Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 19-21
While Hopslam season continues, we are firing up the calendar of beer fests in and near Chicago...

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy
I’ve got more beers that have been sent to me by the brewer for comment, so let’s get to it. Lagunitas Brewing Co. has dropped me a can of Sumpin’ Easy, a new year-round canned release. It’s an American Pale Ale, with a touch of wheat in its malt, and Ekuanot hops, a fruity hop... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Stone Berlin Sticks n' Stones

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The first part of the year is a good time to acquaint new readers with what goes on here. So for this post, I’m bringing up the subject of beer reviews. I basically have two kinds of articles about beers I’m drinking: 1) the regular “beer review” of a beer I bought with my own allowance... Read more »
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Vertical Beer Tasting with Trader Joe's Vintage Ales

Vertical Beer Tasting with Trader Joe's Vintage Ales
A popular event for craft beer fans and home brewers is the “Vertical Tasting.” It’s a gathering in which vintage-dated beers are brought together to see how they age over time. As an example, Anchor Brewing’s Our Special Ale, their Christmas beer, is a popular vertical subject. It has somewhat set the standard for beers... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 15-18

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 15-18
Hopslam Release week is in full swing. If you're not ready yet for a blast of hoppy, there are more stout events and releases. And Surly Brewing, with a new distributor, is back in the Chicago market...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 12-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 12-14
Bell's Hopslam Double IPA arrives in Chicago this weekend. But there are plenty of big black stouts tapping around Chicago...
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2017 Chicago Beer Review

2017 Chicago Beer Review
I’ve wanted to paste together an outline of all the Chicago area brewery openings and closings in 2017. So here we go. The year started with a concern that perhaps the “craft beer bubble” might finally be bursting, when Ale Syndicate lost its lease in December 2016, causing them, and their brewery partners Arcade Brewing... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 8-11
Wouldya believe Haymarket Pub has been open 7 years? That calls for  beer! And here are some other places around Chicago for a glass or two...

I Finally Got Founders' Canadian Breakfast Stout

I Finally Got Founders' Canadian Breakfast Stout
As you know, the holy grail of beer for the past month had been Canadian Breakfast Stout. This beer is an imperial version of Founders Brewing Co’s Breakfast Stout, the same base beer as for their Kentucky Breakfast Stout, but aged in bourbon barrels that had originally held maple syrup. Got it? I’m guessing those... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 5-7
This weekend remains pretty light, as we recover from holidays and imperial stout tappings. Buy keep an eye peeling, as we are still have more BCS and CBS events on their way, plus the start of Hopslam season...
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