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Shelf Staple V - Sierra Nevada Narwhal

Shelf Staple V - Sierra Nevada Narwhal

Look at any online trade forum and you’ll find hundreds of stouts that people are "in search of," but those who are looking for a world class stout don’t need to look that hard or that far.

Best of 2015 Quarter 3

Best of 2015 Quarter 3

It's that time again! Best of 2015 - Quarter 3 runs from July to the end of September, and includes beers that we have had for the very first time only.

Shelf Staples IV – Bigleaf Maple

Shelf Staples IV – Bigleaf Maple

If they advertised or marketed this beer based on the hops, which are nowhere to be found on the label or the case, this may be a more popular beer.

IPA Month Closeout - BTL Top 5 IPA Picks

IPA Month Closeout - BTL Top 5 IPA Picks

Everyone pretty much knows everything about the ever-popular American IPA. Instead of a dedicated piece to strictly American IPAs, we’re ending the month with an overall IPA blow-out!  Here are our Top 5 IPAs of ALL TIME!!

BTL Vacation Superlatives - ME, VT & NY

BTL Vacation Superlatives - ME, VT & NY

When we learned that Jackie was going on this epic beercation, we asked her document it and to give us a write-up in her own style and perspective.

Category 21B: Specialty IPA: Black IPA + Brown IPA

Category 21B: Specialty IPA: Black IPA + Brown IPA

First, don’t be fooled by the darker tones of these styles. These are still hop forward beers with the appropriate amount of the bitterness you commonly associate with most IPAs. At first glance, it might be easy to confuse either of these styles with an Amber Ale, a Stout or a Porter but once you smell and taste them, it is clear that they belong to IPA Category 21. 

Chicagoland: South Suburbs

Chicagoland: South Suburbs

When you are surrounded by so many breweries, sometimes it takes a little longer than you’d like to visit them all. This time, I visited a few places in the South Suburbs of Chicago.

Brewery Visit: Flossmoor Station

Brewery Visit: Flossmoor Station

We visit Flossmoor Station Brewing Company and talk with Eymard Freire, the brewmaster that's bringing the award winning brewery into the future and back into the spotlight.

Plan B(elgian)

Plan B(elgian)

The BJCP is a great guide for industry standard flavor profiles, tastings and some of the technical aspects of craft beer but what do you do when you’re at your local bottle shop and you’re looking for these beers?