Best Gifts for Beer Lovers

You've probably heard of Das Boot, but not Das Horn. This is for the roguish types.

Available at dashorn.com for $24.99.
It’s that time of year again. You have to find something special and unique for the beer lover in your life. I’ve put together a short and sweet list of what I believe to be some of the beer related gifts out there. Take a look and let me know what you think. Cheers! Subscribe... Read more »

Founders Limited Releases

Founders Limited Releases
Founder’s Backstage Series beers are quite possibly some of the most sought after limited releases in the Midwest (or country for that matter!). Simply start name dropping some of the beers that have been in the lineup over the past couple years and I promise you beer aficionados will start salivating – Canadian Breakfast Stout,... Read more »

Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn
I have now had the chance to try out a few Innis & Gunn beers, and I can say that I’m excited that they’re available in the U.S. Hailing from Scotland, I&G has been putting out beer since 2003, yet they’ve just recently made the jump across the pond. The fact that they oak-age every one of their... Read more »
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IPA Day: Three Floyd's Blackheart

IPA Day: Three Floyd's Blackheart
IPA Day is a day to celebrate everything about the India Pale Ale…obviously. But, you have to admit that the IPA family has some members that don’t get nearly enough attention. Unless it says “Imperial” there are a lot of beer aficionados ignoring it these days…and that is nothing short of sad. So I want... Read more »

50 Best Craft Breweries in America

50 Best Craft Breweries in America
For the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to The Daily Meal’s Best Craft Breweries in America list. Last year, the list was only 25 breweries long, but this year, Jess Novak, The Daily Meal’s Drink Editor, decided to expand the list to 50. I was asked to nominate my Top 10 and,... Read more »

A Cruise of Blood, Sweat & Beers on the Seadog

A Cruise of Blood, Sweat & Beers on the Seadog
Select Thursdays through September 18th, Seadog Cruises and Hopothesis Beer Company are proud to present A Cruise of Blood, Sweat & Beers. For just $36.95, cruise-goers are immersed in Chicago’s architectural history while sipping on four different Hopothesis brews, including one specially made for drinking aboard the Seadog. The journey goes above and beyond typical... Read more »
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Sometimes Less is More

Sometimes Less is More
Have you ever tried to be all things to all people? What I’ve found over the past few months, is that you just end up being a mediocre version of what you could’ve been had you focused on less. I’m the VP of a PR firm, the owner of a personal training business and a... Read more »

Vice District Brewing Co. Pouring for the First Time Ever

Vice District Brewing Co. Pouring for the First Time Ever
Vice District Brewing Company will be pouring their beers in public for the first time ever at this Saturday’s West Loop Craft Beer Fest. Though the brewery and taproom isn’t slated to open until July, owners Curtis Tarver II and Quintin Cole, aren’t holding back on sharing their beer with Chicagoans. “We’ve chosen two of our... Read more »

Strongbow Discontinues Their Original Recipe

Strongbow Discontinues Their Original Recipe
For me, Strongbow has always been the “original” hard cider. It was around before most of the craft cideries that have sprouted throughout the U.S. over the past couple years and it was one of the originals to share half a pint glass with Guinness (aka the black velvet). So, it was quite surprising to... Read more »
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Owl's Brew

Owl's Brew
When it comes to things that are brewed, whether we’re talking about beer, coffee, or in this case, tea, quality is what it’s all about. With that in mind, Owl’s Brew has created tea-based mixers that make it as easy to whip up a high-end cocktail as it is to reach into the fridge and... Read more »
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