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Bolingbrook, Illinois

The Promenade Bolingbrook
641 East Boughton Road Suite 110
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

(630) 739-3000

Schaumburg, Illinois

888 North Meacham
SchaumburgIL 60173

(847) 517-8300

Vernon Hills, Illinois

1270 South Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 955-1900

Rochester, New York

1401 Mt. Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

(585) 244-2337

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Boggs Building, 110 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 322-2337

Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener at Beerhead

Pittsburgh Pirates home opener at Beerhead | Beerhead Bar

Spring has sprung in western Pennsylvania, and baseball fans are ready for the day they’ve been waiting all winter for.  The Pirate’s home opener is a day full of celebration and hope for a winning season.  Optimism radiates throughout the city as fans and businesses gear up for the Federal St. block party located right outside of Beerhead.  With a winning season in 2015, there are high hopes for the Bucs this year and fans eagerly await the celebrations following a home opener win.

Come down and enjoy the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener at Beerhead and show your support as they take on the Braves just after 1PM on Friday!  We open at 9AM and every staff member will be here!

Read more about the block party and the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener here.

Go Bucs!

SCENE Calls Beerhead the ‘Best New Bar’

Best New Bar | Beerhead Bar

As the East Bank Flats in Cleveland have undergone a transformation, we’re glad to be recognized as giving the community a bar they love!  At Beerhead, we’re all about embracing the local culture, with our beer and the people around us.  SCENE has named Beerhead the ‘best new bar‘ and we couldn’t be happier.  Come in and raise a glass with us to celebrate!

Read the full article on SCENE here.

“Can” do!

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Casual beer lovers still will argue (over a pint of their favorite hop concoction) on whether a legitimate beer can possibly be enjoyed wrapped in a metal cage, or whether a regal glass bottle is the only way a tasty craft beer ought to be presented. Traditionally, the finer brews would not be found in anything but a proper glass bottle…never in a can.

The debate isn’t new but the views seem to have evolved. No longer are the craftiest of beers only found in dressed up bottles. As cans have gained ‘street cred’ the list of breweries making them available has been growing. So, what’s the fuss about you may ask?

The debate primarily centers on taste. The impression, for the naysayers, has been that metal cans taint the taste beer packaged in cans. In reality, cans have been lined with plastic composites since the late 1930s and those highly sought after draft beers are almost exclusively served in aluminum vessels don’t forget. Still, whatever the beer is stored in will affect the taste to some degree. Lifting a can to your nose will expose your senses to the scent of the can itself versus the non-fragrant glass bottle (tip: dip your hands in your favorite beer before lifting your pint!). Regardless of the impression, even the most seasoned drinkers have a difficult time distinguishing between a beer served from a bottle versus the same beer served from a can. We’ve tested it ourselves (unscientifically, but enjoyably) at Beerhead Bar & Eatery and it’s a push.

Other factors that stimulate the discussion is whether the precious ingredients contained inside these vital carriers are overexposed to the elements in bottles versus cans. Bottles are more permeable to light and air due to the transparency of the glass and the inferior seal of the bottle top as compared to the impervious pop tops. However, even though cans chill quicker than bottles, they also warm quicker since glass retains the temperature of the encased treasures more readily.

If the taste factor is basically moot, cans guard off the elements preserving the ingredients better, and the chilling /warming factor is a wash, why aren’t all beer served in cans? Cans are undoubtedly more convenient to ship, serve, carry, (or even hide, when necessary, but we would never promote that practice), stack, and stock.

Two reasons are holding cans back:

1.) main stream, less seasoned, beer drinkers aren’t completely onboard with the perception of cans being able to house a premium beer

2.) economics – the canning process requires a more significant investment.

So maybe it’s the can that gave PBR its panache after all, but for an entirely different reason than many could have thought (or thunk). Get your hands on a Beerhead canned favorite, like Six Point Puff, and we think that you will be convinced that cans are cool.

A ‘Crafty’ Idea

saltwater-brewery-edible-six-packs-cansWhen we see an idea we love, we love to share it.  Here’s one that peaked our interest — biodegradable fish-friendly 6-pack holders!  Now that more and more great craft beers are available in cans, more and more great craft beers require those pesky plastic 6-pack carrying rings.  Or maybe not.  A craft brewery in Florida, Saltwater Brewery, has developed a brilliant solution to the old-school plastic 6-pack holders.  It’s a biodegradable and edible carrying ring made from byproduct from the brewing process. Though you probably wont see the 6-pack carriers on our menu (yet?), fish and fowl alike can dine on these smart packages.

This is a novel solution to a growing problem that we hope to see soon.  Who knows, maybe 6-pack “chips” are in our future?  But, for right now it’s encouraging to know that these barley-based appetizers may help to further expand the delights of craft beer throughout the animal kingdom.

 

 

Featured Beer Style: Black IPA

Featured Beer Style Black IPA

Black IPA (India Pale Ale) also known as India Black Ale is a style on the rise.  Brewers and knowledgeable beer enthusiasts sometimes refer to this beer style as a Cascadian Dark Ale.  Though the name is sometimes debated, the growing appeal of this style to beer aficionados is not.

As someone who has been around beer majority of my life and has tried many different styles, this style is something to behold–dark brown or black in color with malty, roasty toasty and light notes.  Average alcohol by volume (ABV) is anywhere from 6-8%.   The ABV can be higher, but then the style crosses into the double IPA/Imperial IPA realm.

It’s a great beer for those who enjoy IPA’s and want to give something new a try.  Even those who don’t favor the bold hoppy IPAs, however, can enjoy this style given it’s lighter, toastier finish.

You will find a wide assortment of Black IPAs at Beerhead / The Beer Market, both on tap and in bottles.  Have your local Beer Pro suggest one for you!

Drink Good Beer.  Live Happy.

If We Had Only Three Beer Taps

Question: 

If you had only three working taps, what beers would you serve and why?

Answer: 

I found this to be a particularly challenging question, not only because it is difficult to pick only three with all of the amazing beers available today, but also because it really depends on objectives of the purveyor.   At The Beer Market (soon to be known as “Beerhead Bar”) on the North Shore we pride ourselves on introducing our guests to something new each visit, and making learning about beer a fun and tasty adventure.  If I could only offer 3 beers, the below would be my choices based on our mantra…. “Drink Good Beer. Be Happy”:

  1. Stout- Victory Brewing Donnybrook Nitro Stout
  2. Light Lager/ Pilsner- Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
  3. IPA- Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

When choosing the above I wanted to have an option for light beer drinkers, hop heads and, of course, those that love a traditional malty, roasty smooth beers.

I picked Victory Donnybrook because it’s a traditional style beer reminiscent of an old world beer and culture, but with modern day panache.  Everyone can think back to when they had their first Guiness, for example, and it always brings back fond memories.  The Donnybrook is a step up — reminding you of a classic but enticing you to stay current.

Because of the wide availability of the macro-beers, you will always encounter those that won’t deviate from the light, crisp beer they have come to know.  I chose Mama’s Little Yella Pils because it is a very approachable Pilsner and still has what we call, “craft-cred.”  It’s not overly hopped.  Just light, crisp, refreshing and to the point.  I have used this beer to convert several of my friends and family members into the craft world and since then they have branched out even further.

Finally, it is undeniable that Americans have developed a taste for hops and that nice bitterness in beer. Currently, the sales of this style still trumps any other.  To represent IPAs, I would offer Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.  It has very nice hop flavor and aroma but does not overdo it yet it has enough to satisfy the “hop head.”  Whether you prefer east or west coast IPAs, everyone can agree on Bell’s Two Hearted.

​-​Cassie Cormack, The Beer Market/Beerhead Bar Pittsburgh, Beer Pro

Beerhead in the News

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two months ago, there were dumpsters and dust everywhere, traffic barriers and workers in hard hats lining the streets, forklifts in the sky.

These days, there are partiers and pedestrians coming for a look at the bars, restaurants and clubs — not to mention the river and the bridges. The Flats East Bank project has seen the opening of eight venues in less than two months.

Number nine comes Thursday, when Beerhead hits its first tap.  Click here for full article.

Meet a Beer Head: Travis Ricker

Travis Ricker

Name: Travis Ricker

Date Started with TBM (roughly): February, 2014

What got you interested in Beer: I started homebrewing out of curiosity, ended up switching to brewing Mead, but when I saw The Beer Market opening across the street from me, advertising 500+ beers, I had to check it out. I made it a project to drink 3 different beers every time I went. After drinking here for 6 months, I figured it would just be easier if I worked here.

What is your (latest) favorite beer: New Holland’s Dragons Milk is an awesome heavy and smooth milk stout aged in bourbon barrels to give it that little boozy nip at the end.

What makes TBM special: An amazing selection of beers coupled with passionate, educated, and friendly staff makes this the best bar to hang out, enjoy something you’ve never heard of and never would have tried otherwise while learning about beer, brewing, and breweries, all while surrounded by others with the same passion and interest.

What would you like the world to know about TBM: We don’t carry Bud, Miller, Coors, or other Macro Domestic Brews. Yes really. No, no Michelob Ultra either, but we do have some really awesome lighter beers, some of which are original Pilsners, Kolsch, and Pale Lagers which started American brewers on the path to brewing those famous and easy-to-drink beers everyone knows.

Anything else? Quirky and fun: I used to be a pirate. I still let slip a “Yarr” here and there when hauling kegs and cases.

Favorite Food to eat with beer: Curry. It comes in hot or sweet, all kinds of meat, thick or thin, and can be paired with almost any beer style. Give it a try! I recommend Hefeweizens if you want to quench the heat, or IPAs if you want to boost it!