Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Phase Change

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Phase Change
No special occasion this weekend. Just a few short hours without rain, and in which I was finally able to mow the lawn with my new cordless electric mower. It runs off of 40v batteries: when one is depleted, you switch it out with the other in the two battery compartments. Even so, it took... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week, June 24-27

Chicago Craft Beer Week, June 24-27
I've left one event off this list because it's all sold out: The last bottle release for Goose Island's King Henry barleywine beer, which had been aged in Pappy van Winkle barrels previous used to age Bourbon County Stout. Tickets immediately sold out for the price of $200, which would get the attendee a 650 ml bottle of King Henry to take home, plus several 5 oz. pours of other Goose Bourbon County Brand barleywines. Sure, if you think you can score tickets, it's at the 1800 W. Fulton taproom, Monday the 24th, 7 to 10 pm. More details at Brown Paper Tickets. Even Goose Island's websites and Facebook page don't list this anymore. Because, I guess, why bother...

Chicago Beer Weekend, June 21-23

Chicago Beer Weekend, June 21-23
It's the official start of summer this weekend! Let's see if we can clear the rain away for once! As previously announced, Moody Tongue Brewing has closed its brewery and taproom in Pilsen, and is making the move two miles east to the former Baderbräu brewery in the South Loop. By fall, they are planning to open a new space, with a full service restaurant along with a bar and taproom, within walking distance of McCormick place. In the Tribune, Josh Noel has a piece on Englewood Brews, building out in a former furniture store at 63rd & Halsted, with plans for a brewery, tap room and public space in a Black neighborhood. More diversity among drinkers of fine beer means… more beer...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, June 17-20

Chicago Craft Beer Week, June 17-20
The lack of events on one day of this weeks means the summer is slowing down on beer events. But not the weekends. Stay tuned for more weekend festivals and other Chicago beery goodness...

Chicago Father's Day Beer Weekend

Chicago Father's Day Beer Weekend
Update: Goose Island has announced they will have a release party for the last of their King Henry barleywine (aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels that previous held Bourbon County Stout) on June 24. This takes place at the Fulton St. tap room. Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday afternoon at 10 AM. See below for the details but be prepared: cost for this fest: $200. You will get one bottle, plus a couple of pours. We still have not been able to get out for a family birthday from last weekend. Maybe we can find something this Father's Day weekend, that all the kids can agree upon...

Chicago Beer Week, June 10-13

Chicago Beer Week, June 10-13
I have finally finished a six-week project fitting part-time hours from home around my day job, leading to a few 80-hour weeks. Now let's see if I can get some Father's Day events plugged a bit ahead of time...
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Chicago Beer Weekend, June 7-9

Chicago Beer Weekend, June 7-9
I finally get to wrap up my little side job this Saturday. That takes me up to the weekend of my, ummm – umpty-umpth birthday. Mrs. Naut, who does not drink, said she will consider visiting a brewpub with food and a good kids' menu...

Chicago Craft Beer Week, June 3-6

Chicago Craft Beer Week, June 3-6
It's a lighter week now, taken up mostly with beer-related fun runs. Remeber, kids! Father's Day is coming...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 31 - June 2

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 31 - June 2
I am caught in a very busy time: on top of my regular 40-hour work week, I'm working nearly 40 hours more on a seasonal job from home, as in four-hour shifts during the week and 24 hours during the weekend. So I'm punching this through now and adding more stuff as it comes in. And there is another new beer maker having a "soft opening" this weekend. One Lake Brewing has opened its doors to shake down its recipes and staff. They're at 1 Lake St. in Oak Park, just of the Lake St. Green Line station...
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Chicago Craft Beer Memorial Day Week, May 27-30

Chicago Craft Beer Memorial Day Week, May 27-30
I knew I'd never be able to sort out places that might be open especially for memorial Day from those that are closed for the day, and those that aren't open Monday anyway,  But I did try to feature the establishments that have announced events, including being open and along a parade route, as below. We can now look forward to some events coming up: Tickets are on sale for the Lagunitas Beer Circus, Aug. 24 at Douglas Park in Chicago, near the Lagunitas brewery. $40 per person, details and tickets here. There's also Chicago Ale Fest, this Saturday at Grant Park; Oath Day, also Saturday at Solemn Oath in Naperville, Hyde Park Brew Fest, Saturday and Sunday at, where else, Hyde Park. Also the Grayslake Craft Beer Fest, Lemont Beer Fest, and many more that I'll work in later. And after the big merger news between Sam Adams and Dogfish Head, here are a few smaller beer mergers that I can now fit on the radar:Memorial Lake Louie Brewing, of Arena, Wisconsin, has been acquired by Wisconsin Brewing Co. of Verona. The Wisconsin State Journal says it's likely the first merger of one brick-and-mortar Wisconsin brewer with another. And in Indiana, Saint John Malt Brothers has bought out St. John's other brewer, 95ate5 Brewpub. The move comes as SJMB was being pushed out of its current location, and was building a production brewery at the same industrial park where 95ate5 is located. (NWI Times)...
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