Posts in category "Beer Festivals"

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 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 »

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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¡Es Gratis! Win Tickets to Beer Fest Beat Down!

¡Es Gratis! Win Tickets to Beer Fest Beat Down!
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 »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Saturday May 24

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Saturday May 24
Oh, look. Here we are to the end of the madness that is CCBW. I’ll have a few “straggler” events that take place the rest of the memorial Day weekend, but I think you’ll want to catch up to those, too. Saturday, May 24 Baderbräu Beer Pairing Menu Farmhouse Chicago, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago... Read more »

Lagunitas Beer Circus is May 17 & 18… I've Got Two!

Lagunitas Beer Circus is May 17 & 18… I've Got Two!
Bulletin 5/14: The entries have closed, and now my imaginary hostess 1980′s Vanna is spinning the random entry picker… …She shakes the randomizer ten times, no more, no less… …A-a-a-and the winner is… Jose Chavez! Who sent us an entry us all the way from the land of Gmail! That’s out of a total of... Read more »
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Free tickets for Chouffe Fest Chicago, May 1

Free tickets for Chouffe Fest Chicago, May 1
So now that spring is finally, irrevocably (probably) here, it’s time to get a few of you out to some beer fests! Here’s a new event in town that I have a pair for: Chouffe Fest 2014 is a traveling festival celebrating the Belgian beers of Brasserie d’Achouffe (named for its home town of Achouffe,... Read more »

2014 Chicago Beer Event Preview, Part 1

2014 Chicago Beer Event Preview, Part 1
Update: Tickets for Night of the Living Ales, March 1, are on sale now! With a couple of weeks where I didn’t have a lot of events, and my New Year’s Eve calendar that I successfully set up to self-update, I had some time to go through my calendar and pick out the big craft... Read more »

"Dear Ab-Beer:" Advice to the Beer Lover

"Dear Ab-Beer:" Advice to the Beer Lover
It’s finally time for me to put on my spectacles and pressman’s hat, and offer some public answers to private questions about beer. During the excitement over my giveaway of the Bourbon County Stout Variety Pack, I had a question buried deep within the many Facebook comments involved. However, I’ve now lost it in the... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend with Surly, November 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend with Surly, November 22-24
After finishing the ChicagoNow Blogapalooza challenge of getting a topic and one hour to write about it (oh, here’s my story), it’s time to get back to my regular business: Friday-Saturday, November 22-23 Ale Quest Medieval Craft Beer Festival Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL (888) 935-6878 Global Scene Productions... Read more »
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