Archive for December 2013

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 27 - January 2

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 27 - January 2
With so many establishments pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Eve (see my separate article here), this weekend and week ahead will be pretty sparse indeed. So I will have time to compile an article later detailing some of the big craft beer events for 2014. One other slightly off-topic note: I’ve been... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 23-26

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 23-26
I know there’s very little going on in this stretch, but it’s a chance for me to wish all you readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am so pleased to see how many turn to this site for information on beer events in Chicago. Compared to other ChicagoNow bloggers, my readership is... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 20-22

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 20-22
The weekend before Christmas seems to be the busiest yet! Friday-Saturday LivingSocial BeerFest – Chicago Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago LivingSocial’s BeerFest is heading to Chicago inside Union Station’s Great Hall on December 20 and 21. With more than 80 beers, wines, and ciders to indulge in and a unique grouping of entertainment,... Read more »
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Craft Beer pioneer New Albion Ale revived

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I’ve been reading some books sent me for review, which I mean to one day incorporate into a Gift Guide. One of them is The Audacity of Hops: the History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli. A full description will come someday, but for our purposes, Acitelli goes into detail about the first... Read more »

Chicago New Year's Eve with Craft Beer!

Chicago New Year's Eve with Craft Beer!
As long as I have been compiling these event lists, I have had a problem. I usually post events for just a few days ahead; but for popular, ticketed events like beer dinner pairings, or, in this case, New Year’s Eve parties with decent beer, posting the week before means I’m listing a bunch of... Read more »

Updated: Chicago Craft Beer Calendar, December 16-19

Updated: Chicago Craft Beer Calendar, December 16-19
Maple Tree Inn’s 12 Beers of Christmas Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461 Dec. 17: Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabeza Dec. 18: Avery The Czar Dec. 19: Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter Dec. 20: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Dec. 21: Perennial Abraxas Dec. 22: Goose Island Bourbon... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 13-15
I need to apologize for the many events that I found out about after the previous article went to “press” (WordPress, that is). And to remind you that new events are posted all the time to the Facebook/Beeronaut page all the time. Tickets now on sale for Ballpark Brew Fest Schaumburg Baseball Stadium, 1999 S.... Read more »

"Dear Ab-Beer:" Advice to the Beer Lover

"Dear Ab-Beer:" Advice to the Beer Lover
It’s finally time for me to put on my spectacles and pressman’s hat, and offer some public answers to private questions about beer. During the excitement over my giveaway of the Bourbon County Stout Variety Pack, I had a question buried deep within the many Facebook comments involved. However, I’ve now lost it in the... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 9-12

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 9-12
So quickly does the Black Friday fever over Bourbon County Stout fade away. Because this week, we note the anniversary of the last Stone Vertical Epic release… by drinking it, and some of its older brothers! I am also builing my list of beer-centric New Year’s Eve celebrations. Be sure to post yours to me... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Events, December 6-8
Back to a twice a week schedule. I missed some events that popped up since the last listing went to bed. Usually I still post them on my Beeronaut Facebook Page. And you know, yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. A lot of by brewing and serving contacts posted about it... Read more »
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