Drink IBW & Support Planned Parenthood TONIGHT!

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." - Samuel Johnson

In times of great misery, failure and embarrassment - you know, days like today - the best we can do is come together as a community of dying humanoids and drink too much.  IBW and the Green Lady have come together to help in that effort.

At 4pm today The Green Lady will tap our American Orange Ale Trumpty Dumpty.  All proceeds from sales of Trumpty Dumpty today will be donated to Planned Parenthood in the name of Mike Pence.  So, come take your medicine and join us, as a family, as we all salute our new candy colored clown president properly.

In more inspiring news, we've released some more of our very popular beer we produced in support of Drag City Records' Purling Hiss for their tour this past fall.  Here's the description:

"To celebrate "High Bias", the new Purling Hiss release on Drag City Records, IBW assembled our most loving homage to trashy, American macro-beers, just the kind of beer that built the fuzzy guitar rock of "High Bias". Purling Hiss is full of pilsner, munich, rice adjunct and noble hops creating a fizzy, yellow sleigh-ride that pairs well with brown meth, NASCAR and Jesus footies.  Enjoy it cold and fast before this whole hen house heads straight to Hell."

We may be too late on the hen house in Hell thing, but we can still drink.  Get this very limited release at:

  • Beer Temple
  • Vas
  • Bottles and Cans
  • Grand & Western
  • Liquor Park
  • Bitter Pops
  • Your Happy Place Liquors
  • Binnys Lakeview

For you nice folks outside of Chicago, you can get Purling Hiss on Beer Temple's website for shipment to most of the 48 states.

We've got a couple other bottle releases coming up in the next few weeks. Jinx Remover is a 5.1% Brett Pale Ale that we are quite proud of and works wonders at removing bad luck and hexes brought on from the Evil Eye. And Hasselhopf, an 8% Hopped-Up Farmhouse, will make it's bottle premier with an update to the recipe and a very handsome label you can use to impress your friends.

Stay tuned to this here email list or our Facebook page for specifics as those get released.

Ok. That's it. I've got nothing positive to offer you and no healing words. We're all doomed. The joke is over. Just tune those skills at your "duck & cover" technique and keep plenty of medicine on hand to smooth the corners.  In closing, I leave you with this:

"Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush (and Donald Trump)? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us—they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.” - Hunter S. Thompson

P.S. Happy Birthday David Lynch!  RIP Miguel Ferrer.

Black Lodge & Son of Toucan Sam Available TODAY!

Just in time for your annual cold-weather bender this weekend, we pushed our entry-level cult slaves in the IBW bunker to package together two delicious holiday treats to help keep you swervy and warm.

Our first release is Son of Toucan Sam. This is a farmhouse we brewed in collaboration with Executive Chef Rodney Staton last winter.  We made an all munich grist and boiled it for 4 hours in the traditional style of bock beer. We then added Rodney's "fruity loops" spice blend to offer a citrus and earth nose. Fermented on Tim, our house yeast strain, we then put this beer into cabernet barrels for 9 months. The result is an exceptional and clean farmhouse that sets along side red meat like Starsky sat next to Hutch. Pro tip: we conditioned this on Brettanoymyces Bruxellensis so, while the beer is great now, if you hold it at cellaring temps for another 3 or 4 months this beer is going to enter a stratosphere all it's own.  

This is an extremely rare batch of beer, only 10 cases are availble. You can get Son of Toucan Sam at:

  • Revival Food Hall
  • Bottles & Cans
  • Liquor Park
  • Binny's Marcey St.
  • Warehouse Liquors
  • Vas Foremost Liquors
  • West Lakeview Liquors
  • Grand & Western
  • Beer Temple

Our second offering that is on shelves today is our homage to Dale Cooper and his hard work done on the Blue Rose case for the cult TV show "Twin Peaks".  The Black Lodge is an 8.3% stout with Abacus coffee and sour cherry added after fermentation providing you with an insanely drinkabable, big-boned beer that is great for breakfast, second breakfast and even, if you are disciplined, dessert.

You can get Black Lodge at the following locations:

  • Beer Temple
  • Your Happy Place Liquors
  • Puerto Rico Food Liquors
  • Bitter Pops
  • Bottles  Cans
  • Beermiscuous
  • Revival Food Hall
  • Grand  Western Liquors
  • Binnys Marcey St.
  • Binnys Lakeview
  • Printers Row Wine Shop
  • Warehouse Liquors
  • Farmers Pride - Noble
  • Farmers Pride - Logan
  • Vas Foremost Liquors
  • West Lakeview Liquors

From our all of our mind-controlled slaves to all of you mind-controlled slaves, we wish you the warmest, happiest, and moderately safe Holiday season, no matter what strange rituals you may celebrate. Whether you enjoy the holidays with IBW bottles rolling at your feet or not, we wish you all the very best.  Keep living and be strong in 2017. XOXOXO

Punk Rock Monday @ Delilah's

We know, it's Monday and you're confused about life. We get it.

Because we love you, the IBW team has come with help for your crisis'. Come to Delilah's tonight as we spin our favorite punk rock records while you sip on our delicious porter, Pazuzu's Pedals. We'll be doing our thing between 9pm - 12am, the selection will span all of our bad taste.  All you have to do is sit there and drink. It's really just that easy.

For more information, you can visit the facebook page for the event.

And if, after tonight, your life is still in a downward spiral of regret, than you can join us on Thursday at the Green Lady as we pour one of only 3 kegs of the barrel aged Fool's Folly that we made with our friends from Around the Bend.

For more information on Thursday's event you can visit the facebook page here.

Pareidolia Bottle Release & 3 Events This Week!

We're drowning our sorrows from last week's election by throwing our evil selves into a bunch of great activities this week. After all, the only sane solution to an insane world is to drink.  And organize. But first... let's drink.

First things first... we are incredibly excited to announce the first release of our collaboration series with Parachute Restaurant in 750ml bottles.

"Pareidolia" is a carmel & grain rich buckwheat farmhouse re-fermented on Asian pears for 3 weeks with dehydrated green mangoes used for acidity. The bottles are conditioned on b. lambicus and b. claussennii for one last layer of complexity.  The result is a beer that performs beautifully both on it's own or paired with your favorite food.

This release is extremely limited. We will be delivering these on Wednesday by 5pm and they should be on the shelves at the following locations by Thursday.  You need to act fast as these bottles will not last long. You will find Pareidolia at:

This week we're also releasing our Black Farmhouse "Pazuzu's Pedals". Pazuzu is made with black cardamom and full of bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, smoke & herb. And the labels are bad ass.

Right now, you can find Pazuzu at the following locations with more stores being added this week:

We've also got 3 events this week.  Yes, three events for god's sake.

Tomorrow night we'll be pouring Hasselhopf at Dry Hop Brewers for their Nano IPA night. We'll be pouring along side friends from Marz, Spiteful, 350 & Mad Mouse Brewing.  For more information, please visit the facebook event page for this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1152945574786874/.

Thursday night we're celebrating the release of "It's Spelt Right" our spelt farmhouse made with wood fired granny smith apples that we made with Old Irving Brewing. The result is a delicious 8% saison draped in smoked apples, a perfect medicine for the harvest season.

To celebrate our collaboration, Old Irving will be hosting a Bags tournament this Thursday, November 17th starting at 6pm. 10 teams of 2 will compete for fabulous prizes including Illuminated beer - including 2 bottles of the very rare collab with Parachute Restaurant, "Pareidolia" - and OIB growlers filled with your favorite beer! We'll also have IBW posters and stickers to give away. The teams will be first come, first serve, so make sure to come and claim your spot! The facebook page for this event is https://www.facebook.com/events/1176545462392751/

And last, but certainly not least, Friday night is the Purling Hiss & Axis:Sova record release show at the Hideout. To celebrate the new Purling Hiss album High Bias released on Drag City Records we assembled our most loving homage to good, old-fashioned, trashy, American macro-beers; just the kind of beer that built the sonic annihilation via heavy six-string freakout of High Bias. "Purling Hiss" is stacked up with Pilsner, Munich, rice adjuncts and noble hops to create a fizzy, yellow sleigh-ride that pairs well with brown meth, NASCAR and Jesus footies.

The facebook page for this show is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1765310903747331/.  This is not to be missed. However, if you do, you'll still be able to get a limited amount of the Purling Hiss beer at Beer Temple.  And, for you Purling Hiss fans that are outside of Chicago - or even out of the state of Illinois - you'll be able to purchase bottles of Purling Hiss at Beer Temples on-line store starting Friday and have it shipped directly to you.

Ok, I'm exhausted from writing all of that. I'm going to crawl into my bomb shelter and drench my wrecked nerves in all of this great beer.