Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 19-21
Another pioneer in the craft beer world has gone the way of all… periodicals. All About Beer magazine started in 1979, three months before Sierra Nevada Brewing got off the ground. After nearly 40 years, it’s closing up shop. The magazine had earlier absorbed Draft magazine, but, according to sources, suffered from financial mismanagement. It offered many... Read more »

Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014

Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014
While I feel honor-bound to write about any beers that the brewer or their PR people have sent me, because I should discuss a beer that’s still somewhat fresh, and that might be available only for a brief time. And if I truly am enough of an “influencer” that these folks want my attention, it’s... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 15-18

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 15-18
Josh Noel reports that Burnt City Brewing is planning to close its brewpub on Lincoln Ave., and its production brewery at the former Jay's Potato Chip plant on the South Side. Their plan is to consolidate at an 18,000 square foot space at 417 N. Ashland Ave. Burnt City, which started life as Atlas Brewing in 2012, is quitting the battle for shelf space in stores across the region. Co-founder Steve Soble cited the many breweries trying to become regional or national brewers, while being pushed by the "crafty" brands owned by Anheuser Busch-InBev. The upcoming Burnt City would top off at 5,000 barrels per years, serving from "pour-your-own" taps, and become part of West Town's "Chicago Brewing District," anchored by Goose Island. (Chicago Tribune)...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 12-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 12-14
Update: It’s Thursday as I add this note. The Field Museum just posted this on their Facebook page, at about 3:30: Something delightful has arrived! Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.‘s highly acclaimed Morning Delight Imperial Stout is now on tap. Kick off your museum visit with this 12% coffee beer. (We highly encourage the responsible consumption of Morning... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA

Beer by the Grill: Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA
It’s a pretty dreary Saturday, with clouds and the occasional thunderstorm. But the past couple of weekend I’ve been out canvassing for my candidate in the upcoming elections, and left pretty worn out to do anything else. This is the off week, though. And I’ve finished a project that always takes up a lot of... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 8-11
The stream of Oktoberfest events has slowed down as the "season" comes to an end. There will still be a few 'Fests on the weekends. Lagunitas brewing Co. has announced it is laying off 100 of its 900 employees across all of its production and office facilities. The Heineken-owned brewer has only cited the need to stay competitive in a growing craft beer market. Details in the Chicago Tribune...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 5-7
I’m punching this article out to make my usual Wednesday night post time, but will be adding a few events to it afterward. Got a big freelance project I need to get through as well. The Daily Herald reports that the Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Schaumburg has suddenly closed. No explanation has been offered... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 1-4

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 1-4
True beer fans know that the Germans moved Oktoberfest to September some time ago, to get through it before harvest time. But Oktoberfest stuff will still dribble in until it's time for "Halloween Spook-taculars" or something like that...

Goose Island’s Prop Day Lottery Starts October 1

Goose Island’s Prop Day Lottery Starts October 1
We may still be in the middle of “avoiding pumpkin spice things” season, but it’s time to think ahead to that most intense of beer holidays: Black Friday. Fans of the dark and heavy stuff, though, can get a jump start on their seasonal Imperial Stouts by signing up for the Goose Island Prop Day lottery.... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 28-30

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 28-30
Another busy weekend in beer coming up. I’ve to pare down slightly by dropping a few events that were sold out. But I’ve still got a lot of local Oktoberfest and other events. Block Club Chicago is reporting that Empirical Brewing’s brewpub on Morse Avenue is in need of outside investment, or it may face... Read more »
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