Week in Chicago Craft Beer, August 19-22

Week in Chicago Craft Beer, August 19-22
We have another light schedule in store this week, leading up to a weekend of Chicago beer festivals. Just as a preview: Brookfield ZooBrew, and the Lagunitas Beer Circus...

Bourbon County Stout's 2019 Lineup: More Barrels, Less Fruit

Bourbon County Stout's 2019 Lineup: More Barrels, Less Fruit
So yes, I’ve been sent the lineup for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stouts for 2019. The Goose has been playing games with beer nuts for the past few years, filing labels with the government for funky sounding stouts to throw people “off the trail.” Things like Horchata, Butterscotch Stouts, what have you. But the... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 16-18

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 16-18
Instead of taking things easy after Great Taste of the Midwest, the Chicago beer scene has piled on fests and events for this weekend. I should have most of them covered, but will update with further events as I find them. Meantime, another brewer, the Side Project incubator, is opening this weekend. See the listing below...
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, August 12 - 15

Chicago Craft Beer Week, August 12 - 15
After getting my previous calendar article in early, to account for Great Taste of the Midwest events, I find my self running a bit ahead of schedule. That's all right! If more event for the week come in after publication, I can update instantly. Meantime, my Facebook feed decided to "Select for me" every single article about the announced White Sox game taking place next year at the "Field of Dreams" in Iowa. But here's something happening a little sooner: the “ChiSox Craft Beer Fest” on Saturday, September 14 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Thirty-five local brewers will be sampling their wares along the outfield concourse, along with food, games, and live entertainment. General admission tickets, for 30 two-ounce samples, are $45. VIP tickets include an extra hour, 40 samples, on-field access, and a meet-and-greet with Frank Thomas, for $125. Tickets are on sale now at whitesox/tickets/beerfest...

Great Taste Beer Weekend, August 9-11

Great Taste Beer Weekend, August 9-11
As promised—and for once, fulfilled—I'm here a little early with some of the events surrounding Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI, and a few of the bus trips being offered there from Chicago. I can't vouch for the availability of these trips from minute to minute, but it seems the Chicago Beer Society trips from Goose Island and Rock Bottom Warrenville actually might have a few seats. Your best bet to score tickets and a ride would actually be to join CBS or your local homebrew club...

Beer By the Grill: Shiner Brut IPA

Beer By the Grill: Shiner Brut IPA
It’s gotten hot again. Not too hot that we didn’t get a walk in to the library, or tried to fix the loose garage door rails with a glob of “steel” epoxy in a hole in the concrete where the screw worked loose. But it is hot enough that Mrs. Nautical would rather I not... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, August 5-8

Chicago Craft Beer Week, August 5-8
Our newest local brewer, Two Hound Red in Glen Ellyn, has been having a "soft opening" this past weekend. They'll be open again Monday at 10:30 am for another "shakedown." I'll get a weekend listing out shortly with some of the many events going on in Madison during Saturday's Great Taste of the Midwest. There will be a few bus trips available—maybe...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 2 - 4

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 2 - 4
It's a weekend with just a few Chicago beer events, some at the "fest" level, but easy to get to and get into… if tickets aren't sold out. Although there is that Border Beer War, with a chance at some Wisconsin beers not normally available in Chicago. It's a prelude to the Great Taste of the Midwest next weekend...

Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 29 - August 1

Chicago Craft Beer Week, July 29 - August 1
Two tappings this week for Oswego Brewing's Triple Chocolate Cupcake Stout. Dusek's celebrates IPA Week. Beer dinners and beer runs in the Chicago metro...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 26-28

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 26-28
Update: As of Friday, we heave learned that Pokro Brewing in Griffith, IN will be closing down as of Saturday. The brewer had a four-year run. Details below. I'm very late with this article, and still need to add events to it after it's published. Seems I am still working out a big freelance project, and I had a colonoscopy Thursday. I only bring this up as a way of urging any other guys over 40 reading this to keep their exams up to date...
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