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Latest Pipeworks Releases and Updates

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by Lansman, May 29, 2012.

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  1. Pipeworks

    Pipeworks Savant (325) Illinois May 28, 2009

    Try West Lakeview Liquors, I'd call first though. They got some extra cases for Friends with Benefits.
  2. duobob

    duobob Savant (255) Illinois Oct 10, 2012

    Lakeview had a few bottles last weekend I got another saturday.
  3. Lansman

    Lansman Savant (400) Illinois Mar 19, 2011

    February 13, 2013 (aka, the date ISO:FT BA Pipeworks (pre) Listings started on BA) Update

    Our old friend Ninja vs Unicorn returns this week and is available at Binny's Linocln Park for FwB pick up now, and will be available at West Lakeview Liquors for FwB tomorrow morning! Also out this week is a new batch of Quintessential American Wheat Ale. This time we brewed it with Amarillo hops!

    Our barrel program expansion continued this week as we received 13 freshly emptied Bourbon barrels from the fine folks at Binny's Beverage Depot. Both Binny's and West Lakeview make their own single barrel selections for sale at their stores. We filled Evan Williams, Buffalo Trace and Four Roses barrels with Last Kiss, Abduction and End of Days. We had an Angels Envy barrel, however it was leaking too much so we were unable to fill it.

    A second batch of Ninja vs Unicorn will hit stores on Monday as reinforcements. Revenge of the Unicorn, Chipotle Smoked Porter, regular Smoked Porter, and Close Encounters should drop the following Tuesday.

    /End Pipeworks Update

    While I have your attention:
    ISO: Dave + Cable Car+
    FT: BA Pipeworks (Batch 1) (Pre)

    2:1. You may have to throw in extras to make up for this uber-rare-white-super-instawhale. :rolleyes:
  4. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    Would this have been the barrel the bourbon was aged in, or the port wine barrel that it would've been finished in?
  5. Lansman

    Lansman Savant (400) Illinois Mar 19, 2011

    They tweeted a picture yesterday and the barrel said 'Angels Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Finished in Port Barrels.' (Picture below)

  6. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (325) Illinois Dec 31, 2010

    Maybe they shouldn't be rolling them down the cellar stairs ;)
  7. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Savant (435) Illinois Jul 19, 2012

    iirc, pipeworks batch 1 was barrel aged smoked porter. i actually didn't much care for it. but pretty much everything else i've had has been solid.
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  8. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    Interesting. I assume they ordinarily take the bourbon from the port barrels and blend the port-finished product before bottling. Guess when you're selling it off as a "hand-picked barrel," it finds its way to another barrel.
  9. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (255) Illinois Nov 27, 2012

    How's the latest NvU drinking? Gonna either pick this or Galaxy Unicorn on the way home.
  10. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    Buy both. Won't regret it.
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  11. Lansman

    Lansman Savant (400) Illinois Mar 19, 2011

    Also pick up the new Quintessential with Amarillo hops. Great brew.
  12. jbland21

    jbland21 Aficionado (110) Illinois Jan 21, 2012

    Are the BA offerings going to be available for non-FwB members? Because after drinking my final Last Kiss two nights ago, missing out on a BA version of this beer would be utterly devastating.
  13. funhog

    funhog Savant (420) Illinois Mar 8, 2011

  14. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (255) Illinois Nov 27, 2012

    That was a test. You passed with flying colors.
  15. Stevedore

    Stevedore Champion (810) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012

    So I keep hearing a lot of recommendations about Pipeworks. Is there some sort of FAQ somewhere (the website isn't working for me atm) about the location, tasting room/brewpub if available, and what are some good recent brews to try? I don't necessarily have the desire to chase the latest barrel-aged whales but if there's anything that's worth seeking out a pint of when I'm in Chicago this weekend, I'd appreciate any advice!
  16. aefbjo

    aefbjo Savant (275) Bahamas Jun 8, 2005

    Any of their pales/IPAs/DIPAs are going to be good. You might not have much luck finding those on tap, though. Check a few stores around town.
  17. Guys, no tasting room, no brewpub, no tours. Don't know who's spreading the rumor, but people are showing up frequently. Turned away numerous out-of-towners over the course of a week. Nothing to see here, move along...

    Map Room or Maria's are safe bets for tap offerings.
  18. mjohnson17

    mjohnson17 Advocate (585) Illinois Apr 29, 2012

    Let me see if I can summarize some info (to the best of my knowledge).

    Pipeworks FAQ:

    Website: http://www.pipeworksbrewing.net/ Currently under construction It's best check them out on Facebook & Twitter.
    Where is the brewery? 1675 N Western Av. Sorry no tours :)
    Tasting Room? no tasting room....yet tasting room is in the works but no official opening date
    Brews, which ones should I try?: All are good, all are worth trying. They brew in smaller batches and constantly rotate and/or try new recipes so it's hit or miss as to what beers are available at any given time. They've always has solid IPAs, DIPA, Belgians, Stouts, oh, who am I kidding everything.
    Barrel Program: No BA beers released yet. Recent internet postings of barrels arriving @ brewery, I imagine BA beers will be in their future.

    Disclaimer: I'm on offiliated with the brewery, just a fan who loves spreading the word. No offense to Pipeworks, if any information is incorrect by all means please correct it ;)
  19. As mentioned, Pipeworks doesn't make bad beer. If you like really hoppy IPA's, you'll find some great options (Galaxy Unicorn, Ninja vs. Unicorn); if you like stouts, you'll find some great options (Abduction, Coffee Break Abduction and End of Days); if you like Berliner Weiss's, they got you covered (Well Read Temptress, Flower Power, maybe even Cranpire). I thought Reliquary was outstanding (strong Belgian pale).

    The Binnys in River North and Lincoln Park are pretty well stocked with Pipeworks beers. The most recent batches are numbered in the 80's in case you want to pick up the most recent beer they put out.

    SmallBar on Division has their Brotherhood on draft right now, too.
  20. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (325) Illinois Dec 31, 2010

    Bottle shop for sure (hopefully opening late spring/early summer o_O ). I'm not sure if they verified that it will include "tasting" taps. Though, I could have easily missed that information.
  21. JimGlonke

    JimGlonke Savant (420) Illinois Apr 27, 2012

    Finally cracked my Coffee Break Abduction last night (Batch 74). Simply amazing.
  22. Stevedore

    Stevedore Champion (810) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012

    Grabbed a Hyper Dog and the Well-Read Temptress. Looking forward to drinking them this week.
  23. stakem

    stakem Champion (870) Pennsylvania Feb 20, 2009

    I came into this thread to post the same question. I realize these guys are busy but has anyone received the glasses in question? I think it has been 5 months since the offer was made and it will soon be 3 months since I last got an email reply from them.
  24. JulianC

    JulianC Savant (335) Illinois Mar 9, 2012

    They posted a facebook that you could come and pick them up back in mid-Jan, but I can't seem to find it on their page anymore.
  25. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (545) Illinois Nov 26, 2011

    Still waiting on mine as well
  26. sacullen

    sacullen Aficionado (245) Illinois Oct 14, 2008

    If you can make it there in person, give them a shout out and they should be able to accommodate. I'm a kickstarter and am still waiting for my rewards for that, but as someone who lives two blocks away and has helped them bottle, I'm more than willing to wait as long as it means I can put more of their tasty beverages in my belly. They're good guys and they DO NOT appear to be the kind to take their promises lightly. Maybe longer than some would like, but I would put good money down that they will take care of everyone they said they will.
  27. cmsteele62

    cmsteele62 Zealot (95) Illinois Nov 24, 2010

    I stopped by and picked up all my rewards and the blue lady glass a few months ago, wasn't hard at all, just texted them to see if they were around the brewery that day.
  28. I was talking with the guys over the weekend And they were saying that they were shooting to open the taproom early in April. I can't wait.
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  29. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (325) Illinois Dec 31, 2010

    ^ This.

    And let's keep in mind that the Blue Lady glasses are a complete gesture on the brewery's part. They were under no obligation to give these away. Its basically 3 guys running a full-time brewery along with the business and distribution side of things. Its much easier on your end to drive by the shop someday then have them ship out hundreds of packages. So let's cut them a little slack.
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  30. bertram

    bertram Savant (350) Illinois Dec 18, 2010

    I BM'd them sometime last week, asking if there was any news or whether I should just chalk up that I'm not getting the glass. While I understand they're busy, still no reply.

    I agree - but they are the ones that made the offer not only of the glasses, but to ship them to those of us not in the city. Just knowing that either (a) they are no longer offering them; or (b) they can only be picked up at the brewery and won't be shipped would be nice. That's all I'm personally wanting to know.
  31. ppohio

    ppohio Aficionado (165) Illinois Aug 5, 2011

    Where is the taproom going to be located?
  32. Cotchept

    Cotchept Aficionado (150) Colorado Jan 14, 2013

    North and Western, obviously.

    Had a N v U tonight. Stellar as always.
  33. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (400) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Technically Wabansia & Western, unless Pizza Hut puts some taps in!
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  34. ppohio

    ppohio Aficionado (165) Illinois Aug 5, 2011

    Very cool, I didn't know if it would be at the brewery or a separate location. I am really excited for this.
  35. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (400) Illinois May 6, 2012

    If it does happen, I think that is the assumption. Given the cost to start up a new location I think that is safe.
  36. I think, though, that any sort of taproom they put in will be like Half Acre's v1.0 set up -- just so that people aren't expecting like Half Acre's current taproom.
  37. ravot

    ravot Savant (435) Illinois Mar 20, 2012

    been doing some trades recently and killing beer not from chicago. i haven't had a pipeworks beer in a while. forgive me.
  38. mishuggah

    mishuggah Savant (255) Illinois Jul 14, 2009

    It will be in the front of their current location. The door to the taproom will be on the actual corner of Wabansia and Western. Brewing is in back of house.

  39. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Savant (325) Illinois Dec 31, 2010

    I keep seeing people mention "taproom". I don't think there has been any validation of this. For sure they will have the bottle shop, but have they mentioned it being a taproom (even one like Half Acre's v1.0)? With the small batches they produce, they do not keg much. Most is bottled with a few kegs making it out to local bars. Maybe as they grow and increase production, but I wouldn't expect it at first. Who knows though. I have no validity for anything I'm saying...
  40. When I stopped in to pick up my FwB loot, Gerrit said that they would have a number of taps for growler fills (including 32oz. growlers!).
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