Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 22-25

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 22-25
Not a lot to say on this week’s article. I’m dashing this off from a hotel in St. Louis while I’m taking care of a freelance assignment. One that has put me in one of suburbs far from a visit-able brewery, since I’m doing my business in the evening, hopefully near a place with a decent beer list afterward...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 19-21
We have Revolution trying to start a new tradition with summer barleywines! Black Lung Brewing taps for the first time! Friday Night Lights in Bourbonnais! Empirical Brewing turns five! More fests at Horner Park, Graue Mill, and Pizza & Beer pairings! HQ Cider Fest! It's a busy beer weekend in Chicago...

Craft Beer Review: Delirium Tremens

Craft Beer Review: Delirium Tremens
I told you I had some beers to review that I had paid for myself. Here’s another. This is a special case, since I first had this beer 15 years ago. Delirium Tremens, by Family Bouwerij Huyghe in Belgium, debut in 1989 and is considered an exemplar of the Belgian Strong Ale style.  This particular... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 15-18

Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 15-18
Time for an irregular reminder of what kind of events I promote on this list: Basically, it's anything involving beer sampling, tasting, new releases, or beer dinners. Beer festivals and the opening of new breweries. Fundraisers, so long as the general public is invited to attend. I regret that I have not had the time to put in live shows or food truck stops. There are just too many of them to fit comfortably. Likewise painting classes, yoga, or even trivia contests. And I am about the trivia. If the event mentions the tapping of a new beer, though that would count. I have put the "like" on nearly every brewery and beer bar in the Chicago area on Facebook. So I try to catch all your posts and new events. I'm also on a lot of mailing lists, to inform me of even more events. If you've got beer-centric activities you'd like to see in this space, just click the "E-mail Me!" link at the top of this page...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 12-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 12-14
Hey, it's an easy weekend. I kept teasing the opening of a new brewery, and it's happening Friday in Des Plaines. Also the Square Roots Beer Festival in Chicago, Barrington Brew Fest and Naperville Ale Fest (guess where those are!)...

Quick Takes: Four Beers at Rotary GroveFest

Quick Takes: Four Beers at Rotary GroveFest
I’ve been letting my regular articles about area beers slide. Mainly because I’ve been compiling some “pages” to focus on each individual brewer. They may show up sometime in the near future. But a few weekends ago, I ambled to the Downers grove Rotary Summer Festival. They have a Beer Garden which serves the usual... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Hazy

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Hazy
After some beastly heat for the Fourth of July, we have now been finally rewarded with a nice mild weekend. Time to get out and mow the lawn, and to And to throw my next week’s lunches on the grill in pre-preparation. It’s a good time to try out another beer that has been sent... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 8-11
I've finally managed the time to fix a little bug I had only recently noticed on this page. I hope you've noticed that if you click the little globe emoji at the end of the address line of each listing, it takes you to a Google Map of that location. That's part of some fancy PHP coding that I learning in three night classes at IIT and a lot of online courses. But, I only just discovered that if the establishment has an ampersand in its name, that's an endpoint for the Google Maps address. So clicking on the icon for, say, Iron&Glass in Bolingbrook would give you a map for every place in your area with "Iron" in its name. So I've gotten around to a small edit that drops the "&" from the establishment's name in the Google Map search. If this breaks anything else, I hope to hear about it sooner than later. For my next trick, I'd like to replace the "globe" with a more obvious "map" emoji. But the "map" came as a later Unicode version that might not show on all browsers yet. In fact, just trying to display emoticons in this part of article wipes out all of the text that follows. The ones in my listing are safely ensconced inside of <iframe> tags...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 5-7
It's nice to get a little recognition for one's efforts. I had an email last month from someone who was visiting downtown Chicago and wanted to know of some good beer places nearby. I told "Haymarket, Adams Street, Gino's, etc." Later he wrote back to say he spent plenty of time ranging around downtown, and that he was from Australia and on his way to a relative's wedding in Michigan. He had also, of course, had his first encounter with deep-dish pizza. Then last weekend, I was beating the heat at Orange & Brew, one of my locals, and another another patron recognized me from the grungy photo in the corner. He was a dental student at Midwestern University, and made plenty of use of my schedules of events. I just happen to have a regular dental student at Midwestern's dental practice for my teeth, who also enjoys learning about beer in the area from me. When she hasn't stuck pointy things in my mouth. This weekend, the USA's FIFA Women's World Cup team is on the verge of yet another championship. The finals match is Sunday, in Lyon, France, at 5:00 pm over there. That's 10 am over here, and I'm dropping in the good beer venues that will be open for it on Sunday morning...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 1-4

Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 1-4
Update: I've ended up adding many more places that have posted that they will be open for July 4. This is by no means a complete list, so call your favorite watering hole for confirmation. Vice District Brewing has confirmed that it is shifting to commercial production and closing its Taproom in Homewood, but making it available for parties and meetings. The brewer was previous evicted from its original location in the South Loop. Brewbound reports that Celis Brewery in Austin, TX is being put up for auction on July 2. The brewery was started by Christine Celis. Her late father Pierre Celis had revived the Belgian Wit style with Hoegaarden before selling it to Interbrew (now part of Anheuser-Busch InBev), then started Celis Brewery in Texas before it was bought out and closed by Miller. Chrstine revived the family name in 2017 with a 50,000 barrel brewhouse, but was dogged from the start by financial issues. Meanwhile, SingleCut Beersmiths of Astoria, NY are making their entry into the Chicago market. I have some of their events below...
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