Archive for November 2013

Chicago Craft Beer Events: Black Friday and Beyond!

Chicago Craft Beer Events: Black Friday and Beyond!
Thanks to everybody who participated in what turned into a Bourbon County Stout giveaway this week! And for standing by through the crazy rule changes. Now, for the benefit of those who won’t be able to wait in line, I have a couple of BCS Black Friday events. I’m giving you the whole week’s schedule... Read more »

Philippine Typhoon Fundraiser at Fischman Liquors

This came to me from one of the many respondents to my Bourbon County Stout giveaway. It missed the events calendar, so I’m giving it some play here, being as it’s for a good cause! Wednesday, November 27 6:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ TYPHOON HAIYAN PHILIPPINE RELIEF FUNDRAISER Fischman’s Liquors & Tavern, 4776 N. Milwaukee... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 25-28

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 25-28
Yikes, it’s 10 pm Sunday as I start this. Well, I just had to put out my contest where you can win a VIP pass the Binny’s Lincoln Park’s Bourbon County Stout Black Friday, didn’t I? I’ll have other Black Friday goodies later, but let’s lead up to Black Wednesday for now. Besides, if you... Read more »
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UPDATE: Win Goose Island's BCS Black Friday beers!

UPDATE: Win Goose Island's BCS Black Friday beers!
Winners: Okay, did you know if you aren’t careful when you paste a formula in a spreadsheet, you’ll paste it into a MILLION rows instead of the 244 with my entrants? Anyway, the randomly selected winners are Jan Jan Vales and Stephanie Hull! Once I have your contact info, a Goose guy will be in... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend with Surly, November 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend with Surly, November 22-24
After finishing the ChicagoNow Blogapalooza challenge of getting a topic and one hour to write about it (oh, here’s my story), it’s time to get back to my regular business: Friday-Saturday, November 22-23 Ale Quest Medieval Craft Beer Festival Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL (888) 935-6878 Global Scene Productions... Read more »

The Challenge Ahead for Craft Beer

The Challenge Ahead for Craft Beer
This is the first time that I am taking part in ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapolooza 1-hour challenge. One hour, starting from 9 pm, to write a post on the just-announced topic: “Write about a great challenge faced. By you. By someone else. By an entity. At any point in the past or in the future.” I... Read more »
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Craft Beer Events with Surly, November 18-21

Craft Beer Events with Surly, November 18-21
Let’s start off with the return of Minneapolis extreme brewers Surly to Chicago: Monday, November 18 Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578 Welcome back to Chicago Surly Brewing Company. To help celebrate their return to our amazing city, we’ll be tapping their flagship beer, Furious. We see a “sick” day... Read more »

Medieval Times hosts Ale Quest

Medieval Times hosts Ale Quest
“Joust” when you think there could not be another venue to host a new beer festival, along comes another. On the weekend of November 22 & 23, the Chicago Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament venue and Chicago Scene host “Ale Quest,” proclaimed to be “the first and only Medieval Craft Beer Festival.” (See what I did... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 15-17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, November 15-17
So here are some alternatives for those of us, that is, all of us, who couldn’t get FoBAB tickets. I am starting to hear from venues that will start pouring Surly on its return to Chicago next week, too. When I am allowed, I will have a list for you! All Weekend (last-minute addition) Couldn’t Get a Ticket to FoBAB Event... Read more »
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Veteran Beer tosses its pot into the Chicago ring

Veteran Beer tosses its pot into the Chicago ring
So many things to catch up on, including trying to get a clue as to where Surly Brewing will first pour when it returns to Chicago in a few weeks. But I cannot let this particular day pass without at least mentioning this new company. Veteran Beer Company officially launched this Veterans Day, with a... Read more »
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