Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 20-22

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 20-22
As of this writing, Thursday morning, we are only guaranteed a Game 5 tonight. If we get to see Games 6 & 7, necessary if the Cubs want to win the pennant, I hope to add more viewing at good beer places here...

Reprise: Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale

Reprise: Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale
Addendum for the 2017 version; see below. I’m pulling extra shifts at the grill, my choice of venue for pouring and talking about craft beers that have been sent to me for my comment (that’s a disclaimer right there!). I have some seasonal IPA’s that should be really be dissected while still fresh, so here... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Founders Doom

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I cut another entry in my video blog playlist: “One-Take Beer Review.” I’m finding the videos get a few more viewers when I feature “whales” from widely distributed brewers, so here’s one on Founders Brewing Company’s Doom. Disclosure: this beer was sent to me by Founders for comment. Doom is part of Founders’ “Backstage” series,... Read more »
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Collective Arts Comes to Chicago

Collective Arts Comes to Chicago
We have yet another brewery making its break into the Chicago market. Collective Arts Brewing of Canada is making its aesthetic splash this week. Collective Arts is located in Hamilton, near Toronto, in Ontario; one of a very few Canadian brewers to push into the midwest market. Their website notes, “We are a grassroots beer... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 16-19

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 16-19
This weekend past, a couple of events got rained out. Luckily the Cubs opened the NLCS in Los Angeles. Let's hope the weather lets up when they come home for Game Three on Tuesday. We'll have more of those events in this space later. I'm still waiting for pump some more details about the planned opening of Jolly Pumpkin's new restaurant and brewery in Hyde Park on Thursday. And I'll have an article up shortly bout Canadian Brewer Collective Arts, which is making its debut in Chicago this week...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 13-15
Is it still playoff time? The Cubs have a do-or-die game on Thursday that will determine whether they get to take on the Dodgers starting Saturday. We'll be adding to this list with NLCS events as they're announced. Meantime, we have another brand new brewer with a grand opening on Saturday. Take a look below. And remember to enter the lottery for tickets to Goose Island's Proprietor's Day on November 19. Details at this article....
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Lottery Open for Goose Island Proprietor's Day

Lottery Open for Goose Island Proprietor's Day
Oktoberfest season is wrapping up, and pumpkin pie beers are, well, hanging around for the foreseeable future. But it so happens we can now look forward to Bourbon County Brand Stout season! And for the second year, we’ll have Proprietor’s Day as well. The 2nd annual Proprietor’s Day will be Sunday, November 19 at the... Read more »

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival
Here’s a list of the Illinois that medaled in last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. The 2017 GABF was held in Denver, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 U.S. breweries. Medals were awarded to 286 beers in 96 beer style categories. Here are winners from Illinois. On... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 9-12

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 9-12
I've got a few more articles to punch out today, so I'm posting now and will keep adding as the week rolls along...
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas NightTime Ale

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas NightTime Ale
After what seemed like weeks of brutally hot weather, it’s finally nice enough for me to set out some viands and a cerveza at the grill. This is an adjunct article to my recipe for a beer marinated chicken breast. Hey, look! Here’s a link to the recipe. It’s tasty! I got the marinade made about... Read more »
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