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Growing Pains

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In many ways, the beer we brew is more than just beer to us.  It is a blank canvas on which to paint, a bare page on which to write a story, and in some respects like our offspring.  We work to bring multiple mediums into one entity that is greater than the sum of its parts.  It is enriched, cultivated and matured until it is ready to make its way into the world as a productive member of society.  Such as any creation described above, it often has a mind of its own.  This is the case with one of the beers we have scheduled for our launch parties on the 12th & 13th.

Our Mash Confusion Wheat Ale will not be ready for its introduction as planned and will have to be delayed for a week or so.  We’re disappointed, but know that quality beer is worth the wait and the last thing we want to do is rush its natural fruition.

Though we are disappointed in this development, we are proud to have three of our beers ready for all of you who are eager to try them at our launch. Breaking Blonde Ale, Time Traveler IPA, & Fashionably Late APA are ready to leave the nest and spread their wings.

We apologize for any disappointment and appreciate all of the support we’ve received from those who are eager to sample our beer.  The good news is that the Mash Confusion Wheat Ale will be ready to sample very soon at both Shakers and The Red Dog Grill.

As always, we’ll keep you informed as things develop…

-The Hop Cosmonauts of RCB

It Takes a Village

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There is an old African Proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same can easily be said for our dream of bringing a local craft nano-brewery to Starved Rock Country.

We have many thanks to give and we want to make public record of those who have supported, inspired, cultivated and spurned us to follow through with our dream of bringing great beer to the people who we work and live beside in the area we know and love as home. This is probably an incomplete list; we’ve racked our brains and tried to remember everyone who has helped us along the way. If we’ve forgotten anyone, we apologize. Feel free to let us know, and we’ll make sure to buy you a pint in the very near future!

The following is a list of those intimately involved in supporting us in plucking a dream from the clouds and bringing it to reality. Thank you to the following…

Jessica Warren, for your continuous support of our dreams, support on every fathomable level and your patience, for the breakfast quesadillas on brew mornings and late night snacks on brew evenings.

Heather Jenkins, for your continuous support of our dreams and willingness to let us pursue them.

Adam Wampler, for your superior construction skills, without which we would not have the foundation of our humble little brewery. Truth be told, without you, we would probably still be trying to figure out how to make two walls meet.

Amanda Hart, for your superior web design and prowess for making all things virtual seamless and aesthetically pleasing. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to post this very blog post.

Matthew Solis, for designing the coolest f*cking logo we could have imagined. Your skills are unmatched.

Yelena Ogan, for your sage advice relative to talent development, help with our message and for teaching us how to do proper Russian vodka shots.

Christie Jones, for your unmatched editing and language skills and continued support.

Tim Walsh, for your help and support providing electricity to our brewery. It’s kind of a big deal.

Bryan Karner, for your help in making fresh, clean water a viable resource in our brewery. Again, kind of a big deal!

Kevin Bressendorf, for your continued enthusiasm and generous contributions to making this a legitimate enterprise.

Matt Stafford, for guiding us through the special usage permit that made all of this possible.

Monica Warren, for your continued support and crafty ingenuity which has buoyed our efforts on many occasions.

There are many others of course who have provided kind words of support, inspiration or have just been a positive means to a positive end. They are as follows, in no particular order:

Jordyn Warren, Camryn Chapman, Maddison Jenkins, Margaret Lee Jones, Clint & Tammie Warren, Brad Warren, Dick & Lisa Chapman, Amanda Chapman, Barbara & Kinsley Jones, Dan & Kristen Pierce, Randi Mooney, Leita Ritt, Grant & Kathleen Jenkins, Sonja & Shay Graffius, Mike Warren, Kristen Wampler, Rich Bridges, Tom Heimsoth, Gary Mcgrath, Kevin McGrath, Stacy Ingalls Wilson, Israel Juarez, Tamy Barry, Dave & Ashley Alsvig, Mark & Ashley Bucz, Lafluer, Robbie Hart, Mike Billy, John & Clayton from, Aaron Ogan, Brian Hunt, Megan Kline, Mike Billy, Rob Hasty, Bob Fernandez, Bob Sandy & all of the MASH members, Greg Barnes, Luke Dobrich, Dewayne Conright, Pete Burgess & Ashley Brandt.

We would be remiss in failing to mention all of you who have taken an interest in supporting the idea that great craft beer can be produced in Starved Rock Country by local folks who are passionate about it.

In earnest, we can not wait to get pints of our beers in your hands; we only hope that we deliver on your support and faith in us. Our ambitions are broad, but we remain continuously humbled by the support of our friends, family and neighbors.


Links to those who have helped bring our little brewery to life

Thanks again for all of your support! We look forward to seeing you guys at Launch!


-The humble brewers of RCB

Launch Party Proclamation

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Launch Party

We’re thrilled to finally announce our first two locations of distribution: Shaker’s Lounge and at the soon-to-be-open Red Dog Grill located at Heritage Harbor also in Ottawa, IL. Both locations will be tapping kegs of our coffee blonde ale, Breaking Blonde; our citrus-infused American Pale ale, Pale Peel; our hop-forward wheat with honey, Mash Confusion; and our flagship hop delivery vehicle, Time Traveler IPA.

In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ll be holding two separate launch parties at both establishments.  All four founding members will be at Shaker’s Lounge on Friday June 12th and at Red Dog Grill on Saturday, June 13th to enjoy pints of Radium City Brewery ale in celebration of the first commercial brewery in LaSalle County since 1966!

We will have more details about each event in the weeks to come; there’ll be some fun things going on and we plan on having some RCB giveaways on hand for the folks who show up.   We hope that you’ll come out and celebrate with us. It’s such an honor to finally get our beer into your hands!

We are so pleased to partner with Shaker’s and The Red Dog Grill for this “historic” event.  We’re excited for you to enjoy our beer in Ottawa not only on the 12th and the 13th of June, but for a long time to come.

See you guys soon!

-The Hopness Monster





Illinois State Brewer’s License Approval

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It’s official!  We’ve been issued our brewer’s license from the State of Illinois.  This was the last piece of our regulatory puzzle, which means you’ll be able to order a pint of Radium City beer at select local pubs the first week of June.  I can’t properly articulate just how excited I was typing that last sentence.

It’s been one hell of a journey over the last year and a half or so.  From concept to execution, there have been countless hours spent, literal blood spilled (we’re not great at carpentry; just ask our construction guru Adam Wampler), hundreds of pounds of grain milled,  hundreds of records spun, and probably far too many pints imbibed making this dream of ours a reality.  We cannot wait for you to try our local craft beer, brewed right here in Starved Rock Country by four local guys who want to bring great locally sourced craft beer to their community.

We’ve had some discussions with local bars and we’ll be dropping news very soon about where you can go to get our beer and what styles of beer we’ll be launching. We’ve also got some upcoming and very exciting events in the works, so stay tuned


-Professor Hopsworth

TTB Approval & State Filing

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TTB Approval & State Filing

Good news everyone! On April 3rd 2015 we received our federal TTB approval. This means we are one step closer to distributing our beer to local bars in Starved Rock Country. It has been a lot of work getting this far and there is still work for us to do. However, we are incredibly proud to be one step closer to having our beer commercially available.

Since the approval we’ve been tweaking a few recipes and also procuring the last things we needed to file our state application. I’m proud to report that we filed our state application on Friday April 10th. This is significant because it’s the final regulatory stage of our commercial ambitions. Once this is approved we will be able to get our beer into your hands!

When filing with any regulatory agency we have no way of determining precisely when the approval will come through but we are cautiously optimistic that light at the end of the regulatory tunnel is near and we’ll be distributing our libations to thirsty to consumers very soon.

We’ve been inspired by the support of folks in Starved Rock Country and are eagerly anticipating getting the beer we brew into your hands. We’ve had some great discussions with some local establishments that are eager to serve you our wares and we can’t wait to finalize the locations that will be serving our beer.

Look forward to some exciting new beers, events and a summer of fun. One of the great things about brewing and distributing craft beer is the enjoyment we see on people’s faces as they try our beer and engaging in discussions with folks like us who enjoy brewing, tasting and talking about craft beer. We can’t wait to share our beer with you guys and discuss what makes your craft beer experience a great one.

We’ll keep you up to date as things develop. As always thanks for all of your inquiries and support.

-The boys from RCB


Welcome to Radium City Brewing

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Welcome to the RCB website!

It’s been a long road from conceptualizing a craft nano-brewery right here in Starved Rock Country to actualizing it.  We can finally see the light peering through the tunnel, and folks, it is a bright and radiant one.

The last time most of you saw us, we were slinging our beer at the inaugural Morel MASH-up.  We were so inspired by your reception to our beer that we decided to start up commercially.  What we had been long told by friends, family and acquaintances proved true with the general public: our beer is too good to be shared with only a select few.

Since then we’ve refurbished our brewery from the inside out and purchased a brand new 1 BBL brewing setup.  It’s modest, but allows us to be flexible, creative and to function as a self-actualized entity while we continue grow.

Things are happening quickly to bring our beer to fans commercially.  Our federal permit was filed in early January.  As soon as that is approved, we’ll file with the state and then be ready to pour into your welcoming pints.  The regulatory process will be approved between late spring and early summer of 2015.

Expect to have your palates pushed to their breaking point.  We pride ourselves on producing beers that transcend traditional genres and stylistic classifications. We’re constantly brewing and innovating, whether it be on our brand new system or in the RCB lab.  Mushroom porters, maple-bacon porters, triple-hopped IPAs with hybrid yeasts – you name it; we’re trying it.  When it’s good enough to share, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

-Alpha Acid Astronauts of RCB