Local Beer Review: Tocayo Hominy White Ale

Local Beer Review: Tocayo Hominy White Ale
I’ve been knocked back by a cold for the past week, which rendered me unable to enjoy the subtler points of a decent beer. But now I think I can get into my stash of beers that I bought myself for the purpose of a review. Tocayo Brewing Company is a joint venture with Chicago... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 27–30

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 27–30
Spring is finally here, if the release of Bell's Oberon American wheat beer is any indication. But for those who still want a fresh taste of something dark and wintry, Piece has a barley wine release, and KBS arrives this coming weekend...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 24-26

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 24-26
This weekend sees the opening of yet another brewpub in Chicago. And tickets go on sale for Beer Under Glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The May 18th event marks the start of Chicago Craft Beer Week, which will run through May 25. Tickets are already on sale for Durty Nellie's 23rd Annual Spring Beer Fest, coming Saturday, May 6 at Durty Nellie's of Palatine. Over 30 brewers are already confirmed for sampling. Details and tickets at Ticketfly...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 20-23
Chicago's Craft Beer scene takes only a slight breather after St. Patrick's Day. But we just had the sellout of tickets for Dark Lord Day, and there's March Madness. That usually brings ongoing specials, while this list necessarily focuses on one-day beer events. But I'm betting we'll see more listing at Final Four time...

St. Patrick's Day Beers #8: Guinness Draught

St. Patrick's Day Beers #8: Guinness Draught
After writing up some nice Irish Stouts and Red Ales (and Lagers), I wanted to come back to the granddaddy of them all. I can’t really let a St. Patrick’s Day—and in Chicago, it’s never just a “day”—go by without having had at least one Guinness, poured from a nitro tap in a proper setting.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer St. Patrick's Weekend, March 17-19

Chicago Craft Beer St. Patrick's Weekend, March 17-19
While I’m punching out this article a little earlier, I am still adding content to the Google Calendar that feeds this page. If you’ve got the parades and giant green leprechaun hats out of your system, there are still plenty of St. Patrick-themed events this weekend. And you don’t need dispensation from me to eat... Read more »
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St. Patrick's Day Beers #7: Sun King Ring of Dingle

St. Patrick's Day Beers #7: Sun King Ring of Dingle
My series of stories on Irish-style stouts and red ales seems to have gotten some traction. A couple of other brewers’ PR reps have asked me to write up their beers, too. So here I go again, making it clear that this was a beer sent to me as a promotion, and if I seem... Read more »

Chicago St. Patrick's Week Beer Events, March 13-16

Chicago St. Patrick's Week Beer Events, March 13-16
So the green Chicago River has already come and gone, leaving just the actual St. Patrick's Day coming up on Friday. What might be happening in the week leading up to this day? Look below. As always, there may be more last minute events being added to this calendar, so check back often...

St. Patrick's Day Beers #6: Left Hand Fade to Black Foreign Export Stout

St. Patrick's Day Beers #6: Left Hand Fade to Black Foreign Export Stout
I’m making it to a half-dozen in my round up of Stouts and Irish-style red beers for your St. Patrick’s Day consideration. Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, CO began its “Fade to Black” series of black beers in 2009 with this Vol. 1, a Foreign Export Stout. The description from the Left Hand website... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 10-12

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 10-12
We head into the weekend of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, then on Sunday, the South Side Irish Parade, to my mind, the more fun parade you can see in this town. So there are already plenty of Irish-themed craft beer events in Chicago and environs. I am trying to hold to... Read more »
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