Archive for February 2013

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 1 - 3

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 1 - 3
So, Day of the Living Ales is sold out, but you can still get in for BREWHAHA. And I’m leading off with ticket sales for two upcoming events of note: Ballpark Brew Fest Saturday, April 20, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Tickets on sale now Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, IL (847) 925-0183... Read more »

New Chicago Announces New Home, New Name – Ale Syndicate

New Chicago Announces New Home, New Name – Ale Syndicate
A nearly two-year quest for a facility finally nears its end. The erstwhile New Chicago Brewing Co. and New Chicago Ales has announced the location for its new brewery, and a new name: Ale Syndicate. Founders Jesse Edwin Evans and Samuel Evans will locate their new brewery at 2601 W. Diversey, Chicago, the west end... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events: February 25-28

Chicago Craft Beer Events: February 25-28
As if this full week’s schedule weren’t enough, there’s this Saturday’s sold-out Day of the Living Ales, and the still-available Windy City BREWHAHA. Monday, Feb. 25 5:00 pm ♦ Sun King’s NW Indiana Launch Party Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, IN (219) 513-9795 Come out and join us in welcoming Sun King Brewing to... Read more »
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Mixers for the Blackhawks Push at Hockey History

Gee, I should have thought to have something appropriate for tonight’s attempt by the Chicago Blackhawks to set a new NHL record for consecutive games without a loss in regulation. Actually I thought about it after a promo guy from Jim Beam emailed me a suggestion for some mixers to make, to ease the pain... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend Events: February 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend Events: February 22-24
It’s never “Just Another Weekend” in Chicago where craft beer is concerned. Friday, Feb. 22 3:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Garry Meier Broadcast from Hofbräuhaus Hofbräuhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-2739 WGN’s Garry Meier will be broadcasting live from Hofbrauhaus Chicago. Join us for great lunch and dinner offers and plenty of... Read more »

Baconfest Chicago Tickets on Sale Wednesday

Baconfest Chicago Tickets on Sale Wednesday
I'm dropping you this note about Baconfest as a courtesy, owing to the fact that beer and bacon have been perfect pairings in this town: Baconfest Chicago is coming to the UIC Forum, Saturday, April 20. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, Februrary 20. Baconfest is a festival dedicated to America’s favorite cured meat: bacon!  At Baconfest, Chicago’s best chefs concoct and serve brilliant bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers.  Liquor sponsors provide cocktails, beer and wine designed to complement a bacon meal.  Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands exhibit their wares and connect with our bacon community. A panel of judges bestows the Golden Rasher  awards on chefs and guests for achievement in the bacon arts...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 18-21

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 18-21
Monday, Feb. 18 7:00 pm ♦ Identifying “Off” Flavors in Beer— A Tasting Seminar Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851 Ever wonder what the “beer experts” are looking out for when they evaluate beer? Well, there are a lot of potentially bad or “off” flavors that can show up in beer. Join us... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, Feb. 15 - 17

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, Feb. 15 - 17

Friday, Feb. 15

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday Cask Tapping: Arcadia Imperial Stout The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 For this week's Firkin Friday feature, we're happy to present Arcadia Imperial Stout (8.4% abv). Black as coal in color, this cask conditioned Stout has a velvety rich and sweet malt aroma. A dense brown head gives way to a big, full-bodied and creamy texture that has flavors of roasted coffee and black currants, blending perfectly with the malt. A generous amount of hops add balance and complexity to this extraordinary stout (80 IBU). This stout is absolutely gorgeous in this special cask-conditioned format. The cask will be tapped at approximately 5:30 pm at the bar. Its delicious contents will be available to everyone in both the restaurant and pub until the firkin runs dry. First come, first served...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 11 - 13

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 11 - 13
I only need to cover the busy Monday through Wednesday, as it encompasses Fat Tuesday. My Valentine's Day events are covered at this link.

Monday, Feb. 11

Horse Thief Hollow Grand Opening Horse Thief Hollow Brewpub, 10426 S. Western Ave., Chicago 773-779-BREW This new South Side brewpub has its official grand opening! 5:30 pm ♦ Meet the French Brewers I The Publican, 837 W Fulton, Chicago (312) 733-9555...
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Chicago Beer and Valentine's Events for Feb. 14

Chicago Beer and Valentine's Events for Feb. 14
It occurs to me that Valentine's Day this year falls during Lent. At least it's not right on Ash Wednesday like it will be in 2018. But if you want to be particularly observant (or cheap), you can claim to your date you want to do as the Monks did during Lent: abstaining from everything but beer!

Thursday, Feb. 14

V-Day Duvel Glass Promo Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 484-1043 Its Valentines Day! Bring your sweetie, buy 2 Duvels on tap & get a free art glass. These are great, limited glasses. After a couple drinks you can tolerate each other...
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