April Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoSmokeyRowCoast-Barrel-Aged-bottleNoCoast Beer Co.
Barrel Aged Smokey Row Coast
Coffee Porter
Oskaloosa, Iowa

Made in collaboration with one of NoCoast’s favorite coffee shops, Smokey Row. This deep, robust, rye porter is brewed at NoCoast and diligently aged in Wild Turkey whiskey barrels for 11 months. It is then steeped with Smokey Row’s Tanzania peaberry coffee to impart aromas of rich oak, chocolate, coffee and whiskey. There are additional notes of spicy rye with a slight fruitiness, and a subtle acidity.

BeerStyles: Dark & Roasty
Style: Coffee Porter
ABV: 7.7% alcohol / volume

Rooted in Midwest pride, NoCoast Beer Co. lives off the motto, “Friends over trends, land over sand, and beer over everything!”. In 2016, Head Brewer, Chuck Crabtree put together a crew of like-minded, passionate, beer enthusiasts and raised their glasses to the official launch of the brewery. Today, the NoCoast facility houses brewing, cold brewed coffee, and mobile canning operations. Learn more about the team behind the beers here, and follow them on Untappd.

Lil-Beaver-California-BeavinLil Beaver Brewery
California Beavin’

Bloomington, Illinois

West Coast Style India Pale Ale.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: IPA – American
ABV: 7% alcohol / volume

Years ago there was a young, eager Lil Beaver who enjoyed beer, but grew tired of the commercial offerings in his neck of the woods. After awhile, Chad Bevers (aka the Lil Beaver), decided it was time to hone in on his own beer making skills and start his own craft brewery – which opened in 2017. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.

weldwords-juicy-fishWeldWerks Brewing Co.
Double IPA

Greeley, Colorado

This Hazy Double IPA is made in collaboration with Pinthouse in Austin, Texas. It is made as a mashup of WeldWerks’ Juicy Bits and Pinthouse’s flagship hazy IPA, Electric Jellyfish. It is brewed with Citra, Lotus, and Azacca Hops for huge bursts of papaya, guava, pineapple, grapefruit and apricot, all supported by a silky-smooth mouthfeel.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: Hazy Double IPA
ABV: 8.6% alcohol / volume

Like many other great businesses do, WeldWerks started as a hobby in a garage. In 2009, Co-founder and head brewer, Neil Fisher, began home-brewing with his friends. Once a month, everyone would get together to brew, learn and enjoy each other’s company. By 2014, Neil had entered into the Big Beers, Belgians and Barley wines festival. Prior to this competition, friend, and no-CEO and co-founder, Colin Jones, made an agreement with Neil, promising to consider opening a brewery if Neil were to bring back a medal. Eleven months and two medals later, the first beers were poured at WeldWerks Brewing. Today, all of WeldWerks beers are produced in their downtown Greeley location on their 15 bbl 3-vessel steam brewhouse. They have produced 300+ unique beers in just four years across a nearly infinite range of styles. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.

More-brewing-huntlely-helles-beer-canMORE Brewing Company
Huntley Helles

Villa Park & Huntley, Illinois

Named to honor the home of their Huntley facility, this German-style lager is brewed with soft water, along with a variety of German malts and hops. The beer is then lagered in their horizontal tank, giving the beer a soft mouthfeel with a pleasant malt profile and hints of noble hops.

BeerStyles: Crisp & Clean
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.5% alcohol / volume

Named after their town in Villa Park (previous known as Ardmore), MORE Brewing Company is a craft brewing with locations in Villa Park & Huntley, Illinois. They specialize in hop-saturated ales, flavorful imperial stouts, and a variety of unique lagers. Learn more about the their locations here, and follow them on Untappd.


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September Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoUne Annee TripelUne Année
Niles, Illinois

The Tripel is often considered the most approachable of Belgian Ales. Having an exuberant flaxen hue, with a medium body, big fruit flavors, moderate spice and hints of American hops poking through.

BeerStyles: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Tripel
ABV: 8.7% alcohol / volume

Le Seul XXVIUne Année
Le Seul XXVI
Niles, Illinois

This is an American Wild Ale with Boysenberries. Violet light pour, with light white lacing around the rim. Very light aroma. Slightly tart with a dry finish. The juicy berries are nicely balanced, but not too sweet. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a clean crisp finish.

BeerStyles: Sour
Style: Wild Ale
6.5% alcohol / volume

Hubbard's CaveHubbard’s Cave
Chocolate & Blackberry Pot De Crème
Niles, Illinois

This Imperial Stout pours dark brown, almost black in color. The nose and taste are similar – malty, with flavors of sweet blackberries and smooth, dark chocolate. Showcasing a rich and full bodied mouthfeel.

BeerStyles: Dark
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 12% alcohol / volume



An Independent Craft Brewery, born in 2013 near west side of Chicago, with the quest of making fine Belgian inspired ales for all beer lovers.

Founded by architect, former Marine, and Chicago native, Jerry Nelson, the brewery has since become a family operation when Jerry’s brother, Dave joined in. The name was inspired by Jerry’s architecture abroad program in Versailles, France. Une Année, meaning “One Year” in French, began with a seasonal rotation of annual Belgian beers, which have since become weekly and bi-weekly releases. 

Une Année has expanded its offerings over the years with an emphasis on fruited and unfruited American Wild Ales (read: Sour Beers) and Barrel Aged Stouts. In 2017, the brewery moved to neighboring Chicago suburb, Niles, IL, and expanded to include a taproom. The new brewery allows everyone to get home more frequently for quality time with the kids. 

Une Annee and Hubbard's Cave Brewery

Photo by Hubbard’s Cave: Une Année and Hubbard’s Cave Brewery


In 2015, Hubbard’s Cave was developed as an alternative to Une Année’s Belgian Style Ales. Producing American Style ales, primarily imperial stouts and Hubbard’s Cave signature Fresh IIPAs, Hubbard’s Cave is a refreshing addition to the Une Année Family. Named after the Chicago Hubbard Street traffic tunnel on Interstate 90/94, next to where the brewery was born, Hubbard’s Cave has quickly grown to produce some of their most popular offerings.