Beer Releases: April 04 - April 10, 2021


New Releases - Hot Spot DropsComing Soon

Graphic for Things We Dont Say - Craft Beer for Mental Health

Things We Don't Say is a beer that will be coming out in May in several beers throughout the country benefiting a very important cause - mental health.  Ale Trail breweries that are currently signed up to participate in this initiative are Pollyanna Brewing Company, Alter Brewing Company, Miskatonic Brewing Company, Nik & Ivy Brewing Company, and Will County Brewing Company.  Breweries are still signing up, and we plan to update this information as we learn more.

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Sunday, April 4

No beers released.

Monday, April 5

No beers released.

Tuesday, April 6

Alpine Delight at Ike & Oak

A Delight in a Glass

Ike and Oak has a favorite returning to the taps, Alpine Delight.  This is a Strawberry Cheesecake Pastry Sour.  The description is just as amazing as the beer, make sure to head over to Seven Bridges in Woodridge and get a glass.

Wednesday, April 7 - National Beer Day

Label from Hickory Creek Brewing's Prairie Juice

My kind of Juice Diet

Hickory Creek Brewing Company's Prairie Juice is a double dry hopped NEIPA loaded with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops.  Hazy and tasty, grab a glass today!

Thursday, April 8

Tangled Roots Brewing Company - Intercontinental Pilsner 6 pack of bottles

Local Meets Europe

Tangled Roots' Intercontinental Pilsner blends the local malts and hops grown on their Ottawa, IL-farm with hops from Germany.  You will get a mild but noticably hop bitterness with crisp taste, with notes and aroma of light-floral, citrus, and melon.  Not pictured is Belgian Wit, which is a refreshing number perfect for summer.  Both are available in all three Tangled Roots locations.

Cans of Quiet Contemplation from Black Horizon Brewing

All About the Details at Black Horizon

First, notice the can art.  The beer flows into the Reaper's mouth, then down right through it.  Nicely done.  Black Horizon gets all of the details right, and that's what maximizes the flavor of their brews.  Quiet Contemplation is one of those beers.  They nail the stout, and it tastes like a cinnamon-spiced cold brew coffee.  In fact, it's a milk stout with huge notes of cinnamon spice, milk chocolate, creamy vanilla and smooth cold brew coffee.

Friday, April 9

Artwork from Miskatonic's Gelatinous Cube label

The Gelatinous Cube is back!

Miskatonic's uniquely-named, Cinnamon-Mocha inspired, Imperial Milk Stout is back!  We first saw Gelatinous Cube in May of 2019.  This beer is loaded with cold brew coffee from Modest Coffee with a splash of cassia bark.  The brew itself saw on some coacoa nibs as well for a smooooooth finish.

In the Cards being poured into a glass (top view) from Pollyanna BRewing

The Cards are Stacked Again at Pollyanna

In The Cards is Pollyanna's Hazy APA and is back in stock in Lemont, Roselle, and St. Charles.  Not only that, Amber Pines Amber Ale has made a quick return at all three locations.

Screenshot of four different beers from Rt66 Old School Brewing in Wilmington, IL

Four from Rt66

A big release day from Rt66 Old School Brewing!

  • Holiday Road (Collab with Blue Island Beer Company) - An India Pale Lager that's light, hoppy, and refreshing.
  • Millrace Porter - This porter is toasty, chocolatey, and dark.
  • Crooked Little Smile - Wheat Ale infused with Blood Orange
  • Creature from the Kankakee - Imperial stout with hints of espesso, chocolate chips, and toffee.

Graphic about the new hot sauce collaboration between Gindo's and Nik & Ivy

The First Hot Sauce to Appear on the Ale Trail

Nik & Ivy Brewing teamed up with Gindo's Hot Sauce to create a Dellwood IPA-infused hot sauce!  The description:  Pine and citrus aromas combine with tart black cherries, fresh pineapple and blood orange.  The result is a citrusy fruit forward, beer infused habanero hot sauce.

Don't Blink - glass from Skeleton Key Brewery

Don't Blink on this One

Skeleton Key's Don't Blink, Scottish-style Ale is back on tap!  This time - NITRO!!!  It's truly tasty, incredibly drinkable and refreshing.  It has a lovely malt backbone, soft mouthfeel, and creamy head.

Cans of Kaiju Senso from Metal Monkey and Dry City Brewing

A Dry City and Metal Monkey Collab

World, meet Kaiju Senso.  This Dark Belgian Stronge Ale has notes of caramel, mollasses, subtle bready and woody ntoes, and an unmistakeable estery goodness from the Belgian yeast strain.

Four beer labels from Whiskey Hill

Another Four - This Time from Whiskey Hill

All of these will be available at the WH Taproom, and some cans will appear all around via distribution.

  • Subtle Void -  Imperial Milk Stout with Cocoa Nibs and Madagascar Vanilla Beans
  • 300 Lux -  American Wheat Ale with Amarillo
  • Il Fortunato w/ Pomegranate - Kolsch
  • You Can't Sip With Us - New Gose-style Ale with Pink Guava and Watermelon

Saturday, April 10

Skeleton Key With a Saturday Double

On Saturday, both Cold Fresh Joy and 7th Evil Ex will be on tap and in cans at Skeleton Key Brewery.  Cold Fresh Joy is a Helles Lager, a clean, crisp beer accented with bready malt notes.  7th Evil Ex is a Schwarzbier (Black LAger) that is crisp and dark, with roasty notes and light body.


Hot Spot Drops

We're going to list the date and location of craft beer drops along the Corridor.  Remember, these are all limited and subject to availability (just like everything in life, if you think about it).

Beer at Iron&Glass Romeoville

Tuesday, April 6 - Iron&Glass Romeoville

Firestone Walker Brewing Co's 2021 Parabola, Goose Island's 2021 Suffolk County and 312 Lemonade Shandy, Dovetail Brewery Hefeweizen, Revolution Brewing's Galaxy Hero and Pursuit of Freedom, Noon Whistle's Cubbie Gummy, Cigar City Brewing's Florida Cracker, and Half Acre's Bodem IPA

Several beers at Orange & Brew in Downers Grove

Wednesday, April 7 - Orange & Brew Downers Grove

Lake Effect Brewing, Maplewood's Strawnana Shakey, Pollyanna's Lunchbox Tactics, Phase Three Brewing Company, Old Irving Brewing Co.'s Scentinel, Hopewell Brewing Company's Desert Palm, Liquid Love Brewing's Triple Berry Hugs, and more

Cans from Phase Three Brewing

Wednesday, April 7 - Iron&Glass Romeoville

Phase Three Brewing Company's P3 and DDH Vanilla Backbox (collab with Bottle Logic Brewing)


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Thursday, April 8 - Orange & Brew Downers Grove and Iron&Glass Romeoville

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Liquid Love Brewing cans at Iron&Glass Romeoville

Thursday, April 8 - Iron&Glass Romeoville

Liquid Love Brewing's Dear to Heart and Triple Berry Hugs

Several beers in front of the clubhouse in Augusta

Friday, April 9 - Orange & Brew Downers Grove

Off Color Brewing's Beer for Golf, Foreign Exchange Brewing Company's Toasted Marshmallow Kittywampus, Liquid Love Brewing's Triple Berry Hugs and Dear to Heart, Hailstorm Brewing Co.'s Maple Vlad, Revolution Brewing's Cherry Lime Pursuit of Freedom, and 3 Floyds Brewing's Secret Savages

Beers and Pretzels at Iron&Glass Romeoville

Friday, April 9 - Iron&Glass Romeoville

Foreign Exchange Brewing's Toasted Marshmallow Kittywampus, Brothership Brewing's Plasma Wave, Echoes from the Void, and Rocket Propulsion.

Coming Soon

Label for Goldfinger's Maibock

A Maibock for April

We've heard from Goldfinger, and the Maibock will be released on April 14.

Garage Band's 4/20 Beer

The world will meet Highbrid Th3ory on April 20.

Cans of Henry, with this year's photoshopped with a big question mark

Henry Returns to Pollyanna

On April 23, Henry returns to Pollyanna.  This beer is based off of little Henry's favorite foods.  Henry is the 2-year old son of Head Brewer Brian.  In 2019, it was Milk Lager w/ cocoa nib and vanilla bean.  In 2020, it was a Dunkel Lager with prunes.

Label for Miskatonic's DDH Nelson Wizard

DDH Nelson Wizard

Miskatonic's next DIPA in their series is DDH Nelson Wizard.  8% West Coast DIPA with double Nelson Sauvin hops, a handful of Cryo Citra, and a splash of CTZ.

Scenes from the Corridor