Come A-Wassailing with Lake County Holiday Libations 2019

Deck the halls with growlers and sifters, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip!

‘Tis the holiday ‘saison’ to be ‘mulled-y’ as the Lake County Libation Trail is making SPIRITS bright. Many of these participants on the trail have prepared holiday libations to capture their interpretation of the season in liquid format.

These Lake County artisans of suds, spirits, and vino have all of the festive feels for visitors during the brisk winter times.

There’s a lot of family time, shopping, and stress that comes along with the holiday season. Sometimes you just need a break. These Lake County makers have received the message as creators pack a special holiday punch through the good, bad and tough times. If you haven’t indulged, now is the time.

Here we come a-wassailing among this Lake County.

Bosacki’s Brewery in Mundelein


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Beer: Cranberry Wheat Lager

Outlook: This 4.7 percent ABV lager-pale brew is introduced to the s in November for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The naturally carbonated fruity lager contains a subtle tartness due to the melody of Bosacki hops and cranberry. The Cranberry Wheat Lager provides you and the family as it’s a beautiful complement to appetizers and dinner entrees.

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

Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. in Long Grove

Beer: Holiday Pils

Outlook: Don’t miss out on this festive Czech Pilsner. The season greetings sips sit at 4.5 percent ABV with 45 IBUs. The Historic Downtown Long Grove brewhouse just created another small batch of the libation. Don’t wait too long because this craft beer will go fast during the holiday season.

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

Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich


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Cocktail: Chocolate Cayenne Old Fashioned

Outlook: Tis the season to feed your sweet tooth. The Lake Zurich distillery offers a slew of innovative flavors in their cocktails. Visit the land of chocolate as they add their in-house distilled bourbon whiskey to your holiday wishlist. Copper Fiddle is also running a sale on their spirits. If you purchase a case at the Lake Zurich distillery (mixed and matched), you can save 20 percent.

Copper Fiddle Distillery, 532 W. Illinois Route 22,  Suite 110, Lake Zurich.

Flesk Brewing Company in Barrington

Beer: Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout

Outlook: This brew ABV stands at 11.5%. 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.

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars in Grayslake


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Wine: Vin Glogg

Outlook: This vino warms the soul during the wintertime. The concoction contains a half dry red wine while the other half is port. Vin Glogg is jam-packed with cinnamon, cardamon spices, and it also includes an orange peel taste. Vin Glogg is intended to be served warm.

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

Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire


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Beer: Barrel-Aged Warrior Paint Imperial Coffee Stout

Outlook: The Barrel-Aged Warrior Paint Imperial Coffee returns through the holidays as the Lincolnshire brewing company will release the beverage this month. The 11-percent ABV stout is brewed with Mexican coffee beans from Bannockburn’s Newport Coffee House. Wonderful aromas of molasses and coffee waft from this libation, and the scents are paired with hints of oak and vanilla. It’s the perfect holiday present for a parent or pal.

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

Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor

Beer: Rough Cut Red IPA

Outlook: Don’t hang out with a rough crowd during the holidays. However, if you have to, make it Harbor Brewing Co.’s Rough Cut. The Winthrop Harbor brewery provides a delicious red/IPA concoction in their line of suds. The drink is perfect for the holiday season with a balance of hops and malty backbone. The Harbor Brewing Co. beer stands at a 6.9 percent ABV.

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

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake

Beer: Lip Lettuce

Outlook: 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.

Lynfred Winery in Wheeling

Wines: Christmas Red Spiced Wine & Christmas White Spiced Wine

Outlook: This treat is served for vino fans annually at the Wheeling mainstay. The Christmas Red and White Spiced Wines are mulled libations jam-packed with aromas of cinnamon, cloves and gingerbread cookies. The red drink obtains a tad more cinnamon while the white has a bit more cardamom spice. The red and white is a perfect complement to chocolate cranberry and coconut oatmeal cookies.

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

Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville


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Beer: Santa’s Magic

Outlook: This strong Belgian ale in Illinois’s oldest brewery has a light body, but the flavor is spicy, and the aroma has a sophisticated scent of spice and fruit blend. The Libertyville brewery’s most popular seasonal ale contains honey and dark Belgian candy sugar. The seven percent ABV magic in a glass can be compared to the similar tastes of Chimay and Duvel.

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

Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing Co. in Waukegan


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Beer: Besley’s Waukegan Extra

Outlook: The holiday season reminds all of a Christmas Carol. While the Waukegan brewpub showcases suds with Ray Bradbury novels, 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.

North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks

Spirit: Cocoa Curaçao

Outlook: 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.

The Onion Pub and Brewery in Lake Barrington

Beer: Stay Puft

Outlook: Winter is the perfect opportunity for a campfire. The holiday season is when we indulge our sweet tooth. Donning a marshmallow man logo similar to a villain fought by some busters that ain’t afraid of no ghosts, the Barrington brewhouse’s Stay Puft is a brown ale. Stay Puft is 5.5 percent ABV with 15 IBUs.

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

Only Child Brewing in Gurnee

Beer: Lumbersexual Lager

Outlook: The Gurnee brew for the holidays is dressed in its plaid for the holidays. The Lumbersexual is a Vienna-styled lager with a 5.5 percent ABV.

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

Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park


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Beer: Baldwin Porter

Outlook: The Baldwin Porter has a 6.25% ABV. The palate is toasty and chocolatey with a creamy finish smooth that’s perfect for these cold-weather months.

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

Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich


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If you squint your eyes tonight will feel like Friday at Roaring Table. 🍺 Releases! 🍗 Food! 🎸 Music! We held all the REALLY good stuff for tonight! The fun starts at 5pm! . . 🍺 Nelson Viniferia (Brut IPA w/ Pinot Grigio Grape Must – 7.5% ABV) 🍺 . . Ryan’s first professional brew, an IPA featuring Nelson Sauvin hops and white wine must. It’s dry and refreshing, with notes of gooseberry, key lime, melon, and honeysuckle. This is the first in a series of experimental batches that Ryan, Lane’s talented assistant, will be brewing on our pilot system! . . Fire & Smoke BBQ will be popping up at 5pm with their stick to your ribs goodness! @firesmoke_bbq . . And last, but not least Pino Farina Duo will be on at 8pm! These guys are house favorites so don’t miss them! @pinofarina

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Beer: Nelson Vinifera

Outlook: The Lake Zurich brewery isn’t afraid of innovation. The Nelson Viniferia is a Brut IPA w/ Pinot Grigio grapes. The 7.5 percent ABV libation is dry and refreshing with notes of gooseberry, key lime, melon and honeysuckle.

Roaring Table Brewing Co., 739 W. Illinois Route 22, Lake Zurich.

Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein


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Hat Trick Tripel returns to 4-packs today. Swing by the tap room and stock up for Thanksgiving!

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Beer: Hat Trick Tripel

Outlook: This Belgian Trappist-style tripel sits at 8.9 percent ABV. The suds are brewed with European pilsner malt, aromatics, sterling and Czech Saaz hops. The style of brew is an ode to the Trappist monks who have concocted this drink for centuries. Your goal is sip on three because that’s the magic number of the Hat Trick.

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

Valentino Vineyards in Long Grove

Vino: Cabernet Franc Reserve

Outlook: This versatile medium-bodied red wine has mid-range tannins; it can be paired with many dishes. The cab franc is excellent with grilled chicken, lasagna, chicken marsala or steak. The 13.8 percent ABV beverage has a spectacular finish and is quite smooth.

Valentino Vineyards, 5175 Aptakisic Rd., Long Grove.

Vigneto del Bino Vineyard and Winery in Antioch

Wines: Holiday Bino’s Blend Wine Punch & Rachel’s Red Frontenac Mulled Wine

Outlook: The Antioch winery offers two delicious reds for the holiday season: the Blend Wind Punch and Rachel’s Red Frontenac Mulled Wine. The Rachel concoction is the winery’s most full-bodied red wine created from a French hybrid grape, black cherry and red currant. The Holiday Bino’s Blend Wine Punch tastes like a champagne punch with fresh cranberry and Sprite.

The Vigneto del Bino Vineyard and Winery is hosting their Holiday Celebration on December 14. Continue here to learn more.

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

Zümbier Brewery in Waukegan


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Beer: Lauren 

Outlook: Zümbier produces an extraordinary porter this time of year that is well-balanced and with its malty body, 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.

Continue here to learn more about the Lake County Libation Trail. Click here to learn more about all the things going on during the holiday season in the land of lakes. Come a-wassailing in Lake County throughout the year.



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