Willow Springs Tap List

Here is what we currently have available on tap at our Willow Springs location. Prices include tax.

Oak-toberfest Beers!

Das Boot!- Oktoberfest/Marzen- 5.4% ABV, 14 IBU 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

Our take on the traditional Oktoberfest lager is malt forward without being overly sweet. We use lots of Munich malt for the rich, toasty, malt character and a touch of Cara Munich for a bit of sweetness and body.

Hefe’nother- German Hefeweizen- 5.5% ABV, 14 IBU 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

A light and refreshing beer brewed with German Pilsner and wheat malts. The traditional German Weizen yeast provides the spicy and fruity character often described as banana and clove.

Helles Belles- Munich Style Helles- 5.2%, 13 IBU 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

Helles is a traditional light colored German lager. Our version is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts for a rich, complex malt character despite the light color with just enough hop character to keep the beer well balanced.

Kaiser Blueberry Lemon- Kolsch- 6.2% ABV, 16 IBU 16 oz $7, 5 oz $3

Kaiser, Kolsch, with real Blueberry and Lemon juice added to the fermenter. Adding the juice to the fermenter allows the simple sugars to ferment, preventing the beer from becoming too sweet.

Cranken Sie Hop- German Hopped IPA- 6% ABV, 50 IBU 16 oz $7, 5 oz $3

Each batch of Crank It Hop features different hops. This batch features 3 newer German Hops (Manderina Bavaria, Huell Melon, and Halertau Blanc) that have a very fruit forward character (citrus, melon, strawberry, pineapple, grape) more similar to American and Southern Hemisphere varieties than typical German varieties.

Outside Taps *CASH ONLY (Friday 5-10, Saturday 12-10)

Kaiser- Kolsch- 5.2% ABV, 16 IBU- 16 oz $6

Kolsch is a traditional German ale brewed at a lower temperature to create a clean beer similar to German light lagers. German Pilsner and a bit of Vienna malt provide the bready, slightly sweet malt backbone with just enough hop bitterness and flavor to balance. The yeast provides a background fruitiness and a crisp, dry finish.

Quiet Giant- 2 Year- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout- 14% ABV- 6 oz $6

Brewed once a year to celebrate our Anniversary, the Saturday after Memorial Day, this is the biggest beer we make. The beer is barrel aged for a minimum of a year and we do several variations each year. This version was aged for a full 2 years in Baker’s and Willett Bourbon barrels.

Watermelon Blanc- Foeder Aged Brett Berliner Weisse- 4.5% ABV- 12 oz $7

Our take on the classic German style sour wheat beer is co-fermented with Lactobacillus bacteria and a blend of fruit forward Brettanomyces and then aged in an Oak Foeder. The result is a more complex version of the style with a smooth but noticeable sourness and notes of tropical and stone fruit, citrus, oak, and a mild funk. After Foeder aging, this version has an additional aging in stainless with real Watermelon juice. Adding the juice to the fermenter allows the simple sugars to ferment, preventing the beer from becoming too sweet.

Honey Nut Beerios- Almond/Peanut Honey Ale- 5.5% ABV, 13 IBU- 16 oz $7

Buzz Lite Beer, Honey Golden Ale, with real, toasted Almonds, Peanuts, and Vanilla beans added. 1 keg only

Honey We Cantaloupe- Cantaloupe Honey Ale- 5.5% ABV, 13 IBU- 16 oz $7

Buzz Lite Beer, Honey Golden Ale, with real, fresh Cantaloupe added. 1 keg only

Kaiser Passion Fruit- Kolsch- 5.2% ABV, 16 IBU- 16 oz $7

Kaiser, Kolsch, with real Passion Fruit and a hint of vanilla. 1 keg only

Kaiser Watermelon Basil- Kolsch- 5.2% ABV, 16 IBU- 16 oz $7

Kaiser, Kolsch, with real Watermelon, fresh Basil, and a hint of sea salt vanilla. 1 keg only

Also Available Outside: Das Boot!, Hefe’nother, Buzz Lite Beer, Crank It Hop, Crank It Hype

Barrel Aged

Rye Barrel Aged Double Dee’s- Blueberry- Imperial Porter- 10% ABV- 12 oz $8.5, 5 oz $4.5

A stronger version of our Billy Dee’s Porter using the same blend of malts for a smooth, chocolaty roast character with a bit of sweetness. This version was aged for a year in Willett Rye Whiskey barrels for additional complexity and notes of Rye Whiskey spice, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and baking spices. This version also has real Blueberry juice added to the barrels. Adding the fruit to the barrels allows the simple sugars to ferment, adding complexity and preventing the beer from becoming overly sweet.

IPA/Hoppy

717- Firefighters Pale Ale- 5.7% ABV, 25 IBU- 16 oz $7, 5 oz $3

Brewed in collaboration with Local 717 Cicero Firefighters Charitable Foundation. This smooth, easy drinking Pale Ale is brewed with Citra, Cashmere, and Sultana hops for a bright hop character with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, melon, and a hint of pine, and enough malt backbone to keep the beer balanced. A portion of the proceeds from this beer go to the 717 Charitable Foundation.

Limey Bastard- English Pale Ale- 5.4% ABV, 38 IBU- 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

Also known as ESB or Bitter, English Pale Ales are much more balanced with a less assertive hop character than American Pale Ales. Our version uses English Maris Otter Pale malt, Amber malt and a bit of Crystal malt for a bready, biscuty malt character. English hops give the beer a floral/earthy hop character to balance the malt.

Crank It Dank- West Coast Style IPA- 7% ABV, 60 IBU16 oz $7, 5 oz $3

West Coast IPAs are typically brewed to showcase hops with very little malt character. Our version is brewed with a very simple malt bill of Pale and Pilsner malt and a bit of sugar to dry the beer out. It is aggressively hopped with Ekuanot, Citra and Mosaic. These are newer hop varieties that are bred to have a strong, pungent aroma and flavor often described as “dank”.

Crank It Hype- New England Style IPA- 7% ABV, 25 IBU- 16 oz $7.5, 5 oz $3.5

Fuller in body and less bitter than a traditional IPA but our version stops short of being sweet like a lot of examples, keeping the beer more drinkable. 4+ pounds per barrel of hops are used, all of which are added in the whirlpool and as dry hops. This extracts less bitterness from the hops, and gives the beer a “juicy” hop character and the trademark “hazy” appearance.

Prediction?…Pain!- Imperial IPA- 8.5% ABV, 85 IBU- 12 oz $7.5, 5 oz $3.5

More balanced than a lot of IIPAs with a focus more on flavor and aroma hops than bitterness. Hopped with Ekuanot, Simcoe and Mosaic. These hops create a complex blend of flavors including citrus, tropical fruit, berry, passion fruit, peach, and pine.

Grapefruit Pain!- Imperial Grapefruit IPA- 8.5% ABV, 85 IBU- 12 oz $8, 5 oz $4

Prediction?…Pain!, Imperial IPA, with real Grapefruit juice added to the fermenter. Adding the fruit to the fermenter allows the yeast to ferment the simple sugars keeping the beer from becoming sweet. The grapefruit flavor compliments the hop character of the beer and adds a refreshing tartness on the finish.

Lil’ Pain- Session IPA- 4.7% ABV, 35 IBU- 16 oz $7, 5 oz $3

This version of Prediction?…Pain! Is brewed with a lot less malt to be an easy drinking quencher. We used the same hop varieties, and the same amount of aroma and dry hops as regular Pain. Yes you read that right, this beer uses the same amount of flavor/aroma hops as our Imperial IPA resulting in a huge hop aroma and flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

Light

Buzz Lite Beer- Honey Golden Ale- 5.5% ABV, 13 IBU- 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

Very drinkable and refreshing but still full flavored. This beer is brewed with local Honey from Smith-Talbot Apiaries. The honey flavor and sweetness are accentuated by the addition of Honey Malt and Flaked Corn.

Farmer’s Daughter- Saison- 6% ABV, 23 IBU- 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

Saison is a traditional “farmhouse” ale brewed in Belgium and France. The yeast gives it its distinctive citrusy character and its dry, earthy spiciness. It is brewed using Pilsner, Wheat and Special Aromatic malts and Czech Saaz hops.

Beermuda Triangle- Belgian Tripel- 9.5% ABV, 25 IBU- 12 oz $7.5, 5 oz $3.5

Brewed with Pilsner, Wheat, and Aromatic malts for a light bready malt character which provides the backbone for the fruitiness and spice character from the Belgian yeast. The beer starts off slightly sweet and fruity with a dry, slightly spicy finish making it dangerously drinkable for a 9+% beer

Dark

Admiral Ackbeer- It’s A Trapp-ist! Style Dubbel- 7% ABV, 16 IBU- 16 oz $7, 5 oz $3

A complex, yet easy drinking, Belgian Ale. Belgian yeast provides a fruitiness with notes of citrus, cherry and stone fruits and a bit of spice on the finish. A bit of dark crystal malt and dark Belgian Candi Syrup give the beer its rich, ruby color and provide notes of toffee, raisin and plumb.

‘Merica- American Stout- 6.2% ABV, 50 IBU- 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

Brewed with 3 roasted malts, 2 crystal malts and oats for a complex roasted character with notes of coffee, chocolate and toffee. This stout also has a more noticeable hop character than our other stouts. We use Northern Brewer and Cascade hops for a note of citrus and pine.

Udderly Black- Milk Stout- 5.3% ABV, 20 IBU- 16 oz $6, 5 oz $2.5

A blend of roasted malts give the beer its rich chocolate and coffee character. The body and sweetness are provided by crystal malts and the addition of Lactose (Milk Sugar) which is not fermented by beer yeast. Served on nitro

Savage Oak (Sour/Wild) More info on Savage Oak

Chardonnay Barrel Aged Straw- Foeder/Barrel Brett Saison w/ Viognier Must- 6%- 11 oz $7.5, 5 oz $3.5

Fermented with Belgian Saison yeast and then aged for a year in an Oak Foeder with our custom blend of fruit forward Brettanomyces. The Saison yeast and Brett produce a strong fruitiness with notes of tropical fruits, citrus, cherry, berries, a mild earthy funk, and a slightly tart, dry finish. After Foeder aging, this version was aged for over a year in Chardonnay barrels with Viognier wine must (juice) added. Viognier is a French, white wine grape similar to Chardonnay with stone fruit, herbal, and floral notes. The extra aging adds complexity with notes of white wine, oak and a more noticeable tartness.

Chardonnay Barrel Aged Apricot Gold- Lambic Inspired Sour Golden Ale- 7.5%- 11 oz $8.5, 5 oz $4.5

Gold is inspired by the traditional Lambics of Belgium. Brewed with wheat and flaked oats for a light malt character but still a bit of body. The beer is then aged for over a year in an oak Foeder with our custom blend of wild yeast and bacteria. The result is a complex beer with a pleasant sourness, notes of citrus, tropical, and stone fruits, and a mild, earthy funk. After Foeder aging, this version has an additional aging in stainless with real, Apricot juice. Once the sugar in the fruit finished fermenting the beer was aged for an additional year + in Chardonnay barrels. The extra aging adds complexity and notes of white wine, orchard fruits, and oak.

On Premise Bottles

In addition to the beers on tap, all of the Savage Oak bottles in our to-go cooler are available for on site consumption for a $2 service fee. Bring the bottle to the bar and your bartender will pour it for you, open bottles must remain behind the bar.

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