Chicago Craft Beer Memorial Day Week, May 27-30

Chicago Craft Beer Memorial Day Week, May 27-30
I knew I'd never be able to sort out places that might be open especially for memorial Day from those that are closed for the day, and those that aren't open Monday anyway,  But I did try to feature the establishments that have announced events, including being open and along a parade route, as below. We can now look forward to some events coming up: Tickets are on sale for the Lagunitas Beer Circus, Aug. 24 at Douglas Park in Chicago, near the Lagunitas brewery. $40 per person, details and tickets here. There's also Chicago Ale Fest, this Saturday at Grant Park; Oath Day, also Saturday at Solemn Oath in Naperville, Hyde Park Brew Fest, Saturday and Sunday at, where else, Hyde Park. Also the Grayslake Craft Beer Fest, Lemont Beer Fest, and many more that I'll work in later. And after the big merger news between Sam Adams and Dogfish Head, here are a few smaller beer mergers that I can now fit on the radar:Memorial Lake Louie Brewing, of Arena, Wisconsin, has been acquired by Wisconsin Brewing Co. of Verona. The Wisconsin State Journal says it's likely the first merger of one brick-and-mortar Wisconsin brewer with another. And in Indiana, Saint John Malt Brothers has bought out St. John's other brewer, 95ate5 Brewpub. The move comes as SJMB was being pushed out of its current location, and was building a production brewery at the same industrial park where 95ate5 is located. (NWI Times)...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 24-26

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 24-26
Plainfield has another new brewer on the scene, as Garage Band Brewing opens up downtown. I should have expanded this listing to include events for Memorial Day, but experience has shown that there are not that many craft beer events on a Monday holiday: firstly, many places are normally closed on Monday. And most people are off doing holiday and memorial things. And things are naturally a little slow after Dark Lord weekend and Illinois Craft Beer Week. But it is beer festival season, and we have a few more here, with even more coming as the summer moves along. Enjoy...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 20-23
I've finally finished with Dark Lord Day and Illinois Craft Beer Week events. So I can take it a little easy this week. But I see my blog has gotten a bit more of an echo lately, judging from the spam get-rich-quick schemes I deleted from my comments queue. Yay...
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Craft Beer Review: Two Brothers 22nd Anniversary

I have a little time now between long, long calendar articles about ICBW and Dark Lord Day to slip in a beer. It’s a special edition that I picked up in March, so I’d best write it up while it’s still available. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing celebrates their 22nd anniversary this year. Starting out as... Read more »

Dark Lord Day Beer Weekend, May 17-19

Dark Lord Day Beer Weekend, May 17-19
So I've finally gotten a good list of events for Dark Day Weekend; including Dark Lord Day itself. I know, DLD is actually sold out, but there is a lot going on related to it. And there re so-o-o-o many other beer fests from Munster to Rockford. I still need to plug in a few more Illinois Craft Beer Week events for Friday. I've been totally swamped with work that involves getting paid. But you can see what's going on, at illinoisbeer.org/icbw/...

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 13-16

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 13-16
I'm posting this late Saturday noght while I'm still putting in events for Illinois Craft Beer Week, as well as unrelated beer fun. Meantime, there's been a major shakeup in the craft beer scene, as Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) has announced the purchase of Dogfish Head in a $300 million deal. Dogfish founder Sam Calagione would get a seat on Boston Beer's board of directors. (Fortune)...
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Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 10-12

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 10-12
Illinois Craft Beer Week has begun. I am picking out some featured events and adding them to listing that aren't necessarily ICBW related. For a full schedule of IBCW events, check out illinoisbeer.org/icbw/ There's been a lot of local brewery news this week. First off, Vice District Brewing was suddenly evicted from their South Loop space on Tuesday. Guys Drinking Beer has dug into the legal issues, and found that Vice District has had issues with unpaid bills, and legal in-fighting among the principals. They had opened in 2014 as the first brewer in the South Loop area. A production facility opened in Homewood in 2018 had its own set of problems with municipal code and sewer issues. Co-founder Curtis Tarver was  recently elected as State Representative for Illinois’ 25th District. Update (May 9): Vice District has posted a brief message on their Facebook page:
The recent occupancy confusion is a result of ongoing discussion between our entity and the landlord. We are working toward settlement. Vice is looking to reopen soon in the South Loop and continue to operate our Homewood location.
In more positive news: Pollyanna Brewing has been granted a liquor license to open a taproom at 106 S. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles. Pollyanna would share the space with a sports bar/restaurant to be called Flagship on the Fox. One of the partners in the new venture is sports reporter Jarrett Payton, the son of the late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. The location had previously housed other businesses, including including River Rockhouse and Chord on Blues. (Kane County Chronicle)
Marz Community Brewing is looking at a second location, a three-barrel brewery and tap room at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave., a triangular former bank building. (Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune) Greg Shuff, who launched DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery and Provisions, is planning a third brewpub in River North, at 600 N. Michigan Ave. The second floor space had been a Heaven on Seven restaurant until it was ordered to vacate in 2015. The new venture, called Crushed by Giants, will share the building with Under Armor and AMC movie theatre. (Josh Noel, Tribune)...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 6-9

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 6-9
We are headed into the flurry of events that makes up Illinois Craft Beer Week starting this Friday. I will likely be posting these articles a day earlier, and continue to fill in more events as I can. And I'll have plenty of events that are not tied in to ICBW...

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Lagur

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Lagur
After I put in several hours this weekend on my second spare job it’s time to sit back or put a few things on the grill and enjoy another beer that has been sent to me by the brewery for my comment. Lagunitas Brewing has sent me a can of their new summer lager, named,... Read more »
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Craft Beer Review: Haymarket Joe Maddon's "Try Not to Suck"

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In the next week or two I’ll be tied up posting selected events for Illinois Craft Beer Week. But I have managed to post a few of my One-Take Beer Reviews to YouTube lately. My video production has increased and improved with the latest version of iMovie, I must admit. So here’s one of local... Read more »
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