Chicago Beer Events, December 11-14

Chicago Beer Events, December 11-14
It's time for "12 Beers of Christmas" promotions, and more strong dark beers for the holidays! And by the way, we here at the ChicagoNow community are saying goodbye to Jimmy Greenfield, our Community Manager, which means—well, I'd say "boss" but that implies that this is a job, which it's not. But Jimmy has been the coordinator between somewhere around 1,500 bloggers and whatever part of the Tribune Co. or "tronc" manages this blog portal. Jimmy was with "CN" since it fired up in 2009. I joined in 2010 after disappointing performance with another, long-extinct blog portal, and Jimmy has been handy with advice and ideas, some of which I did not bother with: he suggested my Beer Events pages should just be of selected highlights, I went and worked out how to program it to be dynamic. And he's also encouraged us all in learning our way around WordPress as it was becoming the de facto standard in blogging and site-building. Adios, Jimmy!...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 8-10
After several debut events going back to Black Friday, there are still chances to score some Bourbon County Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout. But there are also barrel-aged releases from Buckledown, Revolution, Blue Island, and Begyle. And there's another beer fest the weekend to sample many more...

Review: Goose Island's Cooper Project Beers

Review: Goose Island's Cooper Project Beers
Today, December 5 as of my starting this article, is Repeal Day, noting the 84th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Of course, I thought to celebrate. The Standard Market near me was running a special at their CUBE bar, they were open earlier and I could hit it before work for a few tasters.... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 4-7

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 4-7
If you missed out on buying Canadian Breakfast Stout this weekend, as I did, there are a couple of places this week that'll have it on draft. And look for more Half Acre Big Hugs, and "End of Prohibition" celebrations...

Local Beer Review: Scorched Earth Rugged Coalminer

Local Beer Review: Scorched Earth Rugged Coalminer
Well, I didn’t get ahold of any Canadian Breakfast Stout, but that’s okay. I didn’t have the $25 for a bottle anyway. But, I have a few article ideas from my trip to the parents’ in Iowa, and I can get back to reviewing some local beers. In fact, I’m popping the cap on this... Read more »

Chicago CBS Craft Beer Weekend, December 1-3

Chicago CBS Craft Beer Weekend, December 1-3
Usually around these parts, CBS means the Chicago Beer Society, the ancient order of homebrewers that puts on many on our favorite beer events. This weekend, CBS means Canadian Breakfast Stout, the maple syrup barrel-aged variation of Founders Brewing's Kentucky Breakfast Stout that goes on sale this weekend for the first time since 2011. I have many events below where it will be going on sale or on tap. There are more sale points at Lakeshore Beverage's release here, that will be added to this list after I've posted. Just so you're prepared: I am hearing estimates of around $25 per 750 ml bottle. And then, on the local beat, Sunday is when Half Acre releases its imperial stout, Big Hugs. And Werk Force awakens its BBA Stout, Sleepy Bear. Be safe driving out there...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 27-30

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 27-30
Is it almost December already? Yikes! Luckily this is a slow week, so I can spend a little more time at the parents’ house instead of frantically posting those 80 (count ‘em!) Black Wednesday and Black Friday events. This week, the big release is Founders' Canadian Breakfast Stout, with Half Acre Big Hugs coming up this weekend...

Chicago Post-Black Friday Beer Weekend, November 25-26

Chicago Post-Black Friday Beer Weekend, November 25-26
Oh! I was so set on getting out to the parents’ house that I forgot I need to post this weekend’’s calendar, let alone the one for next week. And yes, there is life after Black Friday, although if you got your allotment of heavy imperial stouts, you probably might not think so right now...

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Eroica

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Eroica
I’m writing this in the last lull before the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I’ve been constantly updating the Black Wednesday and Black Friday calendar, and tomorrow will pack for the trip to Grandma’s. When we get back, we’ll be right into Christmas decorating mode. Just enough time to slip into one more beer that’s been sent... Read more »
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Chicago Thanksgiving Week with Craft Beer

Chicago Thanksgiving Week with Craft Beer
This is an unusually busy week, so much so that I've already posted separate Black Wednesday and Black Friday calendars and now that the ChicagoNow powers-that-be have restored the ability to make posts "sticky," I can post in advance and keep the most timely posts at the top of my blogroll. And I'll be able to take the kids off to see Grandma and Grandpa...
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