Chirish Eyes Are Smiling | An Tour of St. Paddy 's Day Specials and Events

Chirish Eyes Are Smiling | An Tour of St. Paddy 's Day Specials and Events
[Chris Jones of Wagstaff Worldwide offers this amazing collection of St. Paddy's Day activities - beer, mixology, food, and more!] Chicagoans’ enthusiasm for St. Patrick’s Day is unmatched, as the city celebrates with two parades, river dyeing, and Irish food and drink. Chicago hotels, restaurants, and bars fuel the festivities with events and deals to keep the party going from Downtown Parade Day (March 11) through St. Paddy’s Day proper (March 17). From Lucky Charms-inspired cocktails to new—and traditional—takes on corned beef, here are some of the city’s top spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day...

Half Acre Beer Co | More Cans, New Beer, and Other News

Half Acre Beer Co | More Cans, New Beer, and Other News
Half Acre Beer Co has been doing big things --- a new space, more food, expanding to Wisconsin, and now -- more cans! They recently provided some news, so here it is...

Chicago Brewing 2016 - An Overall Success.

Chicago Brewing 2016 - An Overall Success.
Happy Brew Year! Despite a few breweries closing down, the unfathomable success of the Chicago brewing scene is hard to describe. Numerous breweries expanded in space, opened new establishments, increased production and distribution, and also offered new (more!) beer. Ten Chicago breweries medaled at GABF, several chicago-area breweries were included in the DRAFT Magazine top... Read more »
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Beertography 12-pack | Chicago Craftbeer Holiday Pics

Beertography 12-pack | Chicago Craftbeer Holiday Pics
The Holiday Season is in full gear and Chicago-area breweries are having fun with beertography on social media. Rather than do a slew of beer reviews -- although I've written many this year, I wanted to just use 12,000 words' worth of pictures to tell the story...

Vintage Beer Ads: Thanksgiving

Vintage Beer Ads: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a holiday riddled with folklore, and advertisers are never weary of playing fast and loose with the facts. When it comes to beer, it's even more laughable at times. But, vintage beer ads and commercials are filled with history; the ads provide insight into the culture of the era when the ads were published. Sometimes, the ads show some dark parts of America's history, other times it's just fun. For sure, it's informative; we can easily explore American history through beer and advertising.   Happy Thanksgiving...

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) 2016

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) 2016
Nothing embodies the Chicago craft-beer scene more than bourbon barrel aging - it started with Greg Hall at Goose Island nearly a quarter-century ago, and it has evolved, matured, and been celebrated ever since then. The culmination of that movement arrives each November with two events -- FoBAB (Festival of Barrel Aged Beer) and the release of Goose Island Beer Company's Bourbon County Brand Stout (and its variants) on Black Friday...
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2016 Great American Beer Fest (GABF) - Ten Chicago-Brewing Medals

2016 Great American Beer Fest (GABF) - Ten Chicago-Brewing Medals
GABF 2016: Ten Medals for Chicago Four Gold, One Silver, Five Bronze. When it comes to craft brewing festivals, the Great American Beer Fest (commonly referred to as GABF)  serves as an ipso facto craft-beer Super Bowl (sorry, NFL — I need to use the term) or maybe an Olympics. To win a medal at GABF is... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting Middle Brow Beer Co.

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting Middle Brow Beer Co.
In February of this year, I wrote an article for a brewery whose beer is not only delicious, but helps support numerous local causes. Much of Middle Brow’s profits go directly towards helping the Chicago community. The article I wrote was published in a now defunct publication, so I want to republish it here, as... Read more »

Elk Mountain Farms: A Lesson in Hops, a Lesson in Beer

Elk Mountain Farms: A Lesson in Hops, a Lesson in Beer
In the shadows of the Idaho mountains, amidst its gorgeous flowing streams, is the largest contiguous hop farm in the world – Elk Mountain Farms.  I am fortunate enough to have been there. If you don’t mind, let’s put the business-side of beer on the back burner for a moment and just stick to beer.... Read more »
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Sox vs. Cubs: The Crosstown Classic (pizza battle) at HVAC Pub

Sox vs. Cubs: The Crosstown Classic (pizza battle) at HVAC Pub
Chicago loves its pizza –that’s pretty well known.  Chicago also loves its sports. But, when it comes to baseball we are a city divided, and it’s been that way for over a century. Indeed, 2016 marks the 110th anniversary of the only World Series version of the Crosstown Classic, a Cubs-Sox Showdown with the “Hitless Wonders” White... Read more »