Archive for October 2012

Omission is a new player in the gluten-free beer market

Omission is a new player in the gluten-free beer market
This October has been Celiac Awareness Month,* intended to promote awareness of the autoimmune deficiency triggered by the consumption of the glutens found in wheat, barley, and other cereal grains. That’s right, the principal ingredient in beer. But the Craft Brew Alliance has been using this month to introduce their Omission gluten-free beer brand to... Read more »

Halloween 2012 Chicago craft beer calendar

Halloween 2012 Chicago craft beer calendar
As promised, I am bringing in some calendar highlights for the week of Halloween. It’s been a while since I’ve done my “rounds” of building the calendar, while I work on my job search and classwork, but the task just gets so much longer. Thanks to all the new brewers and increasing number of craft... Read more »

Pre-Halloween Calendar Highlights

Yes, I've returned briefly to my calendar columns by popular demand. My stats show me people are looking up Halloween craft-beer related events, and find only last year's list. So before I dive back in to hunting for a job and my class work, here is the first of two columns for this beeriest of holiday seasons...

Oskar Blues' Ten FIDY now in Chicago

Oskar Blues' Ten FIDY now in Chicago
Following Oskar Blues' entry in the Chicago beer market in August, the Colorado brewer has announced that its canned Imperial Stout, Ten FIDY, will make its debut here as a winter seasonal. The beer, which clocks in at 10.5% alcohol by volume (thus the name) is available in Chicago this week on tap and in cans at SmallBar DivisionThe Owl and Jake Melnick’s, and will appear elsewhere until February. A news release from Oskar Blues describes Ten FIDY as a "…titanic, immensely viscous stout…, loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee that hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt." Ten FIDY scores at 100 percentile at, and a 95 at

Deschutes Brewery beers to debut in Chicago in January

Deschutes Brewery beers to debut in Chicago in January
Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon has announced it has made a distribution deal with Wirtz Beverage Group to distribute its beers in Chicago starting in January, 2013. “We’re thrilled to partner with Deschutes as we launch into the craft beer market in Illinois,” explained Julian Burzynski, Wirtz Beverage Illinois Senior Vice President in a press... Read more »

Area winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival

Area winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival
The Chicago region was once again well represented at the 2012 Great American beer Festival, held this week at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Area brewers swept all three medals in the highly contested American Pale Ale category, and homebrewer Scott Pointon took a silver in the ProAm competition.
Brewer Beer Category Style Entries Medal
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier 4 Fruit Wheat Beer 38 Bronze
Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL Brickstone APA 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Gold
DESTIHL, Normal, IL Strawberry Blonde Ale 3 Fruit Beer 58 Bronze
Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL India Pale Ale 48 English-Style India Pale Ale 54 Gold
Piece Brewery, Chicago The Weight 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Silver
Revolution Brewing, Chicago Cross of Gold 46 English-Style Summer Ale 38 Gold
A Little Crazy 18 American-Belgo-Style Ale 71 Bronze
Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN Pappy Van Muckle 22 Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer 103 Silver
Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN Zombie Dust 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Bronze
Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL Domaine DuPage 70 Belgian- and French-Style Ale 68 Bronze
Ebel's Weiss 66 South German-Style Hefeweizen 70 Silver
Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN Sour Reserve 71 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale 42 Gold

Stopping by the South Loop's Square One

Stopping by the South Loop's Square One
So, while everyone else has gone to the Great American Beer Festival, I'm holding the fort down here in Chicago. No, that doesn't sound very plausible, does it? Okay, then. What happened is I had an interview downtown this week, and thought I'd cap it off by visiting one of several places to which I've been invited as a beer writer. Square One (1400 S. Michigan Ave.) is a new combination of neighborhood bar and "light bites" place in the South Loop. Since, as a suburbanite, anything between Roosevelt and the Sox Park Red Line stop is Terra Incognita. This is the area, though, that planners want to link with the redevelopment in Bronzeville to create an avenue of retail and dining all the way north from McCormick Place, a few blocks west of where the Daleys lived for a while. This is where Square One has set up as a public space for residents...

Craft Beer Tasting: Newcastle Werewolf

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Again, I am opening each of these articles of late with an apology for their sparseness. Even my calendar has been in disarray. I am in a certificate program in Web Design, for which the final class has turned out to be on programming databases in Ruby on Rails. And it’s quite hard to get... Read more »
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