Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 12-15

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 12-15
There are still more Veterans Day events for the Monday observance this week. Also more Bourbon County and Festival of Barrel Aged Beer previews...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 9-11

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 9-11
It’s another weekend with so much going on. We have a lead-in to next weekend’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, previews for the Bourbon County Stout Black Wednesday/Friday release, and other wintry big beers. I’m finding some places offering specials to veterans for Veterans Day, either Sunday the 11th, or the Monday holiday following. I will... Read more »

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sparkling Swan

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sparkling Swan
I may have noticed the next beer trend for 2018. Or maybe it’s just a holiday season trend. Something to take our minds of pumpkin spice. This past weekend, I sampled a Sparkling Rosé Ale by Forbidden Root. Now I have a bottle of Sparkling Swan from Lagunitas Brewing Company, which was sent to me... Read more »
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Local Beer Review: Energy City Milkshake Haida

Local Beer Review: Energy City Milkshake Haida
I’m always happy to pop the cap on a Chicago area brewer for my first time. And I was rather surprised to see this one when I discovered it. Energy City Brewing is a small brewery in downtown Batavia. It’s been known a wide palette of pale ales, many in the “milkshake category, or made... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 5-8

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 5-8
Hey, did you enjoy that extra hour of drinking or sleeping with the bounce back to Standard Time? Good. Some bars have thought to offer specials on Election Day for people with their "I Voted" stickers, but they were informed that they can't have specials or give away beer for that kind of incentive. Still, be sure to get out there and vote. Meantime, we have the parade of imperial stout releases leading up to Black Friday, and even more events around the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer, coming up November 16 & 17 (some tickets are still available)...

Guinness Puts Your Face on a "STOUTie" in Dublin

Guinness Puts Your Face on a "STOUTie" in Dublin
So yeah, a lot of stories can come my way. Some of them just make you want to go “Hmmm”. I can see this kind of technology coming to bars near us soon, so now you can say you read it here first. The Guinness Storehouse, the museum and taproom for the St. James Gate... Read more »
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Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, November 2-4

Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, November 2-4
The end of Halloween marks the start of big beer season! We are seeing previews and food collaborations with Bourbon County Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout (with Kentucky Breakfast Stout tagging close behind), Surly Darkness, and a day for barrel-aged and sour beers. We also have tappings for the Mr. IPA-Nut beer, and Church Street’s hemp... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut
Perhaps I added, in my own small way, to the hoopla over Mr. IPA-Nut, the collaboration between Lombard’s Noon Whistle Brewing and Planters (Kraft Heinz) Peanuts. The beer went on sale just last Friday, and sold out within a few days. At least the few Binny’s I tried had already run out on Monday. So... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale

Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale
A little rain came our way Saturday evening, for the last weekend of October and it’s getting colder. But that rarely stops most people from firing up the grill, so I’m throwing on some sausages while I pop another beer that I have purchased for review. Empirical Brewing is a small brewery with its stainless... Read more »
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Halloween Beer Events in Chicago, October 29 - November 1

Halloween Beer Events in Chicago, October 29 - November 1
It turned out that the weekend before Halloween has had more going on than Halloween itself. Coming as it does in the middle of the week...
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