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 »
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...
Many area brewers new to the scene took home medals this past weekend at the Great American beer Festival, held last week in Denver. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria of Chicago won a Gold medal for its 5 Lizard, the first year of its existence. And Sun King Brewing of Indianapolis won four Golds amid eight total... Read more »
Week of March 21 Roundhouse 15th Anniversary Celebrations America’s Historic Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL (630) 260-BREWThrowback Menu specials from the original 1996 menu & pricing all week long.Tuesday March 22nd: In America’s Brewpub, join us for dinner and receive cake compliments of The Cakery.Wednesday the 23rd: The Fundamentals live in America’s Club. Doors:... Read more »
The Chicago Beer Society held its seventh annual Day of the Living Ales tasting on Saturday, March 5. The festival featured 44 beers from 26 brewers from Chicagoland and across the nation, all served from casks in “real ale” style. The beers are conditioned in their serving casks and served by “cellarmen” trained in britain... Read more »
The 13th edition of the Brewpub and Brewery Shootout was held Saturday, January 22, at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. The Chicago Beer Society hosted the event at which 300 members sampled beer and food from 14 area brewpubs. Attendees cast ballots for Best Beer, Best Food, and for Best Beer/Food... Read more »
UPDATE, Dec. 8: Niall reports that Founders Vice President Dave Engbers will attend Saturday’s Ultimate Beer Bout, and he’ll be bringing a keg of their prized Kentucky Breakfast Stout! The Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout will replace harvest Ale in the Founders lineup, though Harvest Ale will still be available for sale. They have secured... Read more »