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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival
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 »
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Winners of the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards

Winners of the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards
Hopleaf, Delilah’s and Scofflaw were among the winners in the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards, announced Monday, June 5 at Ovation Chicago (2324 Fulton). The awards were determined by a “panel of experts” including Chicago bar industry personnel and liquor makers. Hopleaf was named “Best Beer Bar” for the second year in a row. The... Read more »

Arcade Brewery Closes, Ale Syndicate on the Bubble

Arcade Brewery Closes, Ale Syndicate on the Bubble
Another shakeup in Chicago’s brewing scene unfolded Monday morning. Chris Tourre of Arcade Brewery sent the following email to their retail accounts: Good Morning Retailers, We wanted to inform you that Arcade Brewery will be closing effective immediately. Given the circumstances in our facility that halted our production and the inability to come to terms... Read more »

Update: Jolly Pumpkin's Hyde Park Restaurant Will be Brewing, Too

Update: Jolly Pumpkin's Hyde Park Restaurant Will be Brewing, Too
February before last, I had a Twitter interview with Headquarters Beercade, which can apparently still be found at #BrewAndA. Among the questions I prepared to answer was a note that Chicago’s brewing boom seems to have completely bypassed to areas that should have gotten a brewer or two by that time. Well, since then, we... Read more »
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Tales of Chicago Bars as Fischman's Announces Reopening

Tales of Chicago Bars as Fischman's Announces Reopening
I have a rather old piece of news here, but I did want to continue to get it out, since I had contacted people involved who were kind enough to reply. And even my late articles tend to get some look-see’s, so there are people for whom this will be news. Just one week after... Read more »
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