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Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer tickets on sale Saturday

Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer tickets on sale Saturday
A lot of news has been getting by me due to circumstances I've hashed in extreme detail before, but here's a quick catch-up to this deadline: Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 1 for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's 10th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged beer! This year's FOBAB, as we call it, will take place Saturday, November 17 at  the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago. Sales start at 11:59 a.m. through BrownPaperTickets.com. There will be admissions to two tasting sessions: 1:00 − 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 − 10:00 p.m. Taster tickets are $45 and include a commemorative tasting glass, 16 two-ounce sample tickets, and a souvenir program.  Additional sample tickets and food are available for purchase.  Designated driver tickets will be sold for $10. While previously tickets have remained available for a few days, the booming craft beer scene leads me to suggest you prepare to avoid a possible quick sellout...

Putting Gluten-Free Beers to the taste test

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Sad to think about, but there are people who like beer, but can’t deal with some of the ingredients. I can kind of relate, since I need to watch my blood sugar and sometimes get sneezing fits near fresh hops, but I won’t pretend that’s anywhere near the same level as someone suffering from Gluten... Read more »

UPDATED: White House MAY disclose homebrew recipes

UPDATED: White House MAY disclose homebrew recipes
Update: Just after I posted this article based on information I got this afternoon, I was led by Reddit to a Tweet by White House press secretary Jay Carney this evening, in which he suggests he may be changing his mind:
Jay Carney (EOP) Jay Carney (EOP)Verified ‏@PressSec Got a Q today on @wethepeople petition asking us to share WH beer recipe: http://wh.gov/4y9b  If it reaches the threshold, we'll release it
Will the kitchen staff cooperate? We may find out sooner than later.
There was some buzz again this month again regarding the beer being brewed at the White House. It started with the reveal of a "White House Honey Ale" at President Obama's 2011 Super Bowl Party. Later, there were erroneous reports that more homebrew was being served during White House St. Patrick's Day Events. Last September, President Obama served a White House Honey Blonde Ale at the behest of Medal of Honor awardee, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, on the Rose Garden patio. Two weeks ago, the President confirmed that the small homebrewing setup was still operating, and that a supply of the beer is kept in stock. Mr. Obama even gave a bottle of the Honey Ale to a customer during a campaign stop in Iowa. It's know that there are at least three varieties of White House homebrew: the Honey Ale, Honey Blonde Ale, and a Honey Porter, all made with, you guessed it, honey from the beehive in the White House Kitchen Garden...
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Oskar Blues debut week events

Oskar Blues debut week events
This is the week that another Colorado brewer brings its popular beers to the Chicago market! Oskar Blues is opening here, as described in this article. To celebrate, they have nearly 60 tappings and events throughout the area. Here are some of the highlights provided by OB's promotional people: (Note: There's a slight correction from the local Oskar Blues people. The Jake Melnick's event was listed for Thursday; but it's now been changed to Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.) Tuesday, August 21 7:00 p.m. • Fountainhead: 1970 W. Montrose Ave. "It Might Get Rocky" Colorado Tap Takeover Charity Event. Proceeds to benefit victims of the Aurora theatre shooting and western wildfires) Oskar Blues special firkin, draft and cans featured. Also tapping Colorado brewers Left Hand, Breckenridge, Avery, New Belgium, Boulder Brewing, Great Divide and SKA. More information at their Facebook Page. 7:00 p.m. • Fischman Liquors: 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tasting with all available draft and cans featured 7:00 p.m. • Hopleaf: 5148 N. Clark St. All available draft and can Oskar Blues products featured 7:00 p.m. • Old Town Pour House: 1419 N. Wells St. Featuring drafts of Dale Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Gubna 7:00 p.m. •  The Publican: 837 W. Fulton Market Prix Fixe Beer and Food Pairing with multiple drafts and cans...

Oskar Blues now shakes its can in Chicago

Oskar Blues now shakes its can in Chicago
This week, Chicago’s craft beer universe expands just a little bit more. That’s one more variation on the same headline, but I get to write them a lot these days. That’s because Oskar Blues Brewery of Colorado begins selling their exclusively canned beers in the Chicago market. And they’re kicking off with a series of launch events the week of September 20. Oskar Blues has gained a strong following here even before they’ve arrived, being one of the many beers on which fans slip out to Wisconsin to stock up. They weren’t just one of the first canning craft brewers, but one of the first to can high-octane “Imperial” styles. The expansion into the Chicago market, through Windy City Distribution is part of an expansion that includes an second brewing facility in North Carolina...

Local beer news: 5 Rabbit and Broad Shoulders

Local beer news: 5 Rabbit and Broad Shoulders
First: an apology. Updates have been very few and far between because it is getting to be crunch time for me to find that elusive thing called "a job." That means not only sending out a lot more applications, but trying to update my home page so it looks less like I made it in 1996… which I did. Yes, I linked to it. Go ahead and laugh. And this big news broke just as I was off to pick up the kids from their grandparents' home in Iowa. Yes, I'm talking about the big news that 5 Rabbit Cervecería has poached head Brewer John J. Hall from Goose Island. They even sent me the news release as I was headed out the door. Best I can do for now is present that blurb in most of its entirety...
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Hopothesis IPA debuts at the Beer Bistro

Hopothesis IPA debuts at the Beer Bistro
August 2 was National IPA Day. Probably another one of those "fake holidays" invented to sell India Pale Ale greeting cards and hop candy, I'm guessing. But as it happens, I have an appointment to meet someone who's been making IPAs...
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