Unique and Exotic, Beer Under Glass Lives Up to the Hype

Unique and Exotic, Beer Under Glass Lives Up to the Hype
As we traversed the campus of the Garfield Park Conservatory during Friday night’s Beer Under Glass festival, there were a handful of occasions in which we stopped, looked around wide-eyed, and said simply, “what a great place to host a craft beer event.” Packed to the gills with rare, vibrant plant life and ponds teeming... Read more »

Beer Under Glass Ushers In Illinois Craft Beer Week

Beer Under Glass Ushers In Illinois Craft Beer Week
If the incessant rain has dampened your spirits, today’s launch of Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW) couldn’t be more opportune. Nothing like a week straight of sudsy indulgence to combat cloudy skies and wet commutes. Entering the biggest seven-day stretch for our state’s craft beer community, it’s only fitting that we experienced an explosion of... Read more »

Beer Lovers Make Themselves at Home at Wolfden Brewing

Beer Lovers Make Themselves at Home at Wolfden Brewing
If not for the signage and the wafting aroma of fermentation in progress, you’d never guess that a full-fledged brewery was thriving within the walls of the modest, two-story, 150-year-old house on the corner of Lake and 3rd Street in Bloomingdale, Illinois. On a recent Saturday, as family and friends celebrated Katie’s birthday around the... Read more »
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Amid the Hubbub of Logan Square, Don't Overlook Hopewell Brewing

Amid the Hubbub of Logan Square, Don't Overlook Hopewell Brewing
The first time I popped into Hopewell Brewing for a pint, the year was 2016, and it was the taproom’s first month of operation. Fast forward three years, and a return trip finally materialized. The vast time gap between visits makes zero sense — Hopewell makes a fine beer, and I love me some Logan... Read more »

A Trek to the Twin Cities and Other Winter Brewery Nuggets

A Trek to the Twin Cities and Other Winter Brewery Nuggets
As another relentless Chicago winter soldiers obstinately through the middle of March, it recently struck me that I haven’t posted a single brewery recap since January. No, my taste for suds hasn’t suddenly evaporated; it’s just that all our brewery visits during the past months have been of the “brief stop-in” variety. A proper evaluation... Read more »

A Brand New Brewpub, 25 Miles West of Chicago

A Brand New Brewpub, 25 Miles West of Chicago
When Katie and I began our whimsical courtship last January, Bloomingdale — her suburb of residence — was home to exactly zero breweries. One year later, the town has two, one of which seemingly appeared out of nowhere in November at the Stratford Square Mall, a super convenient location for us given its location down the... Read more »
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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 »