Craft beer-focused events in and around Chicago. If you don't see yours, let me know!
I have definitely got-ta, got-ta get ahead of my schedule because there are events pouring in around this weekend’s FoBAB, and the Black Wednesday/Friday launch for Bourbon County Stout. So believe me when I say, you need to check back in, because I am adding more events every day. And even if you can’t get... Read more »
There are still more Veterans Day events for the Monday observance this week. Also more Bourbon County and Festival of Barrel Aged Beer previews...
It’s another weekend with so much going on. We have a lead-in to next weekend’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, previews for the Bourbon County Stout Black Wednesday/Friday release, and other wintry big beers. I’m finding some places offering specials to veterans for Veterans Day, either Sunday the 11th, or the Monday holiday following. I will... Read more »
Hey, did you enjoy that extra hour of drinking or sleeping with the bounce back to Standard Time? Good.
Some bars have thought to offer specials on Election Day for people with their "I Voted" stickers, but they were informed that they can't have specials or give away beer for that kind of incentive. Still, be sure to get out there and vote.
Meantime, we have the parade of imperial stout releases leading up to Black Friday, and even more events around the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer
, coming up November 16 & 17 (some tickets are still available)...
The end of Halloween marks the start of big beer season! We are seeing previews and food collaborations with Bourbon County Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout (with Kentucky Breakfast Stout tagging close behind), Surly Darkness, and a day for barrel-aged and sour beers. We also have tappings for the Mr. IPA-Nut beer, and Church Street’s hemp... Read more »
It turned out that the weekend before Halloween has had more going on than Halloween itself. Coming as it does in the middle of the week...
It’s another busy Halloween weekend. I will try to push the following calendar for the week with Halloween itself a little earlier. I am having issues (enumerated below) that keep me from having access to all the events I’ve saved, so keep watching here for updates. And by now you’ve surely heard about Noon Whistle... Read more »
Last time out, we reported on the apparent demise of All About Beer
magazine, just shy of its 40th anniversary. But we can also note that the Homebrewer's Association's magazine, Zymurgy
, has just celebrated its 40th Anniversary, and is still going...
Another pioneer in the craft beer world has gone the way of all… periodicals. All About Beer magazine started in 1979, three months before Sierra Nevada Brewing got off the ground. After nearly 40 years, it’s closing up shop. The magazine had earlier absorbed Draft magazine, but, according to sources, suffered from financial mismanagement. It offered many... Read more »
Josh Noel reports that Burnt City Brewing is planning to close its brewpub on Lincoln Ave., and its production brewery at the former Jay's Potato Chip plant on the South Side. Their plan is to consolidate at an 18,000 square foot space at 417 N. Ashland Ave. Burnt City, which started life as Atlas Brewing in 2012, is quitting the battle for shelf space in stores across the region. Co-founder Steve Soble cited the many breweries trying to become regional or national brewers, while being pushed by the "crafty" brands owned by Anheuser Busch-InBev. The upcoming Burnt City would top off at 5,000 barrels per years, serving from "pour-your-own" taps, and become part of West Town's "Chicago Brewing District," anchored by Goose Island. (Chicago Tribune