Morel Fest Mashup & Other RCB News

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It was just about two years ago that Radium City Brewing participated in the inaugural Morel Fest Mashup Home Brew Tasting. At that time, aside from some late night discussion fueled by too many beers, we thought opening a commercial brewery was nothing more than a fantasy. Morel Fest in 2014 changed that forever both by providing us the opportunity to get feedback from the public and for allowing us to get to know a lot of the great folks of Starved Rock Country who are just as passionate and interested in good beer as we are. Good beer is not a fad, and those who are discovering how good beer can really be are only gaining in numbers. Events like the Morel Mashup Home Brew Tasting allow fantastic, original beers to pollinate the palates of those not yet indoctrinated.

In honor of Morel Fest, we’ve been sitting on one of our favorite recipes and will be releasing it Friday May 6th in celebration of the event: our mushroom porter, Dark & Shroomy, bombers of which will be available at JJ’s in Ottawa; Haze Smokehouse in Lasalle, IL; as well as Herman’s and all of our regular bomber retailers. Dark & Shroomy will also be available on tap at Shakers Bar & Grill, The Red Dog Grill & Tangled Root’s The Lone Buffalo in Ottawa, IL; Duffy’s in Utica, IL; and Uptown Grill in Lasalle, IL.

Additionally, also available on the 6th will be our Barrel Aged Clock Out Stout. We’re excited for folks to try the barrel aged version of our signature stout. Mostly available in bombers, it can also be found on tap at Shaker’s in Ottawa, IL and at Duffy’s in Utica, IL.  

Though we won’t be selling beer at Morel Fest, we are releasing these special beers at the same time as a nod of thanks and celebration of this great annual event. We encourage anyone who digs good beer to go down to the Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition on Ottawa’s Jordan Block this Saturday, May 7th to try some of the fine offerings of local brewing clubs like Mash and ALES; we’ll definitely be down there to sample some ourselves.

As we celebrate Morel Fest by releasing our eighth and ninth beers available in bombers, brewed on our new brewing system, we want to thank all of you for all of the support we see on social media. Brewing on our brand new system required some changes in methodology and scale that we had to navigate.  As we’ve continued to work with the new system, we’ve gained a more nuanced knowledge of how to approach brewing on this larger scale and the benefits it has to offer. We’ve been gauging your valuable feedback and will be circling back to some of your favorites with the belief that beers such as Passing Time IPA and Fashionably Late APA will be even better on their next release. We hope you’ll agree.

Thanks as always for the support. Hope to see lots of you down at Morel Fest.

-The Spacemen of RCB

New Radium City Bombers

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First off, thanks to all of you who have gone out and purchased bombers. It’s difficult to articulate just how gratifying it is to see our beer on the shelves at our favorite local liquor stores in the area and even more gratifying to see the feedback on social media and Untapped. We’d also like to thank Herman’s Package Store, Regal Liquor, and Shakers of Ottawa; Rudy’s Liquor of LaSalle; Hy-vee of Peru; and Vineyard Liquor of Plano, who all promote and carry RCB bombers. We offer another heartfelt thanks to Amanda Hart of Amanda Hart Design for all of the great work on our labels. And of course, without the support from beer connoisseurs both near and far, none of this would be possible, so we raise our pint glasses to you.

Onto the news: More Bombers!

We have more bomber labels approved and ready to go. We’re always playing with new beer styles and recipes, looking for ways to get variety out to the consumer. We currently have six beers ready for bomber production with more in the works.  

The next two beers set for release in both keg and bomber form are Spaceman Whiteboard APA and Fashionably Late APA.  These are two of our personal favorites, and we’re eager to see them on the shelves. Look for Spaceman Whiteboard in roughly two weeks and Fashionably Late the week after. As always, we will let you know when they are being delivered. More announcements coming soon on what will be available in the future.   

Thanks again for all of the support!


-The Popes of Hoptown

PS be on the look out for the Spaceman’s doppleganger.

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