Head North to the Biergarten at Olbrich Park

  Everyone knows Chicagoans love to head north to Wisconsin in the summer (the interstate will tell you so). There is a new Biergarten in Madison at Olbrich Park that is not to be missed. It’s located along Lake Monona and offers a fetching view of the Wisconsin State Capitol and skyline. The Biergarten shares the beach... Read more »

Rare Beer Find at Monk's Pub

Walking into Monk’s Pub might make you feel as though you have traveled across the pond. Everything about this venue reminds me of some of the places I visited in Europe. Despite the fact that TVs are in place, you won’t even know what’s playing because there is so much to look at. I was... Read more »

Where to Drink in Queens and Brooklyn

I have been to Manhattan more times than I can remember; therefore, it was time to explore other areas. I chose to make some craft beer memories in Queens and Brooklyn. I stayed in Queens so let’s start with that. I enjoyed this place so much I visited it twice in two days. The Baroness... Read more »
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Tiny Tapp Graces the Riverwalk

  This past Thursday, I stumbled upon a bar on the Riverwalk called Tiny Tapp. Trust me when I say there is nothing tiny about this gem. The views of the Chicago River and background architecture can’t be beaten, and it’s an excellent place to brush up on your people watching skills. There are a... Read more »

Indoor Beer Garden at Old Irving Brewing

The wow factor was on alert the moment I entered Old Irving Brewing. The venue is chic, spotless, and warehouse-style with extremely affable staff. It was immediately apparent a lot of thought went into the design of the space. Several unique touches were noted with my favorite being the bench and pillows underneath a quote... Read more »

Cop a Squat at Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Haymarket Pub & Brewery is an energetic, fetching venue that will leave you wanting to return again and again. The West Loop pub has room to move and provides excellent service. They offer a killer food menu (I especially like the Margherita Pizza, Vegan Burger, and Sweet Potato Tots). More importantly, Haymarket offers 23 tantalizing... Read more »
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Karaoke & Brews at Uptown Lounge

Uptown Lounge is a chill, artsy venue in Uptown with a boatload of craft beer. You might be somewhat bewildered when ordering, given the fact they carry 100+ craft beers with eight of those offered as drafts. The best thing about arriving at 4 pm (when they open) is the ability to get up close... Read more »

Perfect Date Night at aliveOne

I have taken pleasure in many live shows at aliveOne in Lincoln Park; however, the tap list is more impressive than I remember since becoming a beer snob. In fact, there were so many good beers staring me in the face that I consumed more than I should have. I wasn’t feeling terribly alive the next... Read more »

My Buddy's - Your Neighborhood Oasis

There’s a new kid in town, specifically in the Ravenswood/Uptown area. I was curious to learn more about a place called My Buddy’s, assuming it must be a friendly place to hang out. My assumption was correct, as this restaurant/bar is friendly and fun! The staff aims to do anything they can to make their... Read more »
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A Bucolic Setting at Bangers & Lace

The first thing you’ll notice when you get to Bangers & Lace in Wicker Park is the great patio facing Division Street, which makes for some engaging people watching. The patio is fur friendly and I think my adorable neighbors were plotting to get my beer. Don’t you agree? Once you get inside, you may... Read more »