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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Goose Hunting?

Goose Island Vintage Series 2013
As many of you locals already know, several of the Goose Island Vintage Series beers have already hit the shelves of your favorite retailers this week! Halia, Juliet, Lolita, Matilda, Sofie and more are looking better than ever in their new 765ML bottles. You can find these girls - while they last - at The Neighborhood Co-op Grocery Store, Picks Liquors, Pinch Penny Liquors, Schnucks, Southern Illinois Liquor Mart (Murphysboro), Warehouse Liquor Mart and Westroads Liquors in case you're wondering.

Can good news get better? You betcha.

The much-anticipated 2013 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout hits the market this Friday, 11/29,
at the same fine establishments mentioned above! This year's offering - already largely spoken for on pre-order lists - is in a 4-pack configuration and will absolutely fly off the shelves ... assuming you can find it at all! The early bird gets the Stout and all ...

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2013
Happy hunting.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rare Goose Island Vintage Series Beers Coming Next Week

Southern Illinoisans are in for a treat this holiday season as Chicago-based Goose Island releases several hard-to-find ales from their highly-acclaimed Vintage Series to retailers in our market beginning next week.
These Belgian-inspired beers are packaged in special limited -release 765ml bottles that are perfect for holiday gatherings or as gifts for the discerning beer geek in your life. Why be predictable and bring wine when you can rock one of these beery beauties? Look for the following rarities on local store shelves very soon or ask your retailer about availability.
The red number listed after each beer represents its current rating. They just don't get much better, folks.   

  • Goose Island Halia Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale (wine barrel-aged w. whole peaches) 96
  • Goose Island Juliet Belgian-style Wild Ale (wine barrel-aged w. blackberries) 99
  • Goose Island Lolita Belgian-style Wild Ale (wine barrel-aged w. raspberries)  99
  • Goose Island Matilda Belgian-style Pale Ale 96 
  • Goose Island Pere Jacques Belgian-style Abbey Ale 97
  • Goose Island Sofie Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale 98 
Again, look for these beers in stores beginning some time next week. Oh, and if you've bothered to read this far, you'll be the first to know you can also expect to see the arrival of the crazy-good, 100 rated, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout coming in the next week or two as well. Cheers!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Scratch Brewing Debuts at Hangar 9

There's already quite a bit of buzz about this, but Scratch Brewing Company in rural Ava will be making their Carbondale debut at the Hangar 9 this Thursday evening beginning at 5:00pm. What everyone has been wondering is ... what beers will Scratch bring to town? Well, allow me to scratch your itch to know.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

This is what co-owner, Marika Josephson, just posted regarding the event:

"We interrupt the middle of your week for an announcement about our first beer pouring in Carbondale! We’ll be at Hangar 9 this Thursday with four beers–one of which we haven’t poured anywhere yet.

Come out at 5:00 PM when we’ll tap the first two beers, our Dry Stout and the Chinook Harvest Ale (which we brewed entirely with our own estate-grown Chinook hops). Once those run out will be rolling on a Saison, which we have yet to pour at our brewery or any beer festivals; and our one-of-a-kind Cedar IPA, loaded up with hand-picked cedar berries from southern Illinois trees for a huge piney aroma that complements the grapefruity and tropical chinook hops."

This is sure to be an exceptionally fun night of exceptionally unique and tasty beers. If for no other reason than the opportunity to get to taste a beer that's not been poured anywhere else, you owe it to yourself to make it out Thursday night. Hope to see many of you there supporting a local brewery to be proud of. Cheers!

Where: Hangar 9 - 511 South Illinois Ave. in Carbondale
When: Thursday, August 22nd @ 5pm till ...?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

17ST Smoked Amber Ale Coming in Bottles

17ST Smoked Amber Ale Coming to a Store Near YOU!
Exciting news from Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro, IL. to report. Following the success of the new summer seasonal, Blueberry Blonde Ale, and the much -anticipated return of Pumpkin Smasher for the Fall, Big Muddy will release the previously draft-only 17ST Smoked Amber Ale in"bomber" bottles. What's more, this will mark the first time this beer will be available outside of a 17th Street BBQ location, at retailers throughout Big Muddy's distribution footprint!

If you're not already familiar with 17ST Smoked Amber Ale, the beer developed out of a collaboration between the award-winning owner and mastermind behind 17th Street BBQ, Mike Mills, and Big Muddy's owner and brewmaster, Chuck Stuhrenberg. The idea was to create a unique, yet approachable, ale that would pair with 17th St.'s award-winning BBQ and offer a craft beer alternative to the typical domestic draft beers often paired with restaurant fare. The result is a full-flavored, yet balanced amber ale with a decidedly smoky nose and finish and just the slightest hint of sweet apple flavor - a nod to the collaborators home town of Murphysboro!

17ST Smoked Amber Ale has, up till now, been available on draft only and only at the 17th St. BBQ locations. Expect the new 22oz bomber bottles to begin showing up on store shelves in October 2013.