I've finally finished with Dark Lord Day and Illinois Craft Beer Week events. So I can take it a little easy this week. But I see my blog has gotten a bit more of an echo lately, judging from the spam get-rich-quick schemes I deleted from my comments queue. Yay...
I have a little time now between long, long calendar articles about ICBW and Dark Lord Day to slip in a beer. It’s a special edition that I picked up in March, so I’d best write it up while it’s still available. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing celebrates their 22nd anniversary this year. Starting out as... Read more »
So I've finally gotten a good list of events for Dark Day Weekend; including Dark Lord Day itself. I know, DLD is actually sold out, but there is a lot going on related to it. And there re so-o-o-o many other beer fests from Munster to Rockford.
I still need to plug in a few more Illinois Craft Beer Week events for Friday. I've been totally swamped with work that involves getting paid. But you can see what's going on, at illinoisbeer.org/icbw/
I'm posting this late Saturday noght while I'm still putting in events for Illinois Craft Beer Week
, as well as unrelated beer fun.
Meantime, there's been a major shakeup in the craft beer scene, as Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) has announced the purchase of Dogfish Head in a $300 million deal. Dogfish founder Sam Calagione would get a seat on Boston Beer's board of directors. (Fortune
Illinois Craft Beer Week has begun. I am picking out some featured events and adding them to listing that aren't necessarily ICBW related. For a full schedule of IBCW events, check out illinoisbeer.org/icbw/
There's been a lot of local brewery news this week. First off, Vice District Brewing was suddenly evicted from their South Loop space on Tuesday. Guys Drinking Beer
has dug into the legal issues, and found that Vice District has had issues with unpaid bills, and legal in-fighting among the principals. They had opened in 2014 as the first brewer in the South Loop area. A production facility opened in Homewood in 2018 had its own set of problems with municipal code and sewer issues. Co-founder Curtis Tarver was recently elected as State Representative for Illinois’ 25th District. Update (May 9):
Vice District has posted a brief message on their Facebook page
Marz Community Brewing
The recent occupancy confusion is a result of ongoing discussion between our entity and the landlord. We are working toward settlement. Vice is looking to reopen soon in the South Loop and continue to operate our Homewood location.
In more positive news: Pollyanna Brewing
has been granted a liquor license to open a taproom at 106 S. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles. Pollyanna would share the space with a sports bar/restaurant to be called Flagship on the Fox. One of the partners in the new venture is sports reporter Jarrett Payton, the son of the late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. The location had previously housed other businesses, including including River Rockhouse and Chord on Blues. (Kane County Chronicle
is looking at a second location, a three-barrel brewery and tap room at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave., a triangular former bank building. (Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune
Greg Shuff, who launched DryHop Brewers
and Corridor Brewery and Provisions
, is planning a third brewpub in River North, at 600 N. Michigan Ave. The second floor space had been a Heaven on Seven restaurant until it was ordered to vacate in 2015. The new venture, called Crushed by Giants, will share the building with Under Armor and AMC movie theatre. (Josh Noel, Tribune
We are headed into the flurry of events that makes up Illinois Craft Beer Week
starting this Friday. I will likely be posting these articles a day earlier, and continue to fill in more events as I can. And I'll have plenty of events that are not
tied in to ICBW...
After I put in several hours this weekend on my second spare job it’s time to sit back or put a few things on the grill and enjoy another beer that has been sent to me by the brewery for my comment. Lagunitas Brewing has sent me a can of their new summer lager, named,... Read more »
In the next week or two I’ll be tied up posting selected events for Illinois Craft Beer Week. But I have managed to post a few of my One-Take Beer Reviews to YouTube lately. My video production has increased and improved with the latest version of iMovie, I must admit. So here’s one of local... Read more »
I'm posting this with about a dozen more events to fill in, just to get this up.It's another weekend with many "holidays:" Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo, and the latest "May the Fourth Be With You." Plus we have some brewers and establishments celebrating an anniversary.
And as a reminder, we have Illinois Craft Beer Week kicking off next weekend. I'll try to restrict myself to highlight events, and meantime, you can see events or download their app at illinoisbeer.org/icbw/
Just so you know, we did NOT get a chance to see "Avengers: Endgame" this weekend. So I will need to wean myself off the internet as much as possible. And McDonald's has the not-dusted characters as Happy Meal toys, so for God's sake, just use the drive-through. I'll try to check in on the internet to keep this column up to date, however...