Tag: Chicago craft beer

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 »

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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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 »

Empirical Brewery: The Neighborhood Bar of Taprooms

Empirical Brewery: The Neighborhood Bar of Taprooms
  Nestled into a friendly if unassuming little area near the southwest corner of Andersonville on Chicago’s North Side, you’d probably walk right past Empirical Brewery if you weren’t explicitly looking for it. My sister hosted her 27th birthday party in their space last Sunday, which delighted me — I’d been searching for an excuse... Read more »