Category: Craft Beer

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...

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Have You Tried Rye Beer?

Have You Tried Rye Beer?
Rye beer. Rye Whiskey. Rye Bread. Catcher in the Rye. It seems that wherever there’s rye, there’s something with a little panache.  Rye provides beer with a unique flavor that’s not really sweet, or bitter, or salty — it’s just, well, rye. Some refer to rye as an earthy spice, or just earthy. Whatever you... Read more »

Drink Great Beer, Help Defeat Prostate Cancer

Drink Great Beer, Help Defeat Prostate Cancer
Drink beer. Help defeat prostate cancer. That’s the deal. On Saturday, March 12th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Chicago’s Pinstripes Bistro will host brewers from Half Acre, Off Color, Goose Island, Solemn Oath, and more at its River East location (435 E Illinois St). They’ll compete against each other in an elimination bocce ball tournament while... 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 »