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All Hail The Vulture Dragon

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an opportunity to blog about the things we’ve been up to this summer.  We’ve been working hard to get out some of our favorite beers to all your local favorite watering holes and liquor stores.  We’ve also participated in a few pouring events which have been great fun.  In fact coming up this Friday we will be at the Craft Beer with Vineyard Liquors Tasting Event at The Brick Lounge in Plano, IL from 5-8 PM.  Feel free to come out and sample some great beer and say hello.

In addition to producing beer and hanging out and pouring beer, we’ve been busy in the lab cooking up some new recipes.  The first of which will be available later today at select locations and later this week and next week at all of our local spots.  The style as you might have guessed is a hopped up APA(we can’t help ourselves we love the style!).  The hop profile on this beer is dramatically different than our other APAs.  Buoyed by Mosaic & Simcoe hops(among various others) it’s quickly grown into one of our favorite recipes and we’re excited to share it with you.  So head on out and welcome Vulture Dragon American Pale Ale to the Radium City family.

We’ve got more new stuff coming this fall and we’ll have more announcements about upcoming events as they get closer.  We look forward to seeing you guys out and about and on the internets on facebook, twitter & Untappd.

Until Next Time!

-The Spacemen Whiteboards

 

RCB’s One Year Anniversary and other News

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It’s been just under a year since our first commercial beer was handed over the bar at Shaker’s on June 12th of 2015. It’s been an exciting year that has seen us grow from being available on tap at two locations to delivering kegs and bombers to 16 locations in both keg and bombers all throughout Starved Rock Country. We’ve met and worked with a lot of great people over the course of the year and none of it would be possible without all of the appreciation and support from our partners in commerce and the consumers. So thanks & Cheers!

In honor of our first year, we’re celebrating with a brand new beer, Infinite Zest American Pale Ale a hoppy American pale ale that’s infused with grapefruit zests. It will be available this Friday at your local RCB watering hole/retail store.

In other news, we’ll be pouring beer with our friends from Tangled Roots at Ottawa Two River’s winefest this weekend from June 10th-12th. Our collaboration with Tangled Roots name Five Too Many will be available. Additionally, we will have Spaceman Whiteboard American Pale Ale, Spaceman Blackboard Double Black American Pale Ale and Infinite Zest Available. We’re also excited to have some new merch available as well in the form of Spaceman Whiteboard American Pale Ale T shirts that will be available at the fest. Come down and say hi and try some of the beer from the two local breweries in Ottawa, IL.

We hope to see everyone down at Winefest and are looking forward to another great year in Starved Rock Country. Thanks again for all the support, Cheers!

-The Samizhop

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!

Cheers!

-The Popes of Hoptown

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

Christmas Comes Early for RCB

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When we first started designing a way to get our beer to market, we knew we had to start small.  It just wasn’t feasible for us to start with a big system and a taproom; we all have occupational and familial obligations that wouldn’t allow us to go all in from day one.  Still, it was just an idea we couldn’t let go of. We knew that if we didn’t pursue this dream, we would grow old and gray, wondering what would have happened if we had taken that chance, wishing we had.

Getting our licensing approval and launching this year was truly a dream come true.  Seeing bartenders at Shaker’s, The Red Dog Grill and Duffy’s pour pints of our beer never gets old (aside from having to shell out our own cash for our own creations).  More importantly, the response we’ve gotten from people has been better than we ever possibly could have imagined.  We’ve met many local craft beer aficionados and local homebrewers who are just as passionate as us about enjoying and making great beer.  As if that weren’t enough, we’ve interacted both in person and via social media with a surprising amount of people from all over the country who have stumbled into Starved Rock Country for either business or pleasure and by chance happened to sample and enjoy our beer.  The feeling of satisfaction from someone trying and enjoying our beer really never gets old and to have seen so many faces light up when sipping a pint is worth all the gold in Fort Knox.

It’s been a truly rewarding six months but through it all there has been one lingering problem.  How do we get more beer to market?  We began bouncing ideas off of one another and exploring various avenues of expansion.  The fruition of those many ruminations, debates, and discussions has finally arrived in the form of our brand new 3 bbl electric brewing system.  

This is a huge leap forward for us and we couldn’t be more geeked to brew more beer at 3 times the capacity.  It’s certainly the product of the diligence of four dummies continuing to hone in on their craft, but more importantly it’s a testament to the palates and truly amazing support of the folks in Starved Rock Country.  Thank you for all the support. we hope that you’ll continue to enjoy our beer in local pubs, your living rooms and anywhere your pursuits make take you.

Onward and Upward!

-The boys of RCB

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

Launch Party Proclamation

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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

Cheers!

-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