Archive for October 2013

Chicago Halloween Weekend Craft Beer Events

Chicago Halloween Weekend Craft Beer Events
I guess now that the kid stuff is over with, the grown-ups can party. With no further ado: Friday, November 1 Chub Step Release at Half Acre Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 At Half Acre, Chub Step Porter has become a welcome beer. Now, for the first... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Homefront IPA

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Just in time for the end of baseball season, I have gotten a chance to sample a beer that came out at the start of the season. But hey, reviews are “evergreen,” compared to my calendar articles, and I expect this beer will be easier to locate next season. Homefront IPA is a collaboration beer... Read more »

Chicago Halloween Week Craft Beer Events

Chicago Halloween Week Craft Beer Events
Once again, extra time at my seasonal freelance job is keeping me from searching out as many events as I normally do. It does seem that some places will hold their Halloween events on the follwoing weekend, so watch out for my next update! Monday, October 28 4:00 pm ♦ Flossmoor Station Black IPA Tapping... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 25-27

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 25-27
Yep, this is the weekend we start Halloween partying in earnest… Friday, October 25 Chainlink Halloween Party with Upland Brewing Co. Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 666-6775 Join us for an evening of beer, bikes and Halloween costumes at The Bottom Lounge as Upland Brewing Co. sponsors the 3rd Annual Chainlink Halloween... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 21-24

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 21-24
Monday, October 21 12:00 – 6:00 pm ♦ Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Carving Flo and Santo’s Pizza, 1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago 312-566-9817 Kids get root beer drafts, pizza buffet and a pumpkin to carve, pumpkin carving expert on site. Adults get three Warsteiner Oktoberfest beers and a mug to keep, pizza buffet and a pumpkin,... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 18-20

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 18-20
Congratulation to Hopvine Brewing Company, which finally opened its new brewpub at 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora. This new space is run by the former principals of Limestone Brewing, which lost its lease two years ago in Plainfield (the current locations of Nevins Brewing). Friday, October 18 American Beauty Tapping at Fatpour Fatpour Tap... Read more »
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Local Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Local Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival
Last weekend the  32nd Annual Great American Beer Festival was staged by the Brewers Association at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. As part of the festivities, the GABF hosted a judging of beers in 84 categories, representing 138 different beer styles. 201 beer experts from 11 countries evaluated 4,809 entries, and ended up awarding 252 medals.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 14-17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 14-17
Well, this is a rarity. Nothing scheduled for Monday. I used to have problems like this, but that was when I first started this calendar schedule thingie and the craft beer scene in Chicago wasn’t at the level it is now. Tuesday, October 15 Toast Berghoff’s 115 years with $1.15 throwback stein The Berghoff, 17... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 11-13

My apologies for those events I may have missed, owing to huge crushes on my time. Like Thursday’s Harvest Beer Tasting at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which was sold out anyway. Click the e-mail link if you have any Chicago craft beer events I might have overlooked. And my Facebook beer page is easier to... Read more »
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Baderbräu Oktoberfest: Chicago Craft Beer Preview

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Shortly after re-launching his revived Baderbräu beer brand, Robert Sama has added an Oktoberfest alongside the original Baderbräu Pilsener. Like the Pilsener, Baderbräu Oktoberfest is contract brewed at Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin. Rob dropped off a sixpack for me downtown at work Tuesday afternoon. Parked in a 5-minute zone, he quickly explained that the Oktoberfest was... Read more »
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