23 Enticing Adult Beverages for Lake County Libation Trail Month

“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 throughout January, and you should visit one of our breweries, wineries and distilleries eager to sip the night away – especially with one of these enticing adult beverages for Lake County Libation Trail Month.

Surely 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.

Make sure this January, you note your attendance at one of these maker’s facilities. During Lake County Libation Month, sippers have the opportunity to win free tickets to the Lake County Beer Festival in February at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Click here to learn more.

Bevies of adult brew, vino and spirit drinkers can start the year checking off one thing on their New Year’s resolution list: tasting 23 enticing adult beverages for Lake County Libation Trail Month.

Four Vibrant Vinos

Glunz Family Winery in Grayslake

De La Costa Sangria


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Glunz Family Winery & Cellars produces a trio of seasonal Sangria flavors: red, white and rosé. The intense citrus, berry flavors complemented by a dash of sweetness, makes for a refreshing treat during hot summer days. The Grayslake vino can be enjoyed by the glass or by can!

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

Lynfred Winery in Wheeling

Fred’s Red

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

Valentino Signature Red 2004′ VTG

This vino is an International Medal-Winning Wine.  A full-bodied, smooth finish Bordeaux style red wine with mid to full range tannins aged two years in a combination of French and American oak barrels. This libation is an excellent complement to steak and lamb.

Valentino Vineyards, 5174 Aptakisic Rd., Long Grove.

Vigneto del Bino Vineyard and Winery in Antioch

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 Vineyard and Winery, 42150 Crawford Rd., Antioch.

Four Saporous Spirits

Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich

Bourbon Whiskey


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“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

Cocoa Curaçao

The Green Oaks distillery has released their newest winter libation. Cocoa Curaçao, their latest installment of the orange liqueur (last year was Beehive Curaçao), they found the best available cacao. The beverage was infused and distilled with an array of orange peels. This spirit has rich yet refined aromas of orange and chocolate, with intriguing, layered flavors of bright orange with deep chocolate undertones. It is sweet, yet balanced and extremely sippable.

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

Oppidan Spirits in Waukegan

American Botanical Gin

They deviated from the standard London Dry style to create a unique and refreshing perspective with floral and citrus notes unseen in this category. For citrus, the Waukegan distillery uses a freshly peeled pink grapefruit. Elderflower, hibiscus and chamomile give Oppidan American Botanical Gin a light floral nose balanced by the spice of ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. The result is a superbly balanced gin that works well neat or in your favorite gin cocktails.

Oppidan Spirits, 220 W Clayton St, Lot C, Waukegan.

28-Mile Vodka & Distillery in Highwood


Distilled from a blend of all malted midwest grains, 28 Mile Vodka is clear in color with aromas of almond and vanilla bean. This unique vodka has a silky smooth mouthfeel and notes of vanilla and cocoa nibs that finishes extremely clean on the palate with a lingering warming sensation. Drink this neat, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail.

28 Mile Vodka & Distillery, 454 Sheridan Rd. Highwood.

15 Breathtaking Brews

Bosacki’s Brewery 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 Co. in Long Grove


This concoction was created as an autumn festival in your mouth, but now it 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 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 precise version 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

Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout Ale Pinion

This brew ABV stands at 11.5 percent. The suds drink is a rye barrel-aged imperial stout complemented by Mexican chocolate, vanilla beans and other spices.

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

Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire

Barrel-Aged Warrior Paint Imperial Coffee


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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

Special K Milkshake IPA

Special K Milkshake IPA is a part of your balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, you read it correctly. A cereal beer. The Winthrop Harbor brewpub provides cereal/beer lovers with their destiny. The breakfast treat IPA is brewed with zero boil hops and is packed with Citra and Mosaic hops for an incredible aroma and finish.

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

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake

Lip Lettuce

This brand new pale ale from the Grayslake brewhouse is the mustache of all mustaches. Once you sip, you met with an explosion of Southern passion hops from South Africa. Your tastebuds will experience notes of passion fruit, guava and grapefruit. Lip lettuce is a six percent ABV beverage.

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

Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville

Can I Kick It


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Malik the Five-Foot Freak and Kamaal the Abstract were in a tribe from the boulevard of Linden that quested through the 90s, and they made their legendary breakout track “Can I Kick It.” Commemorating a song that still slaps to this day, the seven percent, double dry-hopped IPA brewed in the hazy New England IPA style. Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado and Simcoe hops paint layers of citrus, tropical fruit and grapefruit pith. Oats and wheat give a smooth mouthfeel as the backdrop. “Can they kick it? Yes, they can.”

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

Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing Co. in Waukegan

Besley’s Waukegan Extra

The holiday season reminds all of a Christmas Carol. While the Waukegan brewpub showcases suds with Ray Bradbury novels’ titles, this beer gives a Charles Dickens feel. Besley’s Waukegan Extra is an English Bitter, standing at a 4.8 percent ABV. There’s a fun little story behind the naming of this brew that you’ll find out when you check-in.

Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing Company, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan.

The Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington

Misfit IPA


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“We’re a couple of misfits. We’re a couple of misfits. What’s the matter with misfits. That’s where we fit in!” The American IPA has a perfect blend of hop bitterness, aroma and malt body. Watch out because that misfit can kick with a slight 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

Together We’ll Rule the Galaxy IPA


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I you’re a #starwars fan like we here are, then you’re already going crazy waiting for the release of #theriseofskywalker this week. To celebrate the 9th chapter of the single most epic saga in the #galaxy one of our all time favorite beers returns. “Together We’ll Rule The Galaxy” IPA has a wheat dominate grain bill giving it a mouthfeel as silky-smooth as Lando Calrissian. We hopped it out of this world with Galaxy & Motueka which provoke a tropical, citrusy, stone fruit forward salvo on your senses. This one is only available in our Taproom, no distro. We will release it on Thursday at 4:30pm for those of you going to the screenings that night, but we will hold some back to release on Friday at 2pm as well so everyone can enjoy. #maytheforcebewithyou #onlychildbrewing #jedi #iwannabeajedi #togetherwellrulethegalaxy #darthvader #lukeskywalker #beer #craftbeer #gurnee

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Luke Skywalker is not the only child in Galaxy hop family, but Gurnee brewhouse is geeking over the finale to the Stars Wars story like we all are. The Rise of Skywalker was recently released, and to commemorate the movie from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…., Only Child Brewing Co. brought back their Together We’ll Rule the Galaxy IPA. The beverage is packed with Galaxy & Motueka hops, which produces a tropical, citrusy, stone and fruit-forward taste.

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

Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park

Flight of the Rooster Saison

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 summertime and frankly, all seasons.

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

Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda

Vibranium IPA


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Precious vibranium. Not only is it what charges T’Calla’s Black Panther suit, but it’s also what fuels us during libation month. The Wauconda (Wakanda) brewhouse designed this warrior brew with dry hops, cascade, moderate alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character. The IPA sits at 6.5 percent ABV.

Side Lot Brewing, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda.

Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein

Comfortably Blonde

The Mundelein brewery sends Elle Woods to Harvard University Law School. Tighthead’s Comfortably Blonde Ale is a year-round brew with a light, non-bitter and malt sweetness. The beer is a 4.8 percent ABV with and rated a 20 on the International Bitterness Unit scale.

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

Wright’s Brew & Bistro inside Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Five Eyes Honey Ale

Viva La Honey! Lincolnshire Marriott teamed up with other Lake County Libation Trail participants, Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein to concoct Winnie the Pooh’s favorite snack with the “Illinois Made” craft brewhouse. These black and yellow geniuses harvest the honey onsite at the Lincolnshire resort’s apiaries. This cream ale contains a pilsner malt that provides a grainy sweetness while the fermented honey sugars. This refreshing brew has a crisp and light taste with subtle floral notes. Did you know that bees have five eyes?

Wright’s Brew & Bistro, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

ZümBier Brewery in Waukegan



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Zümbier produces an extraordinary porter this time of year that is well-balanced. Furthermore, the malty body of the December libation of the month pairs well with the cooler temperatures. After aging in barrels, this beer relays whiskey and vanilla tasting notes directly to your taste buds giving that nice warm feeling during the holidays. This drinkable treat is brewed once a year, so be sure to grab some before it’s gone.

Zümbier Brewery, 3232 W. Monroe St., Waukegan.


For more things to do in Lake County, click here. To learn more about the Lake County Libation Trail Month, continue here. To check in at the Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge, click here. Finally, continue here, to stay up to date on the Lake County Libation Trail’s Libation of the Month.

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