. PIGEONS!

As their name implies, spite isn’t exactly in short supply with the folks at Spiteful Brewing, which is apparent from beer names like Go Fly A Kite Stout, If It’s Too Loud…You’re Too Old English Brown Ale, and the star of this week’s Beer Drop, God Damn Maple Syrup Pigeon Porter.

In reality, the crew behind the juice produces some serious beers – all while staying true to their roots and never taking themselves too seriously. As you’ll see from our conversation with Spiteful’s account manager extraordinaire, Calvin Fredrickson, this sense of humor plays a vital role in how they approach their craft. Read on for the scoop on the beers, the brewery’s humble beginnings, and more:

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