LAKE EFFECT BOTTLESHOP PROGRESS
Located next door to our existing brewery space in the same building, our on-premise retail shop and growler-fill project is moving forward at a good pace. The current project includes an 800 sq. foot retail shop with merchandise, bottled beer, and growlers to go. We will also be able to sell kegs to the public. So far we have secured the location, cleared out the space, had our liquor moratoria lifted and are in the process of applying for permits. We hope for a summer opening but getting everything in order for our licensing could take longer. There are no plans to make it a bar, just a shop for those wanting to visit the brewery and take something home. The later phases are only in the dream state currently.
May will be a month of several cool releases. Coming up-
“Aged Red Ale”- strong red aged in bourbon barrels 8% abv Distribution is very limited
“Session Brett” – our 100% brett ale fermented in stainless steel and aged in wine barrels for 2 months. For the one who loves wild beers, this fruity, funky ale is for you. Distribution full network
“Cooler by the Lake”- this is our take of the beer version of the Moscow Mule- brewed in collaboration and exclusively on draft at the Sedgewick Stop Gastropub- that said we will have it available on tours and small kegs of this will venture out into the neighborhood. Cooler by the lake is a Ginger and Lime Saison. We are currently trying to source a Gin barrel to age a version of this. Distribution Draft only at Sedgwick Stop MAY 15th – June 30th
“Maibock” – Our 3rd Lager of the Year- is super clean, malty, and crushable. We need a name for this so please help. The maibock will be on draft during Craft Beer Week at Christines Place and will make its way over to the Radler, Binny’s Lincoln Park Tap Room, and others. Draft only Month of May
“27 Blocks” – Brewed in collaboration with Chef Cleetus from the Fountainhead- this is a Wild Pale Ale brewed with grapefruit zest. 27 blocks will be bottled exclusively for the Fountainhead Bottle Shop, opening in the next few weeks. We will have a few kegs of this floating around and available on tours. Exclusive Bottles to Fountainhead and Lake Effect Bottle Shop, Draft bar on Buena, Montrose Saloon and others.
“Smoked Helles” – (could be a June Release) this is a lightly smoked German Style lager brewed in collaboration with Genes Sausage Shop. Genes Sausage Shop smoked a bag of malt for this brew. We used it sparingly to get a subtle smoke flavor. The release for this will be on the roofdeck of Genes Sausage shop in Lincoln Square early June. Draft only- exclusive to Genes Sausage and a handful of other locations.
Lake Effect Snow and Falcon Dive IPA will also be available as draft and limited bottles to our full network