Anyone can brew beer. Large companies crank out tankerloads every hour of the day. For the most part, unfortunately, these are nearly indistinguishable from one another. To brew truly unique, flavorful Ales & Lagers requires a commitment in time and expense which the brewers here at Mickey Finn's make with pride!

Our brewers blend the various grains and hops with expertise to create beers of varying flavor, color & body. Compared to opening a can or bottle of mass-produced beer, Mickey Finn's beer is truly natural, with absolutely no artificial additives or preservatives. To our loyal regulars, nothing else comes close to a truly handcrafted pint.

Since opening in 1993 as Lake County's first brewpub, Mickey Finn's has won a trophy case full of national and international awards for their beer. Beer enthusiasts all over the country know to make Mickey Finn's an essential stop when on a 'beer pilgrimage'. Next time you're in the Chicago area, don't hesitate to come see why!

Beers on Tap
Amber Ale

The Amber is a American-style amber ale with bold hop character. The darker malts that are used during the brewing process create the amber color of the beer as well as the caramel sweetness of the flavor. The Amber is named after the Abana family who bottled artesian well water at the turn of the century in Lake County. You can also find this beer at Pine Meadows GC, White Deer Run GC, Thunderhawk GC, Bittersweet GC, and the Libertyville Sports Complex, and now Cafe Pyrenees Restaurant in Libertyville, IL.

Style:  American-style Amber Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.60%
Color:  Clear, amber
Flavor:  Hoppy(citrus) & malty caramel
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  Sam Adams, Goose Island Honker's Ale

*Katarina Wit Beer

The Wit (white) is a Belgian-style white ale and is so named because of its white to light yellow appearance. Wit-Engeltje is Flemish and means "little white angel." This hazy brew is unfiltered and unique because sweet orange peel, bitter orange peel, and coriander are added during the brewing process. A few other secret spices may also be added at the brewer's discretion. The Wit is effervescent and tart with floral and fruity characteristics. Named after the hottest figure skater ever! Served with a slice of orange.

Style:  Belgian-style Wit Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  4.00%
Color:  Hazy white to light yello
Flavor:  Tart, citrus
Aroma:  citrus
Commercial Example(s):  Celis White, Hoegaarden & Blue Moon

*Pineapple Junior

Singe IPA version of our popular Double IPA. Also this year's Illinois Craft Brewery Guild Replicale project. Lots of citrus and hops. Higher abv too.

Style:  IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  7.90%
Color:  golden
Flavor:  hop, citrus
Aroma:  floral, fruity
Commercial Example(s):  

*Santa's Magic

Santa's Magic is a Belgian strong ale, lighter bodied than most beers we produce. The aroma is very complex with notes of fruits and spices. Honey and dark Belgian candy sugar are added during the brewing process to add to the brew. This is our most popular seasonal beer, so don't wait, it's usually on tap for only a few weeks. Warning: this beer can have some crazy side effects for some ppl, so limit yourself to three beers. Otherwise you could end up in a real life Hangover movie...:0...Happy Christmas! Check out our new 32oz Santa's growlers too! Make a great housewarming present.

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  8.00%
Color:  clear, golden
Flavor:  spicy, Christmas in a glass
Aroma:  spicy, fruity
Commercial Example(s):  Chimay, Duvel

*U.S. Kolsch

The Kolsch is a German-style ale that is brewed to obtain lager-like characteristics. This brew is highly carbonated and low in alcohol to create a very refreshing, thirst quenching beverage. Lite beer fans will really enjoy the Kolsch. Made famous by breweries like Gaffel, in Cologne Germany. One of the few ales actually brewed in large quantities in Germany. Served in a straight sided glass called a Stange. Prost.

Style:  German-style Kolsch ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.30%
Color:  Clear, pale yellow
Flavor:  Crisp, clean & dry
Aroma:  Fruity
Commercial Example(s):  Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Duff's Lite, Buzz Beer

*Yorkie Bitter

Inspired by the pints of northern England, this complex, copper-hued ale is only 4% avb. Served only from the handpump wiht a sparkler nozzle which makes the beer pour with an incredible cramy head of foam. A delicious and surprisingly light bodied pint. 'ello govna!

Style:  English Bitter
Alcohol by Volume:  4.00%
Color:  light copper
Flavor:  crisp, toffee
Aroma:  floral, hop
Commercial Example(s):  

847 Suburban Wheat Ale

Our most popular brew, our wheat is brewed with approximately 50% wheat malt and 50% malted barley. The flavor of this brew is very well balanced meaning it is neither malty (sweet) or hoppy (bitter) like most of Finn's beers This is great beer to begin with if you haven't had a micro-brewed beer. Mickey Finn's flagship beer.

Style:  American Style Wheat Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.40%
Color:  Clear, golden
Flavor:  Balanced malt & hop
Aroma:  Balance malt & hop
Commercial Example(s):  Goose Island Three One Two

Amber Lite

This is what the French and the Belgians call "table beer". A lighter, lower in alcohol ale to be enjoyed with a meal. Our version is heavily hopped with French hops (again...not kidding) and it's dark color comes from toasted French malt. Maybe one of the lowest abv we produce. Tastes like a lite beer version of our Amber Ale

Style:  French Table Beer
Alcohol by Volume:  3.00%
Color:  amber
Flavor:  hoppy
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  none that I know of....

Barrel Aged Dubbel

A dark strong Belgian-style ale traditionally brewed by trappist monks at monastic breweries. Rich with malt and spice flavors, but not at all heavy. Brewed with some dark Belgian candy sugar. A meditative brew. Goes great with chocolate cake (no really!) The special brew as spent the last year in a Marker's Mark bourbon barrel. Enjoy in a 12oz snifter.

Style:  Belgian Dubbel
Alcohol by Volume:  7.60%
Color:  tawny
Flavor:  raisins, caramel
Aroma:  fruity, spicy
Commercial Example(s):  Chimay, Rochefort

BBQ Bock

The newest addition to our lineup, the BBQ Bock is a unique hybrid beer style. Featuring malty notes reminiscent of traditional bock beers, as well as smoky characteristics common to rauch beers, this is one you need to try!

Style:  Rauch-bock
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  Deep Red
Flavor:  Smoky, malty
Aroma:  Smoky
Commercial Example(s):  No common American examples

Bear Down Brown Ale

Light to medium bodied but flavorful English-style brown ale. Use of dark crystal malt gives this beer a characteristic nutty, toffee flavor. Limited use of hops allows this flavor to come through. What the Brits call a session beer because it's not at all heavy. Especially suited to cask conditioning.

Style:   Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  4.50%
Color:  Light Brown
Flavor:  Toasted Malt
Aroma:  Nutty
Commercial Example(s):  Newcastle Brown Ale

BigHead Pale Ale

This American Pale Ale has a hoppy/citrus and floral aroma.The aroma and flavor of this beer are created by the American hops used in the brewing process. In addition, slight notes of caramel can be detected in the flavor. BigHead is very drinkable and is the next step up after you try our 847 wheat ale. Not as hoppy as an IPA, but enough for pale ale fans to enjoy.

Style:  American Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  4.60%
Color:  light copper
Flavor:  hoppy with a hint of citrus
Aroma:  hoppy and floral
Commercial Example(s):  Sierra Nevada

Bohemian Pilsner

Our Pilsner is a lager beer. We brew the Pilsner using specialty German malts and Czech hops. The color of this beer is very pale yellow and has the aroma of fresh Saaz hops. The flavor of the beer is that of a hop bitterness and crisp, clean malt taste. Because this beer is a lager as opposed to an ale it has a very clean taste and crisp finish. Sometimes lagers like this one tend to have a light sulphur smell, we choose to lager or store ours for a great deal of time at very cold temperature to ensure that flavor goes away. The aroma that is produced is exclusively from the use of Saaz hops which give it a grassy and spicy smell. One of our most popular beers, so don't wait to come in or it'll be gone daddy gone.

Style:  German Pilsner
Alcohol by Volume:  5.40%
Color:  pale yellow
Flavor:  light hop, malty
Aroma:  grassy, spicy
Commercial Example(s):  Heineken

British Invasion Pale Ale

'Ello Govna! Inspired by the great beer and great bands that invaded the states in the late 60's. The hoppy aroma and flavor of this brew are created by the English hops utilized during the brewing process. In addition, notes of caramel can be detected in the flavor. Also available on nitro pour, not enough O's in smooth to describe it. On nitro pour, this is my favorite beer.

Style:  English Pale Ale (Nitro Pour)
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  Clear, light copper
Flavor:  hoppy
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  Sierra Nevada, Bass Ale

Butler Ballpark Ale

Butler Ballpark Dark is an English-Style Mild Ale. This beer is dark reddish-brown in color and very low in alcohol (4.5%). Both roasted and chocolate barley were used to make this brew creating a roasted dryness accompanied by notes of chocolate. An English variety of hop was used for bitterness and flavor but is very subdued by the dark malt. Looks dark, but tastes very light.

Style:   English Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  4.50%
Color:  Reddish Brown
Flavor:  Toasted Malt
Aroma:  Nutty
Commercial Example(s):  Goose Island Hex Nut Brown

Cerveza Negra

Cerveza Oscura is a dark Mexican-style lager brewed with yeast from Mexico. We also added 50 lbs of Piloncillo sugar & 7 lbs of Mexican chocolate for a unique flavor. Although dark this beer is not heavy and very drinkable

Style:  Dark Mexican Style-Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  5.00%
Color:  dark, deep red
Flavor:  sweet, slight chocolate
Aroma:  malty, sweet
Commercial Example(s):  Negra Modelo

Crazy Train

This is a rocked out and amped up English Double IPA is almost 10% abv. A melange of toffee caramel and sweet hops. You'll notice refreshing citrus notes as well. A very smooth to drink beer, but beware...you don't want to go off the rails of this crazy train.

Style:  Imperial English IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  9.60%
Color:  copper haze
Flavor:  sweet citrus and toffee
Aroma:  floral fruit
Commercial Example(s):  

Czech Pils

The pilsner style of beer was first created in the town of Pilsen (no not in Chicago) in 1842. To brew a truly authentic Czech Pils we use traditionally floor-malted Bohemian malt, over 30 pounds of the classic pils hop "SAAZ", and perhaps most importantly, a true Czech lager yeast. Dominik Hasek would be proud! This a dee-licious and highly thirst quenching beer that pairs well with our classic pub food. Appreciated by craft beer aficianados as well as craft beer newbies.

Style:  *Czech Style Pils
Alcohol by Volume:  4.50%
Color:  straw gold
Flavor:  clean, light malt
Aroma:  grassy
Commercial Example(s):  

Der Kommisar

Der Kommisar's in town uh-oh! A big hoppy version of our pilsner. Brewed with special German malsts and Czech hops, this beer has all the same flavors, a hop bitterness and crisp clean malt taste, but with the volume cranked up. NOT for girly men..or girly girls. .

Style:  Imperial Pilsner
Alcohol by Volume:  8.80%
Color:  Gold
Flavor:  crisp, clean
Aroma:  spicy
Commercial Example(s):  really?

Dog Days of Summer

This is a very light pale ale hopped only with crystal hops, which provide a floral, citrusy flavor. Our version of a "session" beer. This is a very easy beer to drink, and is a good introduction to hops.

Style:  Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  4.70%
Color:  blonde
Flavor:  floral, citrus
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  

Dunkel Lager

The Dunkel (German for dark) is a German-style lager that is reddish-brown in color. This brew is dark in color yet light in taste, mouthfeel and alcohol. The Dunkel contains notes of caramel and chocolate and has a crisp clean finish.

Style:  German-style Dunkel Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  Clear, reddish-brown
Flavor:  Malty (chocolate & caramel)
Aroma:  Malty (chocolate & caramel)
Commercial Example(s):  Beck's Dark

Dusseldorf Brown

This German-style Alt is a brownish ale. The subtle hop aroma and flavor of this brew are created by the German hops utilized during the brewing process. In addition, notes of caramel can be detected in the flavor. This brew is similar to our Kolsch in that if finishes like most lagers, crisp and dry.

Style:  German-style Alt Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  Clear, copper
Flavor:  Subtle hop character & malty caramel
Aroma:  subtle hop
Commercial Example(s):  Killians Red

ESB

There's bitter, and then there's extra special bitter. This complex, copper-hued ale has a firm hop structure and is well suited to cask conditioning. Known as the favorite brew of four young lads from Liverpool. Also available on cask conditioned, talk about an authentic bitter. Super drinkable!

Style:  English Style Bitter
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  Light Copper
Flavor:  Soft malt, mild bitter
Aroma:  Hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  Fuller ESB, Bass Ale

Extra Sout Porter

The most popular beer in 1750's London. A strong porter was called an extra stout porter. Eventually this style bcame known simply as stout. There ends the history lesson, now taste a little history. Similar to Little Fort Porter but stronger. Rich, chocolate flavour.

Style:  Porter
Alcohol by Volume:  6.52%
Color:  Black
Flavor:  chocolate with some roast
Aroma:  chocolate malted milk balls
Commercial Example(s):  Sam Adam's Porter

Fifth O'Rye Stout

This brew is similar to our Oatmeal stout except we substit rye for oatmeal giving this beer a slightly spicier flavor. Fifth of Rye is of course carbonated with nitrogen for that tell-tale cascade and creamy head.

Style:  American Style Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  5.80%
Color:  black
Flavor:  malty
Aroma:  malty
Commercial Example(s):  

Fifth of Rye

Fifth of rye is an ale that is brewed with both malted barley and rye. Rye is often used in bread and whiskey making. It imparts a pleasant spicy flavor. Very popular with pirates. YYYYAARRRR!!!

Style:  Rye Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.40%
Color:  Pale Red
Flavor:  Rye
Aroma:  Spicy, grain
Commercial Example(s):  

Finn's Mex Cerveza

A very pale, light bodied beer brewed with Mexican lager yeast. This beer has just enough hop to quench a thirst on a hot day. Served with a slice of lime. Served in a 16oz pilsner glass. For sure one of our most popular brews. Also, great for micro-brew newcombers.

Style:  Mexican Style Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  4.60%
Color:  Clear, pale yellow
Flavor:  Crisp, clean
Aroma:  Crisp, clean
Commercial Example(s):  Corona, Modelo

Four Dogs

Our Munich-style dark lager is brewed with traditional German malts to produce a deep ruby red colored beer. Malty, not bitter, this beer has hints of chocolate and caramel-like sweetness that finish clean and refreshing. Served in a 22oz mug, raise your glass and shout Prost!

Style:  Munich-style dark lager
Alcohol by Volume:  6.00%
Color:  Garnet Red
Flavor:  Malty, slight caramel
Aroma:  Malty
Commercial Example(s):  

Gudendark Dunkel-Weizen

Gudendark is our slightly darker version of the ever popular Hefe-Weizen. Just as refreshing as the Hefe, the Dunkel is darker in color with hints of caramel and chocolate malt. But unlike Hefe, it won't be around long, so come on in. Served in a 22oz Weiss glass brah. Sorry no lemon.

Style:  German Dunkel-Weizen
Alcohol by Volume:  4.50%
Color:  chestnut brown
Flavor:  caramel and chocolate
Aroma:  caramel and chocolate
Commercial Example(s):  

Gudenteit Hefeweizen

Our most popular spring/summer beer,Hefe is a German-style wheat ale brewed with 60% wheat malt and 40% malted barley. This brew is one of our most popular and has won several awards. The Hefe is unfiltered, allowing yeast to remain in suspension, which creates a hazy appearance. Served in a 22oz glass. This is a very unique beer with a light fruit, with a hint of banana/clove/vanilla. Even non beer drinkers have been known to love this beer. Tastes like summer in a glass!

Style:  German-style Hefe Weizen
Alcohol by Volume:  5.50%
Color:  Hazy , yellow to gold
Flavor:  spicy, fruity(banana) & vanilla
Aroma:  spicy, fruity(banana) & vanlilla
Commercial Example(s):  Hacker Pschor

Hackett Irish Stout

Named after long time friend and Irishman, the Hackett name represents hard work, good humor, hard drinking, and honest livin'. This brew is an Irish-style dry stout with notes of dry roastiness and chocolate. The stout has a dry finish as compared to the sweetness of the oatmeal stout. This beer is always injected with nitrogen gas creating a cascade effect, a thinker head, and creamier mouth feel. If you like Guinness, you'll love our Irish Stout!

Style:  Irish Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  5.70%
Color:  Clear, black
Flavor:  Dry, roasted, chocolate
Aroma:  Malty (Roasted Chocolate)
Commercial Example(s):  Guinness & Beamish

Hammer of the Gods

In collaboration with Lunar Brewing Co. in Villa Park, this is new style of beer currently gaining popularity among brewers. Basically a barley wine made with wheat instead of barley. A sweet, strong ale made with almost 1000 pounds of wheat malt. Get Hammered.

Style:  Wheat Wine
Alcohol by Volume:  8.50%
Color:  pale gold
Flavor:  sweet, graham cracker
Aroma:  cereal, fruity
Commercial Example(s):  

Helles Bells

Helles Bells is a German-style lager that is very light in color and low in alcohol. This brew is well balanced with a crisp and clean aroma and flavor. The Hopgarden is effervescent and refreshing on the palate. If your a fan of lighter beers, you'll love the Helles.

Style:   German Style lager
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  clear, yellow
Flavor:  crisp and clean
Aroma:  crisp and clean
Commercial Example(s):  

Hopgarden Helles

The Hopgarden is a German-style lager that is very light in color and low in alcohol. This brew is well balanced with a crisp and clean aroma and flavor. The Hopgarden is effervescent and refreshing on the palate. If your a fan of lighter beers, you'll love the Helles.

Style:  German-style Helles Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  5.20%
Color:  Clear, pale yellow
Flavor:  Crisp and clean
Aroma:  crisp and clean
Commercial Example(s):  Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Coors Lite

Imperial Delusion

This beer is a Russian-style Imperial stout with an enormous body and mouth feel. The Imp D. is richer and much higher in alcohol than the oatmeal and Irish stouts. -Aged in a bourbon barrel.

Style:  Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  8.00%
Color:  Clear, black
Flavor:  Malty
Aroma:  Malty
Commercial Example(s):  Old Rasputin

Imperial Delusion

Richer than the oatmeal and Irish stout. A sippin' stout. Available for a very limited time only.

Style:  Russion-style Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  8.00%
Color:  clear, black
Flavor:  malty, whiskey
Aroma:  malty, whiskey
Commercial Example(s):  

Jaggery IPA (formerly RK's)

Jaggery IPA (on Cask) formerly R.K.'s IPA. The immense hoppy, citrus, and floral flavor of this beer is created by the American hops utilized during the brewing and fermenting process. 110 pounds of Indian jaggery (a raw palm sugar) was added to the kettle to lighten the body. So hoppy you can smell if from 2 blocks away. Dry hopped with Simcoe hops.

Style:  India Style Pale Ale (on cask conditioned)
Alcohol by Volume:  5.50%
Color:  Clear, copper
Flavor:  Very Hoppy (citrus), slightler bitter
Aroma:  hoppy, floral
Commercial Example(s):  Goose Island IPA, Dogfish IPA

Lap Dog Porter

A stronger, hoppier, and roastier version of porter. This recipe came from the winner of the Besley's Homebrew contest, David Reuters. He also helped us brew 10 barrel batch.

Style:  English
Alcohol by Volume:  5.70%
Color:  brownish black
Flavor:  roasty, malty but not too sweet
Aroma:  roasty
Commercial Example(s):  

Legspinner Barley Wine

This English-style strong ale begins with a full-bodied, sweet malt character and finishes with a nice hoppiness. A good after dinner beer. Served in a brandy snifter. Named after what it will do to your legs if you have more than two.

Style:  English Barley Wine Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  8.50%
Color:  Pale Gold
Flavor:  Sweet, slightly bitter
Aroma:  Fruity
Commercial Example(s):  

Litte Fort Porter

This brew is a British-style porter with notes of roastiness and rich chocolate character. The British variety of hops utilized during the brewing process is subdued by the dark malt. We've got it on nitro pour so it's really smooth.

Style:  British-style porter
Alcohol by Volume:  6.00%
Color:  Clear, dark brown
Flavor:  Malty (roasted chocolate)
Aroma:  Malty (roasted chocolate)
Commercial Example(s):  Anchor Porter

Little Finn's Cream Ale

Cream Ale is a style of beer created by older American Ale Breweries in the early 1900's to compete against the increasing popularity of lager beer. Although an ale, it has the lighter refreshing taste of a lager. We serve it like the old timers drank it, in a small tapper glass. This is the one beer to have if you're having more than one.

Style:  Cream Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.00%
Color:  very pale
Flavor:  refreshing, crisp
Aroma:  hop and fruit
Commercial Example(s):  Little Kings...of course

Marzen Madness

Velcome spring in the traditional German fashion with a Marzen or March beer. Named in honor of the NCAA Basketball Tourney. A crisp but malty lager that is very much like our Oktoberfest beer but not as heavy. Think Okt light.

Style:  Vienna/Marzen Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  5.60%
Color:  Copper
Flavor:  Biscuity, soft malt
Aroma:  Bread like
Commercial Example(s):  

Matt's Hop Slap IPA

A dry, west coast style IPA which allows the full flavor of the American Grown Horizon, Centennial and Amarillo Hops to shine through. Not as bitter as one might expect but definitley delivers a big "hop slap" to the face with flavor. Drink it like the surfers do, with pizza or a burger. If you like this beer look out for our 11%abv Imperial IPA in Feb 2011

Style:  American IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  5.60%
Color:  light copper
Flavor:  hoppy, floral, citrus
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  Sierra Nevada'sh

McFinn's Wee Heavy

The Wee Heavy is a Scottish-style ale with an intense maltiness. The dark malts used during the brewing process impart a heavy smoke, toffee-like character. Served in a huge 18oz schooner. A grrrrreat fookin beerrr! On tap mid November. Drrrink your beer. Drrrrrrrrrink it.

Style:  Scottish Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  8.00%
Color:  Clear, dark brown
Flavor:  Malty (smoky, toffee, caramel)
Aroma:  Malty (smokey, caramel)
Commercial Example(s):  Sam Adams Scotch Ale

Merry Monk Dubbel

This tawny-dark Belgian-style ale was made famous by the Trappist monks that still brew it today. This beer is blessed with a spicy aroma and a mellow malt flavor. I almost failed my Drug Use in American Society class in college because of this beer, and it was worth it(Thanks Flietz RIP buddy)! Served in a 16oz snifter. Ages for 6 months in a Maker's Mark bourbon barrel!

Style:  Belgian dark ale
Alcohol by Volume:  7.60%
Color:  Tawny
Flavor:  caramel, raisins
Aroma:  Spicy
Commercial Example(s):  

Mickey Finn's Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest is a German-style lager that is copper in color. This brew is put on tap in mid-September to commemorate the Oktoberfest celebration in Germany. The Oktoberfest is medium-bodied, malty, crisp, clean and very easy to drink.

Style:  German-style Oktoberfest lager
Alcohol by Volume:  6.00%
Color:  Clear, copper
Flavor:  Crisp, Clean & Malty
Aroma:  malty
Commercial Example(s):  Spaten Oktoberfest

Misty Mountain Hop

Massively hopped using Goldings and Fuggles hops. LZ IV Side 2 , track one.

Style:  English IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  5.50%
Color:  golden
Flavor:  citrus, hops
Aroma:  hops
Commercial Example(s):  

Mutha's Milk Stout

A new addition to the Mickey Finn's beer portfolio, this stout has a sweet, creamy flavor due to the milk (lactose) sugar used during brewing. Full bodied, a meal in a glass.

Style:  Milk Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  5.00%
Color:  black
Flavor:  malty, creamy
Aroma:  stouty
Commercial Example(s):  

Old #38

Mickey Finn's welcomes this guest stout produced by the North Coast Brewing Co. out of California. #38 is a smooth, firm bodied stout with toasted character of coffee notes and roasted barley.

Style:  Dublin Dry Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  5.50%
Color:  noir
Flavor:  chocolate, coffee,
Aroma:  roasty
Commercial Example(s):  

Old Trafford Mild Ale

A smooth, creamy ale with flavors of chocolate mousse and nutella. Mild originated in Northern Englan where coal miners wanted a lighter bodied beer that still had flavor. Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United

Style:  English Mild Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  3.70%
Color:  Brown
Flavor:  cocoa, toasty
Aroma:  chocolate milk balls
Commercial Example(s):  Newcastle Brown

Paint It Black

An emerging new style of American craft IPA. An intriguing blend of dark roasted flavors with an immense hop profile. We used 5 different hop varieties including 13lbs of whole leaf "Warrior" in our hopback. Luvely says Keef!

Style:  *American Style Black IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  5.60%
Color:  black
Flavor:  roasty,hoppy
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  

Pineapple Express

Tropical fruit salad hop aromas burst from the glass, followed by a luscious sweet malt flavor on the tongue. An outrageous quantity of hops was used in this ale, predominantly of the Liberty variety. Dry hopped with Citra. No pineapples were harmed during the production of this beer. And yes, it is that strong.

Style:   Double IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  10.00%
Color:  pale
Flavor:  hop, and more hop, citrus, floral
Aroma:  floral
Commercial Example(s):  

Pineapple Junior

Singe IPA version of our popular Double IPA. Also this year's Illinois Craft Brewery Guild Replicale project. Lots of citrus and hops. Higher abv too.

Style:  IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  7.90%
Color:  golden
Flavor:  hop, citrus
Aroma:  floral, fruity
Commercial Example(s):  

Pint O' Porridge

An American-style oatmeal stout with notes of roastiness, chocolate and oatmeal character. Unlike our other stouts, the Five Springs is sweeter due to the oat flakes used during the brewing process. P.O.P is always injected with nitrogen gas creating a cascade effect, a thinker head, and screamier mouth feel.

Style:  Oatmeal Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  5.80%
Color:  Clear, Black
Flavor:  Malty (chocolate, oatmeal)
Aroma:  Malty
Commercial Example(s):  Guinness & Beamish

Q-Dog Pale Ale

Our same hoppy pale ale, but carbonated with nitrogen. The hoppy citrus and floral aroma and flavor of this beer are created by the American hops utilized during the brewing process. In addition, slight notes of caramel can be detected in the flavor.Not enough O's in smooth to describe it. Thick head and a creamy finish. This is one of Brian's favorite beers. A good football watching beer, and by football I mean soccer. Named after a nice big head sustaining head.

Style:  American Pale Ale Nitro
Alcohol by Volume:  5.60%
Color:  light copper
Flavor:  hoppy (citrus and floral)
Aroma:  same
Commercial Example(s):  Boddington's

Red Menace

An intensely hoppy double IPA with a strong warming malt flavor. A very special beer for a very special time of the year. This batch has been barrel aged in a Makers Mark barrel, to add subtle touches of whiskey and oak to this fabulous beer. Served in a 12oz snifter.

Style:  Imperial Red Double IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  90.00%
Color:  Deep Garnet
Flavor:  Hop, caramel, whiskey
Aroma:  Hoppy
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Rudolph's Red Ale

This holiday beer is a Belgian-style saison (season). Described in a sentence...sweet strawberry jam spread on lightly toasted sourdough bread. It won't help you fly, but if you drink enough your nose may turn red.

Style:  Saison
Alcohol by Volume:  5.00%
Color:  cloudy
Flavor:  citrus, herb earthy, tart
Aroma:  hop, orange
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Rudolph's Winterfest Red Lager

German-style lager that is dark copper in color. This brew is put on tap in early-December to commemorate the Christmas holiday in Germany. This medium-bodied, malty, clean and easy to drink. Served in a huge 23oz glass.

Style:  Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  5.40%
Color:  copper
Flavor:  clean, malty
Aroma:  malty, sweet
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Rye Stout

This brew is similar to our oatmeal stout except we substituted rye for oatmeal giving this beer a slightly spicier flavor. The Rye is of course carbonated with nitrogen for that tell-tale cascade and creamy head.

Style:  American-style stout
Alcohol by Volume:  5.80%
Color:  Clear, black
Flavor:  malty
Aroma:  malty
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Scapegoat Maibock

The Maibock is a German-style lager that is brewed to be served during the month of May. A lot of grain is used in the production of bock beers which creates maltiness and a higher percentage of alcohol. Pretty drinkable, with a crisp slight hop finish. Don't miss the blessing of the bock!

Style:  German-style Maibock lager
Alcohol by Volume:  7.00%
Color:  Clear, Deep gold and orange
Flavor:  Crisp, clean, malty
Aroma:  Crisp, clean, malty
Commercial Example(s):  Spaten Maibock

Smoked Porter

This version of our extra stout porter uses malt from Wisconsin smoked over cherry wood. The smokey flavor conjures up images of other smoked foods namely bacon and ham but no, we did not add bacon to the beer (but not a terrible idea not that I think about it)! The flavor goes especially well with dard, rich ales like this porter. Enjoy.

Style:  British-Style Porter
Alcohol by Volume:  4.60%
Color:  black
Flavor:  chocolate and roast
Aroma:  bbq
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Southern Hemisphere Aussie Pale

Finally a "home brew" from our Australian brewer Greg Browne. This new pale ale is brewed with 33lbs of Galaxy 5 hops, straight from Tasmania, and a yeast strain from Cooper's Brewery in Australia. A different pale ale with a unique hop character from a different kind of brewer with lots of character. Served in a special very hi-end Aussie glass...

Style:  Australian Pale Ale Nitro Pour
Alcohol by Volume:  4.90%
Color:  Gold
Flavor:  hoppym fruity
Aroma:  hoppy
Commercial Example(s):  Cooper's Sparkling Ale

St. Pat's Irish Ale

Named after both the patron saint of Ireland, and the patron saint of Mickey Finn's (Pat Elmquest, whose birthday is March 17th), this beer is brewed only once a year. Nice balance between the hops and malt. It get's it's reddish color from a small amount of roasted barley. Very drinkable. Of course it is, it's Irish in origin.

Style:  Irish Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.00%
Color:  copper
Flavor:  nice balance of malt and hop
Aroma:  fruity, light malt
Commercial Example(s):  Killian's Red

Valkryie Pilsner

We brew our Pilsner using specialty German malts ($$) and Czech hops ($$$$-stupid weak dollar!). the color of the this beer is very pale yellow and has the aroma of fresh Saaz hops. The flavor of the beer is that of a hop bitterness and crisp, clean malt taste. Because this beer is a lager as opposed to an ale, it has a very clean taste and crisp finish (won't tast any yeast here). One of our best and most popular beers, so don't wait or it'll be gone daddy gone!This batch is more hoppy than previous batches, due to the fact the hops were given to us (I love that). Also named after one of our favorite German's Claus von Stauffenberg, who most know tried to kill Hitler during WW Eye Eye.

Style:  German-style Lager
Alcohol by Volume:  4.60%
Color:  pale yellow
Flavor:  hop, floral
Aroma:  grassy, spicy
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Verboom Belgian Pale Ale

In Belgium, even the supermodels drink good beer. This Belgian inspired pale ale uses the U.S. hop variety Summit which is known for a spicy,citrus character. We also employed a Belgian ale yeast further adding to the spice notes. Oh, and the model is Hanna Veboom. On nitro pour too.

Style:  Belgian-American Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  5.30%
Color:  light
Flavor:  citrus/floral and malty
Aroma:  hoppy - citrus
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Weihnachts

Weihnachts (German for Christmas) holiday brew is a richer, more powerful version of our Dunkel-Weizen. Sweeter and maltier than the Hefe, the weiss bock is darker in color with hints of caramel and chocoalate. Would even warm the Snow Miser!

Style:  German-style Weissbock
Alcohol by Volume:  8.00%
Color:  Hazy, dark reddish brown
Flavor:  Banana, clove, chocolate
Aroma:  banana, chocolate
Commercial Example(s):  Schaefer and Sons Aventinus

WIIL Rock Doppelbock

The Doppelbock is a German-style lager. Named in honor of the Tom and Lisa/Emily 95.1 WIIL Rock morning show, who have broadcasted live here for the past 8 years on St. Paddy's Day, and drank their fare share on air. A lot of grain is used in the production of bock beers which creates maltiness and a higher percentage of alcohol. The Doppelbock is a little darker than the Maibock and contain notes of chocolate in the flavor. Go easy on this beer it sneaks up on you. Tom never does and let me tell you it never ends well.

Style:  German Doppelbock
Alcohol by Volume:  7.20%
Color:  Clear, reddish-brown
Flavor:  Crisp, clean, malty (chocolate)
Aroma:  malty
Commercial Example(s):  Paulander Salvator Doppelbock