Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Company and Dark Matter Coffee have a threesome with 18th Street Brewery.

Review by: Kevin Sterne

Pipeworks Brewing Company and Dark Matter Coffee are two institutions of experimentation in Chicago, consistently twisting tongues and bending palates with S’mores and Chile flavored lagers and hop-infused roasters, respectfully. The two cross pollinate the other’s nectar on many occasions; DM releases beans aged in Pipeworks barrels during holidays. In turn Pipeworks has brewed several coffee-forward beers: Dark Matter Machine Coffee Cream Ale and Grand Guignol: Act Two Oatmeal Stout.

For their latest sexual intermingling, they invited a third party, 18th Street Brewery. The child of this threesome—Attack of the Devil’s Lettuce, whose name and artwork alone raise expectations as high as a Wicker Park hipster’s brow. ADL is ultra-dank, coffee-infused imperial IPA that leaves the tongue pulsating from so much flavor arousal.


My tongue felt how my brain does when heavily caffeinated. I was wired to everything. And with so much going on in this beer, the stimulation can be a bit overwhelming. But I’ll break it down in simple terms:

• Look: No filtering leaves this golden child hazy and deep amber.
• Smell: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee. Some hops, a bit of malt. But mostly Coffee, Coffee, Coffee.
• Taste: A tome of flavor. Coffee in the front accented by tones of peppercorn, lemon, orange peel. The Sorachi Ace hops lend intense Earthy flavors, giving the swallow a pucker of vegetables plucked from the soil—maybe lettuce? This makes for a flavor clash that’s difficult to reconcile.
• Feel: Big and bulbous, with noticeable alcohol.
• Overall: The bomber size demands two mouths. Full disclosure: I didn’t finish the whole thing, there too many flavors fighting for attention, making the drink experience more taste chore than drinkation.

While this three-pronged sexual conquest may have resulted in some tainted birth flued, this is by no means a bad brew. There’s a lot for the tongue to touch, and if you can get your slimy paws on it, pick up the Brain Tentacles and Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce record to stimulate your audio nodes in conjunction. A droning chamber of bass, sax and metal darkness pulled from the murky pools of Lou Reed’s long ago Berlin. Stir the brew and the tunes in a cauldron and puff on your devil’s lettuce. Now THAT is a sensory orgasm.

Kevin Sterne is a writer and journalist based in Chicago, the editor of LeFawn Magazine. Apart from Shuga Records, he’s written about beer and music for Mash Tun Journal, The Tangential and Substream Magazine. His creative fiction has appeared in Drunk Monkeys, Potluck Mag, Defenestration, Praxis Magazine, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and Word Eater, among many others.
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New Vinyl Releases 1/27/2017



  • Advent – Pain & Sufferage (4 Track EP)
  • Alabama 3 – The Last Train to Mashville Vol. 2 (Colored Vinyl)
  • Alabama 3 – Exile on Goldharbour Lane (Colored Vinyl)
  • Alabama 3 – M.O.R. (Colored Vinyl)
  • Alabama 3 – La Peste (Colored Vinyl)
  • Alabama 3 – Outlaw (Colored Vinyl)
  • Alabama 3 – Power in the Blood (Colored Vinyl)
  • Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning (20th Anniversary Pressing)
  • Alkaline Trio – From Here to Infirmary (20th Anniversary Pressing)
  • Alkaline Trio – Crimson (20th Anniversary Pressing)
  • Anciients – Heart Of Oak (Opaque Purple vinyl, limited to 350)
  • Animal Collective – Here Comes The Indian (Limited Edition Reissue)
  • The Avalanches – Since I Left You (Limited Edition ‘Indie Exclusive’ on Blue Vinyl)
  • Blind Melon – Soup (Limited Edition Reissue)
  • Blink 182 – Chesire Cat (Limited Edition Blue vinyl audiophile pressing)
  • Johnny Cash – All Aboard The Blue Train
  • Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool EP
  • Vic Chesnutt – Little
  • Allison Crutchfield – Tourist In This Town
  • Delicate Steve – This Is Steve (45 RPM)
  • Denzel Curry – Imperial
  • The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy (45RPM Black vinyl, limited to 350)
  • Hour of Penance – Cast The First Stone (Limited Edition Camo Green vinyl)
  • Howlin’ Wolf – Best Of The Sun Records Sessions
  • Alicia Keys – Here
  • Kreator –Gods of Violence (Dark Red Black Colored vinyl)
  • Motorhead – Bad Magic (Picture Disc, Limited to 5000)
  • Opeth – Morningrise (White vinyl Reissue)
  • Opeth – My Arms Your Hearse (Trans-Clear vinyl Reissue)
  • Opeth – Orchid (Trans-Pink vinyl Reissue)
  • Panda Bear – Young Prayer
  • Mike Patton – Mondo Crane
  • Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite
  • Sleater-Kinney – Live In Paris (Loser Edition and Standard Pressings available)
  • Soundtrack – Beauty And the Beast (Picture Disc)
  • Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler
  • Taake – Noregs Vaapen
  • Fred Thomas – Changer (Limited Edition Yellow vinyl)
  • T.S.O.L. – The Trigger Complex (Limited Edition Clear vinyl)
  • Frank Turner – Sleep is for the Week (10th Anniversary Reissue)
  • Weyes Blood & Ariel Pink – Tears On Fire (Limited to 2500)
  • Yabby You – Beware Dub


NE-HI – ‘Offers’ (Shuga Exclusive on Clear Vinyl, Limited to 200)


Thundercat – ‘Drunk’ (4 x 10″ Boxset on Red Colored Vinyl)

Thundercat - Drunk - Front & Back Cover


New Vinyl 12/22/16


  • A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service
  • Blink 182 – Dude Ranch (Red Vinyl Gatefold Reissue)
  • The Cell Phones – No (Chicago, IL Punk! on Translucent Red vinyl)
  • GTA – Good Times Ahead
  • Massive Attack – Blue Lines
  • Massive Attack – Protection
  • Massive Attack – No Protection
  • Soundtrack / Johnann Johannson – Arrival

Not a huge week in releases BUT a huge week in restocking the floor! Make sure to check the website for a live look at our instore inventory! WWW.SHUGARECORDS.COM



New Vinyl 12/2/2016

  •  Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
  • Beck – Sea Change
  • Boston – S/T (40th Anniversary Picture Disc)
  • Kate Bush – Before The Dawn (4LP Deluxe Boxset from 2014 Live Performance with 24 Page Booklet)
  • Bring Me The Horizon – Count Your Blessings
  • Bring Me The Horizon – Suicide Season
  • Bring Me The Horizon – There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven Let’s Keep It A Secret.
  • Bring Me The Horizon – This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For
  • Enslaved – Vikingligr
  • Fergie – The Dutchess
  • Hollow Earth – Dead Planet (Sea-Foam Haze vinyl, limited to 200)
  • Jacuzzi Boys – Ping Pong
  • Jim Jefferies – Bare
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together
  • The Magnetic Fields – The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees
  • M.I.A – AIM
  • Outkast – ATLiens (20th Anniversary Picture Disc)
  • Pink Floyd – Animals
  • Pumerosa – S/T
  • The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome (all Covers!)
  • Run DMC – Raising Hell (30th Anniversary Picture Disc)
  • Saint Motel – saintmotelevision
  • Soundtrack – Broad City (yellow vinyl)
  • Frank Turner – Campfire Punk Rock (10th Anniversary EP on clear vinyl)
  • Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface Live (3LP Picture Disc)
  • Winterfylleth – Dark Hereafter



New Vinyl 10/28/2016


  • Acid Arab – Musique De France
  • Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper / Very Best Of (Deluxe 2LP Blue vinyl)
  • Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (2LP Pink Vinyl)***
  • CRX – New Skin
  • Deep Valley – Femejism (Limited Edition Colored Vinyl)
  • Drake – Views
  • Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  • Drake & Future – What A Time To Be Alive
  • Empire Of The Sun – Two Vines
  • Foreign Fields – Take Cover
  • Frank Iero & The Patience – Parachutes
  • Philip Glass / Kronos Quartet – Dracula
  • Gorguts – Colored Sands (Clear Vinyl w/Orange Splatter, limited to 500!)
  • Klangstof – Close Eyes To Exit
  • Maxwell – BLACKsummer’snight (Limited Edition Colored Vinyl Reissue)
  • Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite (20th Anniversary Limited Gold Vinyl)
  • Muuy Biien – Age Of Uncertainty
  • Original Score / Kyle Dixon & Micheal Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1 (Limited Clear or Clear Black Smoke Colored Vinyl)
  • Pretenders – Alone
  • Prins Thomas – C Remixed (2×12″)
  • Serpentine Dominion – S/T  (Red/Black Marble vinyl, limited to 250!)
  • Serpentine Dominion – S/T  (Grey/Green Marble vinyl, limited to 250!)
  • She & Him – Christmas Party
  • Soft Hair (Connan Mockasin + Sam Dust) – S/T ***
  • Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
  • Testament – Brotherhood of The Snake (Limited Edition Bone-Colored vinyl)
  • Votaries – Psychometry***
  • Weezer – The Blue Album (Limited Edition 2LP Deluxe Audiophile Blue Vinyl, Individually Numbered with Gold Stamp)
  • Weezer – The Blue Album
  • Weezer – Pinkerton
  • Weezer – The Green Album
  • Weezer – Maladroit
  • Weezer – Make Believe
  • Weezer – The Red Album

***HIGHly Recommended Albums

strangerthingsIn conjunction with the release of the Stranger Things Soundtrack on vinyl, Shuga will be hosting a show-worship Listening Party! There will be a costume contest (Halloween or your on-hand ST cos-play accepted), we’ll have a Dungeons & Dragons set-up from our pals over at Cat & Mouse Game Store, and there will even be an Eggo Waffle bar ALL happening while we blast the new record! So stop in and choose the colorway variant that suits your level of nerdery and hang for the party!