Local Craft Beer Review: Hopothesis Drafty Windows, Riedel Glass

Local Craft Beer Review: Hopothesis Drafty Windows, Riedel Glass
Catching up with my backlog of beer reviews, all in the service of writing more this weekend. This one I wrote while enjoying a beer out on the patio on August 6. This time I am grilling a pizza outside, because we’re having problems with the oven not lighting up but still pouring gas into... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 22-25

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 22-25
Monday, August 22 6:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ SJMB Tap Takeover Karma Cigar Bar, 850 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville, IN Join Saint John Malt Brothers at Karma Cigar Bar for a Tap Takeover! Located off of RT. 30 in Merrillville, IN. 6:30 pm ♦ Gluten-Free Cider Dinner Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook,... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Forbidden Root Money on My Rind in Reidel Beer Glass

Beer by the Grill: Forbidden Root Money on My Rind in Reidel Beer Glass
I’ve been backed up up with writeups of beers once again. This was done out by the grill on a rainy July 30. And I’m sampling both a beer and a glass that was sent to me for my comments. Saturday afternoon, and I see we may have a few hours between raindrops. So I’m... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend: August 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend: August 19-21
Friday, August 19 11:00 am ♦ Arcade Brewery Firkin & Tap Feature Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665 Arcade Brewery beers on tap: FIRKIN! Virtua Hop ● American Pale Ale ● 6.2% ABV ON TAP! Arcade Double Grapefruit IPA ● American IPA ● 6.3% ABV 4:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings... Read more »

Ales from the Cellar: Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine 2004

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I have a few more beer reviews and previews queued up to publish, so let’s get on to it. “Ales from the Cellar” is yet another line of reviews I’m starting up to cover beers that I have been aging for a year or more. Sometimes a lot more. I am taking a chance that... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events: August 15-18

Chicago Craft Beer Events: August 15-18
Monday, August 15 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ♦ Ticket Sales for Goose Island Belgian Fest 2016 Pay heed to this note, because tickets to this event have sold out almost instantaneously before. Belgian Fest 2016 takes place at Goose Island Clybourn on Sept. 25. Tickets will be on sale Monday at Noon, at Brown... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 12-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 12-14
It’s okay that you didn’t make it to the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison this Saturday. Of course I say this with the attitude of someone who has already been, and was able to take tasting notes on 50 beers in four hours. But really, we’ve got lots of beer event right here... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 8–11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 8–11
What’s happening in Chicago the weekend before Madison’s Great Taste of the Midwest? Read on… Monday, August 8 6:30 pm ♦ Lagunitas Beer Dinner Wildfire Oak Brook, 232 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL (630) 586-9000 Join us for a summer beer dinner featuring a four course custom menu paired with craft brews from Lagunitas Brewing... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 5-7
We have news Thursday night that the concern over the mosquito-borne Zika virus has caused Lagunitas Brewing Co. to cancel its planned Beer Circus in Miami, scheduled for August 27. The Chicago Edition is still going on September 10 at the Lagunitas tap house, but tickets are already sold out. Friday, August 5 Matt Van... Read more »
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Tales of Chicago Bars as Fischman's Announces Reopening

Tales of Chicago Bars as Fischman's Announces Reopening
I have a rather old piece of news here, but I did want to continue to get it out, since I had contacted people involved who were kind enough to reply. And even my late articles tend to get some look-see’s, so there are people for whom this will be news. Just one week after... Read more »
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