Dive in at Local Option

As Joan Jett would say, I love rock ‘n’ roll. Local Option is a solid place to imbibe on first-rate craft beer while listening to legendary soundtracks like Aerosmith. This metal-themed dive bar in Lincoln Park is a great place to play headbanger while salivating over the 25+ unique beers listed on the chalkboard. You would... Read more »

Excellent Beer & Vegan Tamales in Pilsen

A last minute decision to head to Pilsen rewarded me with the discovery of a kickass brewery. It was a beautiful Sunday and I was excited for the stroll, as I also had street art on my mind. Lo-Rez Brewing turned out to be the kind of place where everyone can feel welcome including yogis,... Read more »

Learn to Pour at Navigator Taproom

Walking into the Navigator Taproom mimics the excitement of a kid entering a candy store. There’s a lot to take in when your eyes start to survey this gleaming, warehouse-style bar. Venue features include large, communal tables, board games, a popcorn machine, a full cocktail bar, and the impressive pouring wall (where the magic happens). The taproom... Read more »
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Who's Tapping What This Week

The staff at Bar on Buena took a field trip to one of my favorite Wisconsin breweries, Three (3) Sheeps, which is their featured brewery of the month. Currently on tap – Waterslides IPA and Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout Tapping April 9 – Roll Out the Barrel Chardonnay Barrel-aged Golden Ale (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) Tapping April... Read more »

Stand-up Bartenders at Ironside Bar & Galley

I continue to be drawn to Ironside Bar & Galley due to the rare, tempting beers on draft. It also doesn’t hurt that the bar is centrally located in the River North “hood.” I recently discovered one of the venue’s greatest assets, bartender Alex Peters. He had me in stitches while serving up some remarkable... Read more »

Who's Tapping What This Weekend

Who’s tapping what this weekend? Get ’em before they are gone! Hopleaf Bar Hopleaf is tapping some coveted/rare coffee stouts at noon on Sunday, March 31. Monday is April Fool’s Day, so a good day to call in sick perhaps? Mornin’ Latte from Toppling Goliath Coffee Dino S’mores from Off Color Most Important Beverage from... Read more »
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Getting Green at City Winery Riverwalk

Just about everything was coming up green this weekend if you were hanging out on the Riverwalk. I arrived bright and early on Sunday to ensure I would get a prime seat at City Winery Riverwalk for their St. Paddy’s event. The venue kicked off the 2019 season over the holiday weekend. What better place to ogle... Read more »

My Top Picks For St. Patrick's Day

City Winery Chicago Riverwalk Their season kicks off for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Join them on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th from 11 AM – 5 PM for green river views, craft beer, wine, food, and music. https://citywinery.com/chicago/riverwalk/ Monk’s Pub Monk’s will be opening at 9am, so get the party started early. Here’s... Read more »

CRAFT BEER IS EVOLVING IN VEGAS

I might be the only person on the planet who goes to Las Vegas with the intention of not gambling. I didn’t so much as drop a coin into a slot machine. This adventure was a brief interlude from winter to savor the warmer temps, sun, and palm trees. Of course, I also went to drink... Read more »
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Who's Tapping What This Week

My newest goal is to share weekly unique tappings and/or events at some of my favored establishments. Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery Celebrate their 2nd birthday on Friday, March 8th, with special tappings to include: Darkness by Surly (Russian Imperial Stout with a BA rating of 4.48) Lunch by Maine  (IPA with a BA rating... Read more »