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Riverlands Brewing Company (2019)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by csmakio, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    These guys open tomorrow Friday, March 15th. Soft open was tonight. Looks like a number of industry guys were over there. Beer Cellar, Phase 3, Average Joe. Lots of buzz around town about this brewery the last few weeks.

    They are right down the street from me, I look forward to checking them out.

    Riverlands Brewing Company
    1860 Dean St Unit A, St. Charles, IL 60174
    https://www.riverlandsbrewing.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/riverlandsbrewingcompany/

    Anyone sample their offerings yet? I believe they were at Beer Cellar a few weeks back.
     
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  2. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (313) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Probably won’t make it tomorrow but should on Saturday as long as the haze lasts. Very excited as St Charles has been badly needing a place like this
     
  3. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (673) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    This location is perfect!! I take my kids to Fun Republic (which is a great place for little ones to burn off some energy) which is right next door. Woo-hoo!! Definitely going to try and make it in this weekend to try some of their stuff. Cool looking tap room too.
     
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  4. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    i talked to someone at the stc binnys and they are trying to work out some deal for when Riverland eventually starts distributing. in the meantime it looks like they will do crowlers, probably not for the opening though.

    big weekend for the area, riverlands opening and penrose 5 year. too bad ill be downtown all day tomorrow.
     
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  5. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (673) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    My daughter's 4th birthday party is tomorrow. Bummed I can't make the Penrose party but at least I'll have a bunch of screaming little kids lol. The website did say some beers will be available for crowlers so hoping to pick up a few as I won't be able to stay very long.
     
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  6. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (83) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    Anyone that goes today please let me know how bad the crowd is. I plan on going sometime later afternoon/early evening
     
  7. ddskos

    ddskos Initiate (98) Apr 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Crowlers of the pilsner, wit, sour and neipa's are currently available. Bar is full. 10 tables 6 per table maybe 2/3 full. Family friendly.
    Stouts are very good. Full body mouth feel, flavors very good. Ne ipa's very similar but good. Not a sour fan so no idea how it is.
     
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  8. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (566) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    Exited as I live 2 minutes away and also freq fun republic and my girls gymnastics class is also there......hoping to grab some neipa crowlers.
     
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  9. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (673) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    So maybe I'm not the first one to think of picking up some crowlers on the way to Fun Republic? Can always say it's a new energy drink...in a big ass can.
     
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  10. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Zealot (528) Oct 1, 2006 Illinois

    Wish this would have been open when I lived 10 minutes away from here.

    Any reason for the hype beyond STC, South Elgin, and further west being an under served area? Does the brewer have bonafides?
     
  11. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    Line about 15-20 deep to get in. I turned my ass around.
     
  12. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (566) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    Wow hope tomorrow I can run in and out with some crowlers
     
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  13. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    everything ive heard about their beers has been positive. apparently their NE's are fantastic.
     
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  14. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (139) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    Echoing above comments, I have heard great things as well. The taproom looks great as well. I'll probably give it a shot in a week or so when the initial draw dies down a bit. As an aside, I wish I had gotten a ticket to Penrose..there's gonig to be about 45 beers poured today :slight_frown:
     
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  15. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (313) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah taproom was at capacity for much of the afternoon yesterday. Really cool space and the drink line kept going from 5-nearly 20 people like the early Mikerphone days. I’m sure that will mellow out in the weeks to come. The beers were excellent. Murky Waters is as good as any local haze I can think of. Silt was good and the fruited kettle sour is definitely like a Frooted beer though without the fruit pulp. I did a flight of the stouts (thanks Uber) and probably liked the breakfast stout and the Mexican hot chocoate ones the best. They had crowlers of MW, Silt, and the fruit beer to go (limit 2 total). The staff member indicated they don’t think they’ll run super low on beer since more is coming soon. You’ll recall Mikerphone and More both struggled with that early on
     
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  16. aussiebeer

    aussiebeer Devotee (453) Oct 23, 2013 Illinois

    My daughter's gym is about 20 minutes from there, might have some Aussie influence in the taproom soon
     
  17. RBCBrams17

    RBCBrams17 Disciple (372) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    Hey guys, thanks for your interest in our beer! I'm Eric, the Head Brewer. I've been a frequent lurker and occasional poster around the forums for a while, so I'll try and keep an eye out here and answer any questions or concerns anyone may have.
     
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  18. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Disciple (384) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    How often can we except new beers to pop up at the top room? Also, of the selection from opening weekend, will any of these beers become part of a “core” lineup?

    Cheers!
     
  19. RBCBrams17

    RBCBrams17 Disciple (372) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    We've got around 30ish recipes or so that we want to work through over the next year, but there will be a rotation for sure with beers that do particularly well coming around more often. We've got 6 fermenters so we should have new beers/fresh batches on with regularity. We'll always have 2 or 3 hazy's going as well as more traditional beers. It's our goal to have a lager on more often than not. The Imperial Stouts should be an every couple of months type of thing. All of this is of course always fluid as we get our legs under us and find out what works and what people want!
     
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  20. jffrson729

    jffrson729 Initiate (77) Mar 6, 2014 Illinois
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    I thought I remember seeing on your fb there is already beer in barrels but didn’t see anything else about it. Can you tell us what kind of barrels and what the outcome will be, or is that a surprise?!?!
     
  21. RBCBrams17

    RBCBrams17 Disciple (372) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    We've currently got a base Imperial Stout in 3 Weller Bourbon barrels. We'll probably see whats going on with one around FoBAB, but it'll depend how we're liking the barrel notes at that point. Otherwise, we'll probably do something for our one year anniversary with the three we've currently got. We plan to continue to build a barrel program though.
     
  22. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    crowlers of the hazies still available on wednesday? thanks @RBCBrams17. im right down the street, i look forward to checking out your new place.
     
  23. RBCBrams17

    RBCBrams17 Disciple (372) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    We had to cut off crowlers of Murky Waters, the single IPA. Still a few kegs left for the tap, but we were going through it too quick with crowlers. Silt is still available for crowler fills. We'll be open again on Wednesday at noon
     
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  24. ChWRoCk

    ChWRoCk Initiate (57) Dec 9, 2013 Illinois

    Made it out there yesterday, really enjoyed all the beers. Great looking taproom, excited to return again.

    My favorite was the cinnamon stout komoho.
     
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  25. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (566) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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  26. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    stopped in for the first time today, nothing but impressed. the space is gorgeous. ipa's are all onpar with the best the city has to offer. corridor, more, og mikerphone. silt, murky waters, tevatron were all ridiculously good. acid was one of the best sours ive ever had, granted i dont drink them much.

    thrilled it is right down the street from me. incredibly happy i decided to skip mikerphone today and go here.
     
  27. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (313) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah the area has been lacking for a long time but between Riverlands and the new Beer Cellar, we’re entering the glory days.
     
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  28. REVZEB

    REVZEB Poo-Bah (4,317) Mar 28, 2013 Illinois
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    Stopped by last weekend. Great stuff, looking forward to more acid rainbow beers in the summer, perfect for hot days!
     
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  29. aussiebeer

    aussiebeer Devotee (453) Oct 23, 2013 Illinois

    Was there around 7 to grab a couple crowlers, murky waters had just kicked
     
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  30. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (313) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    New hazy pale ale on today
     
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  31. Jsimansk

    Jsimansk Initiate (126) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    It’s probably going to be awhile before I get out that way to try this place, but Murky Waters is a perfect beer name, especially from a brewery named Riverlands.
     
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  32. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (313) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Pride of the Fox is very flavorful for a 6% pale ale. It reminds me a bit of Dusty
     
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  33. CityFarmer

    CityFarmer Initiate (150) Mar 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Did anyone ever find out what the lineage is for this brewery? Where they cut their teeth, if anywhere? Not that it really matters.....I’m just always curious to know where brewers came from when another one pops up. This place is fairly close to my parents House. Will definitely stop in next time I’m coming through with the family.
     
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  34. RBCBrams17

    RBCBrams17 Disciple (372) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    I come from a home brew background for about 8 years, but spent a good amount of time over the past year and a half volunteering and job shadowing with the guys at More. That definitely helped me a ton making the transition from home brewer to professional
     
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  35. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (83) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    I’m basically the same but I can’t find a brewery that is up for shadowing/volunteer work. Congrats on the early success
     
  36. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (673) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Where is the best place to see what beers you currently have on tap and to go? Planning on stopping in at lunch tomorrow to get some beers for a long weekend in Michigan.
     
  37. csmakio

    csmakio Initiate (119) Nov 26, 2016 Illinois

    https://www.riverlandsbrewing.com/currently-on-tap

    looks like they updated it saturday afternoon
     
  38. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (673) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    I looked there first. I know they had beers in that section of their website before but there aren't any currently. Wasn't sure if they were going to switch to untappd, instagram etc.
     
  39. RBCBrams17

    RBCBrams17 Disciple (372) Aug 22, 2014 Illinois
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    Yep, the link posted above is updated anytime our taplist changes. Otherwise we're a verified venue if you use untappd, so that's always up to date.
     
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  40. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Disciple (384) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    Looks like a new milk shake as well an NEIPA on tap
     
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