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)...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 24-26

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 24-26
Plainfield has another new brewer on the scene, as Garage Band Brewing opens up downtown. I should have expanded this listing to include events for Memorial Day, but experience has shown that there are not that many craft beer events on a Monday holiday: firstly, many places are normally closed on Monday. And most people are off doing holiday and memorial things. And things are naturally a little slow after Dark Lord weekend and Illinois Craft Beer Week. But it is beer festival season, and we have a few more here, with even more coming as the summer moves along. Enjoy...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 20-23
I've finally finished with Dark Lord Day and Illinois Craft Beer Week events. So I can take it a little easy this week. But I see my blog has gotten a bit more of an echo lately, judging from the spam get-rich-quick schemes I deleted from my comments queue. Yay...
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Craft Beer Review: Two Brothers 22nd Anniversary

I have a little time now between long, long calendar articles about ICBW and Dark Lord Day to slip in a beer. It’s a special edition that I picked up in March, so I’d best write it up while it’s still available. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing celebrates their 22nd anniversary this year. Starting out as... Read more »
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