Eclipse Special Review: Big Muddy Dark Noon

Eclipse Special Review: Big Muddy Dark Noon
I wanted to slip in at least one note from the site of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. I’m betting that closer to the actual event, the WiFi will be totally overloaded. But I’ll have a bit of a journal and some further pictures later. The Minor Naut and I are at Big Muddy Brewing... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 21-24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 21-24
I have published this calendar early so it's all set while I'm driving down south the 2017 Solar Eclipse, but it will be updated as I learn of more events. I hope to hit St. Nicholas Brewing once we've set up our tent in DuQuoin, and then Monday watch from the eclipse party at Big Muddy in Murphysboro. I would like to have hit Scratch Brewing in Ava, but that's a side trip I'm not sure I can fit in, especially with traffic of "Woodstockian" proportions. Yes, I have a designated driver. I am still updating my list of events at beer spots in the path of totality. I checked with the DuQuoin Fairgrounds, and they say they still have campsites for Sunday night. They'll have a band, and food & beer vendors Sunday night, and their own eclipse party Monday afternoon. If you are going to be in the path of the eclipse, I suggest you bring a copy of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Hit "Play" 41 minutes before the start of totality, and the song "Eclipse" will run the entire time the sun is covered! And not to forget, this is the week that Sun King Brewery makes its debut on the Illinois side of the border. That's almost ironic, in a way...

Beer Places in the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Beer Places in the 2017 Solar Eclipse
I’m taking it upon myself to compile a list of brewery tap rooms and brewpubs with the path of totality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. It will become dark and eerie in the middle of the day. Don’t face it without a beer. The southern half of St. Louis will see totality for less... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 18-20

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 18-20
I am punching out the next two calendar articles early, because this weekend I am preparing for and driving to witness the eclipse in southern Illinois. I will continue to push new events to this article as I find out about them, though! I may try to livestream from the beer joint I hope to reach for the event. But I'm betting WiFi access will be jammed...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 14-17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 14-17
As you can see, we have a beer event or two tied in to next week's total solar eclipse. I am making my own plans to see the eclipse from Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro after camping out in DuQuoin. If you happen to be in that area too, I am still updating my list of events at beer spots in the path of totality...

Craft Beer Preview: Alpine Beer 2-fer

Craft Beer Preview: Alpine Beer 2-fer
Despite what appears to have been a long, hot, summer, it seems that we are suddenly in its “shank;” where the day can be cool enough that I can mow the lawn without checking my pulse. And enjoy a nice cool beer afterward. I have been sent two beers from Alpine Beer Co., the Alpine,... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 11-13

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 11-13
This weekend sees the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI, one of the biggest festivals of our region. But there's plenty going on right here at home...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 7-10

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 7-10
The latest salvo in the beer buyout wars has Anchor Brewing of San Fransisco being purchased by Sapporo Holdings of Japan. Anchor was founded in 1896. It was bought on the brink of bankruptcy in 1965 by Frederick Louis "Fritz" Maytag III, scion of the Iowa appliance making family. Anchor became one of the pivotal beers in the birth of the craft beer movement, preserving its unique "Steam beer" style while re-introducing other styles to the States like porter, pale ale, barley wine, and an annual Christmas ale. Maytag had already sold Anchor to a holding company in 2010. This is Sapporo's first acquisition of an American brewer. In 2006, they purchased Canada's Sleeman Breweries, Ltd., which had purchased craft brewer Unibroue two years before. (Beerpulse)...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 4-6

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 4-6
This weekend is Lollapalooza downtown. So yes, there are a few Lolla specials. But there are more beer events going on as we slide toward the end of summer...
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Craft Beer Preview: Green Flash Blonde

Craft Beer Preview: Green Flash Blonde
Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego has provided me with a few more bottles in hopes of my comment. While this brewer is known largely for their hoppy West Coast pale ales, this is a blonde ale. They describe it as: “a light, refreshing, crushable blonde ale with hints of honey and orange peel... Read more »
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