I Won a Membership to IMSS

On tap doesn’t always have to be about a flowing liquid. Sometimes, as in this case, it’s about the reward from a photo contest. I enjoy spending time in the Chicago Loop, especially during the holidays. I captured a number of images including Art on the Mart, Christkindlmarket, and Passage at Navy Pier. All of... Read more »

Get Botanical at Forbidden Root

I have been to Forbidden Root for a quick beer a couple of times and waited for a lunch visit to do a well-deserved proper blog post. Be sure to eye up the building, even before entering the brewpub. Once inside, admire the fact that the 107-year-old structure still has the original brick walls in place.... Read more »

Midnight Orange at Jefferson Tap

I was minding my own business checking out some fresh paint when I decided to peruse Untapped. When what to my wondering eyes did appear but a 2018 Bourbon County Variant.  I had yet to try any of the new versions and Midnight Orange Stout was calling my name at Jefferson Tap & Grille. For... Read more »
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The Magic of Christkindlmarket

Christkindlmarket is a holiday tradition that makes me giddy while temporarily embracing winter. Mind you, winter is my least favorite season – always has been and always will be; however, there is something magical about Christkindlmarket. I don’t even mind the overbearing crowds while excitedly trying to order a Gluhwein in the latest collectible mug.... Read more »

Where to Drink Beer in Los Angeles

I recently spent a glorious week in warm, sunny, palm tree-lined Los Angeles where there is no shortage of breweries or craft beer. I chose to stay in three different neighborhoods to make things more interesting. My beer consumption exceeded my expectations, which in turn caused me to overindulge more than once. It was totally worth... Read more »

Deth's Tar Deep Wood Series Release

This past weekend I had the utmost pleasure of attending my first release at Revolution Brewing Brewery & Taproom. I have spent countless days imbibing at the brewpub on Milwaukee Avenue but had never been to the Kedzie Avenue location. I was enthusiastically anticipating this for weeks and couldn’t wait to get my taste buds... Read more »
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Come for the Sandwiches, Stay for the Beer

There’s nothing like discovering a kickass bar while you are out wandering and snapping street art. I was in between neighborhoods and feeling quite parched from too much sidewalk stomping. Jerry’s Sandwiches in Andersonville was just what I needed after perusing the stellar draft list and discovering they had a patio.  https://www.beermenus.com/places/6856-jerry-s-andersonville Not just any... Read more »

Get Nautical at Ironside Bar and Galley

Ironside Bar & Galley in the River North neighborhood mimics many of the pubs I have visited in Europe. You will immediately appreciate the patio featuring flower boxes, wrought iron accents, and hanging vines. I admire the unique, nautical themed decor, and even though there are numerous TVs, they didn’t make for a loud environment during... Read more »

Catch a Flight at The Florentine

There are so many breweries and craft beer bars in Chicago that it’s easy to overlook a venue tucked away inside a hotel. I’m ecstatic to have discovered The Florentine, located inside JW Marriott Chicago, thanks to the Activate events hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance. The Florentine is sophisticated, open, and inviting with a... Read more »
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Kasey's Tavern - Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Kasey’s Tavern is an unassuming neighborhood bar in the Printer’s Row/South Loop neighborhood. I was studying the top-notch draft list in advance and was on cloud nine after perusing the tempting options. Upon arrival, I was extremely impressed with Nicole, the sole bartender, who was taking care of customers inside and out. The moment I walked... Read more »