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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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From the West Coast to the West Loop: Ballast Point Brewing

From the West Coast to the West Loop: Ballast Point Brewing
About three weeks ago, a new taproom quietly opened in the West Loop, joining neighborhood staple Haymarket and Rick Bayless’ relatively new brewery-taquería combo Cruz Blanca as one of three brewpubs in the uber-gentrified stretch of the Near West Side. Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen is no small addition to the area (or to... Read more »

A Brewery, with a Beer Garden…Finally!

A Brewery, with a Beer Garden…Finally!
I don’t typically write about our more well-known, high-profile breweries — the Half Acres and Revolutions and Goose Islands, if you will — but in the case of Half Acre’s new location, I’d like to make an exception, for a couple reasons: It’s still brand new at less than a year old. It’s awesome. For... Read more »

Metropolitan Offers Scenic Views, Smooth Brews

Metropolitan Offers Scenic Views, Smooth Brews
Metropolitan Brewing offers a rustic, picturesque setting for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day — that is, if you’re able to successfully navigate the construction site that separates the street entrance from the taproom itself. While the hidden, sunlit Avondale space has only been around since late 2016, Metropolitan has been producing consistent, authentic... Read more »
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On Tour Draws a Crowd to Chicago’s Brewing District

On Tour Draws a Crowd to Chicago’s Brewing District
As part of our pre-game for the John Prine concert at the legendary Chicago Theatre last Friday, I decided to introduce my parents to one of my favorite local establishments: On Tour Brewing. After we embarked upon our second flight of beers, it occurred to me that I’d yet to focus a blog post on... Read more »