Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 15–17

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 15–17
I am still sweeping up from all the last-minute Valentine's events I plugged into the previous calendar. Just enough time to punch this one out while I work on some "overview" pages from some local breweries. It's a new thing I'm trying. I also hope to get ahead of schedule on St. Patrick's weekend events. I may have to decide to be more selective in what gets listed: I already left out those that offer nothing but green-dyed megabrews. Is it enough just to say you have Guinness on tap, or do we need something more? We'll see...

Chicago Valentine Week Beer Events, Feb. 11-14

Chicago Valentine Week Beer Events, Feb. 11-14
I think I've got all the Valentine events that have to do with good beer, or the dinners that place at beer-friendly restaurants. But there are certainly more to come. And I will be adding them as I find them. And I have yet another closing to report, I'm afraid. After five years of operation, Das Radler, the German Logan Square restaurant, is closing. They will have a few weeks before their final box. Eater Chicago story....

Local Beer Review: Hopewell Swift IPA

Local Beer Review: Hopewell Swift IPA
I’ve got a short evening to open and sample a locally made beer, which I bought myself just for this occasion. Hopewell Brewing Co. is a storefront brewery with a taproom at 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the Logan Square neighborhood near other brewers like Revolution, BiXi Beer, and Maplewood. Swift IPA is one of... Read more »
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Chicago Beer & Cider Weekend, February 8-10

Chicago Beer & Cider Weekend, February 8-10
The Chicago Cider Summit is here this weekend, with plenty of related events for those who can't get out to Navy Pier. I am trying to get the next few events articles posted earlier so you can be presented with choices for Valentines Day. Though this is only slightly beer related, I must report that Tailwinds Distilling Co. in Plainfield is closing down. They are having a few last days for customers to come pick up their favorite spirits through Saturday...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 4-7

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 4-7
Many apples have been crushed for your enjoyment this week, as we observe Chicago Cider Week in advance of Saturday's Chicago Cider Summit at Navy Pier. And watching the Super Bowl at this point in posting my article, we find Budweiser wants you to know they don't use "corn syrup" in their Bud Light. They don't want to tell you about rice syrup. Monday update: HopCat, the Chicago edition of a chain of craft beer bars emanating from Michigan, abruptly announced that it is closing today. This statement has appeared on its website:
WE ARE CLOSED AS OF FEB. 4TH
2577 N CLARK ST, CHICAGO, IL 60614 THANKS, FRIENDS! It is with regret that we announce the closure of HopCat Chicago on Feb. 4th. Thank you for several years of great beer, food and fun. If you have any questions, please email Guest Relations at info@hopcat.com.
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 1-3

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 1-3
This weekend we see a major break from the chill, just in time for… the Chicago Ale Festival. Oh, yes, there's also a football game on Sunday. I have a lot of places with Super Bowl specials. Some are places known for having good beer, though they may not mention it in the listing. Just as long as they can offer something beyond a "Bucket of Bud". Then the following weekend is the Chicago Cider Summit, and then there's Valentine's Day. We also have another new brewing opening this weekend: Black & Gray in Manteno...
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Chicago Craft Brrrr Events, January 28-31

Chicago Craft Brrrr Events, January 28-31
Wednesday Update: The coldest weather anybody's memory is now a reality. I have seen a lot of Facebook postings from bars, restaurants and liquor stores noting that they are closing today and/or Wednesday and/or Thursday. I had though most brewers would stay open, but they will mostly have not opened their tap room; for your protection and the protection of their personnel. Nearly all my listings has a link in the name of the bar or brewer that will take you to their web page, or we have a phone number for most of them. So if you really want to go out for a beer, you can check ahead. And as a reminder, the globe icon on each listing will show you the place in a Google Map. I have added, as I find them, a few listings for places simply assuring us they are open during the deep freeze. Thursday Update: Porch Drinking reports that Middle Brow Beer Co.'s Bungalow brewpub has opened for business today. Yes, on a day with temps well below zero. They now have beer and food at 2840 W. Armitage Ave., between Humboldt and California, in Chicago...

"F*** Your Hair"; 5 Rabbit vs. Trump Documentary, Opens

"F*** Your Hair"; 5 Rabbit vs. Trump Documentary, Opens
The confrontation over a Chicago Latin American-owned brewery and a certain hotel owner is now being told in documentary form. "F*** Your Hair", by Chicago-based filmmakers One City Films, opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State St., with showings Friday at 7 pm,  Saturday at 5 pm, and on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 pm. Another screen is schedule for February 24, 7 pm, at Space, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. [embed]https://vimeo.com/284284459[/embed]...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 25-27

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 25-27
I am trying to get ahead of my usual glacial pace in events, because of more items that you might want to plan ahead for. Sure, I'll have Super Bowl listings for places known for their beer lists. But the Saturday before the game is the Chicago Ale Festival, taking place in Pilsen. Then the following weekend is the Chicago Cider Summit, and then there's Valentine's Day. We'll have some more brewers in Chicago celebrating anniversaries, and a new brewer, Steam Hollow, coming on line in Manteno. It can also be noted that Middle Brow Beer Co. is close to opening its own brewpub is Logan Square (2840 W. Armitage Ave.). The doors could open at any time, once local licenses are cleared. I will try to update this space, and there will surely be a grand opening later, hopefully when it's not so cold. (Chicago Tribune article) As you might notice, there are still samplings and tap takeovers for Bourbon County Stout. Looks like there's not only more of it out there than ever before, but I have been seeing it served at a lot of places that have not been known for good beer offerings...
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The 2019 "Beer Bubble" Outlook: Likely. Or Not

The 2019 "Beer Bubble" Outlook: Likely. Or Not

2019 "Warnings"

Some beer fans will continue to watch out for the craft beer "bubble" to burst. I can't say a I blame them, especially when there's an obvious sign, when a local favorite suddenly closes its doors. Latest figures, from 2017, by the Brewers Association show there are 6,372 brewers in the United States. Just during 2017, 995 brewpubs and microbreweries opened. And 165 closed down. That proportion of openings to closings has remained about the same for the past few years...
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