Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 18-20

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 18-20
What's up in Chicago beer this weekend? For starters, it's a tenth anniversary for Metropolitan! We have 4th anniversary weekends at Noon Whistle and Empirical. Revolution's Deep Wood series finally released at Revolution. Brew fests from South Bend to Michigan City to Rockford. And there's a brewery tour of the fundraising Resilience IPA. And a cider cocktail competition. And by the way, Three Floyds has announced that tickets for Dark Lord Day will be going on sale Saturday, March 23rd at noon. Dark Lord Day itself will be Saturday, May 18. Adjust schedules accordingly...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 14-17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 14-17
What's up in beer this week? Bell's Hopslam pours into Chicago, for one. Revolution drops the last of its Deep Woods series. And look for some Aleman and Odell events as well...

Beer Review: Goose Island Bourbon County 2018

Beer Review: Goose Island Bourbon County 2018
It was beginning to look like I might never get a chance at some of Goose Island's 2018 Bourbon County Brand beers. Oh, I was invited to the press and bloggers' preview in October, but my odd work hours would have meant losing much needed job hours that I couldn't afford at the time. And I had the chance to have some on tap in the intervening holiday weeks, but, well, the holidays mean taking care of other things...
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Beer Preview: Lagunitas DayTime

Beer Preview: Lagunitas DayTime
The first of the year is bringing me a lot articles to write. Or rather, ideas for articles to write. But for now, it’s time to get a jump on some beers that have been to me by the brewer (that’s my disclosure). Today’s beer comes from what I like to call a “Beer Fairy”... Read more »

Kings & Convicts Announces Expansion in Wisconsin

Kings & Convicts Announces Expansion in Wisconsin
I finally pasted together my list of beer events in Chicago from 2018, and now there’s a major announcement for 2019. Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. of Highwood, IL has announced that they will be building a second brewery, with a tap room, restaurant and event space, just over the border in Pleasant Prairie, WI.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 11-13

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 11-13
So there is no more Bears playoff football. But this weekend, all of you who claimed you could have made an "easy" 43-yard field goal will have a chance to put your foot where your mouth is at the Goose island Taproom. Read on… Yes, and Haymarket Pub & Brewery is celebrating its 8th "Birthday," which has including some special barrel-aged releases leading up to Saturday's party...
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2018 Chicago Area Beer in Review

2018 Chicago Area Beer in Review
As another year has turned the corner, here’s a quick and likely incomplete rundown of the brewers that have been coming and going in the Chicago area. New Brewers or Locations: February: Grand Opening for Eris Brewery & Cider House, 4240 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. The Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook rebranded as a Rock... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 7-10

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January  7-10
Haymarket counts down by the barrel, firkins at Skeleton Key, The Beer Cellar turns 5, Southern Grist beers hail from Nashville...

Local Beer Review: Solemn Oath End All IPA

Local Beer Review: Solemn Oath End All IPA
I’ve caught a bit of a breather from the flood of calendar activities, with the new year. So I’m clearing some loose ends, finishing some article drafts, and wrapping up my stash local beers that I’ve bought for reviewing. Which means it’s time to go snag some more bottles and cans. Solemn Oath Brewery of... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 4-6

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 4-6
I am now plugging in announcements for watch parties for the Bears' first playoff game since 2010. Now, I have joined in with the joking reference to the "Fog Bowl" of 1988, but it may be worth noting that the Bear have met the Eagles in the playoffs three times: in 1979, 1988 and 2002, and the Fog Bowl is the only playoff win they had against the Eagles. Anyway, some more beer specials during the game (starting at 3:40 at Soldier Field) will certainly be announced later, so keep checking back...
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