Archive for October 2010

Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale in cans

Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale in cans
Seems there was a time when the word “pumpkin,” “onion,” and “beer” just shouldn’t go together. But now they do, and just in time for the holidays. The Wild Onion Brewing Co. of Lake Barrington has issued its popular Pumpkin Ale in cans, available at stores around Chicago and ‘burbs. The beer described as a... Read more »

Bhut Chile Beer tapping at Flossmoor Station

Bhut Chile Beer tapping at Flossmoor Station
Hello. My name is Mark… “Hi, Mark!” And I am a chile-head. I’ve had the pepper monkey on back for, oh, about 25 years now. Just last month, I made some chili for my family and, I… I… made a second pot all for myself with a bunch of Habaneros from my secret stash! I... Read more »

Goose Island brewing off-site to meet demand, pave way for expansion

Goose Island brewing off-site to meet demand, pave way for expansion
This has been a “known” rumor among Chicago’s beer community, and was reported by in August. Now, Goose Island Beer Company has officially announced an agreement to brew some of their beers at Redhook Ales‘ facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire over the next three years. The agreement should help Goose Island meet increasing demand... Read more »

Hosting an "Impromptu" beer tasting

Hosting an "Impromptu" beer tasting
As a certifiable beer geek, I do have, yes, a room in the basement that serves as my “cellar,” holding a couple hundred beer bottles and my currently idle homebrew pots. So many of these beers are high-alcohol behemoths (including yes, Three Floyds Behemoth) in 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, which I really would... Read more »
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