Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 22-24
Alongside the many regular beer fests on our agenda, we have a few beer releases tied in to this weekend's Pride Parade. I'll have a few special World cup watching events related to single games, while venues showing most, or all of the games are listed in this article...

Local Beer Review: Ravinia Steep Ravine

Local Beer Review: Ravinia Steep Ravine
I need to catch up with my beer reviews, since my “cellar” is not air conditioned. It keeps a cool 40°F in the winter, but gets up to 75° at a time like this. So let’s pop another beer that I purchased myself for reviewing. Ravinia Brewing Co. has opened its pub and restaurant in... Read more »

Local Beer Review: More Brewing Villa Pils

Local Beer Review: More Brewing Villa Pils
Yes, summer time is Pilsner time, and I got a chance to drop by another brewer to buy one of their beers for review. This was my first (quick) visit there, even though it’s practically in my neighborhood. It’s tough to get out there when you work evenings or have to take kids around. More Brewing is... Read more »
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Chicago Beer Events, June 18-21

Chicago Beer Events, June 18-21
I had a nice collections of classic Guinness ads with a soccer theme, but there's drawback in that ireland isn't in the World Cup. No luck scouring for other vintage international football beer ads, but we'll see what the future brings. Meatime, I'm still watching for beer places with a full futbol schedule to write up here...

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Trader Joe's Pronto IPA

As some of my previous beer reviews might have suggested, I get a kick out of finding beers at Trader Joe’s. While I usually check out the “store brands” that come in at a decent price, there are also the occasional beers with major brewer’s names attached. They also tend to be nicely priced and are... Read more »

World Cup Watching Venues

World Cup Watching Venues
Back when the World Cup was held in the USA in 1996, with opening ceremonies in Chicago, I had maybe two seconds of overseas fame. I was walking around in the Loop, and a German TV crew flagged my attention. The reporter asked if I could please do a little bit: they wanted me to walk up... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 15-17

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 15-17
I have some of the many places offering brunch for Father's Day. Some may not mention beer, but they are establishments known for a comprehensive beer list. The World Cup started on Thursday, and only now have I been getting notices of which beer bars will be showing the matches. I've got a few weekend watching events listed here, and a more comprehensive watching guide now at this article!. And we regret to inform all that Quenchers Saloon hosts its final night in business this Saturday. A worthwhile stop too top off, or if you can't make, beer fests at Crown Brewing or the Lincoln Park Zoo...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 11-14

Chicago Craft Beer Events, June 11-14
News: The Tribune's beer writer Josh Noel reports that Baderbräu Brewing has put its operation up for sale, and stopped brewing at its South Loop facility. The taproom and kitchen remain open for now, with a dwindling supply of Baderbräu beer out on shelves. Depending on the outcome of this situation, the Baderbräu name could keep operating under new ownership. Read the article here...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 8-10
Local beer fest are in full bloom this weekend, along with more events for Goose Island's 30th Anniversary...
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Local Beer Review: Aleman LadiesMan

Local Beer Review: Aleman LadiesMan
Summertime is here! No, it’s gone again. Now it’s hot. Now it’s not. Let’s just grab a possible summer beer and grab on to the weather merry-go-round. Aleman Brewing Co. has been around since 2013 as what’s called a “client brewer:” making beers at other brewers’ facilities for retail sale. They’ve mostly been seen at beer... Read more »
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