Mr. Marmalade from Around the Bend Beer Co. has returned

Mr. Marmalade from Around the Bend Beer Co. has returned
Sometimes a beer grabs your tongue by the taste buds and beats it into (flavorful) submission. Mr. Marmalade Imperial (Double) IPA (8.8% ABV, 88 IBU), from Around the Bend Beer. Co. (ATB), is just that type of beer. Mr. Marmalade incorporates bitter oranges grown in Seville Spain, which serve as the foundation for the classic British... 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 »

The Fizzics System: Making Every Beer a Draft Beer

The Fizzics System: Making Every Beer a Draft Beer
Are you looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift? Maybe you’re looking to buy something he doesn’t need, but would really want. Maybe he has everything. Maybe he’s impossible to buy for. Well, you might consider the gift of “beer on tap,” anytime he wants it! A new invention in beer enjoyment has arrived.... Read more »
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Werk Force Brewing: 2nd Anniversary - A Celebration of Community...and Great Beer

Werk Force Brewing: 2nd Anniversary - A Celebration of Community...and Great Beer
Happy 2nd Anniversary to Werk Force Brewing! Finding a brewery that personifies “community” more than Werk Force Brewing would be more difficult than finding a mermaid in Death Valley. Werk Force Brewing, the brewery portion of Chicago Brew Werks (same building), caters to homebrewers – a  terrific homebrewing supply store, beer drinkers, and other craft... Read more »

Burnt City Brewing Retrofit Lime Radler and the Radler Ramble Bar Crawl

Burnt City Brewing Retrofit Lime Radler and the Radler Ramble Bar Crawl
Burnt City Brewing – formerly Atlas Brewing — arrived on the scene with a new name and new beers just prior to Chicago Craft Beer Week and now they are introducing a new summer beer – Retrofit Lime Radler. I first tried this at The Barrel, a cool Chicago-craft-beer-only dive bar in the Pilsen neighborhood on... Read more »

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer
Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs, Il is about to celebrate two years of brewing. A small-batch brewery, they provide beer drinkers with new surprises almost every week or two. In fact, one of the best parts of going to Imperial Oak is checking out the website prior to visiting, or scanning the large chalk... Read more »
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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 »

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher
One of the coolest bars in Chicago, with some of the best wings around, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St.) has collaborated with Geneva’s Penrose Brewing to create Patio Crusher, an exclusive wheat pale ale with zested citrus. The beer arrived on May 12th at Jake’s and will be around for the summer. Jake Melnick’s... Read more »

Avoid the Cinco de Mayo Cliche - Enjoy 5 Rabbit Brewery Authenticity

Avoid the Cinco de Mayo Cliche - Enjoy 5 Rabbit Brewery Authenticity
I was reluctant to write about Chicago Area (Bedford Park)  5 Rabbit Brewery (5 Rabbit Cervecería) on Cinco de Mayo, despite the brewery’s dedication to Mexican and Latin brewing. It’s not because the beer isn’t authentic, and it isn’t because I don’t enjoy the beer, it is because it represents genuine Latin culture, and that makes... 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 »