Kicking it at the Original Lagunitas in Petaluma, California

Kicking it at the Original Lagunitas in Petaluma, California
Most of Chicago’s craft beer loyalists are probably aware that the illustrious Lagunitas Brewing Company traces its roots back to a small city just north of San Francisco, but that little nugget of information will undoubtedly surprise plenty of casual drinkers. Indeed, the potent Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and tasty Lagunitas IPA you order so often... Read more »

Nebraska: Corn, Railroads, and Some Solid Breweries

Nebraska: Corn, Railroads, and Some Solid Breweries
A wedding celebration is usually a rousing experience, and attending one this past weekend in the faraway land of Lincoln, Nebraska was no exception. Though it was a busy affair — two road trips exceeding seven hours, catching up with friends and family, a rehearsal reception, some quick sightseeing, the ceremony itself and the reception... Read more »

Werk Force Brewing: A Standout in the Western Burbs

Werk Force Brewing: A Standout in the Western Burbs
A little over a week ago, we were on hand to witness Werk Force Brewing win both Gold and Silver medals in the coveted Fruit Beer category at the National Barrel-Aged Beer Competition during FOBAB 2018. A mere six days later you’d find us posted up in the Plainfield brewery’s just-over-one-year-old taproom, an assortment of... Read more »
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Recapping FOBAB 2018

Recapping FOBAB 2018
Saturday was a snowy-rainy-cold-gray-slushy day, but you wouldn’t want to spend a beautiful summer day indoors, shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of craft beer fanatics anyway, right? FOBAB 2018 lived up to its reputation, drawing a massive crowd that represented all walks of life. The air was thick with the aroma of hops and malts and booze,... Read more »

FoBAB First-Timer: What to Expect in 2018?

FoBAB First-Timer: What to Expect in 2018?
It’s cold. Yesterday, Chicago saw its first substantial snow of the season. Today, the sun will set at 4:29 p.m. For many of us, seasonal depression is already starting to chip away at our defenses. It’s only logical that the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (ICBG) chose to host the annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged... Read more »

My Pulse, My Lifeblood, My Darling: Macushla Brewing

My Pulse, My Lifeblood, My Darling: Macushla Brewing
What began as a Saturday afternoon trip from the city to the Chicago Botanic Garden in the northern burbs ended up as a mini brewery jaunt — Glenview’s Macushla Brewing being the first stop out of pure geographical convenience. Prior to Googling “nearby breweries,” we’d never even heard of Macushla, which added a little element... Read more »
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DryHop Brewers: A Seasoned Vet with Staying Power

DryHop Brewers: A Seasoned Vet with Staying Power
You won’t find it nestled among other taprooms within craft beer havens like the Chicago Brewing District or Malt Row, and it doesn’t occupy a commodious former warehouse or factory-style space like so many of its contemporaries. DryHop Brewers, founded in 2013, became a pillar of the local beer scene the old-fashioned way — meeting... Read more »

Chicago Brew Fests: Where the Beer Flows Like Wine

Chicago Brew Fests: Where the Beer Flows Like Wine
Summertime in Chicago. Tis the season in which, for some reason, the guilt you would usually feel after tipping a few beers too many nights in a row is conspicuous only in its absence. A valid excuse is never difficult to find. The weather’s gorgeous — I’ll have a beer. The Cubs are playing tonight... Read more »

Unearthing Tasty Taprooms in the North Woods

Unearthing Tasty Taprooms in the North Woods
Nearly a month has passed since I last chronicled a brewery visit, but I promise it’s not due to laziness; in reality, it’s been that long since I last ponied up at a previously unvisited Chicagoland taproom. A gap of that length is definitely unusual, but it doesn’t mean my palate has moved on from... Read more »
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It’s Always Beer O’Clock at Noon Whistle Brewing

It’s Always Beer O’Clock at Noon Whistle Brewing
After spending an enjoyable Father’s Day afternoon at Noon Whistle Brewing in west suburban Lombard, my curiosity — pertaining to the name of the establishment, specifically — led me to the old Google machine. To my surprise and delight, there is a fun little anecdote behind Noon Whistle’s name. As the story goes, the co-owner... Read more »