Category: Beer Festivals

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival
Here’s a list of the Illinois that medaled in last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. The 2017 GABF was held in Denver, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 U.S. breweries. Medals were awarded to 286 beers in 96 beer style categories. Here are winners from Illinois. On... Read more »

Win Tickets to Brooklyn Brewery Mash Chicago Beer Mansion

Win Tickets to Brooklyn Brewery Mash Chicago Beer Mansion
Once again I have a chance to give away some tickets to a big beer event in Chicago! Read on! Brooklyn Brewery is staging its annual Brooklyn Brewery Mash Beer Mansion tour, and it’s coming to Chicago on September 22-23. The venue is the event space Morgan’s on Fulton, 952 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. There... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Events, Thursday, May 18

Chicago Craft Beer Week Events, Thursday, May 18
Today kicks off the spectacle that is Chicago Craft Beer Week. Like before, I will be publishing daily event listings, picking out those that might offer hard-to-find beers or other parcels of entertainment. Some of my events won’t even be proper CCBW events, so if they’re using that “passport” thing they tried a few years... Read more »
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NOW FREE Was: Tickets for Crap Beer Day? You Betcha!

NOW FREE Was: Tickets for Crap Beer Day? You Betcha!
Change in Plans: Due to low ticket sales, I’ve been informed that the Crap Beer Day is going to be a Free event. It has been moved downstairs from Thalia Hall proper to Tack Room, Thalia Hall’s piano bar, same address and location, just different room in the venue. The event will now host a singalong... Read more »

Why I Wasn't at Goose Island Rare Day

Why I Wasn't at Goose Island Rare Day
Okay, I had a cheap SEO headline in an attempt to grab cheap clicks. But now that you’re here, come read this little story. In October, Goose Island Beer Co. opened a lottery for its 2015 Rare Day. This wasn’t to win tickets to the event itself, but to “win” the privilege of paying $40... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 6-8
Friday, November 6 Imperial Beer Release Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625 Did ya like our original Bernie milk stout but wanted a little more “punch” to it? Come out and try Bernie’s bigger and bolder brother. Most of it will be taking a nap in Woodford Reserve barrels, but... Read more »
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POSTPONED: Discount for River North Beer Fest Oktoberfest Edition

UPDATE: The River North Beer Fest has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 5. Reason:  the John Barleycorn site is being redone into an Old Crow Smokehouse restaurant. This Tribune article has details. Tickets are still on sale, for the new date, at RiverNorthBeerFest.com. Enter the promo code BEERONAUT and pay just $10 until September 25. After that, the... Read more »

Lagunitas Beer Circus Scrapbook

Lagunitas Beer Circus Scrapbook
For June 6, being the day before my birthday, I was able to get out of the house and take in the Lagunitas Beer Circus Chicago. It was the second edition of this unique craft beer event, now occurring alongside the long-running original at Lagunitas' home base of Petaluma, CA. Last year's Beer Circus took place before the brewery was officially opened. This time, they were better prepared, with food trucks, more vaudeville and musical acts, and besides the many spots around the area serving Lagunitas beers, there was also a tent with several guest brewers pouring samples, surrounding a stand where Lagunitas beers were poured from casks and small pins...

Discount Tix for HQ Beercade's Firkin Fest!

Discount Tix for HQ Beercade's Firkin Fest!
Not sure how this happens, but springtime seems to be firkin season. We’ve had Day of the Living Ales, and it seems more than a few elbow-bending spas announce an special “pin” of unfiltered, gravity-fed ale on the counter each week. So if cask is your thing, here’s your next thing (see what I did... 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 »
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