Category: Microbrewery

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Chicago Brew Werks & Werk Force Brewing

A passion for home brewing lies within the heart of most craft brewers. I make it a habit to read the “About us” or “Our story,” sections of breweries’ websites. Quite often, I find a story of brew masters whose brewing story began with a small kettle located in their basement or garage, followed by... Read more »
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No Tap Room? No problem!

Craft breweries are sprouting up in the Chicago metro region faster than Midwestern corn stalks in July. Although most breweries serve their beers in a small “taproom,” many are unable, or unwilling, to do so. That’s ok. Let’s face it, drinking beer on one’s couch, patio, hammock,or rooftop isn’t exactly that bad, is it? Is... Read more »

Hailstorm Brewery (and welcome to my blog!)

Just as hailstones shatter car windows, Hailstorm Brewing in Tinley Park destroys the notion of “fussy beer drinkers” as portrayed by Anheuser-Busch’s recent marketing campaign. Akin to the thunderous roar that emerges from a storm’s electric underbelly, Hailstorm brewery forces a beer drinker to take notice. Like many breweries, it is a rented warehouse equipped... Read more »
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