Beer ~ Liquor ~ Others
Caracole ~ Saxo, Belgian Strong Pale Ale 8%, 8.5 oz ~ $8
This well-balanced Belgian Strong is a great food pairing or perfectly refreshing on it’s own. It pours a hazy golden with aromas and flavors of lemon, Belgian yeast, honey, floral hops, and clove.
Evil Twin Brewing ~ Falco, American IPA 7%, 12 oz ~ $7
Brewed by a widely respected gypsy brewer, this American IPA is brewed with a modest dose of Falconer’s Flight hops. It pours a light golden amber with good lacing and flavors of pine, preserved lemon, mild malt and a hoppy finish.
Bockor ~ Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, Flemish Red Ale 5.5%, 12 oz ~ $9.5
Pours a crimson red with complex flavors of sour cherry, oak and sweet balsamic. This Belgian Flemish ale will satisfy the sweet, savory and sour on the palate.
Oskar Blues Brewing ~ Dale’s Pale Ale, American Pale Ale 6.5%, 12 oz ~ $6
This flagship American Pale Ale is a Rootstock favorite session beer. It pours a deep amber, with well balanced hops and malts, showing flavors of grapefruit, pine, toasted malt, and caramel.
Stillwater Artisanal ~ Why Can’t IBU?, Saison-IPA Hybrid 5.7%, 12oz ~ $8
This gypsy brewer from Baltimore is crafting some of our favorite American ales. Why Can’t IBU? is a unique hybrid showing all of the funky Begian yeastiness, white pepper, and citrus you’d expect from a saison alongside the resiny hops and tropical fruit flavors of a classic IPA. A new favorite!
Ten Ninety ~ Jaggery Tripel, Belgian-Style Tripel 10.3%, 12 oz ~ $8.5Ten Ninety’s a new Illinois brewery crafting some outstanding ales. This Tripel is brewed with jaggery palm sugar, it pours a cloudy copper with a palate full of dark malt, Belgian yeast, molasses, fig, and floral hops.
J.K. Scrumpy Organic Cider ~ Farmhouse Cider 6%, 5 oz ~ $5 or 22 oz ~ $14
This Michigan cider is slightly sweet with nice tannins and hints of clove, cinnamon and plum skin.
One of the best domestic seasonal ciders available. Try it by the glass or have the whole bottle.
2012 Isastegi ~ Sagardo Naturala 6%, 750ml ~ $22
This Spanish Basque cider is a longtime Rootstock favorite. Fermented in oak barrels and bottled unfiltered, this cidre has high acidity and flavors of tart fleshy green apple, malted caramel, musty cheese rind, a touch of oak, and a bone-dry finish.
Cidrerie Traditionnelle du Perche ~ L’Hermitière Cidre Brut 5%, 750 ml ~ $24
Wow! A stunning French cider from 100% estate apple juice that is unpasteurized and bottle conditioned. Pours a golden hue with lively effervescent, with flavors of granny smith apples, earthiness, minerality, barnyard and a balanced finish of subtle sweet and sour fruit.
2011 Eric Bordelet ~ Sydre Argelette 5%, 750 ml ~ $30
A semi-sweet sparkling cider made from 19 different apple varieties. It’s farmed and produced by accomplished sommelier and Normandy native, Eric Bordelet, on organic and biodynamic principles – showing balanced sweetness and acidity with moderate tannin and an exceptional mineral presence.
Stiegl ~ Radler, Grapefruit Beer 2.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $4.5
A naturally flavored fruit beer from Austria that is a perfect first beverage. Flavors of grapefruit, malt, lemon, wheat and a lightly fizzy head. Difficult to only have one and just in time for warmer weather.
Sam Smith Old Brewery ~ Organic Apricot Ale 5.10%, 18oz ~ $11.50
An all organic fruit beer from this reputable English brewery. A delicious light bodied ale that pours a hazy yellow with fresh apricot flavors and mild hops. One of the best fruit beers available!
Unibroue ~ Ephemere Apple Ale 5.5%, 12 oz ~ $5.50
This Canadian ale is brewed with apples, coriander and curacao peels. Lively effervescent, soft hops, with a balanced granny smith apple finish.
Bottled Beer ~ domestic
Two Brothers ~ Prairie Path, American Golden Ale 5.10%, 12 oz ~ $6
This is from a local brewery that has brought us a light bodied ale that pours a clear golden color. Lemon citrus on the nose with mild yeast and bread on the palate. Gluten free too!
Two Brothers ~ Domaine DuPage, Bière de Garde 5.9%, 12oz ~ $6
This local session ale is a Rootstock favorite. It pours a deep amber with ample body and flavors of toasted malts, floral hops, caramel, and dried cherry.
Local Option Bierwerker ~ Dampf Loc, Steam Beer 5.3%, 16.9 oz ~ $9.5
This old-school German style is produced at Dog Brewing Co. in Westminster MD by the fine folks at Local Option here in Chicago. It shows mild effervesence, soft citrusy hops, ample tartness, and Bavarian yeast.
Tyranena Brewing Co. ~ Rocky’s Revenge, American Brown Ale 6%, 12 oz ~ $6
A portion of this American Brown was aged in bourbon barrels and then blended back into the batch. It’s medium bodied and pours a deep brown with flavors of brown sugar, toasted oak, vanilla, and bourbon.
Dark Horse Brewing Co. ~ Too Cream Stout, Stout 8%, 12 oz ~ $8.5
We love this Midwestern seasonal. It’s made with lactose milk sugar lending this full-bodied stout a silky palate feel alongside flavors of roasted malts, milk chocolate, espresso, and a touch of hops on the end.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. ~ Nosferatu, Imperial Red Ale 8%, 12oz ~ $7
This Ohio brewery makes one of our favorite Autumnal ales and here it is. This American Strong Ale shows bitter hops, sweet malts, hints of citrus, earth and baking spice with a dry hoppy finish.
Brooklyn Brewery ~ Sorachi Ace, Saison-Farmhouse Ale 7.6%, 750 ml ~ $21
One of the best domestic Saison-Farmhouse Ales I have tasted. Lively carbonation and flavors of lemongrass, lemon zest, mild hops, creamy yeast and a touch of earthiness on the finish.
Allagash ~ Curieux, Barrel Aged Ale 11%, 750 ml ~ $28
Aged in Jim Beam barrels, this Portland Maine Belgian style triple ale offers complex flavors of vanilla, oak and bourbon. An impressive beer with endless complexity and very food friendly.
Lagunitas ~ A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale, Belgian Style IPA 8.8%, 12oz ~ $7
This wild ale from Petaluma, CA is fermented with the Westmalle yeast strain. It pours a deep golden, with well-balanced malted wheat and hops alongside flavors of grapefruit, pine, white pepper, and clove.
Lagunitas ~ Maximus, Imperial IPA 8.2%, 12oz ~ $7
This year-round Imperial IPA is sure to satisfy any hop lover. It pours a deep amber with nicely balanced dark malts and piney hops alongside flavors of blood orange, caramel, and tropical fruit.
North Coast Brewing Company ~ Brother Thelonious, Belgian-style Abbey Ale 9%, 12 oz ~ $7
This California dark strong ale offers hints of chocolate, black fruits, a little brown sugar notes, finishing with subtle grassy hops.
North Coast Brewing Company ~ 2011 Old Stock Ale, 11.9%, 12 oz ~ $10
A stunning vintage brew from California, we have cellared a few cases and decided this vintage is drinking beautifully! Pours a dark amber with rich flavors of toasted nuts, raisin, toffee and sweet malt.
Green Flash Brewing Co. ~ Rayon Vert, Belgian Style Pale Ale 7%, 12 oz ~ $8
From one of our favorite SoCal breweries, this pale is bottle conditioned with the addition Brettanomyces. It pours a deep golden showing grassy hops, blood orange, funky Belgian yeast, and mild maltiness.
Bottled Beer ~ import
Dieu Du Ciel ~ Rosée d’hibiscus, Wit Ale 5.9%, 12 oz ~ $7
Coming from Montreal this light bodied wheat ale was infused with hibiscus flowers during the brewing process. Fragrant but not sweet, a slight sour cherry essence and a beautiful rose color in the glass.
Sünner ~ Kölsch 5.4%, 16.9 oz ~ $7
Pronounced “zoo-nuh”, this is a crisp, light bodied and refreshing lager from the oldest brewery in Cologne. Very light hops and a very popular style of beer found in any German biergarten.
Schlenkerla ~ Helles, Lager 4.3%, 16.9 oz ~ $7.50
This German beer is boiled in the same copper kettles and bottom fermented by the same yeast as the historic Schlenkerla Smoke beer, therefore it has prominent smokey flavors but not overpowering.
Schlenkerla ~ Marzen, Rauchbier 5.1%, 16.9 oz ~ $8
This traditional Bamberg lager is the best Rauchbier around. The malted barley is Beech wood smoked lending the beer a deep mohagany color and flavors of smoked meat, pine, coffee and burnt caramel.
Schneider & Son ~ Organic Wiesen Edel-Weisse, Hefeweizen 6.2%, 16.9 oz ~ $8
One of the best Hefeweizens available! Light bodied, banana, clove, and a touch of hops on the finish from this German beer.
Weihenstephan ~ 1809, Berliner Weisse 5%, 16.9 oz ~ $10
Professor Fritz Briem used a 200+ year-old recipe to craft this. It’s unpasturized and unfiltered pouring a hazy golden with expansive carbonation, malic tang, and flavors of tart lemon, wheat, and clove.
Weihenstephan ~ 13th Century Grut Bier, Ancient Herbed Ale 4.6%, 16.9 oz ~ $11
Based off of a recipe from the 13th Century, this German beer uses only wild pollinated hops, brewed with rosemary, bay leaves, caraway, ginger, anise and gentian.
Hirt ~ Hirter Privat Pils, Pilsner 5.2%, 16.9 oz ~ $7
Golden yellow pilsner from Austria. Citrusy hops, integrated malt and slight sweetness balance this lager, with a light and crisp finish.
Sam Smith Old Brewery ~ Organic Lager 5%, 12 oz ~ $7
One of our favorite U.K. breweries has brought us a totally organic lager! Light bodied, balanced flavors of grain, citrus and hops…difficult to only drink one.
Duyck ~ Jenlain Amber 7.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $7.50
This is from the northeastern French region of Jenlain, it has malty, floral notes with hints of dark fruit and a touch of caramel on the finish.
Stillwater Artisanal & Hof Ten Dormaal ~ Hof Ten, Bronze Age 6%, 12.7 oz ~ $12
This collaboration brew pours a light golden color and has a billowing head, with flavors of funky yeast, apricot, spice and a faintly fruity finish. A beautiful saison!
Dupont ~ Avril, Saison Farmhouse Ale 3.5%, 750 ml ~ $16
This Belgian “Table Beer” is a light golden color with generous carbonation and a yeasty, earthy mustiness that is quintessential for this style. Notes of lemon and wildflowers…finishes dry and clean.
De Leyerth ~ Saisonniere, Saison Ale 6%, 11.2 oz ~ $7
Pours a cloudy yellow with flavors of tropical fruit, lemon and honey. This Belgian beer offers the typical farm house funk you will find with this style, finishing dry with lively carbonation.
Contreras ~ Valeir Blond, Belgian Pale Ale 6.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $9
A pale blond Belgian ale with a soft mouth feel, tropical fruit, citrus, mild yeast and bready malts with a balanced bitterness on the finish.
Van Steenberge ~ Piraat, Belgian IPA 10.50%, 11.2 oz ~ $8
A Belgian winter warmer with slight minerality, light mouth feel and a tropical fruity palate. These combinations make this beer a keeper all year round.
Duvel ~ 2010 Triple Hop Special Edition Ale 9.5%, 750 ml ~ $35
A very limited beer from this highly acclaimed Belgian brewery. Dry hopped with Saaz-Saaz, Styrian Golding and Amarillo, this is a hop lover’s beer! Generous effervescence, creamy palate feel and a hoppy bitter finish.
De Regenboog ~ Wostyntje Mustard Ale, Belgian Dark Blond Ale 7%, 11.2 oz ~ $10
Dark candy sugar and mustard seeds are the star ingredients in this Belgian beer. Intense carbonation subsides to complex layers of spices, sweetness, and a balanced tartness.
d’Achouffe ~ N’Ice Chouffe, Belgian Strong Dark Ale 10%, 11.2 oz ~ $9
This Belgian winter ale is a perennial favorite! It pours a deep mohagany with nice lacing and rich flavors of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, caramel apple, clove, and a whole lot more…
‘t Gaverhopke ~ Gaverhopke Extra, Belgian Strong Ale 12%, 11.2 oz ~ $11.50
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with slightly sour notes and a touch of smokiness, a fantastic food pairing beer from a small Belgian producer.
Verhaeghe ~ Duchess De Bourgogne, Flemish Red Ale 6%, 11.2 oz ~ $9
This is a unique beer that is both sour and fruity from Belgium. It has a deep cooper color and robust flavors of currant and tart grapes.
Bavik ~ Petrus Oud Bruin 5.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $9
This Belgian beer is earthy, with flavors of oak and sour red fruits. Aged in oak casks, it pours a leathery tan color with balanced carbonation, incredibly complex and not overpowering sour notes.
Vanberg & DeWulf ~ Lambrucha 3.5% 750 ml ~ $16
A domestic blend of two ancient fermented beverages Lambic and Kombucha. Notes of tart green apple, lime zest, cilantro and coriander. A perfect warm weather session beer with a slightly sour finish.
Colosia “Elcano”, Fino ~ 7
La Cigarrera, Manzanilla ~ 6.5
Bodegas Grant “La Garrocha”, Amontillado ~ 8
Colosia “Sangre y Trabajadero”, Dry Oloroso ~ 8.5
1oz tasting of all four Sherries ~ 15
Rare Wine Co. Historic Series
Sercial “Charleston” ~ 8
Verdelho “Savannah” ~ 8
Bual “Boston” ~ 8
Malmsey “New York” ~ 8
1oz tasting of all four Maderias ~ 16
Quinta do Noval LBV 2003 ~ 7
Quinta do Infantado 10yr Tawny ~ 8
Quinta do Infantado 20yr Tawny ~12
Macvin du Jura
Montbourgeau ~ 8
2008 Meinklang Pinot Blanc Burgenland, Austria ~ 10
Letherbee, Chicago ~ 6
Deaths Door, Wisconsin ~ 8
Ransom “Smalls”, Oregon ~ 7
Ransom “Old Tom”, Oregon ~ 8
Journeyman “Billberry Black Hearts”, Michigan ~ 7
Hendricks, Scotland ~ 8
Noah’s Mill, KY ~ 9
Willett Family Pot Still Reserve, KY ~ 8
Kentucky Vintage, KY ~ 8
Buffalo Trace, KY ~ 8
Bulleit, KY ~ 8
Bulleit Rye, KY ~ 8
Elmer T. Lee, KY ~ 7
Rittenhouse Rye, KY ~ 6
Aberlour 12yr ~ 10
Edradour 10yr ~ 14
Signatory Vintage 1999 Caol Ila ~ 14
Lagavulin 16yr ~ 18
Highland Park 18yr ~ 20
Powers ~ 6
Appleton White, Jamaica ~ 6
Rhum J.M White, Martinique ~ 7
Kilo Kai Spiced, Curacao ~ 6
Sailor Jerry Spiced, Caribbean ~ 6
Neisson Rhum Reserve Speciale, Martinique ~ 13
Herencia Mexicana Blanco ~ 8
Fortaleza Blanco ~ 10
Herradura Reposado ~ 8
Fortaleza Anejo ~ 16
Organic Single-Village Mezcals
From Oaxaca, Mexico
Del Maguey “Chichicapa” ~ 8
Del Maguey “Minero” ~ 8
Gvori, Poland ~ 6
Chopin, Poland ~ 9
Kubler, Switzerland ~ 10
Germain-Robin, California ~ 12
Hemingway – Absinthe & Cava ~ 12
A.E. Dor V.S.O.P. Cognac, France ~ 10
Avelleda “Adega Velha” Portugal ~ 8
La Folie Marc de Bourgogne ~ 17
Dupont “Fine Reserve” ~ 8
Julien Fremont “Reserve” ~ 13
Grape Distillate 1oz
Bertagnolli Grappino, Italy ~ 6
Purkhart “Blume Marillen” Apricot, Austria ~ 8
Massaya Arak, Lebanon ~ 8
Green Chartreuse, France ~ 10
Grand Marnier, France ~ 10
Montenegro Amaro, Italy ~ 8
Fernet Branca, Italy ~ 7
Carpano Antica, Italy ~ 6
Campari, Italy ~ 7
Cynar, Italy ~ 7
Kaluha, Mexico ~ 6