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 »
Another November, another Festival of Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beers has come and gone. The 10th annual edition in fact. Tickets for this event sold out back in August, although the canny and connected could usually score a ticket from a friend or listserv member.
For 2012, FoBAB moved to the Bridgeport Arts Center
, 1200 W. 35th St. an industrial building rehabbed into a arts space and event center. As with previous locations, long lines waited for the start of both the afternoon and evening session, for the chance to sample 173 beers from 60 breweries. Each beer was unique, but all shared one characteristic: they were aged in barrels, some reused liquor or wine barrels, some in new toasty oak or other woods...
The Chicago region was once again well represented at the 2012 Great American beer Festival, held this week at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Area brewers swept all three medals in the highly contested American Pale Ale category, and homebrewer Scott Pointon took a silver in the ProAm competition.
|5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL
||5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier
||Fruit Wheat Beer
|Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL
||American-Style Pale Ale
|DESTIHL, Normal, IL
||Strawberry Blonde Ale
|Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
||India Pale Ale
||English-Style India Pale Ale
|Piece Brewery, Chicago
||American-Style Pale Ale
|Revolution Brewing, Chicago
||Cross of Gold
||English-Style Summer Ale
|A Little Crazy
|Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN
||Pappy Van Muckle
||Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
|Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN
||American-Style Pale Ale
|Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
||Belgian- and French-Style Ale
||South German-Style Hefeweizen
|Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN
||Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
A lot of news has been getting by me due to circumstances I've hashed in extreme detail before, but here's a quick catch-up to this deadline:
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 1 for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's
10th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged beer! This year's FOBAB, as we call it, will take place Saturday, November 17 at the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center
, 1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago.
Sales start at 11:59 a.m. through BrownPaperTickets.com
. There will be admissions to two tasting sessions: 1:00 − 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 − 10:00 p.m. Taster tickets are $45 and include a commemorative tasting glass, 16 two-ounce sample tickets, and a souvenir program. Additional sample tickets and food are available for purchase. Designated driver tickets will be sold for $10. While previously tickets have remained available for a few days, the booming craft beer scene leads me to suggest you prepare to avoid a possible quick sellout...
Remember my watchword: "Tastings" usually involve free samples of beer. Oh, and have I mentioned that Baderbräu is back? See the rest at my ChiTownonTap
Calendar or at Chicago Craft Beer Week's
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Baderbräu Returns! Launch Party
Binnys South Loop
, 1132 S Jefferson St, Chicago
On the 10-year anniversary of its disappearance, Baderbräu
Chicago Pilsener, Chicago’s landmark “first craft beer,” returns with its original recipe in time for CCBW. The team responsible for Baderbräu’s return, Baderbrau Brewing Company, has spent a two-year journey tracking down the original master brewer Douglas Babcock, rediscovering the original recipe and proprietary yeast strain, and working with brewing partner Argus Brewery to perfect the flavor–all to save this historic Chicago beer from being lost. Be there to experience the return of this landmark Chicago Pilsener at one of the four launch parties this week. Upcoming: Stocks & Blondes, and Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, Friday. And Hackney’s Printers Row on Saturday...
So did we all get past the NATO mess? Good. Here’s your reward. And there’s so much more than even this at my ChiTownonTap calendar and the CCBW website. Tuesday May 22, 2012 Rare Beers 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. South of 80: A Celebration of Downstate Brewers The Green Lady, 3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago... Read more »
Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup this past Saturday. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories.... Read more »
Let’s try to catch up on a few news items here. The Chicago Beer Society held its 14th annual Chicagoland Brewpub and Microbrewery Shootout last weekend. The contest was a judging not only of craft beers from our area, but of foods entered along with the beers. Brewpub beers were matched with a dish from... Read more »
Through January Stout Fest 2012 Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730 Our favorite beer event of the season is here: Stout Fest 2012. During January, we’re offering 24 delicious stouts on tap. We tapped our latest batch of 12 beers on Sunday, January 15th. Here’s a list of the great brews we’re... Read more »
Another area resident has been named a winner of Samuel Adams LongShot
homebrewing competition. Joe Formanek of Bolingbrook won for his Russian Imperial Stout, which will be “brewed up” and offered next year as part of the 2012 LongShot six-pack.
Joe is a member of the Urban Knaves of Grain
, a hombrew club based in the western suburbs.He tried out homebrewing while pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota, according to the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year site. In 1993, he founded the Boneyard Union of Zymurgical Zealots (BUZZ)
in Champaign while studying at the University of Illinois...