Category: Beer News

Historic Dixie Highway Brewery Trail Launches

Historic Dixie Highway Brewery Trail Launches
Among the many little things I have a “thing” for are historic highways and route, and the roadside Americana that comes with them. Combine that with a “beer trail,” and you’ve got my attention. To get this story out in a timely manner, I’m posting the news release, mostly as I received it. Eight southside... Read more »

Burnt City, 2 Other Brewers Open District Brew Yards

Burnt City, 2 Other Brewers Open District Brew Yards
I’ve gotten some news releases that I need to just pump out here, so here’s one: In February, Burnt City brewing closed its Lincoln Ave, brewpub and bowling alley space, and its packaging brewery in the former Jay’s Potato Chip plant on the South Side, after announcing they needed to refocus their strategy in the... Read more »

Pink Boots Society "Hold My Crown" Hits Taps

Pink Boots Society "Hold My Crown" Hits Taps
You may have seen events in this space, hosted by organizations for women in the beer brewing business, or who simply enjoy beer. One of the business-oriented groups, the Pink Boots Society, has launched a multi-brewer collaboration release this weekend. Hold My Crown is a collaboration among ten Chicago area breweries. It’s also practically a new style of... Read more »
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The 2019 "Beer Bubble" Outlook: Likely. Or Not

The 2019 "Beer Bubble" Outlook: Likely. Or Not

2019 "Warnings"

Some beer fans will continue to watch out for the craft beer "bubble" to burst. I can't say a I blame them, especially when there's an obvious sign, when a local favorite suddenly closes its doors. Latest figures, from 2017, by the Brewers Association show there are 6,372 brewers in the United States. Just during 2017, 995 brewpubs and microbreweries opened. And 165 closed down. That proportion of openings to closings has remained about the same for the past few years...

Kings & Convicts Announces Expansion in Wisconsin

Kings & Convicts Announces Expansion in Wisconsin
I finally pasted together my list of beer events in Chicago from 2018, and now there’s a major announcement for 2019. Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. of Highwood, IL has announced that they will be building a second brewery, with a tap room, restaurant and event space, just over the border in Pleasant Prairie, WI.... Read more »

2018 Chicago Area Beer in Review

2018 Chicago Area Beer in Review
As another year has turned the corner, here’s a quick and likely incomplete rundown of the brewers that have been coming and going in the Chicago area. New Brewers or Locations: February: Grand Opening for Eris Brewery & Cider House, 4240 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago. The Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook rebranded as a Rock... Read more »
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Sierra Nevada Resilience Fire Relief Collaboration Hits Taps Starting Thursday

Sierra Nevada Resilience Fire Relief Collaboration Hits Taps Starting Thursday
In case you missed it, and I sure have let it slide, the big collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and brewers across the country is hitting shelves and taps Thursday, December 20. I’d like to get this story pushed out quickly, so I’m cutting and pasting the explanation from Sierra Nevada’s website: When the... Read more »

Guinness Puts Your Face on a "STOUTie" in Dublin

Guinness Puts Your Face on a "STOUTie" in Dublin
So yeah, a lot of stories can come my way. Some of them just make you want to go “Hmmm”. I can see this kind of technology coming to bars near us soon, so now you can say you read it here first. The Guinness Storehouse, the museum and taproom for the St. James Gate... Read more »

Area Winners at the 2018 Great American Beer Fest

Area Winners at the 2018 Great American Beer Fest
Ten Chicago area brewers brought home medals at the Great American Beer Festival, in awards given out Saturday in Denver. The 32nd edition of the GABF competition saw 8,496 entries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries. Entries were submitted by 2,404 breweries from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. (no Mississippi). The most popular category... Read more »
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5 Rabbit's Anti-Trump Beer Becomes Documentary Movie

5 Rabbit's Anti-Trump Beer Becomes Documentary Movie
There’s been a story in Chicago’s craft beer world. One that does not involve a brewery getting bought out by a multinational brewing corporation. Instead, it involves a protest by 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. This brewery, owned by Latin American immigrants, has been making the house beer for the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. When... Read more »
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