Archive for April 2013

Big Hurt's Berwyn Brewpub?

Sure, soon as I decide to take a brief hiatus, the news starts rolling in. Wednesday, my mail lists were burning with the news that White Sox five-time All-Star Frank Thomas was headlining a deal to convert a bank building in Berwyn into a brewpub, to be called Big Hurt Brew House. The project is... Read more »

Berghoff relaunches beers with new brewer and recipes

Berghoff relaunches beers with new brewer and recipes
It’s a week for announcements about the return of old beers. After finally posting my story about Baderbräu’s second return, I received this PR notice about another, older Chicago brand. Berghoff Brewery will be relaunching this summer, with updated branding, new recipes and a change in contract brewing partner to the Stevens Point Brewery. “Berghoff... Read more »

Beeronaut Craft Beer Events, April 19-21 - Hibernation notice

Beeronaut Craft Beer Events, April 19-21 - Hibernation notice
First, some bad (for me) news. I have allowed myself to get pushed against the wall with a drop-dead deadline for my Web Design course from IIT. It was actually due last semester, but I got a semester reprive on the mistaken belief that would be enough time. Well, it wasn’t. So this column is... Read more »
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Baderbräu Returns - Again

Baderbräu Returns - Again
Last July this column marked the return of Baderbräu, the beer which, along with Goose island and the Weinkeller, launched the Chicago craft beer scene in 1988. The following year it became the first Chicago craft beer to be bottled for retail. Robert Sama, a fan of the Czech-style Pilsener, bought the brand when he... Read more »

Beeronaut's Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 15-18

Beeronaut's Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 15-18
Monday, Apr. 15 5:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Heritage Radio Network-Traveling Salon Series at Monk’s Pub Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665 Beer, Cheese, Raffles, and More! Join HRN at Monk’s Pub to swap kitchen stories, farmer updates, and mingle with the most progressive Tastemakers in Chicago. Come share your love of... Read more »

Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, April 12-14

Beeronaut's Chicago Weekend, April 12-14
My Facebook fan page helps me update you on stuff happening right away. And in honor of its 200th "Like," I posted a special video feature. It's also on my One-Take Beer Review Videos.
AAAGH! Here's the problem with events announced way, way in advance. Sometime I forget to put them in my calendar! See the revision adding Blue Chip Brewfest below!

Friday, Apr. 12

5:30 pm ♦ Firkin Friday Cask Tapping: Solemn Oath Ticklefight The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 Join us for another Firkin Friday! A cask-conditioned ale dispensed by gravity directly from the firkin, tapped right on the bar. This week's featured ale: Solemn Oath "Ticklefight," Barley Wine Ale Cask-Hopped with Cascade Hops - 11% ABV. "Ticklefight" will be presented in true in cask-conditioned format, with the added twist of being dry-hopped in the cask with Cascade hops. Cask Will Be Tapped at around 5:30PM on the Bar...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 8-11

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 8-11
Monday, Apr. 8 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ♦ 2013 Cubs Opening Day at Sheffield’s Sheffield’s, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago (773) 281-1350 Join New Holland Brewing Co and Sheffield’s in SMOKING THE GOAT at this year’s home opener! 10:00 AM – Buffet Brunch 1:20 PM – Game and Lunch Start 5:00 PM – Post-Game... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 5-7

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 5-7
Not a lot of time to get this done, so forgive any omissions and spelling errors, please: Friday, Apr. 5 New Planet Sponsors Spring Flours Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago (312) 464-1000 The University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center’s (click this link for details) Annual Benefit. New Planet is... Read more »
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