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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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...
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 »
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 »
Stop Press! The drawing for a pair of tickets is closed, and the winner is Russ Fett! Congratulations! December brings a first-time beer festival to our area, and this one brings with it lots of firsts! Beer Fest Beat Down, this Saturday Dec. 13, is the first beer fest to be held at the Sears... Read more »