22 oz Bomber Label Approval

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It’s been a busy few months here at the brewery as we’ve been working to keep up with demand, get new recipes to market, and add a new location to our small LaSalle County distribution reach at Duffy’s in Utica, IL.  In addition to that, we’ve been working on some other measures to get our beer into your hands for your imbibing pleasure.

We couldn’t be happier to share some good news with you tonight: we’ve received TTB label approval for two of our established beers to come to market in a new form.  Both Clock Out Stout and Passing Time IPA will be available in 22-ounce bombers at select liquor stores in the very near future!

You can see one of the label designs posted above, created by local designer Amanda Hart.  Check out her amazing work at  If you have any need for design work, she’s the gal to get a hold of.

We’ve got a few more logistical hurdles from now until the time you can enjoy some RCB in the comfort of your own home, but this will be a reality within the next 30-45 days.  We’ll have information on locations and specific dates very soon.

We’re still working on some more things behind the scenes as part of our mission to get more quality beer into the hands of the good folks of Starved Rock Country and beyond.  Thanks for your continued support.


-The boys from RCB


New Beer & New Tap Location

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Good news everyone!  Another month and another new beer, our EKG ESB Ale is being delivered today!  This is one of our favorite recipes, it’s an American twist on an old English style ale that is smooth, approachable yet still packs a unique flavor.  We can’t wait for you guys to get out to Shakers, & The Red Dog Grill to try one of our favorite beers.

Also, we’re positively thrilled to announce that our beer is now going to be available at Duffy’s in Utica, IL.  Duffy’s has long been known for their great craft beer selection and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their lineup.  This is an exciting time for us (more on that soon) and we can’t wait to share more good news with all of you craft beer enthusiasts in the Starved Rock Country area.  In the mean time we hope you get out to Shaker’s, The Red Dog Grill, & Duffy’s to try some EKG ESB.

Until Next Time,

Your Humble Yeast Beast Slayers

The Spaceman Whiteboard to Ground Control…

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The final modifications, calculations and preparations have been made.  The Spaceman Whiteboard APA is ready to launch.  The Spaceman’s trajectory will have it landing at Shaker’s Lounge in Ottawa, IL on Friday September 25th @ 6 PM.

Radium City Brewing brewers will be on hand to help celebrate the mighty ship’s voyage.  A new selection of merchandise will be available and Road Angel will be performing for your listening pleasure.  We hope to see you out there to help us celebrate our 8th different beer since launching in June of this year.

-Alpha Acid Astronauts of RCB

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

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