Upcoming Beer Release: October 5th
Join us at the next beer release on Saturday, October 5th from 11am-2pm. You'll be able to try one of our limited release pilot batches:
Bâtisserie Peanut Butter and Jelly Stout
Imperial Pastry Stout brewed with strawberries, peanuts, chocolate and lactose. 9.5% ABV.
New England-Style IPA brewed with passion fruit, lactose and Motueka hops from New Zealand. 6.2% ABV.
New England-Style Double IPA brewed with freshly harvested Michigan Copper hops grown in Elburn IL. 8.5% ABV.
We piloted it- you tried it and loved it. The Pumpkin Spice Milkshake NEIPA is being scaled up for distribution in Chicagoland stores and restaurants at the end of October. Check here for a list of locations closest to you.
Pumpkin Spice Milkshake NEIPA
Our Milkshake Pumpkin Spice beer is a New England-Style India Pale Ale brewed with pumpkin purée, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and milk sugar. It’s a fun seasonal take on the hazy IPA. It’s brewed to be light in color and bold in flavor and aroma.
Milkshake Orangealicious Review and Discussion
There’s been a lot of interest in the recently scaled up Milkshake Orangealicious beer, released in Chicagoland stores and restaurants earlier this month. It is a refreshing, yet bold hazy double IPA brewed with Citra hops along with oranges, vanilla and lactose. Read on for a review and the inspiration behind the brew.
What's the story behind this beer?
This beer was inspired by the Creamsicle ice cream dessert. However, Creamsicles are dark orange in color and sweet in flavor and David wanted this beer to be light orange/yellow and slightly tangy. Also, Energy City wanted to make a bold entry into the orange milkshake scene so the orange and vanilla favors are heightened and the alcohol content was targeted at a substantial 8.5% to give that "whoa!" effect.
This is the very first scaled-up batch of Milkshake Orangealicious! Last month Brewmaster David Files created the pilot batch on Energy City's 1-barrel system. As the experimental batch moved along, David had increasing confidence that the beer was going to be great. In fact, the 30-barrel scale-up was scheduled even before the pilot batch was finished. David says the 30-barrel batch came out even better than the pilot batch!
How did you get the orange flavor to come across so authentically?
In order to get the maximum flavor and aroma from the fruit, the oranges are added near the end of fermentation when the yeast are still able to consume the fruit sugars but aren't so vigorously producing carbon dioxide that they drive off the delicate aromas.
Why vanilla and lactose?
A small amount of unfermentable lactose is added to balance the citrus character of the fruit and boost the body and creaminess of the beer. Madagascar vanilla is added to the fermenter to accentuate the creaminess and dessert-like character of Milkshake Orangealicious. Since this is a Double IPA, Energy City used even more vanilla than their regular milkshake IPAs.
What Hops were used in this IPA?
Milkshake Orangealicious is double dry hopped with Citra hops to accentuate the orange flavor and aroma of the fruit.
What was the brewery like on release day for this beer?
The pilot batch of Milkshake Orangealicious was released on August 3, 2019. There were 140 bomber bottles that sold out in less than 1 hour. Some of the first people in line were from out-of-state!
September 7th Beer Release
Last month’s batches included a Pumpkin Spice Milkshake NEIPA - 7.5% ABV, Hop Sorbet - Apricot - NEDIPA - 8.5% ABV, Bâtisserie Chocolate Raspberry Cake Stout - 9.5% ABV, and the Bâtisserie Peanut Butter Cup Banana Stout - 9.5% ABV. Other offerings included a fresh batch of S'mores Double Marshmallow Stout, limited Milkshake Alfresco, Hop Surf, Hop Jon, Hop Nawi, Hop Reefer and 2019 Poputchik. The Pumpkin Spice Milkshake NEIPA is being scaled up for release at the end of October. As usual, we provided free samples.
Don’t Forget, We Moved!
Our new address:
917 First Street
Batavia, IL 60510
Have you seen our new glassware yet? Purchase yours at the next beer release on September 7th!
September’s Beer Pick of the Month: Hop Jon
Hop Jon– New England-Style Pale Ale
Brewed with a boatload of Galaxy and Citra hops, Hop Jon has amazing pineapple and tropical fruit flavors and aromas (ABV 6.2% ABV). It's mild in bitterness with a light body and a sweet spot for moderate alcohol content while still packing a big hop flavor and aroma profile.
This beer was named after the Jon boat, an everyday utility boat that’s been a popular mode of fresh water transportation and a great fishing and hunting vessel across the country since its first introduction in the 19th Century. Jon boats also make great platforms for alternate boating adventures like crabbing with a trot line, waterfowl hunting or even gator wrangling. Great choice for the everyday beer drinker.
Oswego Brew at the Bridge Festival
We attended Oswego’s 8th annual craft beer festival on September 21st. It was at Prairie Point Community Park from 1-7pm. Despite some rain, people loved tasting the the Hop Surf Double IPA and Neapolitan Stout brews.