Category: Beer News

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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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White Sox Beer Lineup for June 1

White Sox Beer Lineup for June 1
Surely, if you’ve been to the ball park on either side of town, you’ve noticed that this is the year our pro baseball stadiums have upped their craft been game. The big move last year on the North side happened when Lagunitas Brewing Co. displaced many of the Goose Island taps at 1060 W. Addison.... Read more »

Illinois' Winning Brewers in the 2018 World Beer Cup

Illinois' Winning Brewers in the 2018 World Beer Cup
These were the seven Illinois beers, from seven different breweries, that won medals this week at the prestigious World Beer Cup 2018. The awards, announced Thursday as part of the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, are sometimes called the “Olympics of Beer Competitions,” held every other year. The Illinois winners were among the 8,234 beers... Read more »

Interview With Samuel Adams' Jim Koch

Interview With Samuel Adams' Jim Koch
If you haven’t heard by now, you’re reading it here: The Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams) is debuting a new year-round beer this month, Sam ‘76. As part of the promotional push for the new beer, Sam Adams founder Jim Koch has been available for interviews. Well, they also just had a media launch event in... Read more »
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2017 Chicago Beer Review

2017 Chicago Beer Review
I’ve wanted to paste together an outline of all the Chicago area brewery openings and closings in 2017. So here we go. The year started with a concern that perhaps the “craft beer bubble” might finally be bursting, when Ale Syndicate lost its lease in December 2016, causing them, and their brewery partners Arcade Brewing... Read more »
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