Lagers, Sours, Ciders
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Munich Germany
One of Germany's most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich's venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic.
Spaten has been a leading exporter of German beer for more than a century. We played a crucial role in establishing the present superior worldwide reputation for German beer. The basis of our continuously expanding export figures was a healthy pioneering spirit that led us to set up a network of committed import partners at an early date. Today people all over the world take pleasure in drinking original Spaten beers, not only in the neighbouring states of France, Austria and Switzerland, but also in Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and the United States.
Two Brothers Brewing Company, Warrenville, IL
To truly master a classic style like the pilsner, it can take years of brewing experience and experimentation to give it the justice it deserves. With Twenty Plus, consider justice served. This light-bodied lager is brewed with Saaz and Hallertau hops and balanced by a malt profile that showcases a very rare heirloom barely variety. Herbal and floral flavors notes create a clean, refreshing taste while a spicy black pepper character gives it just enough bite. A pilsner twenty years in the making, Twenty-Plus proves it’s worth the wait.ABV: 4.8% | 16oz | $6.50
Miller Brewing Co. Milwaukee Wisconsin
Miller Lite is the great tasting, less filling beer that created the American light beer category in 1975. Triple-hops brewed for great pilsner taste, Miller Lite is the only beer to win four gold awards in the World Beer Cup for best American-Style light lager (2006, 2002, 1998 and 1996). It also won the gold medal for best American-style Lager or Light Lager at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival.ABV: 4.2% | 16oz | $5
Metropolitan Brewing | Chicago, Illinois
Raw beer straight from fermentation vessel to your face hole. Enjoy the extra vitamin B, you'll need it.ABV: 5.5%
Pipeworks Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
A rye lager. The rye has a nice presence to add some complexity to the beer. Light body, moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish. An excellent lager with a great spicy complexity from the rye.ABV: 6.2% | 16oz | $7
Riverwest Stein Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc. Milwaukee Wisconsin
Our flagship beer, named after the hardworking neighborhood in which Lakefront Brewery was founded. Pours a brilliant amber with a bubbly off-white head. Aromas of American hops mingle with a slight floral character from the German lager yeast. A balanced maltiness with just a hint of sweetness dominates the flavor, with a crisp hop bite in the finish. A joy to drink; no wonder it's Milwaukee's favorite craft beer.ABV: 4.8% | 16oz | $7
Begyle Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
A Schwarzbier brewed with citrus. Our collaboration with Cleetus Friedman and Fountainhead.ABV: 6% | 16oz | $7.5
Mikkeller Brewing, San Diego California
The color is an orange hued, golden-amber with a mild haze. Good carbonation, lively look with short, bubbly off-white cap. Some very sticky lacing is impressive.
A sweet amber malt aroma, candy, sour and tangy yeast, green veggies, herbal blend, slightly spicey. Kind of a strange but interesting nose.
The flavor is a bit of surprise concidering the "imperial" style of this lager. It really tastes much more like a very traditional amber lager. A semi, honey sweet malt, quickly followed by a very herbal, spicey and dry hoppy bite. The hops also seem to give a very primal, woody-acorn type bitternesss which is actually very excellent. The spicey herbal bite dominates the palate in a way, but then the light and sweet malt tends to dance all around it. The pils/lager yeast is also very interesting giving the sour>earthy and tangy effect.
Overall, concidering the style, the balance and flavor's are in excellent control. It comes across as very traditional instead of big and wild. Amazingly easy quoff, the 8% abv seems almost impossible concidering it's rather laid-back approach. The quick buzz let's yoy know, it's no joke though.
The feel is of medium body, jazzy till the very end, with an earthy, semi-dry feel that packs a very nice crisp bite at first sip. Finishes long and malty. Not slick or heavy but gentle.
I'm very surprised by this brew and what it offers. The lable only says "DraftBear" and then is tagged with the "malt liquor" stamp. I like not knowing what I'm in for! Pleasantly surprised, but Mikkeler is usually no let down. High grade stuff right here.ABV: 8% | 8oz | $8
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V., Roeselare, Belgium
Rodenbach Grand Cru (Alc. 6% Vol.) is a blend of “young” beer (33%) and an older beer (67%) that has matured in oak vats. It is the high percentage of the older ripened-in-oak beer that gives it the complex and intense bouquetABV: 6% | 8oz | $10
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, East Dexter, Michigan
Oro de Calabaza, an artisan golden ale produced in the Biere de Garde style. Refreshingly lush, spicy and peppery, with a gentle hop bouquet.
Virtue Cider, Fennville, Michigan
The Michigan harvest of apples starts in late summer, with the sun still bright and the leaves green. As autumn turns cool, trees turn brilliant orange, yellow, and red; and so do the apples. We use all sorts of Michigan apples grown on local family farms. The blend of these heirloom apples creates a complexity of flavor impossible to achieve with just a few varieties.
Michigan Harvest is crisp and tart, starting with the scent of the orchard, a hint of oak, and finishing with a touch of sweetness.
This cider celebrates apple harvest as well as the autumn's hearty cuisine. Try pairing with roast pig, aged cheddar, or traditional Thanksgiving fare.
Gregory Hall founded Virtue Cider in 2011. He is known for his 20-year tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, having won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals and pioneered bourbon barrel-aged beer with Bourbon County Stout. In the spring of 2011, Hall left Goose Island and embarked on a two-month pilgrimage to study the craft of cider, touring and tasting at top cidermakers in England and France. He brought his extensive experience and innovative style to launch Virtue Cider first in the Roscoe Village neighborhood in Chicago. In 2013, Hall brought the cidermaking venture as close as possible to one of the United States' best apple-growing states of Michigan and launched Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan.ABV: 5% | 12oz | $5
Wheat, Fruit, Spiced
Wheat yeasty, medium body & dry
Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA
This celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, a light body and crisp finish, with hints of banana, clove and citrus.ABV: 6.7% | 16oz | $7
Hofbrauhaus, Munchen Germany
Back in 1602 Weissbier could only be brewed by ducal privilege. It was Munich’s first Hefe Weizen. Hofbräuhaus enjoyed this exclusive right for nearly 200 years, thus holding a monopoly on Weissbier in Bavaria.
But even without a monopoly, Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is a really special kind of beer. Characterized by its sparkling rich foam and distinguished by its unforgettable refreshing and fruity taste. It is brewed according to an ancient tradition and offers an alcoholic content of approximately 5.1% by volume. Savor the pure, refreshing enjoyment!
FOR OVER 400 YEARS A CLASSIC FAVORITE!ABV: 5.4% | .5L | $7
Witbier wheat beer brewed with orange and coriander
Unibroue, Quebec Canada
(White of Chambly) was the first bottle refermented ale produced by Unibroue. It is brewed from a blend of pale barley malt, wheat malt and unmalted wheat, to which we blend selected spices and hops. Blanche de Chambly is only partially filtered, retaining its natural cloud of yeast that is characteristic of the original white ales brewed during the Middle Ages.
With notes of dried orange peel and coriander seeds, this brew is a worthy representative of classic Belgian-style white wheat beers. To date, it has won more than 34 international medals, including being named “The World’s Best White Beer" on numerous occasions. Unibroue is proud to brew the most popular white beer in Quebec.ABV: 5% | 16oz | $7
Saison clean, spicy & yeasty
Off Color Brewing | Chicago, Illinois
Saison Wet hopped with Michigan Crystal hops... because wet hops are better than dry hops! (Well, maybe they are not better, but the certainly are not worse.)ABV: 6.8% | 16oz | $7
Golden Ale effervescent, complex & refreshing
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV, Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium
Created by the Moortgat family, bottled Duvel is one of Belgium’s favorite ales. The secret of its success lies in using only best-quality ingredients, and in the well-balanced, very specific, complex brewing and refermentation process that takes over 90 days. After brewing and first fermentation – which takes about 30 days – the beer is tasted by the brewmaster and his staff. At this stage this beer is called “single-fermented.” Typical Duvel flavors and aromas are already emerging, but the beer is lower in alcohol and carbonation, and the taste is slightly lighter and crisper. This is only available in draft and is different from what is in the bottles.ABV: 6.8% | 8oz | $6.5
Fruit Beer addition of fruit
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck, Emelgem Belgium
Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liquor. The mix of these two excellent products creates an exceptional soft beer with references to the dark mother beer.ABV: 8% | 8oz | $9
Brouwerij Lindemans, Viezenbeek Belgium
Tart and sweet fruit flavors. Traditional spontaneously fermented Belgian Lambic with raspberries added.ABV: 2.5% | 5oz | $6
Spiced spices, herbs, fruits & or vegetables
Anchor Brewing Company San Francisco California
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: our 2017 Christmas Ale officially hits shelves today! For our 43rd annual release of this Anchor tradition, our brewers created a smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee, and roasted nuts, plus subtle hints of honey and herbal spice.
In 1975 Anchor released the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition. Every year, Anchor creates a new, secret recipe with a completely unique label for their Christmas Ale, but the intent with each brew remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. With a heavily guarded, secret recipe, Christmas Ale is sold only from early November to mid-January. This highly anticipated seasonal delight is complex and full in flavor, with a velvety texture and an alluring aroma of coffee and roasted wood.ABV: 5.5% | 12oz | $9
Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA
A smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee and roasted nuts, and subtle hints of honey and herbal spice.
It is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale's recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. With a heavily guarded, secret recipe, Christmas Ale is a highly anticipated seasonal delight, complex and full in flavor with a velvety texture and alluring, yet subtle, spiced aroma.ABV: 5.5% | 12oz | $9
English Pale Ale
Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, CO
Limited edition nitro American cream ale.ABV: 4.7% | 16oz | $7.5
Greene King Brewery, Bury St Edmunds GBR
A finely balanced, smooth pale ale with a subtle blend of flavours.ABV: 5.2% | 16oz | $7.5
Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
A medium body delivers sweet citrus with light biscuit and caramel malt flavors, finishing malty-sweet with lingering orange zest bitterness. Warm Front arrives in the glass clear copper-gold with a fine, white head. Aromas of pineapple, tangerine, lemon and tropical fruit blow in from late-boil Citra® and Mosaic® hop additions.ABV: 5.4% | 16oz | $7
Bell's Brewing Inc., Comstock, Michigan
This is the bench mark for an American I.P.A. Bell's Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.ABV: 7% | 16oz | $6.5
Two Brothers Brewing Company, Warrenville Illinois
Golden in color with subtle malt character, it packs big complex citrus and piney hop notes throughout.ABV: 6.3% | 16oz | $7
21st Amendment Brewing | San Francisco, California
Brewed with real blood oranges with a base of Brew Free or Die IPAABV: 7% | 16oz | $6.5
Local Option Bierwerker | Chicago, Illinois
American Muscle – New World Double IPAis massive hop-bomb brewed by the Local Option Bierwerker. Aggressively late-kettle and dry hopped with four quintessential varietals of American hops; this beer is built like houses used to be built. A strong malt backbone balances a rich, flavorful palate of citrus fruit with floral and earthy notes. No adjuncts or extracts of any type were used in this beer.ABV: 13% | 5oz | $6
Dark / Strong Ales
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego California
American brown ale brewed in San Diego CA. Aroma of malt with notes of licorice and fruits. Dark brown appearance with a beautiful white foam. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Bitter finish. Average carbonation and medium-full body. Creamy texture. Great!ABV: 5.9% | 8oz | $9
Off Color Brewing, Chicago, IL
Old Timey Porter with Quassia Bark and Licorice Root for bittering and flavor
Known Gnome is a throwback to when old timey porter brewers tried to avoid paying hop taxes by (illegally) using quassia as a hop substitute. The bark of quassia came into fashion in the early 19th century as a bitter tonic in herbal medicine.
Pipeworks Brewing | Chicago, Illinois
Close Encounter is a bold venture into depths unknown. The best of both worlds co-exist between a rich roasted malt er’n character and an aggressive hop presence that will probe your taste buds like +thing you have experienced before. Don’t fear the unknown, embrace it! You never know who or what you may encounter…ABV 6.5% | 12oz | $7.5
Pollyanna Brewing Company, Lemont Illinois
This Milk Stout is like having Halloween on Christmas, so don’t be ashamed to drink your dessert before dinner. Whatever your candy fancy may be, enjoy this ‘lil delight. Brewed with a hefty amount of lactose milk sugar and sticky oats, we threw in a whole bunch of peanuts, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and sea salt because, well, size truly does matter sometimes.ABV: 6.1% | 12oz | $7
Crystal Lake Brewing Company, Crystal Lake, Illinois
Rich aromas of expresso and dark chocolate hang in the air, while flavors teeter between coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel and hints of dark fruit.
This is a big, full-bodied ale, dark and decadent, and one that you’ll find yourself falling hard for.
Two Brothers Brewing Company, Warrenville, Illinois
Dark delights like this were once shipped to the imperial court of Russia. With a firm, roasty maltiness balanced against a generous helping of hops, Northwind can stand up to the worst its namesake can dish out! Enjoy it by a roaring fire.ABV: 9.10% | 8oz | $6
Brouwerij Alken-Maes, Belgium
This medium-bodied, red to dark brown colored ale has a malty sweetness and chocolate-like caramel aroma. A light hop flavor and/or aroma is acceptable. Dubbels are also characterized by low-medium to medium bitterness. No diacetyl is acceptable. Yeastgenerated fruity esters (especially banana) are appropriate at low levels. Head retention is dense and mousse-like. Chill haze is acceptable at low serving temperatures. Often bottle conditioned a slight yeast haze and flavor may be evident.ABV 6.5% | 8oz | $7
Bières de Chimay, Baileux Belgium
With its typical golden colour, its slightly hazy appearance and its fine head is especially characterised by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beer’s flavour, as sensed in the mouth, comes from the smell of hops: above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma. The aroma complements the touch of bitterness. There is no acidity, but an after-bitterness which melts in the mouth. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.
Bieres de Chimay, Baileux Belgium
Its flavour noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma, while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.ABV: 9% | .25cl | $12