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This Week in Chicago Craft Beer, November 18-21

This Week in Chicago Craft Beer, November 18-21
I am going to be HELLA busy in the next few days with actual paying assignments. So I am posting this on Saturday night, but will be adding to it afterward. I also need to get more events posted early for Black Wednesday, Black Friday, etc. Check the "Beer Calendar" button up top to get a preview. And I would be happy to post any information on establishments that are open for business on Thanksgiving Day, and anyone who's up for Christmas Day hours. As long as there's access to decent beer, let me know...

Winners at the 2019 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer

Winners at the 2019 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer
The 2019 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer is in the books. over 200 craft brewers from across the country came to Chicago’s UIC Forum on Friday and Saturday to sample their best wares that had been aged in wood, some fermented wild, and served up from casks or barrels. As a part of the... Read more »

Area Winners at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

Here’s a list of the local and regional brewers that medaled in last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. The 2016 GABF was held in Boulder, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 7,227 competition entries (60 percent more than in 2015) from 1,752 U.S. breweries. Medals were awarded to 286 beers in 96... Read more »
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Area Winners in the 2016 World Beer Cup

Area Winners in the 2016 World Beer Cup
Area brewers big and small collected medals at the 2016 World Beer Cup, announced May 6 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The WBC was established by the Brewers Association in 1996 “to celebrate the art and science of brewing,” and is held every two years. This year, over 6,600 beers from 55 countries were entered... Read more »

Area Winners at the Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners at the Great American Beer Festival
In case you were still wondering, here’s a list of the local and regional brewers that medaled in last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. The 2015 GABF was held in Boulder, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50... Read more »

Midwest Winners at the Great American Beer Festival

Midwest Winners at the Great American Beer Festival
Another year, another great American Beer Festival has passed into the books. The three-day festival in Denver, CO included a beer judging competition of 5,507 entries, from 1,309 American breweries. After the judging, 268 medals were awarded in 90 different categories. You can download a PDF of the winning medalists, click to a searchable database... Read more »
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Local Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Local Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival
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 »

Winning Brews at Chicago's Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers

Winning Brews at Chicago's Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers
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...

Area winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival

Area winners at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival
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.
Brewer Beer Category Style Entries Medal
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park, IL 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier 4 Fruit Wheat Beer 38 Bronze
Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais, IL Brickstone APA 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Gold
DESTIHL, Normal, IL Strawberry Blonde Ale 3 Fruit Beer 58 Bronze
Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL India Pale Ale 48 English-Style India Pale Ale 54 Gold
Piece Brewery, Chicago The Weight 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Silver
Revolution Brewing, Chicago Cross of Gold 46 English-Style Summer Ale 38 Gold
A Little Crazy 18 American-Belgo-Style Ale 71 Bronze
Sun King Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN Pappy Van Muckle 22 Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer 103 Silver
Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN Zombie Dust 50 American-Style Pale Ale 109 Bronze
Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL Domaine DuPage 70 Belgian- and French-Style Ale 68 Bronze
Ebel's Weiss 66 South German-Style Hefeweizen 70 Silver
Upland Brewing Co., Bloomington, IN Sour Reserve 71 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale 42 Gold
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Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer tickets on sale Saturday

Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer tickets on sale Saturday
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...
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