Craft Beer Tasting with Peterson's Newest Beer Expert and Buyer!

Saturday, March 5: 1-5pm @ Peterson's Chicago Avenue- FREE TASTING

With an exploding beer market across the nation, it has never been more important to stay current with new and rare finds in the marketplace. As of February 1st, long-time Peterson's manager and beer connoisseur, Andrew Gehlhausen, will be taking charge of our beer inventory and making sure we have the best to offer customers. Join us this Saturday, March 5th, 1-5pm at our Chicago Avenue store and taste some of Andrew's favorite finds! As an added bonus, customers spending $20 or more at this tasting will be entered into our beer raffle for a bottle of Arcadia Barrel Aged Shipwrecked which retails at $8.99. As an added bonus, customers spending $20 or more at this tasting will be entered into our beer raffle for a bottle of Arcadia Barrel Aged Shipwrecked which retails at $8.99.

Allagash Saison, $10.99/4pk – A classic style from a classic brewery, the Saison was the second beer I tasted by Allagash and it immediately went down as one of my favorite all around beers. It is refreshing and bright, yet floral and spice aromas give it complexity. This makes it perfect for summer days OR nights. I have turned a number of people onto craft beer by having them try both this and Allagash White.

Off Color Apex Predator, $9.99/4pk – Clean and almost sweetly fruity, with a light background hoppiness that makes this beer extremely pleasant to drink. Another spectacular beer for beginners, or for trying to get hop heads to try something new.

Clown Shoes Galactica IPA, $9.99/4pk – The first beer I tried from Clown Shoes and still my favorite from them. Resinously dank hoppiness smacks you in the face initially but great malt balance prevent this beer from being a total hop bomb, which is exactly what I like out of an IPA. Hopped with Galaxy hops which are the hop varietal I consistently like most.

Smuttynose Finestkind IPA, $9.99/6pk – More approachable and perhaps a bit lighter than Galactica, but still complex and wonderful. I think this beer is an outstanding beer for being out in the wilderness camping, or sitting around a fire with friends.

Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, $13.99/4pk – Contrasting Finestkind, I made the mistake of drinking one too many of these while camping once, but it’s just so hard to say no to. Dangerously delicious, this beer will kick your butt, and you won’t even care cause there’s so much going on – bitter hop, sweet malt, and a vague nutty background characteristic that make this beer prodigious.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA, $10.99/4pk – My favorite aspect of this Imperial IPA is how incredibly balanced it is. With a brilliant malt backbone to hold up all the resinous hops, this beer is one I view as a default: if you say you’re a craft beer drinker, you should be able to say you’ve tried this beer.

Founders Porter, $9.99/6pk – Founders consistently puts together great beers, whether unique or every day drinkers, they almost always hit the nail on the head. This porter is no exception, with a rich and smooth mouthfeel and awesome notes of chocolate and coffee, with just enough hop character to even everything out.

Bell’s Expedition Stout, $15.99/6pk – Just as with the DFH 90 Minute for Imperial IPAs, this beer, to me, is a default Imperial Stout. I really think this is the most consistently well-crafted beers, vintage after vintage. Eminently ageable, I currently have some 2014s and 2015s at home myself, and have tried back as far as 2012. Spectacular every single time.


*RAFFLE BEER* Arcadia Barrel Aged Shipwrecked, $8.99/12oz Bottle - The Baltic-style porter has a robust malt character and a slight herbal hop bitterness. Aged for 12 months in 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, this alluring dark liquid features appealing undertones of vanilla, oak, cocoa and coffee. The aging occurs in abandoned mines in Michigan, at a constant temperature of 45F.


Taste the 'Top 10' Best Selling Wines of 2015 this Weekend!
Friday, January 22: 4-8pm @ Peterson's Main St. store (Downtown Naperville)
Saturday, January 23: 1-5pm @ Peterson's Gartner Rd. and Chicago Ave. stores.

Check out the 'Top 10' Best Sellers of 2015 HERE! 

Each January, we kick off the New Year with a tasting of our prior year's BEST selling wines. This weekend, all three of our stores will be featuring their very own 'Top 10', based on number of bottles sold, per store location. This two day event starts tonight at our Main street store featuring ten of their most popular wines from 2015. Tomorrow, the fun continues at our Chicago Avenue and Gartner Road stores revealing and tasting their own 'Top 10' best sellers from the year. As always, this is a free tasting and all the wines featured this weekend will be on sale with incredible volume discounts!

10% off 1-5 bottles * 15% off 6-11 bottles * 20% off 12+ bottles

The Fine Print: Wines may be mixed and matched from all three featured 'Top 10' lists to achieve volume discounts. No other discounts apply. Special discounting applies only to 'Top 10' featured wines. Special pricing ends Jan. 26, 2016.




It's no secret that the boom in craft and artisan spirits is on the rise and as consumers, we're benefiting from it. As a retailer, it is our job to bring these amazing products to the shelf and educate our customers on the background and stories of how, where and why these spirits came to fruition. In just a few short weeks, Peterson's will be hosting a two-day tasting series with Master Mixologists from Winebow and Legacy Spirits as they unfold the stories of each. Our mixologists will showcase a unique set of products each day from these award-winning distilleries all around the world.

Friday, December 4: 5-8pm@ Peterson’s Chicago Avenue store

High West is a craft distillery from Park City, Utah that specializes in rare whiskies.

Kinahan’s Irish Whiskey was founded in 1779 in Dublin, Ireland. Kinahan’s has made it their mission to bring back the Irish-Whiskey movement and following their original famous recipe.

Long Island Spirits is the first distillery on Long Island. Known for their vodka’s, they recently began creating head-turning darker spirits such as the Rough Rider, a high-rye, straight bourbon.

Tullibardine is one of the oldest brewers and scotch distillers of Scotland.  It was at Tullibardine in 1488, that the young King James the 4th of Scotland stopped on his way to his coronation, to purchase beer from the local brewery making it the first publically recorded purchase of an alcoholic beverage in the nation.
Jacob Rieger & Company was founded in 1887 in Kansas City. The brand offered over 100 products and maintained a quarter of a million unique customers by offering mail-order delivery services. In 1919, Prohibition was enacted which temporarily put a hold on production. 95 years later, Jacob Rieger & Co. is back!

BroVo is a line of “lady made liqueurs” from Seattle, Washington. They’re lightly proofed and very lightly sweetened botanical liqueurs. They’re low-calorie, challenging and complex on the palate, and craft-produced at a local level.


Saturday, December 5: 1-5pm @ Peterson’s Gartner Road store

Koval Distillery of Chicago, Illinois, creates organic spirits from scratch and is known for their signature whiskey style- using only the "heart" cut of the distillate - affording a brighter, cleaner take on whiskey.

Breckenridge Distillery is not only the world’s highest distillery located in Breckenridge, Colorado, but these guys are producing, award-winning whiskey and vodka that has everyone in Colorado talking.

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum of St. Kitts Island in the Caribbean is hands down, the best rum we’ve tasted. Priced right and unprecedented high-quality, you can’t find better spiced, flavored or aged rums anywhere!

Blaum Brothers Distilling Co. is located in historic Galena, where they have earned the reputation of the #1 tourist attraction. Famous for their Lead Mine Moonshine, epic Gin and Vodka, this distillery has all of our customers talking.

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. of Dekalb, Illinois is known for their farmcrafted Corn Whiskey and Apple flavored Whiskey. Grown from the finest grain, handcrafted and distilled on their fifth generation family farm, this distillery is just a stone's throw away.