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During our recent jaunt to Europe we took some time out from our mission of finding great beer to get on the other side of the fermenter and brew a great beer. With our friend Menno of De Molen in the lead and help from Berith and Håge of Närke we embarked on our first foray into brewing!

The product of this transatlantic collaboration is Kristina Augusta. A Russian Imperial Stout named after a badass Swedish queen. We couldn’t be more excited about the roasty, delicious fruit of our labor!


Two great brewing minds making some last minute tweaks to the recipe.

The recipe.

Prepping grain for the mash.

Brew day fuel.

A A thing of beauty.

Just a small amount of yeast.

First female gypsy brewer?

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West Lakeview Liquors is proud to announce we are a Retail Sponsor of this year’s Independent Spirits Festival. The festival will be held on Wednesday October 3rd at Carmichael’s Warehouse. Nealy 100 independent distilleries will be in attendance sampling their delicious distilled potables.

In addition to being a retail sponsor we will be sampling out our portfolio of hand selected single barrel bourbons and rye. The list includes:

Buffalo Trace Barrel #304

Buffalo Trace Barrel #309

Evan Williams Barrel #431

Eagle Rare 10 Year Barrel #15

Eagle Rare 10 Year Barrel #21

Blanton’s Barrel #252

Willett 3 Year Rye Barrel #68

General Admission tickets cost $55 and offer unlimited sampling from 7-9 PM. VIP tickets cost $75 and grant the holder early access starting at 5 PM.


A few choice representative from the West Lakeview crew have left our cozy little Chicago home and hopped the pond for a short jaunt to the Netherlands. Our constant quest for great beer has brought us to the Borefts Beer Festival. It’s tough work but somebody’s gotta do it!

Organized and run by fantastic brewer and friend of the Shoppe Menno Olivier of De Molen, the Borefts Festival is in its fourth year and this year’s tap list is simply ridiculous. Check it out here.

If you are also in attendance and see us, come say “Hi!”


What could be better that pizza and beer? Nothing, especially when the pizza is from Piece Brewery and Pizzaria and the beer is from Firestone Walker Brewing Co..

Rob from Firestone Walker will be here tasting out Wookey Jack, an unfiltered black rye IPA and Pale 31 California Pale Ale.

As far as the pizza is concerned, we just couldn’t choose from all of the great options Piece offers so we asked for a little bit of help from our friends. Here’s what they came up with:

The Barnaby Struve (Three Floyds Brewing Co, Indiana) …? Toppings: Metaballs • Banana Peppers

The Preston Van Winkle (Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Kentucky) Red: BBQ Sauce Toppings: Chicken • Bacon • Jalapeño

The David Walker (Firestone Walker Brewing Co, California) Plain: Generous amount of red sauce topped with garlic, extra parmesan and olive oil Toppings: Anchovy • Mushroom • Olives

The Matt Brynildson (Firestone Walker Brewing Co, California) Margherita (no, it’s not on the menu) olive oil • garlic • basil • fresh tomato • mozzarella • parmesan

The Mikkel Borg Bjergso (Mikkeller, Denmark) Red: BBQ Sauce Toppings: Italian Sausage • Bacon • Pepperoni • Meatballs • Chicken


Peter, Jim and Chad at The Great Taste of The Midwest.

West Lakeview Liquors was well represented at The Great Taste of the Midwest last weekend. Just look at these three happy and handsome gentlemen! I hope you had as much fun as they did.

Sebastian Sauer, brewer from Freigeist Bierkiltur, wrapped up his long trip to North America with stops at West Lakeview Liquors and Northdown Cafe and Taproom this week. Sebastian brought four beers with him for thirsty Chicagoans to try including Abraxxxas (a strong, smoked Berliner Weisse), Ottekolong Kolsch, Pimock Hefeweizen and Hoppeditz Doppel Sticke Altbier.

If you didn’t have a chance to come out to either event but you still want to get a taste of these delicious brews you’re in luck. They will be on tap at Northdown while supplies last and bottles will be available for purchase at West Lakeview Liquors in the near future.


On Thursday July 19th The Old Town School of Folk Music and Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce’s Square Roots Festival kicked off with Summer Brew. Ten breweries from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, including local Chicago breweries Half Acre, 5 Rabbit, Metropolitan and Finch’s, offered 15 different specially selected brews for attendees sample.

Food was available from local eateries The Fountain Head and The Grafton Pub.

Good times, good people, good food and good beer. What more could you want?

New Eagle Rare and Evan Williams barrels hand picked by Kristina, Anette, David & Jérôme have arrived to the store. All three of these are lighter bodied than our previous single barrels and make excellent Summer Bourbons. Come down and grab a bottle, or let us ship some to you.

• RAFFLE • RAFFLE • RAFFLE • RAFFLE • Thanks to all of you we raised $1366 for the Common Pantry! Congrats to 11 lucky winners!

We held a raffle to benefit our local food pantry! All proceeds from ticket sales were donated!


Amazon Kindle Model No D00701 Three Floyds Brewing Co, Indiana Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout 5 Year Vertical- Vintages 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 3F Embossed Logo Tin Tacker 3Floyds T-Shirt’s (3 designs) 3Floyds Stickers 3Floyds Playing Cards Founders Brewing Co, Michigan Kentucky Breakfast Stout 5 Year Vertical- Vintages 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Goose Island Brewing Co, Illinois Bourbon County Stout 2011, BCS Bramble Rye, BCS Coffee, King Henry 12 Bottles of Fine Wine Mixed case of premium whites, reds & even a rosé. West Lakeview Liquors $50 Gift Certificate Northdown Cafe & Taproom $50 Gift Certificate “Phantom” 2008 3L Jeroboam (Double Magnum) Bogle Vineyards, California • Zinfandel 51% – Petite Sirah 47% Mourvèdre 2% Chicago Bears Official Zip-Up Hoodie Navy Blue with Embroidered Bears Logo & Lettering • Large Old Pulteney Zip-Up Maritime Jacket Embroidered Logo • Navy Blue • X-Large Schlitz Brewery Bowling Package • 60’s Retro Design Bowling Bag Bowling Shirt Logo Glass

The Common Pantry is located at 3744 N Damen Ave.


Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon and Rye picks our winners.

Our happy grand prize winner with his brand new Kindle.

Our second place winner also seems to be pretty happy with his haul.