Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse
August 19
6—9:30 p.m.

Hops go in beer, right? Triple-hopped for maximum flavor? Turns out you can stick those dank little pine nuggets into a lot of things, including whiskey. Taste for yourself this Friday at Wigle Whiskey’s Hop Fest + Beer De-Brew, at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse in Troy Hill.

Just like their rabble-rousing namesake, Wigle went and tussled with the government over liquor laws—only this time it ended a lot more peaceably. Thanks to a new state law, limited distilleries like Wigle can now sell local beer on site. To celebrate, Wigle invited a trio of top-notch local breweries—Spoonwood, Grist House, and Hell Town—to pair their headiest IPAs with three of Wigle’s hopped whiskey cocktails.


How does one make a hopped whiskey? At Wigle, a rye whiskey is vapor-infused with fresh Chinook hops, then blended with a wheat whiskey in which three separate hop varieties were soaked.

Tickets to the event include samplings of all three cocktails and all three beers. Indie folk act Arlo Aldo, signed to Future Oak Record Co., will help set the mood with their lush vocal harmonies and finger-picked guitar work. And of course, there will be a food truck to-be-determined on location to help wash down all those IBUs.

There will be 750 ml and 375 ml bottles of Hopped Whiskey for purchase. They make a great thank you gift for the designated driver. Buy tickets.

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.