Category: Chicago

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...

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...

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 »
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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 »

The Barrel: A Chicago & Illinois Craft Beer Dive Bar

The Barrel: A Chicago & Illinois Craft Beer Dive Bar
Chicago Craft Beer Week, or #CCBW, is an annual celebration of Chicago and Illinois craft beer. Throngs of beer enthusiasts flood Chicago area breweries and events at the end of May. But, the party doesn’t have to end there. At The Barrel (2015 S. Damen, Chicago, Il), the celebration of #CCBW is a daily occurrence.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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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Bar Toma - Craft Beer, Wood-Fired Pizza, and March Madness on the Mag Mile

Bar Toma - Craft Beer, Wood-Fired Pizza, and March Madness on the Mag Mile
Craft beer’s influence on Chicago’s eating and drinking culture has spread in innumerable directions, from the meteoric rise in the number of breweries, to bars, and even restaurants created by world class chefs. It just so happens the craft-beer culture has become so pervasive, so commonplace, so much a part of daily drinking life, that... Read more »