We’re a long ways away from beach season which means it’s time to layer up and crack open some of our favorite fall beers and ciders. Lower temps warrant higher ABVs and more flavorful beers that you can take to a bonfire, tailgate, or your next Halloween party. Here are nine essential fall beers and ciders that we’ll be drinking until Santa comes down the chimney.
Last night we had the pleasure of attending Virtue Cider’s 3rd Annual Stone Fence Cocktail Competition at the beautiful Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. A dozen bartenders and mixologists from some of Chicago’s most esteemed beverage programs competed to create their take on a classic cider cocktail, the Stone Fence. According to Virtue Cider founder, Greg Hall, the origin of the Stone Fence goes back to the American Revolution, when cider and rum (the cocktail’s two ingredients) were plentiful. Read More
In our last post we showed you our gift guide for everything but the beer. Well, a certain someone paid a visit to Chicago to let us know some fantastic stocking stuffer ideas for the beer lover in your family so obviously we had to make a video. We hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful holiday season! Read More
You’ve sent out the invites, cleaned the house and done all your errands, save for the inevitable last-minute trips to the grocery store. Maybe you’re going big and deep frying the turkey, just be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand. Needless to say, if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you have a lot on your plate (pun). To show off how great a host you really are, a fine variety of beverages is key. So to save you some crucial time at your local liquor or grocery store, our experts at Lakeshore Beverage put together a Thanksgiving Beverage Guide to please a variety of guests and palates at your big meal. Each of these beers and ciders can be found nearest you with our handy-dandy BEER FINDER. Read More
Most of us have likely been on a brewery tour at some point. They’re fun, give you a chance to learn something new, and oh yeah, there’s beer. Lots of beer. But, as much as it pains me to believe, beer isn’t for everyone. As such, cider continues to grow and carve out its place in the modern craft beverage scene, offering long time beer drinkers something different, and wine drinkers something they can easily relate to. One of the leaders in farmhouse cidermaking is Virtue Cider. Located a quick 2 1/2 hour drive from Chicago in Fennville, MI, Virtue Cider is a perfect trip for those looking to get out of the city for a day or weekend. We were recently able to spend a day up at the farm to get to know the faces behind the cider. Read More