Bottles & Cans

BOTM: Aquanaut Brewing Co. The Search ESB

BOTM: Aquanaut Brewing Co. The Search ESB

Each month, we share a beer that we think you oughta pick up. We've been working with a local bottle shop to select a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, not too harsh on the wallet, and might even impress your friends. The leaves have begun to change and fall off trees indicating cold weather is on the way. We've got the perfect companion for anything that Fall can bring.

BOTM: Temperance Beer Company Greenwood Beach

BOTM: Temperance Beer Company Greenwood Beach

July Beer of the Month

Each month, we share a beer that we think you oughta pick up. We've been working with a local bottle shop to select a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, not too harsh on the wallet, and might even impress your friends. Festival season is in full swing and that means summer has arrived in Chicago. We've picked a beer for July that will quench your thirst on those hot summer days.

Beer of the Month - April: Only Child Brewing Playtime's Over

Each month, we share a beer that we think you oughta pick up. We've been working with a local bottle shop to select a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, not too harsh on the wallet, and might even impress your friends.

While Spring is figuring if it's going to happen, THR's April BOTM is
ONLY CHILD BREWING PLAYTIME'S OVER
Brought to us by Bottles & Cans

The husband and wife team of Ben and Amanda Rossi are the core at Only Child Brewing. Since their inception, they've been loading up their car with bombers and hand delivering them around town. This ensures beer drinkers across the city are getting the freshest beer possible. As of last week, bombers were your only option. Now, fresh Only Child beer is hitting local shelves in a more easily consumable 4-pack format. That was all we needed to hear to make this our next BOTM.

Take a look at the specs:

  • Only Child Brewing (Northbrook, IL)
  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • Price: $11.99 (4-pack)

You can pick up Only Child Brewing Playtime's Over yourself at Bottles & Cans (4109 N. Lincoln Ave.) in Northcenter. If ya get to Bottles & Cans, ask for other recommendations from owners Joe and Carly or any of the other knowledgeable staff on hand. And tell 'em we say hey!

THR Thoughts...

They weren't kidding when the said they deliver fresh beer. Our 4-pack carrier was proudly displaying a packaged on date of 3/23/15. That means our beer was less than a week old when we cracked it open. For an IPA, freshness is king and that played right into this beers strong suit. Packed with Simcoe, Mosaic and Chinook hops, this IPA has tons of tropical fruit aromas mixed with some spicy  and piney notes as well. The appearance is slightly darker than expected but with its orangey amber hue and fluffy white cap of frothy foam, this is a beautiful beer to look at. As this one sloshes around the mouth you get more of the resiney and spicy notes that were present in the aroma and the tropical fruits take a back seat. This one finishes crisp and clean and it makes going back for another sip a no brainer. Overall this is a great beer and we're excited to see more of the Only Child lineup rollout in 4-packs.

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Beer of the Month - February: Bell's Java Stout

Beer of the Month - February: Bell's Java Stout

Out of Kalamazoo, Bell's is a seasoned veteran of the craft beer industry. Since 1985, Bell's has been pumping out a steady lineup of year-round beers complimented by arguably the best seasonal lineup out there.This time of the year, though, is dominated by the Bell's stouts. In addition to Java Stout, there's Expedition StoutCherry StoutDouble Cream Stout and if you are lucky enough to find it Black Note Stout; all great beers – and true to style. For February, we've decided on Java Stout, for its rich and roasty taste, perfect for our shortest month.

Beer of the Month - January: Destihl Flanders Red

Beer of the Month - January: Destihl Flanders Red

Each month, we share a beer that we think you oughta pick up. We've been working with a local bottle shop to select a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, not too harsh on the wallet, and might even impress your friends. To kick off 2015, our BOTM is Destihl Brewery's Flanders Red, of their "Wild Sour Series."

Beer of the Month - November: Ale Syndicate Richie Imperial Porter

Beer of the Month - November: Ale Syndicate Richie Imperial Porter

Each month, we share a beer that we think you oughta pick up. We've been working with a local bottle shop to select a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, and might even impress your friends.

 

For November, The Hop Review's BOTM is Ale Syndicate's Richie Imperial Porter, brought to you by Bottles & Cans.

Beer of the Month - August: Begyle Crash Landed

Beer of the Month - August: Begyle Crash Landed

Each month, we share a beer that we think you should pick up. We've been working with a local shop to select a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, affordable and something that might impress your friends.

For August, The Hop Review's BOTM is Begyle's Crash Landed, brought to you by Bottles & Cans in Chicago's Northcenter.

Beer of the Month - June: Temperance Gatecrasher

Beer of the Month - June: Temperance Gatecrasher

Each month, we share a beer that we think you should pick up. We'll be working with a local establishment to find a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, affordable and, most importantly, something we'd pick up ourselves.

During June, The Hop Review's Beer of the Month is Temperance Beer Company's Gatecrasher, brought to you by Bottles & Cans in Chicago's Northcenter!

Beer of the Month - May: 5 Rabbit Super Pils

Beer of the Month - May: 5 Rabbit Super Pils

Welcome to the first Hop Review Beer of the Month! Each month, we'll share with you a beer that we think you should pick up. We'll be working with a local establishment to find a beer that's seasonably appropriate, accessible, affordable and, most importantly, something we'd pick up ourselves.

During May, The Hop Review's Beer of the Month is 5 Rabbit's Super Pils, brought to you by Bottles & Cans in Chicago's North Center!