Category: Beer

Weekly Highlights 8.22


Sonoma Zinfandel 2016

Tasting Notes-

Loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this plump Zin is a pleasure to drink, with bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice that glide dynamically toward plush tannins.

Wine Spectator 93








10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. It is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.

Tasting Notes – 

Bold, dry, oaky flavors with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa.







Moon Machine


Brewer’s Notes-

A throwback to when humankind used to set goals just to see if we could do it. The pure pursuit of scientific achievement & glory. We dreamed of an UPA brewed with Indiana malted wheat & barley, loaded up with Citra, then double dry-hopped with Citra & Simcoe Cryo Hops – and we landed it.




Smoked Cheddar

Great American Cheese Collection

Tasting Notes – 

The Great American Cheese Collection cold smokes this mild white cheddar with hickory. The soft touch of smoke pairs well with burgers.



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Chardonnay 2015 – Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes-

A seductive style, offering tiers of complex flavors, with a mishmash of green apple, citrus, pear, melon and fig, framed with smoky toasty oak that displays a delicate manner. Drink now through 2022.

Wine Spectator 94pts



Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir 2016

Tasting Notes – 

The color is a deep scarlet-red with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and a hint of caramel. The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth with sumptuous strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry and warm gingerbread. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins and a hint of toffee carrying through its long finish.

Wine Spectator 90pts





Prima Pils

Brewer’s Notes-

Prima! It’s a German exclamation of joy. It’s a recognition of accomplishment. It’s what escaped from our lips the first time we sampled this mighty pilsner recipe. With heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts, we achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor that we sought.
Prima… an exclamation of Victory! Prost!

4/5 Exceptional – Beer Advocate 

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Brewer’s Notes-
Fear not friends, Here Comes The Reaper, our newest IPA. This IPA comes in at 6.2%, and is brewed with Mosaic and Chinook hops giving it tons of citrus character and a spicy edge.


Tasting Notes-

The 2017 shows a bright pale gold color with aromas or pear and quince with hints of exotic fruit and lime-flower. The palate is a nicely balanced blend of mineral flavors with citrus and white fruits, with good density and firm acidity. This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it’s a good value as well.


Tasting Notes-
Rich, dark, and intense fruit flavors take top billing in this 2016 Elouan Pinot Noir, a wine that beautifully reflects the warm and dry growing season. Dark ruby in color, the wine powers up with aromatics of a plum pie, mixed-berry jam and smoky, game-bird characteristics that set the stage for flavors of cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, and smoked bacon. The balance is excellent, with solid structure, superb depth and concentration, rich tannins, and a nice smoky, earthy finish.

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Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset 

Brewer’s notes – 
A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with local Emy J’s coffee, whole vanilla beans, and cinnamon. The flavor profile of this wonderful beer boasts a lush mouthfeel, with just the right amount of creamy spice character to meld with the rich malt and barrel aged profile.

Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Tasting Notes – 
Intensely aromatic and lively, with flavors of passionfruit and guava underpinned with aromas of fresh herbs and blackcurrant, this is a great wine to enjoy as an aperitif, or match with seafoods. The palate is vibrant with zingy fruit that is balanced with a long, crisp mineral finish.
90pts Wine Spectator

 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Tasting Notes – 

Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley. Vibrant aromatics of cassis, mocha, dried cherries, mint, cola and smoky leather awaken the senses, while full-bodied flavors of black cherries and plums generously fill the palate. Lingering notes of toasty caramel round out the finish.



Penrose Brewing | Geneva, IL

This Thursday, January 18th, we welcome Penrose Brewing to Rockford with an in-store beer tasting.

The following beers will be tasted out. Get to know them a little better…



This beer packs a ton of Hop Head Farms Chinook hop goodness into a golden blonde base. Tropical fruits, assertive hop bite and an ample dankness fuel our fresh Taproom IPA.

ABV: 7.1%  |  IBU: 85  //  Malt — 2 Row, Carapils  //  Hops — Chinook, Columbus, Cascade


Another step in our low-ABV kettle-soured series, our Session Sour utilizes Amarillo hops to bring a grapefruit pop to welcome in clean tartness and shandy-like brightness.

ABV: 4.0%  |  IBU: 15  //  Malt — 2 Row, Carapils  //  Hops — Columbus, Amarillo  //  Yeast — Saison II, Lactobacillus


Full of chocolate, roast and toasted marshmallow flavors layered on top of a sticky, aromatic, Simcoe hop note that finishes smooth and silky.

ABV: 10.5%  |  IBU: 60


About Penrose:

“We focus on Belgian inspired session ales, oak barrel-aging, fresh hop flavors and alternative fermentation. Our beers are brewed with intention, as part of a ‘beer first’ culture. Our pursuit of balance inspires effort to bring order to random. Our lives are enriched by personal experience, some more common than others, but each as unique as the next. This random collective becomes who we are, what we do, and how we remember. We liken our beers to these experiences.”


Brewery Spotlight: 4 Hands Brewing Company

4 Hands Brewing Company, located in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, will provide the craft beer enthusiast a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American craft movement that pushes the limits of creativity. Our barrel-aging program will produce a truly unique line on beers. The use of wine and spirit barrels containing an array of fruit, herbs, and spices in conjunction with wild yeast strains will enhance theflavors to produce a one of a kind beer.

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