You want hazy...

For almost a year now folks have been bugging us for one of those big, hazy, juicy things that seems to have taken the world by storm.

At first, we completely ignored the request, because we are generally head strong, cantankerous bastards down in the shop. Eventually, we caved in a little bit and tried throwing a bone with Hasselhopf and Nabikhopf, our "hopped-up farmhouse" offerings.

Well, today, my juice-mad friends, we have fully rolled over and made a treat to both cloud your mind and make sweet, sweet love to your taste buds. We give you Bulgakhopf.

Bulgakhopf is an 8.5% DIPA made with 2-row and flaked barley. Onto that creamy base we added Equinox, Saphir & Amarillo hops and fermented with a blend of London Ale yeast and saccharomyces trois to give an added depth to the tropical fruit notes. What results is a hazy, juicy potion assembled with one modest goal in mind: your absolute delight. And it hits bottle shops today. It was bottled on Wednesday and is fresh as Hell. Come on and get it.

Fun fact: We named the beer for Mikhail Bulgakov, author of the great book, "The Master & Margarita". That's one of the stars of the novel on the bottle, the demonic cat Behemoth. Behemoth likes vodka, chess, syllogisms... and mayhem.This week we're also releasing "Watermelon Gun", a 6.5% farmhouse beer with 1.5 fresh watermelons in each one of the 10 barrels of beer we made. By our estimations - and those of a team of alcoholic scientists that we brought in for the study - this is the best beer to help crush the incoming summer heat and elevate your mind-trailer to a Mind-Castle.

Both of these beers are being delivered to the following bottle shops today:

  • Beer Temple
  • Binnys - River North, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Jefferson, Lakeview, Lincolnwood, Marcey, Niles, River Grove, Skokie
  • Bitter Pops
  • Bottles & Cans
  • Ezras Fresh Market Place
  • Grand & Western Liquors
  • Iron and Glass
  • Liquor Park
  • Madison Vine Wines
  • Noble Grape
  • River Valley Farmers Table
  • Vas Foremost Liquors
  • Warehouse Liquors

Thanks to everyone - the bars, restaurants, breweries, the guild and people - who helped us celebrate Craft Beer Week this year. It was a great week and we're looking forward to having the best summer ever in 2017. Stay tuned for event announcements, bottle releases and - most importantly - fire notifications so that you can enjoy this summer along with Illuminated Brew Works.


2017 Orange Sunshine Release, New Blood & More!

There's a lot going on in IBW's underground bunker these days and we're excited to share almost all of it with you!

First and foremost, we are incredibly happy to welcome two new members to our little cult:

Jim Myers joins Wally as our second full-time sales representative. He brings with him years of experience of sales in the healthcare industry and is looking to make a shift to a life more satisfying slinging beers with our fine-feathered crew at IBW.

Mellow Lucas comes at us as a pony-tailed swiss army knife for IBW. Our accounts in the south and west suburbs will get to know Lucas quite well over the coming months as he is handling our suburban roll-out. Lucas will be managing suburban accounts and will also be in the field shaking babies and giving you fine people of suburban Chicago the first tastes of our healthy elixirs. In his spare time, Lucas is lending his brains and brawn to the brewery as our first for reals brewing assistant.

Please raise a glass and join us as we welcome these two fine gentleman!

We accept them! We accept them! One of us! Gooble! Gobble!

Next Tuesday, April 18th we're throwing our annual Orange Sunshine release party! Join us at the Paramount Room where we'll be pouring Orange Sunshine, a very rare keg of Acupulco Gold (100% brett fermented tropical beauty) and, of course, Paramount Room's house beer made by us, Jinx Remover, a brett pale ale.

Music will be provided by the lovely and talented The Columbines as well as a few other guests to be announced.

We'll be giving away shirts, stickers & buttons and making big plans for interplanetary mind streaking. For more information, hit up the Facebook event page. Don't miss this!!!

And for all of you lovely alcoholics that like to play the at-home version of the IBW game, we are releasing Sex Cult - a 6% tart farmhouse made with Huell Melon & Mandarina Bavarian hops - and Augustus Glooped - a thunderous 9% stout made with cocoa nibs and alderwood smoked sea salts - to stores this Friday. You can find them at all your usual spots, pretty much anywhere that sells good local beer (Beer Temple, Grand & Western, Binny's, Bottles & Cans, Bitter Pops, etc... you get the idea).

Alright friends, that's it for now. Get your affairs in order, Craft Beer Week is just around the corner.

See you on Tuesday!

Nabikhopf Released Today!

Today we're releasing the second installation in our 4-part Hopped-Up Farmhouse series, the always troublesome Nabikhopf.

Our mind-controlled slaves will be delivering Nabikhopf to the following stores today:

  • Bitter Pops
  • Bottles & Cans
  • Madison Vine Wines
  • Pleasant House Bakery
  • Noble Grape
  • Beer Temple
  • Warehouse Liquors
  • Vas Foremost Liquors
  • Binnys - River North
  • Binnys Marcey
  • Malloys Finest Naperville
  • Binnys Naperville
  • Binnys Downers Grove
  • Binnys - Glen Ellyn
  • The Beer Cellar

As you can see, we are expanding our distribution range to the suburbs. If you have a store that you want us in, but don't see it on this list, please talk to your store's beer buyer and have them contact us. We'll get them beer quicker than a hot dog with no mustard. Or something like that.

Have fun at the Ween show, don't embarrass yourself, and remember, those voices in your head are not always wrong.