Christmas and Holiday Beers with Anthony Norkus

Christmas and Holiday Beers with Anthony Norkus
With the time nigh for holiday feasts and beers to go with them, we look for ideas for beers to pair, or just to enjoy on a cold winter. So let’s dive into some suggestions. I got an chance to swap emails with Anthony Norkus, brand manager for local distributor Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. Disclosure:... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 9-11

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 9-11
Please note that Friday is when Presale tickets go up for Sunday’s Big Hugs release at Half Acre. Details are in Friday’s listing, or go directly to the link at Brown Paper Tickets. Not really Chicago craft beer news, but worth nothing that the equipment from London’s Mortlake Brewery are being put up for auction.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 5-8

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 5-8
Cademon Brewing Co. in far western Genoa marked its second anniversary on December 1 by announcing on its Facebook page that they were out of business. A missed tax payment meant a hold was put on their liquor license, and the situation snowballed out of control until they owed more in taxes and fines than... Read more »
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Up to 12 Beers for Christmas: Baderbräu Christmas Bliss

Up to 12 Beers for Christmas: Baderbräu Christmas Bliss
Time for me to shift into Chirstmas beer mode. As might be expected, I hope to write about a dozen holiday-appropriate brews this month. Some, like the current subject, were sent to me for comment by Louis Glunz Beer, some from other brewers, and others from my own stash or what I find at stores.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer News & Weekend Events, December 2-4

Chicago Craft Beer News & Weekend Events, December 2-4
Let me see if I can keep up with this idea I should have had before: to summarize local news on the beer front, most of which I have re-posted to my Facebook page as it breaks. Off Color Brewing has announced plans to open a dedicated tap room; with more brewing space, of course,... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview, Lagunitas "W" India Pale Ale

Craft Beer Preview, Lagunitas "W" India Pale Ale
I was going to wait on this one. Lagunitas Brewing Co. had sent me a bottle of “W”, their India Pale Ale relabeled to celebrate the Cubs winning the World Series. I thought it would be most appropriate to share this with my family on Thanksgiving, since my Dad is the real Cubs fan in... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, Nov 28 - Dec 1

Chicago Craft Beer Events, Nov 28 - Dec 1
I usually spend my Thanksgiving with my parents out west, so I usually miss the fun(?) of Chicago’s Black Friday, whether for beer or shopping. But look here for more Bourbon County Stout events, Brew Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo, and the release of Revolution’s Fistmas. of big holiday craft beers, and watch for “12... Read more »

Chicago Black Friday Craft Beer Weekend

Chicago Black Friday Craft Beer Weekend
Here we go, your guide to Black Friday in Chicago’s beer world, and more helpful places to find refuge during the holiday shopping rush. I’m posting this early and continuing to fill in the spaces below with more events as I find them. So please do check back often, and enjoy your turkey time! If... Read more »

Black Wednesday & Thanksgiving Craft Beer Events, Nov 21-24

Black Wednesday & Thanksgiving Craft Beer Events, Nov 21-24
Thanksgiving week in Chicago brings out the release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout and its sisters. On Black Wednesday, specially selected bars will be tapping the 2016 BCS and variants, but several other places will be pouring older vintage BCS’s, their own, or others’ barrel-aged beers. Then check back shortly for my Black... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 18-20

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 18-20
We’re coming up to Black Wednesday and Black Friday, that Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I’ll be publishing my event listings into next week as soon as I can, and keep filling then with events related to the release of Bourbon County Stout, and other fine barrel-aged imperial wizardry. I’ll also work in any... Read more »
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