Local Beer Review: Church Street Crimson Clover

Local Beer Review: Church Street Crimson Clover
I might get caught up in another big project that will suck up the available time to work this blog. So let’s dive into another beer that I bought to review. I’ve had a few beers from Church Street Brewing in Itasca, most of which have been on tap. They must have a pretty decent... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 21-23

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 21-23
So yes, the Great American Beer Festival is going on right now in Colorado, with the country’s largest judging competition for commercial beers. I will try to post the winners as they are announced. Meantime, this is one of the busiest weekends of the year, what with so many Oktoberfest events going on. I actually... Read more »

Cider Preview: Rekorderlig Hård Äpple

Cider Preview: Rekorderlig Hård Äpple
I’ve headed back to the fridge to pop another brew that has been sent to me by the brewer for comment. Kind of needing it after having to cancel plans and stay home and watch a sick child. I never knew you could get “tonsil stones”. This comes to us from Rekorderlig, a brand of... Read more »
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State Beer Review: 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale

State Beer Review: 1818 Prairie State Farmhouse Ale
Once again, I’m popping the tab on a beer that will only be around for a limited time, so let’s get to it. Hand of Fate Brewing, a two-year old microbrewery in downstate Petersburg, near Springfield, won a competition at last year’s Illinois State Fair for the title of the state’s official Bicentennial Beer. The... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 17-20

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 17-20
Oktoberfest fests take a break, but the beer continues to pour this week. And Monday we have a Chicago Bears game, plus "Halfway to" another holiday...

Local Beer Review: Belly Up Howling Hank IPA

Local Beer Review: Belly Up Howling Hank IPA
More than ever, I need to work through the beers I’ve purchased myself to review. This one may be too late. I picked up a bottle of Howling Hank IPA from my local Binny’s in February. It’s from Belly Up Beer Co., a nanobrewery in Western Springs. It was started by homebrewer Joe Fornari in... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Oktoberfest Weekend, September 14-16

Chicago Craft Beer Oktoberfest Weekend, September 14-16
So now that we're into weekend-long Oktoberfests, I still need to work out how to present events that take up two or three days. Have a full summary the first day and have the following days' listings refer back to it? Just show the event once and note that it runs over more than one day? Well, I'm working this out...

Preview: Hard Frescos Fruit Beers

Preview: Hard Frescos Fruit Beers
Here’s an interesting variation on fermented beverages, which would be appropriate for the last rays of summer. As long as it’s warm out, these should be appropriate. I’ve been sent some “hard” versions of agua frescas, the fruit based beverages popular in Mexican dining circles. Hard Frescos Brewing Co. makes these beverages in Mexico City,... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Mozango

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Mozango
Of course I consider myself lucky that people are sending me their beers in the hopes that I’ll mention them in this blog. I’m also lucky that Lagunitas has been sending me “repeats” of their seasonals that I’ve already talked about. But this is a new one. Mozango is described as a “Mosaic-hopped ale,” without... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 10-13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 10-13
We're into the official start of Oktoberfest, which the Germans moved to September long ago so it wouldn't get in the way of harvest). Revolution Brewing launches Oktoberfest events all across Chicago on Thursday...
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