21 Irresistible Lake County Libations

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer, there is freedom, in water there is bacteria,” said U.S. Founding Father and esteemed libation consumer Benjamin Franklin.

It is Lake County Libation Trail month, and you should visit one of our breweries, wineries and distilleries eager sip the night away.

Surely 21 irresistible Lake County libations can’t account for all of the bountiful treats these makers create and distribute, but it gives you a fantastic overview of the plethora of flavors to quench your thirst.

Bevies of adult beverage drinkers can start the year checking off one thing on their New Year’s resolution list: tasting 21 irresistible Lake County libations.

Four Vibrant Vinos

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars in Grayslake

Mission Angelica

This delicious red wine has aged in oak for an average of 25 years. The 17 percent ABV vino is jam-packed with butterscotch and maple syrup flavors. In the 2018 Central Coast Wine Competition, the Grayslake winery’s fortified port wine was awarded the “Best Dessert Wine” for the second year running.

Glunz Family Winery and Cellars, 888 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake.

Lynfred Winery in Wheeling

Fred’s Red


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The Wheeling winery’s red wine contains a concoction of 70 percent cabernet sauvignon, 25 percent merlot and five percent petite sirah. The Lynfred wine complements dishes like beef, lamb, venison, spicy food and poultry very well. The vino is also called Vin de City Red.

Lynfred Winery, 971 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling.

Valentino Vineyards & Winery in Long Grove

Seyval Blanc

Seyval Blanc is harvested late in the season and barrel aged for 364 days. The white wine has an array of flavors like a floral bouquet boasting hints of honey, oak and sweetness. At times, a natural post fermentation will occur in the bottle giving the beverage a champagne taste.

Valentino Vineyards, 5175 Aptakisic Rd., Long Grove.

Vigneto del Bino in Antioch


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The Kaleidoscope

The Kaleidoscope is a semi-sweet fusion of the vineyard’s St. Pepin, LaCrescent and Somerset wines. The melody of flavors includes tropical citrus, peach apricot and strawberry.

Vigneto del Bino Winery, 42150 Crawford Rd., Antioch.

Three Saporous Spirits

Club Tiki in Waukegan

Gold Pyramid Vodka

The spirit is produced from natural mineral spring water from the Gold Pyramid House Water.

Club Tiki, 3500 Sunset Ave., Waukegan.

Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich

Bourbon Whiskey

“Gimme a liddle fiddle.” The taste of this whiskey encompasses notes of caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, butterscotch and toasty oak. The 92 proof, 46 percent ABV small batch beverage is made in their old style copper pot that was still made from Arkansas. The Lake Zurich distillery urges libation-ers to drink the bourbon whiskey neat or on the rocks with a lemon peel.

Copper Fiddle Distillery, 532 W. Route 22, Lake Zurich.

North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks

Gin No. 6

This unique spirit is balanced with juniper, citrus, spice and floral notes. The No. 6 Gin has won numerous awards and was reviewed by the Chicago Tribune and New York Times receiving high praise.  The 90 proof libation has 45 percent alcohol and tastes exception with a diverse range of cocktails.

North Shore Distillery, 13990 Rockland Rd., Green Oaks.

13 Breathtaking Brews

Bosacki’s Home Brew in Mundelein

Scotch Ale Wee Heavy


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The Scotch Ale “Wee Heavy” is the perfect year-round libation in Lake County for the brisker forecast. The sweet-tinted ale, also that may be a bit overweight, as it contains a 7.3 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and rated 20 on the International Bittering Units scale. Due to the higher ABV content, the Mundelein brewery limits customers to only two of the pints in one visit.

Bosacki’s Home Brew, 610 E. Hawley St., Mundelein.

Buffalo Creek Brewing Company in Long Grove

42K Belgian Style Ale


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This concoction was created as an autumn festival in your mouth, but now is a year-round drink (best drank in the fall). Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” can’t compare to the Long Grove brew home’s Belgian strong ale. The 42K is actually the water connection expenses Buffalo Creek Brewery had to pay for their facility expansion. Like the cost of the fee, the ABV stands at a high 10.5 percent and is rated 31 IBUs. You’ll never taste the exact same 42K as the last because the two yeast strains integrated into the beverage change the flavor of the malt.

Buffalo Creek Brewing Company, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.

Flesk Brewing Co. in Barrington

Helles-Ya Lager

The 5.3 percent ABV lager is a Bavarian-style helles with a light and clean finish. The libation can be purchased in the facility, in howlers to take home and now they’re canning Helles-Ya in 16-ounce cans, distributed in four packs.

Flesk Brewing Company, 200 Applebee St. Suite E, Barrington.

Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire

Warrior Imperial Coffee Stout

The Barrel Aged Warrior Paint Imperial Coffee is taking a victory lap through the Lincolnshire brewing company. The 11-percent ABV stout is brewed with Mexican coffee beans from Bannockburn’s Newport Coffee House. Beautiful aromas of molasses and coffee waft from this libation and the scents are paired with hints of oak and vanilla.

Half Day Brewing Co., 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire.

Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor

No Wrong Way

The No Wrong Way is a porter standing at 6.1 percent ABV. The adult beverage is jam-packed with chocolate, peanut butter and a ton of body.

Harbor Brewing Co., 811 Sheridan Rd., Winthrop Harbor.

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake

Red Line Ale


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The strong hoppy and malted libation is brewed with English and American malts. The amber ale is a mainstay at the Grayslake brewhouse.

Light the Lamp Brewery, 2 S. Lake St., Grayslake.

Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville

Pineapple Express Imperial IPA


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The hops are out of this world in this double IPA. Clocking in at 8.6 percent ABV, is dry hopped with Citra and it tastes like a tropical fruit salad. According to the Libertyville brewery, no pineapples were harmed in the production of the beer.

Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington

Misfit IPA

The American IPA has a perfect blend of hop bitterness, aroma and malt body. Watch out because that misfit can kick with some bitterness, but it’s quite pleasant due to the centennial and Citra hops. The 6.5 percent ABV beverage also has a hint of citrus in the aftertaste.

The Onion Pub & Brewery, 22221 N. Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington.

Only Child Brewing in Gurnee

No Way José

This 5.3 percent pale ale brew obtains New Zealand hops, lime zest and organic raw agave.

Only Child Brewing, 1350 Tri-State Pkwy. #124, Gurnee.

Ravinia Brewing in Highland Park

Rooster Saison


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Cock-a-doodle-doo has new meaning with the Flight of the Rooster Saison. Utilizing New Zealand Nelson Sauvon hops, this brew obtains a sauvignon blanc palate. The 7.5 percent ABV suds have 25 IBUs and is perfect for the summer time.

Ravinia Brewing Company, 582 Rogers Williams Ave., Highland Park.

Roaring Table Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich

Barrel Aged Sister Havana


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All your friends have stuck in their head is Camela Caballos’s monster hit “Havana “with these two Cuban stout inspired byways ways of Russia. The Barrel-Aged Sister Havana is full of chocolate, oak, and molasses hints of whiskey, espresso, red fruits and tobacco flavors. Have the barrel-aged for dinner and then indulge in Havana Dessert after.

Roaring Table, 739 W. Route 22, Lake Zurich.

Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein

Scarlett Fire>Fire Red Ale

The beer is an Irish-Style Red Ale that attains an excellent balance of caramel malt and roasted barley. The libation is named after the Grateful Dead’s two songs “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain.” The drink contains 5.6 percent alcohol by volume and is rated a 30 on the International Bitterness Unit Scale. The brew was awarded the gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver in late 2018.

Tighthead Brewing Company, 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein.

Wright’s Brew & Bistro in Lincolnshire inside Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

Honey Badger Ale

The buzz around the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort is the sound of their 12-hive lodge which produces 30 gallons of honey every year. The honey is utilized to make the Honey Badger Ale in partnership with Lake Bluff Brewing Company. The golden ale is flavored with Munich and Vienna Malts. It obtains a 5 percent ABV and 21 IBUs.




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This all-Citra hop double American pale ale is the Waukegan brewery’s most popular brew. It has a citrus/tropical taste and stands at 6.3 percent ABC with 67 IBUs.

ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan.


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