Beverage Director, Jamie McLennan
Meteor ~ Blanche, White Ale 4.7%, 12 oz ~ $7
Established in 1640, this Alsatian brewery produces a deliciously quaffable blanche. Made with spring water from the nearby Vosges Mountains and quailty local wheat, it’s been a bistro favorite for centuries.
St. Bernardus ~ Tripel, Belgian Triple 8%, 8.5 oz ~ $8
This expansive Tripel from a favorite Belgian brewery pours hazy light amber, showing a sweet aromatic profile alongside flavors of Belgian yeast, clove, tangerine, grassy hops, and a dry finish.
Moody Tongue ~ Aperitif Pilsner, German-Style Pilsner, 5%, 12 oz ~ $7
This Pilsen based brewery is crafting one of the best American pilsners we’ve tasted. It’s ligher bodied showing a balanced palate of subtle citrusy hops, mild malty sweetness, and a crisp refreshing finish.
Off Color ~ Myshka, Russian Serf Stout 3.5%, 12 oz ~ $8
Our friends at Off Color are crafting some of our favorite session stye beers in the city. This light-bodied stout pours a deep shade of brown showing dark flavors of chocolatey malt, espresso, and clove.
Penrose Brewing Company ~ Taproom IPA, IPA 7.1%, 12 oz ~ $7
This year-round offering from our friends in Geneva is brewed with Chinook hops from Hop Head Farm in MI. It pours a light amber with balanced flavors and aromas of floral hops, citrus zest, pine, and mild malt.
Three Floyds Brewing Company ~ Zombie Dust, American Pale Ale 6.2%, 12 oz ~ $8
Widely regarded as the best APA around, drink some before it’s gone…
J.K. Scrumpy ~ Farmhouse Cider 6%, 5 oz ~ $5 or 22 oz ~ $16
This organic Michigan cider is slightly sweet with nice tannins and hints of clove, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla, and plum. One of the best domestic seasonal ciders available. Try it by the glass or the bottle.
2014 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.
Cyril Zangs ~ “Ciderman” Brut 5%, 750ml ~ $28
69 apple varieties are used to make this staff favorite Normandy cider. Slightly funky, it displays bright acidity and a palate full of fleshy apple, aged tomme, cider yeast, and an off-dry mildly tannic finish.
2014 Julien Fremont ~ “Cidre Brut par Nature” 5.5%, 750ml ~ $25
This Normandy cider is traditionally made using organically farmed apples from Julien’s own orchard and an apple press built by the Fremont family in 1765. It’s very lively and hugely refreshing, with a rich mousse, and flavors of musty semi-sweet red apples, alpine cheese, and supple tannins.
Eric Bordelet ~ “Poiré Authentique” 4%, 750 ml ~ $30
This Champagne-esque pear cider is produced by accomplished sommelier and Normandy native Eric Bordelet. His dedication to biodynamic farming and traditional production methods really shine showing plenty of juicy pear,bright acidity, and a lovely mineral presence to balance the ciders soft sweetness.
Stiegl ~ Radler, Grapefruit Beer 2.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $4.5
Add 1.5oz Letherbee Gin Supplement ~ $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.
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.
Bockor ~ Kriek des Jacobins, Flemish Sour Ale 4.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $11
This is the most balanced Kriek we’ve tasted, the wort and fresh cherry juice co-ferment in oak lending this beer a great depth of flavor; sour cherry dominates alongside notes of balsamic, vanilla, and toasted malt.
Schneider and Sohn ~ Brotzeit Bier, Bavarian Sourdough Ale 4.4%, 11.2 oz ~ $8
Made from mostly rye, this beer is top-fermented using a wild yeast sourdough starter; it pours a hazy pale orange with ample carbonation and a refreshing palate full of
Off Color ~ Tooth and Claw, Dry Hopped Lager 5%, 12 oz ~ $6
This Czech-Style Pilsner from our friends in Logan Square is one of the best domestic lagers around; crisp, clean, and refreshing showing flavors of lemon zest, pale malt, floral hops, and a dry finish.
Three Floyds Brewing Company ~ Yum Yum, American Session Ale 5.5%, 12 oz ~ $7
This well-balanced low ABV Session Ale from Three Floyds is dangerously drinkable. It pours a hazy golden with flavors of tropical fruit, mild carmelized malt, blood orange, piney hops and more…
Moody Tongue ~ Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison, Saison 5%, 12 oz ~ $6
This delicious local saison is brewed with dried meyer lemon peel and leaves, it pours a hazy golden showing flavors and aromas of bright citrus, chamomile, white pepper, Belgian yeast, and a dry finish.
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.
Urban Chestnut ~ Zwickel, Bavarian-Style Lager 5.2%, 16.9 oz ~ $7
We can’t get enough of this unpasteurized and unfiltered lager from St. Louis, MO. True to style, it’s hugely carbonated, pouring a hazy golden with flavors of bready malt, fresh grain, floral hops, and a clean finish.
Brooklyn Brewery ~ Sorachi Ace, Saison-Farmhouse Ale 7.6%, 12 oz ~ $6
Made soley with the Sorachi Ace hop varietal, this is one of the best domestic Farmhouses we’ve tasted. It shows huge carbonation and flavors of lemony hops, Belgian yeast, lemongrass and an earthy finish.
Ommegang ~ Rare Vos, Belgian-Style Café Ale, 6.5%, 12 oz ~ $7
This session-style amber ale from Cooperstown, NY is full of character. It pours a hazy copper with a billowing head alongside flavors and aromas of citrus, clove, Belgian yeast, and toasted malt.
Allagash ~ Black, Belgian-Style Stout 7.5%, 12oz ~ $7
This year-round seamless Stout from Portland, Maine is an old Rootstock favorite. It pours dark brown with a tan head showing flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, Belgian yeast, raisinated dark fruit, and mild hops.
Lagunitas ~ Maximus, Imperial IPA 8.2%, 12 oz ~ $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.
Unibroue ~ Maudite, Belgian Strong Dark Ale 8%, $12 oz $7
Maudite was one of the first strong ales to ever be brewed in Canada; it pours a deep hazy amber with ample carbonation and shows flavors of toasted malt, baking spice, Belgian yeast, and more…
Meinklang – Gusswerk Brauhaus ~ Ancient Grain Ale, Urkorn Bier 4.7%, 12 oz ~ $8
Werner Michilis of Meinklang crafts this thirst-quenching ale using his own biodynamically farmed Einkorn, Spelt, and Emmer. Nothing super hoppy or flashy here, just a clean and refreshing ale showing the essence of Austria’s oldest grains.
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.
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.
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.
Uerige ~ Doppelsticke, Altbier 8.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $10
This Dusseldorf Altbier drinks a lot like a barleywine. It pours a rich dark brown, with mild carbonation, and integrated flavors of raisinated fruit, molasses, chai tea, dark chocolate, and more…
Brasserie de la Pigeonelle ~ Loirette, Witbier 5.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $10
Pigeonelle is a Loire Valley brewery produced some of our favorite unfiltered ales in France. Their Belgian-Style Wit pours a hazy deep golden, with good head retention, and balanced flavors so clean and refeshing that a second bottle is often hard to resist.
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.
Troubadour ~ Magma, Belgian IPA/Triple 9%, 11.2 oz ~ $10
This full-bodied Belgian hybrid shows the fruity sweetness of a Triple balanced by the dry bitterness of an American IPA. It pours a hazy amber with huge carbonation and flavors of apricot, malt, Belgian yeast, and citrusy dry hops on the finish.
Van Steenberge ~ Piraat, Belgian IPA 10.50%, 11.2 oz ~ $10
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.
Bockor ~ VanderGhinste Oud Bruin, West Flanders Brown Ale ~ 5.5% 11.2 oz ~ $10
This blend of a freshly brewed brown ale and lambic that was aged in oak cask for 18 months shows a great balance of sour red fruits, belgian yeast, toasted oak, and sweet carmelized malts.
Bockor ~ Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, Flemish Red Ale 5.5%, 11.2 oz ~ $11
Pours a crimson red with layered flavors of oak, sour cherry, and sweet balsamic. This Flemish red ale will satisfy the sweet, savory and sour on the palate.
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.
Siset, Spain ~ 8
Uncouth “Pear”, Brooklyn, NY ~ 12
Uncouth “Apple Mint”, Brooklyn, NY ~ 12
Uncouth “Dry Hopped”, Brooklyn, NY ~ 12
Uncouth Spritz – Vermouth, Cava, Ice ~ 12
Cesar Florido, Fino ~ 7
La Cigarrera, Manzanilla ~ 6.5
La Guita “En Rama” Manzanilla ~ 10
Cesar Florido, Dry Oloroso ~ 9
Rare Wine Co. Historic Series
Sercial “Charleston” ~ 9
Verdelho “Savannah” ~ 9
Bual “Boston” ~ 9
Malmsey “New York” ~ 9
Quinta do Infantado LBV 2007 ~ 10
Quinta do Infantado 10yr Tawny ~ 10
Quinta do Infantado 20yr Tawny ~ 12
Letherbee, Chicago ~ 7
Ransom “Old Tom”, Oregon ~ 8
Hendricks, Scotland ~ 9
Hirsch Small Batch Reserve, KY ~ 8
Willett Pot Still, KY ~ 8
Bulleit Bourbon, KY ~ 8
Noah’s Mills, KY ~ 10
Belle Meade, KY ~ 10
Rowan’s Creek, KY ~ 8
Kentucky Vintage, KY ~ 8
Bulleit Rye, KY ~ 8
Russel’s Reserve 6yr Rye, KY ~ 8
Old Overholt Rye, KY ~ 7
Aberlour 12yr, Highland ~ 10
Springbank 12yr Cask Strength, Campbeltown ~ 16
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 8yr, Islay ~ 15
Gordon & MacPhail Dailuaine 14yr, Speyside ~ 13
Powers ~ 7
Rhum J.M Agricole Blanc, Martinique ~ 8
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
Fidencio Clásico ~ 9
CH Distilery, Chicago ~ 7
Gvori, Poland ~ 6
Chopin, Poland ~ 9
Kubler, Switzerland ~ 12
Hemingway – Absinthe, Cava, Ice ~ 12
Avelleda “Adega Velha” Portugal ~ 8
A.E. Dor V.S.O.P. Cognac ~ 10
Grateaud “Bouquet de Borderies” Cognac ~ 10
Dupont “Fine Reserve” ~ 10
Grappa & Eau-de-Vie 1oz
Bertagnolli Grappino, Italy ~ 6
Cyril Zangs “Double Zéro” Apple Brandy, France ~ 8
Massaya Arak, Lebanon ~ 8
Green Chartreuse, France ~ 10
Santa Maria al Monte Amaro, Italy ~ 10
Montenegro Amaro, Italy ~ 10
CH Distillery Fernet-Dogma, Chicago ~ 10
Fernet Branca, Italy ~ 8
Luxardo Bitter, Italy ~ 7
Cynar, Italy ~ 7
Grand Marnier, France ~ 10
Upcharge for cocktails up ~ $2
Upcharge for mixers ~ $1.5