Category: Beer Culture

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...

A State of Growth - An Illinois Beer Story, by Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

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Chicago and Illinois brewing has exploded, notably since 2011. It’s a story of supporting local businesses, community, and a love of very great beer. The stories in this video are from breweries of all sizes and types – most of which started small and have found success. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild has produced videos... Read more »

Avoid the Cinco de Mayo Cliche - Enjoy 5 Rabbit Brewery Authenticity

Avoid the Cinco de Mayo Cliche - Enjoy 5 Rabbit Brewery Authenticity
I was reluctant to write about Chicago Area (Bedford Park)  5 Rabbit Brewery (5 Rabbit Cervecería) on Cinco de Mayo, despite the brewery’s dedication to Mexican and Latin brewing. It’s not because the beer isn’t authentic, and it isn’t because I don’t enjoy the beer, it is because it represents genuine Latin culture, and that makes... Read more »
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What craft beer would famous historical Chicagoans drink?

What craft beer would famous historical Chicagoans drink?
Chicago has been around, well, since before Europeans arrived. But, in the more modern sense, it’s been around since 1837. The modern craft beer movement is even newer; it has only been around since the late 1980s in Chicago craft beer didn’t truly become popular until 2010. Think of all the famous Chicagoans who were... Read more »

Bell's & Founders Tap Takeovers: The legacy of the Michigan-Chicago craft community

Bell's & Founders Tap Takeovers: The legacy of the Michigan-Chicago craft community
The genesis of Michigan’s modern craft-brewing boom occurred well before it arrived in Chicago, which largely got going in the last ten, if not five years. In the middle to late 1990s, Goose Island existed as one of the few breweries in Chicago who were brewing something a little different…and they remained pretty lonely for quite a while.... Read more »

2015 -- The year I tried sour beer.

I made a lot of choices in 2015, most of them pointless and forgettable. When it comes to beer, I will remember 2015 for the year I first tried a sour beer. The beer style has been around since the Middle Ages, but it just recently arose from the dead. The 20th century basically killed... Read more »
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Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part III: Urban Legend Brewing

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part III: Urban Legend Brewing
On September 26th, Prestige Liquor in Westmont, IL held a tasting event in which three breweries – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago), Arcade Brewery (Chicago), and Urban Legend Brewing (Westmont) — and bacon sausage makers, Big Fork (Chicago), attended. This mini-series of blog posts will detail those breweries, the sausage, Prestige Liquor, and the connection between local... Read more »

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part II: Arcade Brewery

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part II: Arcade Brewery
On September 26th, Prestige Liquor in Westmont, IL held a tasting event in which three breweries – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago), Arcade Brewery (Chicago), and Urban Legend Brewing (Westmont) — and bacon sausage makers, Big Fork (Chicago), attended. This mini-series of blog posts will detail those breweries, the sausage, Prestige Liquor, and the connection between local... Read more »

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part I: Pipeworks Brewing Co.

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part I: Pipeworks Brewing Co.
On September 26th, Prestige Liquor in Westmont, IL held a tasting event in which three breweries – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago), Arcade Brewery (Chicago), and Urban Legend Brewing (Westmont) — and bacon sausage makers, Big Fork (Chicago), attended. This mini-series of blog posts will detail those breweries, the sausage, Prestige Liquor, and the connection between local... Read more »
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Turning Craft Beer into a Chicago Beer

Turning Craft Beer into a Chicago Beer
Chicago is a town that is known for two things, traditionally, when it come to beer — Old Style and Budweiser.  The former is represented by the countless corner taverns adorned with a hanging Old Style sign. Meanwhile, Budweiser, and now it’s subsidiary Goose Island, are a big part of Cubs’ baseball lore, especially since... Read more »