Archive for January 2013

Day of the Living Ales tickets now on sale

Day of the Living Ales, the annual celebration of cask and gravity-fed beers, is now selling tickets for the 2013 edition. The event, sponsored by the Chicago Beer Society, will be held Saturday, March 2, at Goose Island-Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago.Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets. The CBS website proclaims:... Read more »

Chicago Big Game Weekend Events, February 1 - 3

Chicago Big Game Weekend Events, February 1 - 3
Of course your favorite place is open for the S____ B___ (since I'm not an "official sponsor," I might get sued for using the name. But I found three events that add some more interest to a game that runs until all hours of the night...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 28 - 31

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 28 - 31
Another busy week with beer dinners and more chances to tap your most requested beers! Monday, Jan. 28 6:30 pm ♦ TasteIt Insider Dinner with Goose Island Rockit Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago Inspired by TasteIT, a weekly offering giving guests half off selected wines and craft beers, Rockit Bar and Grill will host its second TasteIt Insider Dinner. Featuring a five-course dinner paired with a craft beer selection from Goose Island Beer Co., guests will be able to mix and mingle with Chef Amanda Downing and Brewmaster Brett Porter, before enjoying a custom paired dinner...
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Weekend Craft Beer Events in Chicago, January 25 - 27

Weekend Craft Beer Events in Chicago, January 25 - 27

January 25 - 27

Shanahan's Beerfest Shanahan's Creole Restaraunt and Irish Bar, 7353 W Madison St., Forest Park, IL 708-366-0775 Featuring… Harp Beer Battered Chicken Tenders, Corona Beer Battered Drunken Shrimp, Anchor Steam Beer Cheese & Andouille Sausage Soup, Cabin Fever Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Guinness Beer Braised Steak Medallions...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 21 - 24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 21 - 24
Monday, Jan. 21 5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Tapping World of Beer, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399 Join us as we tap this years vintage of fresh Hopslam! Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style...

Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, January 18 - 20

Chicago Weekend Craft Beer Events, January 18 - 20
Friday, Jan. 18 Oskar Blues tasting Binny’s Beverage Depot, 69 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 870-9890 Binny’s will have some Oskar Blues beers to sample. 5:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Ruddles Country Ale The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 Our Firkin Friday Series features a different cask... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer News Roundup, Jan. 17

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Just a quick summary of craft beer news I’ve heard and not had much time to follow up on: FoBAB Documentary Following the release party Saturday evening, the IndependentBeer collective has posted their full documentary on the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer to YouTube. I have a link right here, or watch it... Read more »

Local Beer Makers at the FoBAB Documentary Party

Local Beer Makers at the FoBAB Documentary Party
I was having so much fun sampling at talking beer last Saturday, that it's only now that I realized I had been to my first film premiere. A fourth floor loft studio on North Racine was packed full for the debut of "FOBAB," a documentary shot at Chicago's tenth annual Festival of Barrel Aged Beer. It was a short film, to be sure, and the producers did not discuss what would happen to it next, but the crowd was very appreciative, cheering on-screen appearances of John Laffler (ex-of Goose Island's Barrel program, now a partner in the forthcoming Off Color Brewing), Randy Mosher (5 Rabbit) and Pete Crowley (Haymarket Pub & Brewing), among the many "Kahunae" of barrel-aged beers...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 14 - 17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 14 - 17
Deschutes wraps up its big introduction this week in Chicago. There are a whole raft of tastings and bar appearances. I’ve summarized some of the bigger events here, but you can see more at Deschutes’ Event Page! Additionally, you can catch samplings with another new beer to Chicago, Kona Brewing Co., at the River North... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend Events: January 11-13

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend Events: January 11-13
While the Deschutes opening week in Chicago is in full swing, we have some other craft beer events you won’t want to miss: Friday, Jan. 11 Half Acre Tomten Release Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 The staff here at Half Acre Beer Company was tasked with creating a beer... Read more »
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