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Lake County Libation of the Month
Exploring the newest and most exciting craft brews, spirits and wines of the month...

May 2019:

Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park

Flight of the Rooster Saison from Ravinia Brewing Co.

Flight of the Rooster Saison

Outlook: Cock-a-doodle-doo has new meaning with the Flight of the Rooster Saison. Utilizing New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, this brew obtains a sauvignon blanc palate. This brand of suds has 25 IBUs and is perfect for warmer months. 

ABV: 7.5%



April 2019:

Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor

Milkshake IPA

Special K Milkshake IPA

Outlook: Your favorite cereal is now a beer! And it's good! This delightful IPA is brewed with zero boil hops and is packed with Citra and Mosaic hops for an incredible aroma and finish. 

ABV: 6.7%



March 2019:

Only Child Brewery in Gurnee

No Way Jose

No Way José Pale Ale

Outlook: Pucker up, buttercup. This Gurnee Pale Ale is brewed with lime zest and agave; the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The crisp finish of this brew pairs nicely with the assortment of food vendors that the brewery brings to their tap room most weekends.

ABV: 5.30%


February 2019:

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake

Sin Bin Stout

Sin Bin Stout

Outlook: Perfect for a chilly winter's day, Light the Lamp's Sin Bin Stout is the perfect mixture of roasted malts and a smooth, smokey finish. The English Oatmeal Stout is the perfect compliment to more than a few of the Grayslake brewery's finely crafted food menu.

ABV: 5.80%


January 2019:

Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich

Fyren Gin

Fyren Gin (Lake Zurich Fire Department Cocktail)

Outlook: Pronounced "Fire Engine," this unique style of gin packs a punch. The spicy libation uses a full serrano pepper in each bottle which has been charred, roasted and cut by hand. Fyren Gin is the perfect companion for cocktails such as bloody marys, martinis and more. If you're looking for the perfect winter warmup, this is the libation for you. Fyren Gin perfectly accompanies cucumber, basil, tonic water, simple syrup and more in their featured cocktail, Lake Zurich Fire Department. 

ABV: 46%


December 2018:

North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks

Beehive Curacao

Beehive Curaçao

Outlook: The delightful spirit starts with fermented honey turned into mead and then distilled with a variety or oranges, spices and herbs. Beehive Curaço is a phenomenal sipping liqueur for the holiday season. North Shore Distillery will host the libation's launch party on December 8 at the Green Oaks tasting room / distillery.

ABV: 40%




November 2018:

Lynfred Winery in Wheeling

Christmas Red Spiced Wine

Christmas Red Spiced Wine

Outlook: The mulled libation is packed with aromas of cinnamon, cloves and gingerbread cookies; perfect for cold, long November nights. Pair with oatmeal cookies or chocolate berries for a real treat. The spiced wine can also be warmed for especially chilly nights.

ABV: ~11%



October 2018:

Tighthead Brewery in Mundelein

Greenway Boogie

Greenway Boogie IPA

Outlook: The limited edition IPA is full bodied, incredibly refreshing and brewed by award-winning craftsmen. The Greenway Boogie IPA is a collaboration between Tighthead Brewing, REI in Vernon Hills and the Lake County Forest Preserves. A percentage of sales support the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

ABV: 6.7% | IBU: ??



September 2018:

Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich

Who Rescued Who

Who Rescues Who Ale

Outlook: This is a soft, hazy, fruity beer that goes well with hanging out with the best people in the world! Friends, family and Fido.

ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 20



August 2018:

Bosacki's Home Brew in Mundelein

Bosacki's Blueberry Wheat

Blueberry Wheat Ale

Outlook: A complement to the newly released Raspberry Wheat, this American Pale Wheat Ale provides the subtle taste of blueberries and allows the slight sweetness of the wheat through. This unfiltered wheat beer is visually cloudy, while obtaining a fuller body. The ale has a 5.3 percent alcohol by volume and is rated at 15 on the International Bitterness Unit scale. Available for a limited time.

ABV: 5.3% | IBU: 15


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