Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 20-23
I'm pushing this article out a little later, because I spent Saturday at the Sox game with some beer-drinking friends. So let's get things going...

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Passion Grass

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Passion Grass
Got more beers in the cellar to write about. So here’s another one that’s been sent to me by Lagunitas Brewing Co. for my comment. Passion Grass is the latest in their “One-Hitter” series of limited releases, a joint venture between Lagunitas and Short’s Brewing of Bellaire, MI. It’s described as “A West by Midwest... Read more »

5 Rabbit's Anti-Trump Beer Becomes Documentary Movie

5 Rabbit's Anti-Trump Beer Becomes Documentary Movie
There’s been a story in Chicago’s craft beer world. One that does not involve a brewery getting bought out by a multinational brewing corporation. Instead, it involves a protest by 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. This brewery, owned by Latin American immigrants, has been making the house beer for the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. When... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 17-19

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 17-19
Is Goose island still playing games with its 2018 Bourbon County Stout program? Beer news site tenmu.com has found a keg label approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), for a Bourbon County Brand Hazy Milkshake Stout 2018, an "imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with blended whole apricots and lactose added." Is Goose Island spending money on regulatory filings just to troll beer geeks? Is there a Bourbon County Glitter Stout in the wings? goose-island-bourbon-county-brand-hazy-milkshake-stout-2018-feature...

City Barbeque Features Local Beer

Condiment station at City Barbeque.
I should have posted this much sooner, but what with this, that, and the other thing, I am finally posting and letting you know that the City Barbeque in Downers Grove (1034 W. Odgen Ave.) is opening to the public today, August 13. The first 50 guests will receive at $10 gift card, T-shirt and... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 13-16

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 13-16
Goose Island Beer has finally issued the list of Bourbon County Stout variants for its upcoming Black Friday release in November. Initial regulatory filings of label art that suggested there would be Neapolitan and Horchata variants, apparently to "throw beer nerds off the trail." The official announcement lists these variants:
  • Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Reserve Bourbon County Brand Stout (aged in 12-year-old Elijah Craig Barrel Proof bourbon barrels)
  • Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (blended with dark chocolate and two types of cocoa nibs)
  • Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine
  • Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout (aged in rye whiskey barrels, then with an addition of raspberry and blackberry juice and puree)
  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine (with Intelligentsia coffee beans from Guatemala)
  • Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout (made with chocolate and orange zest)
The Bourbon County lineup was first reported August 9 by USA Today...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 10-12

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 10-12
Get out your programs and scorecards, folks. We have another name change for a Chicago beer brewer: Whiskey Hill BrewingMyths and Legends Brewing in Westmont, which had started its existence as Urban Legend Brewing, is changing its name again to Whiskey Hill Brewing Co. The change also involves an apparent expansion of their current location, with a tasting room, food, more seating, and video games. M&L's Facebook page shows only one more event this weekend, with the rest appearing on Whiskey Hill's events list. And be sure to pencil in Wolfden Brewing, opening in Bloomingdale Saturday, between the Tollway and Stratford Square Mall on 112 W. Lake St...

A Break with Epic Burger's Shakes

A Break with Epic Burger's Shakes
Because I am a beer blogger, I get put down as a “food blogger.” And somehow I am an “influencer.” So first off, thanks to all of you who come and read this. Epic Burger, the Chicago-based gourmet hamburger chain, has debuted a milkshake bar across its eight area locations. To mark the occasion, they’ve... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 6 - 9

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 6 - 9
There's a new dust-up in the regional beer scene. Toppling Goliath, the fan-favorite brewery in Decorah, IA, has sued its former head brewer, Chris Flenker. Flenker had worked for TG until January 2017, under terms of a noncompete contract that said he couldn't work for another brewery within 150 miles of Decorah for two years. But Flenker has been named head brewer of Thew Brewing Co., a startup brewer in nearby Cedar Rapids. The story appears in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Meantime, people commenting on the case have been finding themselves blocked from TG's Twitter feeds and other social media. Meantime, we have these events, leading to the weekend with Great taste of the Midwest, and the Lagunitas Beer Circus...
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Cherry Jane

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Cherry Jane
I’m trying to bring a happier ending to some pretty crappy past few weeks. First, just a week or two after putting a new muffler in the older Beeronaut Excursion Vehicle, the BEV decided to die completely. At 2:00 am. On Roosevelt Road. After several hours spent with my little girl in the ER. I... Read more »
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