Tag: Chicago

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 »

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 »

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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Atlas Brewing Company: An Interview with Ben Saller (and More)

Atlas Brewing Company: An Interview with Ben Saller (and More)
Beer. Bowling. Dinosaurs. and a historic Chicago building. These are what make Atlas Brewing a unique player within the Chicago’s craft-brewing game. Well, that and the fact they make some fantastic brews! Recently, I did an article for Chilled Magazine regarding breweries resurrecting historic buildings, thus re-purposing them for the use as breweries or for the... Read more »

My Friend Request to Doug Padilla - Beer Nerd and Baseball Writer

My Friend Request to Doug Padilla - Beer Nerd and Baseball Writer
Dear Doug Padilla, We should be friends. Good friends. Best of friends. Beer drinking friends. Let me explain. My name is Mathew Powers. I’m a craft-beer writer for Chilled Magazine, Sommbeer.com and, obviously, this blog — my own blog dedicated to the Chicago craft beer scene. I’m a Chicagoan.  I listen to ESPN1000 with regularity... 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 Role in American Beer History: Germans, a Lake, a Fire, and a Fair

Chicago's Role in American Beer History: Germans, a Lake, a Fire, and a Fair
The following is an excerpt from my personal beer research and a paper titled, “A Pint of Liberty.” The work is still ongoing, but this excerpt is nearly a finished product. A few of these items are taken from historian Maureen Ogle’s “Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer.”   The multitude of German immigrants arriving... Read more »

Turning Craft Beer into a Chicago Beer

Turning Craft Beer into a Chicago Beer
Chicago is a town that is known for two things, traditionally, when it come to beer — Old Style and Budweiser.  The former is represented by the countless corner taverns adorned with a hanging Old Style sign. Meanwhile, Budweiser, and now it’s subsidiary Goose Island, are a big part of Cubs’ baseball lore, especially since... Read more »

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 »
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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 »