Category: Beer Festivals

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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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Medieval Times hosts Ale Quest

Medieval Times hosts Ale Quest
“Joust” when you think there could not be another venue to host a new beer festival, along comes another. On the weekend of November 22 & 23, the Chicago Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament venue and Chicago Scene host “Ale Quest,” proclaimed to be “the first and only Medieval Craft Beer Festival.” (See what I did... Read more »

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 »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 16-18

I got lots of response and retweetings to my article about DESTIHL debuting in Chicago. I said I’d have news of where they are debuting and I do have some events here. What with festivals this weekend and a busy week ahead, I’m back to the two-a-week format so I can run more DESTIHL events... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 9-15

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 9-15
Have to dash this off before packing to join the kids at their Grandmom and Dad’s this weekend. But congratulations to Jared Rouben, former brewmaster at the Goose Island brewpubs, who has announced plans for his own brewery, Moody Tongues, in the Pilsen neighborhood, hopefully by the end of the year. Friday, Aug. 9 3:00... Read more »
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