Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 16-19

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 16-19
More of the Chicago craft brewing merry-go-round. Like Minds Brewing, which is moving its brewpub to Milwaukee, has sold the lease on its brewery to Finch Beer, which had earlier announced it was looking for a new brewing space. Like Minds will make its barrel-aged and wild beers in Milwaukee, and has contracted its regular... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 13-15
Among many new craft brewers coming down the pipeline, it looks like the next to open might be Alulu, a brewpub at 2011 S. Laflin, in the Pilsen neighborhood. Eater Chicago reports they have held their business and liquor license since 2015, but an opening may finally be “around the corner.” Two partners have been... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 9-12

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 9-12
I am rolling out a new little enhancement to my Craft Beer Events page. The address of each establishment in this listing has a little globe emoticon following. Click or tap on it, and you should get a new screen with a Google map of the location. I’ve run tests on many of these locations,... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Cahoots Krule Summer

Local Beer Review: Cahoots Krule Summer
Don’t know about you, but I’m ready for winter to be over. It’s cold, it’s still to early to countdown to Spring Training, the Bears are gone, the hawks are doing all right but the playoffs aren’t for months. I’m popping open a summer beer. Cahoots Brewery has been around for about two years, largely... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 6-8
As noted below, the original Goose Island brewpub is closing after Sunday for a five-month renovation, paid for with Anheuser-Busch money. While the Clybourn location will always be my “first,” I’ve heard for some time now that as one of the first brewpubs ever, it’s lacked many of the amenities of every one that’s come... Read more »

Ale from the Cellar: Alvinne Gaspar

Ale from the Cellar: Alvinne Gaspar
It turns out I have one more beer to talk about that’s appropriate for the holiday season. Just because it’s a Belgian beer named after one of the Three Kings who came visiting on Epiphany day. Picobrouwerij Alvinne, in the Belgian town of Moen, specializes in Flemish sours and oak-aged ales. Among the many beers... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 2-5

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 2-5
Hello: My quick reintroduction for the New Year. Twice a week I put up my events listing, culled automatically from my online Calendar of Chicago craft beer event. After a few years of hair pulling, I have set up an API that automatically updates with events as soon as I enter them. If I am... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Stiegl "Sun King II"

Craft Beer Preview: Stiegl "Sun King II"
Hello! I’m starting the new year by re-introducing┬áthe regular features of the Beeronaut blog, to explain just what goes on here. While I make an effort to review craft beers that I have purchased myself, I also receive complimentary packages of beer from the brewers themselves, in return for my comment. I have checked with... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer New Years Weekend

Chicago Craft Beer New Years Weekend
Here at last is a round up of new year’s Eve event, from $125 dinners to “Come as You Are” drop-ins, all with good beer as a component. I’ve also added another little programming tweak that I hope will let me put these together even faster. Friday, December 30 New Year’s Eve, December 31 New... Read more »
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Up to 12 Beers of Christmas: Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy

Up to 12 Beers of Christmas: Leinenkugel's Cranberry Ginger Shandy
Yes, it’s Christmas evening and all the stores are closed. But now I’m looking toward the furure, when I’ll have a whole raft of Christmas beers to recommend. And while my favor falls on big malty beers for Christmas, let’s realize you’ll have some guests at the party who will just want something light. I... Read more »
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