Archive for 2013

New Years Eve Chicago Craft Beer Extravaganza

New Years Eve Chicago Craft Beer Extravaganza
If you’re a Chicago beer lover, you have to check out what I’m calling the New Years Eve Chicago Craft Beer Extravaganza. For just $75 a head, you can ring in 2014 with some of Chicago’s most loved breweries. Join Atlas, Begyle, Spiteful, Ale Syndicate, Slapshot, Flesk and Lake Effect  breweries for an open bar... Read more »

Use Tenacious Traveler in your Holiday Cocktails

Use Tenacious Traveler in your Holiday Cocktails
I’m a huge cocktail fan, so whenever the opportunity presents itself to use beer in cocktails I jump on it. What I’ve got for you is a list of seven wildly different cocktails you can make using Traveler Beer Company‘s “Tenacious Traveler.” The reason these cocktails are so awesome is that Tenacious Traveler is a... Read more »

Last Minute Craft Beer NYE Idea

Last Minute Craft Beer NYE Idea
Headquarters Beercade, at 2833 N. Sheffield, is definitely a place where you can ring in NYE a bit differently. Instead of bumping into everyone in a crowded club or sports bar, you can play arcade games and pinball machines while drinking great beer until the ball drops. A DJ will be spinning 80′s tracks all night... Read more »
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Woody's Smokin' Pitch - A Charitable Cocktail at Harry Caray's

Woody's Smokin' Pitch - A Charitable Cocktail at Harry Caray's
Retired Chicago Cub, Kerry Wood, is at it again and raising funds alongside Harry Caray’s to benefit low-income students in Chicago Public Schools. While “Woody’s Smokin’ Pitch” isn’t a beertail as you might imagine I would write about, it’s definitely a cocktail that you can feel good about indulging in. If you’re a fan of a... Read more »

Do Beer & Fitness Go Together?

Do Beer & Fitness Go Together?
The long and short of what I’ve learned over my four month hiatus from writing is that beer and fitness can go together, but it’s completely up to you to make it work. Unfortunately, as with most things, this is easier said than done. You see, I’ve never been a guy that has worried much... Read more »

Consistency is Key, but not how You might Think

Consistency is Key, but not how You might Think
Living in Chicago, a town that has embraced the craft beer scene as well as any, I’ve found that consistency is key. However, I don’t mean consistency in product, I mean consistency in creativity. In a time where craft brewers are producing the best beer in the history of mankind, I believe that many have... Read more »
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Beer Synonyms

Beer Synonyms
We’ve all got our own terms for the golden goodness, but I figured I would compile a list for the masses. Let me know if you’ve got any that I missed! Ale, Amber brew, Amber fluid, Barley Juice, Barley pop, Bomber, Brain Hammer, Brew, Brewdog, Brew-ha-ha, Brewski, Cerveza, Chugger’s Delight, Codswallop,Cold coffee, Cold one, Cold... Read more »

Smashburger Introduces Regional Brewery Pairings

Smashburger Introduces Regional Brewery Pairings
Last month, Smashburger, the iconic Denver-based burger chain, launched burger and beer pairings with regional brewers in 10 markets across the United States. As you might imagine, Goose Island was chosen to represent the Chicagoland area while similarly notable breweries like New Belgium, Six Point, Saint Arnold and Great Lakes were chosen for their respective... Read more »

Oberon Cake at Stout Barrel House and Galley

Oberon Cake at Stout Barrel House and Galley
If you’re a typical beer loving Midwesterner like me, Oberon day is a big deal. It signifies the coming of summer and the refreshing beers made just for the warmer months. Bell’s “Oberon” is a unique take on the wheat beer in that it packs a citrus punch alongside a slightly spicy hop profile. In... Read more »
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Anchor California Lager comes to IL

Anchor California Lager comes to IL
“Our first release of this historical brew was immensely popular with the public and also with our Anchor employees,” said Keith Greggor, CEO of Anchor Brewing Company.  “From day one, Anchor California Lager resonated with us not only because of its distinctive flavor, but also because of the rich brewing history that it celebrates.” In... Read more »