Archive for July 2012

Lagunitas Fusion VIII made by local homebrewer

Lagunitas Fusion VIII made by local homebrewer
Lagunitas Brewing Company continued its push for the hearts and minds of Chicago homebrewers last Monday by… oh, not quite like that,  but they did host a premiere party for one of its limited edition beers, which was formulated in the Chicago area. Steve Kamp of southern Beecher had won a Lagunitas sponsored homebrewing contest... Read more »

A look at Shandys and Radlers for summer

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Used to be talking about Shandy meant sticking your neck out. Beer nerds didn’t care much for having their brew diluted with lemonade or soda. That’s the pathway to Mike’s Hard Lemonade, we’d say. At least that’s how I saw it. But as we continue to embrace more beer styles, we’ve come to admit finding these beverages can be just the right thing on a hot summer day like, oh, right now. More brewers have been working with the style, adding their own variations to the mix. Some brewpubs have reserved a tap for one of their own beers blended with lemonade. The House of Shandy, based in Vermont, apparently will be a shandy-only company, with its first product, Curious Traveler, being contract brewed by Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams)...

Baderbrau returns! Talking to the new owner of Baderbrau Brewing Co.

Baderbrau returns! Talking to the new owner of Baderbrau Brewing Co.
The year 1988 marked the true beginning of the craft beer movement in Chicago. That's when the Goose Island Brewpub opened in a former Turtle Wax factory, the Weinkeller in Berwyn began making its own beer. The Tap and Growler (now Jak's Tap) and Sieben's Bierstube (no relation to Chicago's original brewing Sieben family, as I'll be reminded) had opened the year before. Baderbräu n a bottleAnd Baderbräu came out on draft, later becoming the first new bottled Chicago beer in stores since the Peter Hand (Meister Brau) brewery closed in 1977. Baderbräu was made in Elmhurst by the Pavichevich Brewing Co. until its foreclosure in 1997 (nothing changes, does it). The brand languished in limbo until being bought Robert Sama, co-founder of the new Baderbrau Brewing Co. After extensive research and no doubt tasty experimentation, Sama and his partners have brought Baderbräu Chicago Pilsener back, both on tap, and in bottles at the Binny's Beverage Depot chain...

Craft Beer Preview: Newcastle Summer Ale

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If you’ve been following my little beer videos, you’ve likely noticed that  the US agency for Newcastle Brown Ale has been sending me their seasonals to talk about. So we are now ready to taste out their current offering, Newcastle Summer Ale. This is another specialty beer made under the Newcastle label by fellow Heineken property, Caledonian,... Read more »

MillerCoors assimilates brands and equipment of Michigan Brewing

MillerCoors assimilates brands and equipment of Michigan Brewing
The brands and brewing equipment for Michigan Brewing Company, which was liquidated at auction on June 21, were purchased by MillerCoors. MBC was evicted from its Webberville, MI premises in April when it couldn’t meet its debt obligations. Most of the buyers were not known at the time of the sale. But last week, MillerCoors... Read more »
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