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