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Arcade Brewery Closes, Ale Syndicate on the Bubble

Arcade Brewery Closes, Ale Syndicate on the Bubble
Another shakeup in Chicago’s brewing scene unfolded Monday morning. Chris Tourre of Arcade Brewery sent the following email to their retail accounts: Good Morning Retailers, We wanted to inform you that Arcade Brewery will be closing effective immediately. Given the circumstances in our facility that halted our production and the inability to come to terms... Read more »

Tales of Chicago Bars as Fischman's Announces Reopening

Tales of Chicago Bars as Fischman's Announces Reopening
I have a rather old piece of news here, but I did want to continue to get it out, since I had contacted people involved who were kind enough to reply. And even my late articles tend to get some look-see’s, so there are people for whom this will be news. Just one week after... Read more »

Meet the Winchester Brewing Folks (Updated)

Meet the Winchester Brewing Folks (Updated)
I have found that if I wait too long to write up a post, it tends to slide off my radar and never get done. That’s why I put this story up as soon as I could, errors and all. I am grateful that the store’s owner, Bob Winchester, wrote me to offer some emendations,... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 23-25

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 23-25
Geeky Talk: Google has announced that it is changing the way it serves up data for programmers crunching it into their apps. To throw some non-beer tech stuff that I barely comprehend around, they are dropping support for XML and expecting everyone to start using their API. This may or may not take down my... Read more »

Ya Gotta Be in it to "Win" It: Goose Island's lottery for Bourbon County Rare

Ya Gotta Be in it to "Win" It: Goose Island's lottery for Bourbon County Rare
Goose Island Beer Co. has joined in one of the more controversial practices involving special beer releases: they have instituted a lottery for the chance to buy a ticket for the chance to buy a rare beer. The beer in question is the 2015 Rare Bourbon County Stout, a batch of their Bourbon County Brand... Read more »

More Craft Beer Mergers with a Chicago Face: Lagunitas & Virtue Cider

More Craft Beer Mergers with a Chicago Face: Lagunitas & Virtue Cider
Two craft brewers with a Chicago ties have undergone the merger route in the past four days. Tuesday morning, the beer world was hit with an announcement that Lagunitas Brewing Co., the Petaluma, CA-based beer maker with a huge Chicago brewery, had sold a 50% share to Heineken N.V., currently the world’s third largest brewing... Read more »
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Upcoming Chicago Beer Events in 2015

Upcoming Chicago Beer Events in 2015
Here we re at the start of a new year. With more and more brewers opening, expanding, and whatnot, and more craft beer festivals being put on, I am going to try and run down some of the things we can look forward to. I have previewed some of this info in my Twitter chat... Read more »

Touring Goose Island's Barrel-Aging Warehouse

Touring Goose Island's Barrel-Aging Warehouse
Back in October, I was among this town’s beer writers who got the privilege of touring Goose Island’s new barrel warehouse at 603 N. Sacramento. I also got, of course, a taste of the 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout and its variants. I’d like to say I held off on offering you this description to... Read more »

Stone offers local collaboration as crowdfunding premium

Stone offers local collaboration as crowdfunding premium
Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., made a stop at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora Monday, to announce another premium in Stone’s Indiegogo campaign. Stone recently announced it will be the first American craft brewery to own and operate a brewery in Europe. They are also about to make a decision on where they... Read more »
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LeBron WHO? Todd Ashman Returns to Flossmoor Station

LeBron WHO? Todd Ashman Returns to Flossmoor Station
More breaking: Six weeks after this announcement was made, Todd posted to his Facebook page that plans for his involvement in the brewery fell through, and he is returning to California to resume production duties at FiftyFifty. It was a great idea while it lasted. “Breaking!” That’s the modern-day equivalent of “Stop the Presses!” And... Read more »
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