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An Interview with VITANI Bottled Cocktails Founders

An Interview with VITANI Bottled Cocktails Founders
If you’re a cocktail lover (which you should be) and you’ve been to any of the trendier lounges in Chicago lately, you’ve probably noticed them offering up house-bottled cocktails. They’re a unique way to serve drinks and they offer the added benefit of immediate gratification – no more waiting for your bartender to pour and... Read more »

Local Cideries for National Cider Month

Local Cideries for National Cider Month
If you live in the Midwest, you know that apple orchards and fall go hand in hand. In fact, they pair so well that October has been christened “National Cider Month” specifically to highlight the beautiful booze produced from using those orchard-fresh apples. For some, mass-produced ciders like Smith & Forge (a MillerCoors product), Johnny... Read more »

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Cocktails Abound

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Cocktails Abound
Summer is winding down, but there are still hot nights to be had. A crowd pleaser on those humid evenings of late has been Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, a 50/50 blend of hefeweizen and carbonated grapefruit juice. At 2.5% ABV, this is definitely an easy drinker for the “non-beer types” and it works as a fantastic mixer... Read more »
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Trumer Pils: Your New Summer Beer

Trumer Pils: Your New Summer Beer
If you’re like me, the first time you heard of “Trumer Pils” you probably envisioned another stereotypical European lager. Sadly, that’s exactly the reason I never gave it a try before now. And, truth be told, I’m actually a bit angry with myself about that. Though Trumer Pils was originally brewed in Austria, they’ve been... Read more »

Thatchers Green Goblin Cider Hits America

Thatchers Green Goblin Cider Hits America
Thatchers Green Goblin English Cider has finally hit the states! For those of you wondering why that matters, I’ll explain. Thatchers, founded in 1904, is one of the largest cider producers in the UK. Thatchers Gold is one of the most popular ciders across the pond and they own over 100k apple trees covering roughly... Read more »

River North Beer Fest 2015

River North Beer Fest 2015
The sun is out and that means it’s time for beer fests baby! Accordingly, the first annual River North Beer Fest is just over two weeks away. On Saturday, June 6th, thousands will converge on the River North locations of Moe’s Cantina and John Barleycorn for an afternoon of brews put on by ChicagoTwentySomething. Trust... Read more »
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An Interview with Bob Lesher: The Beard Behind The Beerded Beard Co.

An Interview with Bob Lesher: The Beard Behind The Beerded Beard Co.
Bob Lesher, a chemical engineer and Certified Cicerone™, is the beard behind The Beerded Beard Company. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to probe him on everything from where his interest in beer stems from to where he gets the hops for his hop-infused products. I have to say, Lesher’s HopSmacker Lip... Read more »

Hoppy Times is now Hoppy Times & Mixed Moments

Hoppy Times is now Hoppy Times & Mixed Moments
As lovers of libations, I’m sure you can agree with me when I say that our tastes change over time. We get tired of our favorite beers, or beer styles, and find ourselves gravitating towards something different entirely. Lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards craft cocktails more and more. Accordingly, Hoppy Times has turned into... Read more »

Introducing the Growler Collar

Introducing the Growler Collar
In a sea of burping bottle openers, ridiculous koozies and other worthless beer themed knick-knacks, the Growler Collar stands out as a truly useful tool. So very rarely do I find a new beer product that I actually want to use that I was almost dumb enough to overlook it. The Growler Collar serves a... Read more »
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New Glarus Brewing Co. - Our Neighbors to the North

New Glarus Brewing Co. - Our Neighbors to the North
I’ve written about New Glarus Brewing Co before and, in all likelihood, I’ll write about them again. You see, the Careys, Dan and Deb, have achieved an almost god-like status in the beer world. And rightfully so! The beer they put out is exceptional, to say the least. The regular lineup is filled with incredible... Read more »