Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 23-26

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 23-26
A lighter week this week, with a smattering of beer dinners, benefits, and tappings of popular beers in Chicago...

Local Beer Roundup: Haymarket's Canned Beers

Local Beer Roundup: Haymarket's Canned Beers
I’m intending to set up a series of pages on each brewer in this area, with a background and my impressions of their flagship brews. Here’s the first one. Haymarket Pub & Brewery opened on Christmas Eve, 2010. It was founded by Pete Crowley, previously the brewmaster at Rock Bottom Chicago, and in my recollection, was... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 20-22

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 20-22
I thought the winter weather in Chicago would be gone by now. Well, it is warming up slightly. Just enough to enjoy various holidays: 4/20, Record Store Day, and Earth Day. And enjoy them with some beer...
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Two Brothers Nail Pulling on Saturday

Two Brothers Nail Pulling on Saturday
Hmm… that headline somehow doesn’t sound like very much fun, does it? Let me go on: Two Brothers Brewing Co. is hosting an exclusive “Nail Pulling Party” at the Two Brothers brewery in Warrenville, Saturday, April 21. The party is in celebration of their annual opening of their beer archives where they will feature rare... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Rogue Cold Brew IPA

Beer by the Grill: Rogue Cold Brew IPA
I have been bound and determined to get some grill marks on something this weekend. So I got a recipe for marinated cube steaks and grilled potato planks. Instead of doing my own recipe, I just pulled them straight off the net, so I’m just linking to them here. (Okay, I ran out of Worcestershire... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 16-19

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 16-19
What's going on this week, besides a belated tax filing deadline? Gerritt Lewis of Pipeworks Brewing Co. has announced that they have closed on a space on California at Logan Blvd. to be turned into a future brewpub space for the current production only brewery. Gerritt announced the deal on his Facebook page. Like Minds Brewing, which started out in Chicago before moving operations to Milwaukee, sold it brewing space to another beer company, then decided to call it quits. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had the details...
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Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Dry Hopped Censored

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Dry Hopped Censored
I am determined to get out a couple of beer reviews this weekend, maybe with some cube steaks defrosting right now, if the rain lets up. Meantime, let’s get a beer tested out while it’s still fresh. Lagunitas Brewing Co. has sent over a Dry Hopped limited version of their Censored amber ale. Beer fans... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 13-15
The wintry weather is finally — FINALLY going away. Good weekend to get outside and have a beer...

Local Beer Review: BuckleDown Citra Clencher

Local Beer Review: BuckleDown Citra Clencher
I’ve got even more local beers to write up, which I bought myself for this purpose, to go with the “Previews” of beers sent to me. So let’s reach into one of the cases in my cellar and… BuckleDown Brewing of near southwestern Lyons has had a Double IPA called Clencher pretty much since it... Read more »
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Beer Preview: Kona Kanaha and Koko Brown

Beer Preview: Kona Kanaha and Koko Brown
I thought I could be doing a “Beer By the Grill” feature this weekend, but drat it if it’s not still winter. And I’ve got a big ham just aching for some grill marks and pineapple. Well, these have been sent to me by the brewer’s people for review, and I want to get to... Read more »
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