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August 2015

Craft Beer Melting Pot

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Last night at the Red Dog Grill was one hell of an event: sky diving, live music and a lot of friendly & familiar faces.  The response to our newest beer, Half Past Red, available exclusively at the Red Dog Grill, was beyond what we could have hoped for.  It’s a beer we really enjoy and we’re happy that you guys feel the same way.

It’s also exciting for us because we believe strongly in beer diversity.  As craft beer consumers we’ve always enjoyed trying new styles and recipes from our favorite breweries.  Bringing our sixth beer to market after two months on a 1 BBL system is something we’re really proud of.

Even more exciting is that we have two new brews that’ll be available within the next 30 days or so: Annie’s Pale Ale, named after Dennis’s great-aunt who worked at the Radium Dial plant, and Spaceman Whiteboard Pale Ale. Both will be coming to Shaker’s and the Red Dog Grill to travel down your gullets post-haste!

We’re doing everything we can to make this little engine go and as always we’re working hard behind the scenes to find new avenues and alleyways to get our beer in your hands.  Stay tuned as things develop and we’ll make sure to get the word out as more exciting news comes our way.

-Spacemen of the Whiteboard

Half Past Red Launch at The Red Dog Grill

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It’s been a little over two months of commercial operation and we could not be happier with the response to our beer.  It seems like folks are embracing drinking local here in Starved Rock Country.  Additionally, we’ve heard great feedback from people passing through town from as far as the east coast and even from all the way in Vancouver, Canada.  For four guys who had nothing more than an earnest desire to get our beer out to like-minded folks from our home town we are completely overwhelmed and humbled by the response.  Since the genesis of our plans to make our beer commercially available we’ve been excited about making great beer that we had wished was locally on tap.  Another integral part of this project has always been a diverse variety of beers for people to try.

In that vein, we’re really excited to introduce another great beer to the line up.  The Half Past Red will be launched this coming weekend on August 22nd at the Red Dog Grill at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, IL.  The Red Dog Grill has been a fantastic advocate of our growth and we are thrilled to offer them this exclusive hoppy red ale.  It’s one of our personal favorites and will be exclusively available out there going forward.  As usual, the folks over at The Red Dog have turned what could be a small beer launch into an amazing event that will include live music by Katie Belle & The Belle Rangers not to mention sky divers dropping down at the event to produce the inaugural tap of Half Past Red.  You can never accuse the folks at The Red Dog of going small.

We hope you take the time come out.  All of us will be there to chat with you guys and talk craft beer.  There will also be RCB merch available.  The festivities start at 5:30 and the music will begin at 6.

Launching new beers is something we’ve been excited about for a while now, we couldn’t be more excited to get this beer out to you guys but we’re even more excited to tell you that as far as new beers go, this is just the beginning.


– The Hoppy Bottom Boys of RCB

What’s in a name?

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When we first started brewing beer as home brewers one of the most exciting parts of the process was naming our beers.  Coming up with names and serving our beer to our family and friends was a big part of the fun.  Now that we’ve transitioned into professional brewers, naming our beers and getting them out to the public remains one of the more rewarding parts of the process.

Unfortunatley, some of the names we’ve used for some of our beers aren’t going to be able to transition to the commercial beer arena.  One of those names is for one of our IPA recipes which we dubbed “The Time Traveler” some time ago.  Unbeknownst to us, that name had been copy righted by another craft beer company.

That being the case we have renamed the “The Time Traveler” to the “Passing Time IPA”.  Rest assured it’s the same IPA recipe as before but just now with a new name.  We hope you’ll stay patient with us as issues like these come up.  Our priority as always is bringing you high quality craft beer brewed right here in Starved Rock Country.

We have some exciting news coming soon so stay tuned!

Thanks again for all of the support and patience!

-The Boys from RCB