Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 23-25

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 23-25
Here's the latest weekend roundup of craft beer events in Chicago...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 19-22

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 19-22
We've gotten past Valentine's, Mardi Gras, Chicago Cider Week… just in time to get set up for St. Patrick's Day beer events. I'll be gathering as many St. Pat fests as I learn about, provided they offer something more interesting than green Lites. After I was chasing all the events of the past few weeks, I just discovered that the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Bolingbrook, the only GB in the Chicago market, has rebranded as a Rock Bottom, their sister brand in the CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries chain. That now puts five Rock Bottoms in our area...

Beer Review: Anchor Joe-Joe's Cookie Stout

Beer Review: Anchor Joe-Joe's Cookie Stout
The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has been running up a few interesting beers to celebrate their 50th anniversary. There was their annual Vintage Ale, with the 2017 edition being labeled “Quinquagenary.” And most recently, in December, we saw a special combination of beer and one of their most popular products in Joe-Joe’s Cookie Stout. Made by Anchor... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 16-18

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 16-18
I've been working to keep up with all the Valentine's events, as well as all the cider events in advance of Saturday's Cider Summit Chicago. I've been slowed down a bit by the changes in Google Calendar that I base these listings on. But we'll work this out. After several years of trying to "stay small" while their beers increased in popularity, Three Floyds has published plans for a huge expansion within its space at it Munster industrial park. The project would build a larger brewery with new German steel, expanded brewpub and retail space, and offices, on property the Floyds have acquired on either side of their current location. Plans were published to the city of Munster's web site, and look like a match to Stone or Dogfish Head's destination breweries. Josh Noel broke the story, with positive reaction from Munster officials, at the Tribune...

Chicago Mardi Gras/Valentine's Beer Events, February 12-15

Chicago Mardi Gras/Valentine's Beer Events, February 12-15
So what's going on this week in the beer world? Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Panckae Day and Pączki Day. For some of us, a last chance to indulge, or to pair beer with sugary pastries. Wednesday is Valentine's Day, so we have plenty of romantic beer dinners, or at least Valentine's specials at places known for good beer. Saturday is the Cider Summit at Navy Pier, so several cider makers are already in town for what they're calling Chicago Cider Week...

Ale from the Cellar: Solemn Oath Kavorka

Ale from the Cellar: Solemn Oath Kavorka
This was a beer I picked up as soon as I spotted in at my local Costco back three years ago with the idea of doing it as a beer for Valentine’s Day. Because of its name, “Kavorka.” You know, that quality Kramer had in “Seinfeld” that made him irresistible to women. Seemed appropriate. But... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 9-11

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 9-11
Update: Due to the humongous snowfall dumping on the Chicago area, I have already been notified that one event is bing moved to next Friday, while others may be closed or cancelled.I don't have resources to run a Emergency bar Closing service (although that would be awesome), so please call ahead to any venue you might be planning to visit this weekend.
This weekend starts beer stuff related to Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras in Chicago. Additionally, next Saturday is the Cider Summit at Navy Pier. Tickets are already sold out, but there will be cider-type events going on through the week. I'll try to get next week's busy calendar posted here shortly...

Local Beer Review: Temperance Escapist

Local Beer Review: Temperance Escapist
Well, no matter how much you care for the game, or the teams in it, that was a great Super Bowl. Now time to sit back and pop open another local beer. Becasue I didn’t really need to set up a Boston beer vs. Philadelphia beer showdown. Temperance Beer Co. has been making beer in... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 5-8

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 5-8
We can see that Chicago isn't too concerned generally about celebrating whoever wins the Super Bowl. Instead, it's right back to beer events leading up to the weekend before Valentine's and Mardi Gras...
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Craft Beer Review: Samuel Adams Sam ‘76

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Last week, I ran my interview with Boston Beer Co. CEO Jim Koch about their new beer, Samuel Adams Sam ‘76. So here, in a second article, I’m posting my own thoughts on the beer. After all, two articles means more clicks, and that’;s this blogging thing is about, ehh? So while the Sam Adams... Read more »
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