Category: Review

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 »

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 »

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part II: Arcade Brewery

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part II: Arcade Brewery
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 »
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Chicago's South Loop: Burger Bar Chicago..and a Little More.

  Tree-lined sidewalks, spacious parks, prairie wildflowers, fountains, spas, restaurant patios, and craft beer – the southward walk from Congress to Roosevelt on Michigan Ave is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Intertwined within the landscape are historical monuments displayed like sculptures in an Italian villa. Meanwhile, towering skyscrapers and new lofts sit aside historical buildings;... Read more »

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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