Category: Brewery

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 »

Werk Force Brewing: 2nd Anniversary - A Celebration of Community...and Great Beer

Werk Force Brewing: 2nd Anniversary - A Celebration of Community...and Great Beer
Happy 2nd Anniversary to Werk Force Brewing! Finding a brewery that personifies “community” more than Werk Force Brewing would be more difficult than finding a mermaid in Death Valley. Werk Force Brewing, the brewery portion of Chicago Brew Werks (same building), caters to homebrewers – a  terrific homebrewing supply store, beer drinkers, and other craft... Read more »
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Burnt City Brewing Retrofit Lime Radler and the Radler Ramble Bar Crawl

Burnt City Brewing Retrofit Lime Radler and the Radler Ramble Bar Crawl
Burnt City Brewing – formerly Atlas Brewing — arrived on the scene with a new name and new beers just prior to Chicago Craft Beer Week and now they are introducing a new summer beer – Retrofit Lime Radler. I first tried this at The Barrel, a cool Chicago-craft-beer-only dive bar in the Pilsen neighborhood on... Read more »

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer
Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs, Il is about to celebrate two years of brewing. A small-batch brewery, they provide beer drinkers with new surprises almost every week or two. In fact, one of the best parts of going to Imperial Oak is checking out the website prior to visiting, or scanning the large chalk... Read more »

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher
One of the coolest bars in Chicago, with some of the best wings around, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St.) has collaborated with Geneva’s Penrose Brewing to create Patio Crusher, an exclusive wheat pale ale with zested citrus. The beer arrived on May 12th at Jake’s and will be around for the summer. Jake Melnick’s... Read more »
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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 »

Arcade Grapefruit IPA v. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

Arcade Grapefruit IPA v. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
My loyal followers (both of you) are probably aware of my recent attraction to Chicago’s Arcade Brewery — great beer, great labels, and cool “public brews.” From Dutch Courage, which offers a nod to gin lovers – juniper berries and lemon peel, if you don’t mind, to Vanilla Rye Porter, Arcade has been continually providing... Read more »

Vice District Brewing - Chicago's South Loop

Vice District Brewing - Chicago's South Loop
In the distant southern shadow of the Willis Tower, on Michigan Ave, lies Vice District Brewing, a brewery that dares to be a little bitter – English Bitter, Scottish Bitter, Double IPA bitter. I’m not talking about bitter that makes one scrunch up one’s face; I’m talking about an exercise in balance that makes bitterness... Read more »
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Around the Bend Beer Co's Puffing Billy Brown Ale with Cocoa Nibs, Perfect for Late Winter.

Around the Bend Beer Co's Puffing Billy Brown Ale with Cocoa Nibs, Perfect for Late Winter.
The late winter period, from Valentine’s Day to Easter, is dominated by chocolate candy treats It’s also a time of transition in the beer world, from heavy stouts to more spring-like beers. Around the Bend Beer Company’s Puffing Billy intertwines those two themes into one beer, an American Brown Ale with Cacao Nibs. Chicago’s very... Read more »