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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Spring Brews: Exploring Asheville and Chattanooga

Spring Brews: Exploring Asheville and Chattanooga
There’s no denying it: the water that fuels narrow roadside streams and cascades down wooded ravines in the scenic forests surrounding Asheville serves as an idyllic, picturesque backdrop as you drive into town. But some would argue that it plays an additional, even more significant role: serving as the primary ingredient in some damn fine... Read more »
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Pollyanna: An Oasis in the Suburban Wilderness

Pollyanna: An Oasis in the Suburban Wilderness
As a lazy Sunday morning gradually morphed into a lazy Sunday afternoon, cabin fever started to kick in. Enter Pollyanna Brewery and Taproom in Roselle, Illinois — our impromptu solution for fighting off the impending Sunday Scaries. To be clear: this is Pollyanna’s second location. The original, established in 2013 in Lemont, is where the... Read more »

Greetings from Marz, Bridgeport’s Blossoming Taproom

Greetings from Marz, Bridgeport’s Blossoming Taproom
A day that began at the Garfield Park Conservatory (delightful) and continued at Lagunitas (a reliable old standby) ended at Marz Community Brewing’s recently opened taproom, inconspicuously located in a South Side industrial park just west of Guaranteed Rate Field (or Comiskey Park or The Cell or whatever the hell the Sox call their baseball... Read more »

Denver: Classic Beer Town or Overrated?

Denver: Classic Beer Town or Overrated?
I often hear Colorado as a whole — and Denver in particular — described as a craft beer haven. With the second highest concentration of craft breweries in the nation, I suppose it’s tough to argue that notion. Never one to take anyone’s word for it, I figured the Mile High City was worth a... Read more »
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Whiner: A True Gem in Back of the Yards

Whiner: A True Gem in Back of the Yards
If you’re looking for Whiner Beer Co., first you’ll have to find The Plant, a net-zero energy business incubator that’s currently doing its part to disrupt traditional consumption models in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. My sister/homebrew partner Annie stopped by Whiner this past weekend to tip back some beers and see first-hand how energy... Read more »