Category: Brewery

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 »

Headquarters Beercade & Founder's Brewing - February 5th "Bunch of B.S." Tap Event

Headquarters Beercade & Founder's Brewing - February 5th "Bunch of B.S." Tap Event
Do you like Founder’s Brewing? Do you like B.S. (Breakfast Stouts)? Do you like playing games, winning prizes, and hanging out in a great Chicago establishment that has all of those things? If so, you’ll love this following guest post from Alexis Littman, representing Headquarters Beercade (Lakeview location) in Chicago.   ~ Matt, Pint of... Read more »

Miskatonic Brewing - Darien, Illinois: Interview & Review

Miskatonic Brewing - Darien, Illinois: Interview & Review
Miskatonic Brewing in Darien, Illinois brews beers best described by one word – unforgettable. Trust me. I know. A week before Thanksgiving, I had a night to myself to finally enjoy a beer or two (or three). I had just finished a long week of writing for the magazine and a slew of other “bill-paying”... Read more »
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Arcade Brewery - Two Unique Beer Releases

Arcade Brewery - Two Unique Beer Releases
Arcade Brewery exemplifies the craft-brewing mantras of community and ingenuity. More to the point, Arcade Brewery produces fantastic beer while at the same time embracing and celebrating art, storytelling, collaboration, and public involvement. Their two latest releases personify those ideas exceptionally well – “The Adventures of Dutch Courage,” and  — with Flesk Brewing Co. —... Read more »

Happy Drinksgiving! HQ Beercade and Pipeworks Team Up for a Great Meal and Beer

Consider this a guest post, but also consider this the first of two – I will write my own blog about HQ Beercade in the near future, after stoping by to share a few drinks and stories. For now, this is such a great event with Pipeworks & HQ Beercade (and an appearance from 5... Read more »

Atlas Brewing Company: An Interview with Ben Saller (and More)

Atlas Brewing Company: An Interview with Ben Saller (and More)
Beer. Bowling. Dinosaurs. and a historic Chicago building. These are what make Atlas Brewing a unique player within the Chicago’s craft-brewing game. Well, that and the fact they make some fantastic brews! Recently, I did an article for Chilled Magazine regarding breweries resurrecting historic buildings, thus re-purposing them for the use as breweries or for the... 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 »

Darien: Chuck's Southern Comfort Café & Miskatonic Brewing

Darien: Chuck's Southern Comfort Café & Miskatonic Brewing
Can you imagine a sports bar, a wedding hall, New Orleans cuisine, and a bevvy of craft beer all in one place?  Or, can you imagine French, Cajun, Native American, Midwestern, New England, Belgian, New Orleans, Chicago, and Maine cultures all converging in one location? Well, you don’t have to. You can head to Darien... Read more »

Crafting Beer and Community

Crafting Beer and Community
Craft brewery websites rarely miss a chance to mention the words “community” or “local.” What exactly is meant by that? What does it mean to be local? Here is just a small sample from the websites of local breweries of what it means to be part of a community: Supporting local farms and committing to conservation (refraining... Read more »
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Tap Takeover: Penrose Brewing and Beer Shop in Oak Park

Tap Takeover. Just hearing that makes a craft beer nerd drool like a dog at a pig ear factory. Of course, back in the 19th and early 20th century, those two words likely involved a large brewery running the little brewer out of town. But, in the craft-brew world, the term, “tap takeover” is a... Read more »
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