Libation of the Month in Lake County, Illinois
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Lake County Libation of the Month

Exploring the newest and most exciting craft brews, spirits and wines of the month

September 2019

Mickey Finn's Brewery (Libertyville)

Bear Down Brown Ale

Outlook: BEAR DOWN, Chicago Bears. Being neighbors with Halas Hall (the Chicago Bears practice facility), the county's oldest brewery pays ode to the Monsters of the Midway with a brown ale. The brew heralding the inventors of the T formation is an English-styled beer that’s charismatically nutty and toffee flavor. 

ABV: 10%



August 2019

Glunz Family Winery (Grayslake)

De la Costa Sangria

De la Costa Sangria

Outlook: Glunz Family Winery & Cellars produces a trio of seasonal Sangria flavors: red, white and rosé. The intense citrus, berry flavors complemented by a dash of sweetnes, makes for a refreshing treat during hot summer days. The Grayslake vino can be enjoyed by the glass or by can!

ABV: 11%


July 2019

Flesk Brewing Co. (Barrington)

No Way Jose

Adventure Wagon

Outlook: The newest hazy New England IPA from Flesk Brewing Co. is bursting with a citrusy aroma and fruity flavors. This juicy IPA brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops is the perfect complement for your summer adventures!

ABV: 6.20%


June 2019

Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. (Long Grove)

Flight of the Rooster Saison from Ravinia Brewing Co.


Outlook: Chocolate AND bacon. Who can say NO TO that DYNAMIC duo? This choclate bacon stout IS rated 35 ON the International Bitters Unit Scale (IBU) AND can be thoroughly enjoyed YEAR-ROUND. WITH the village's Strawberry Festival in June, this is the perfect time to complement our favorite cocoa treat with an enormous berry. 

ABV: 5.8%


May 2019

Ravinia Brewing Co. (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. (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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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