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Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Eroica

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Eroica
I’m writing this in the last lull before the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I’ve been constantly updating the Black Wednesday and Black Friday calendar, and tomorrow will pack for the trip to Grandma’s. When we get back, we’ll be right into Christmas decorating mode. Just enough time to slip into one more beer that’s been sent... Read more »

Craft Beer Preview: Shiner 777 India Pale Lager

Craft Beer Preview: Shiner 777 India Pale Lager
Once again, I’m popping a beer that has been sent to me by its “people” for my comment. Up now: Shiner 777 India Pale Lager, by Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas. There’s more to it than just being a hopped-up “India Pale Lager.” First, of course, it is a hopped up pale lager. But there’s... Read more »

Local Beer Review: Off Color Tooth & Claw, and Wari

Local Beer Review: Off Color Tooth & Claw, and Wari
On Halloween, Off Color Brewing is having a Dino S’Mores marshmallow imperial stout release party at a preview of its new taproom, the Mousetrap, at 1460 N Kingsbury, Chicago. Not that I’m checking in there, but this is as close a reason as I can find to review a bottle of one of their beers. Besides, it’s got a drawing of... Read more »
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Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sakitumi

Craft Beer Preview: Lagunitas Sakitumi
Let’s pop another beer that has been sent to my by the brewer for comment (I love this blog!). Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s One-Hitter Series has brought forth Sakitumi, described as a “punched-up ale with rice and sake yeast.” It’s also had the usual West Coast complement of Simcoe, Tomahawk and Mosaic hops. Let’s pop the... Read more »

I Previewed the 2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts

I Previewed the 2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts
The Goose Island Beer Company hosted local beer writers on Thursday for a preview sampling of the Bourbon County Brand Stout releases for 2017. The sampling of BCS and its variants was held at Goose Island’s Barrel House on North Sacramento Blvd. I last saw the warehouse for a BCS event in 2014, when it... Read more »

Reprise: Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale

Reprise: Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale
Addendum for the 2017 version; see below. I’m pulling extra shifts at the grill, my choice of venue for pouring and talking about craft beers that have been sent to me for my comment (that’s a disclaimer right there!). I have some seasonal IPA’s that should be really be dissected while still fresh, so here... Read more »
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Craft Beer Preview: Founders Doom

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I cut another entry in my video blog playlist: “One-Take Beer Review.” I’m finding the videos get a few more viewers when I feature “whales” from widely distributed brewers, so here’s one on Founders Brewing Company’s Doom. Disclosure: this beer was sent to me by Founders for comment. Doom is part of Founders’ “Backstage” series,... Read more »

Collective Arts Comes to Chicago

Collective Arts Comes to Chicago
We have yet another brewery making its break into the Chicago market. Collective Arts Brewing of Canada is making its aesthetic splash this week. Collective Arts is located in Hamilton, near Toronto, in Ontario; one of a very few Canadian brewers to push into the midwest market. Their website notes, “We are a grassroots beer... Read more »

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas NightTime Ale

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas NightTime Ale
After what seemed like weeks of brutally hot weather, it’s finally nice enough for me to set out some viands and a cerveza at the grill. This is an adjunct article to my recipe for a beer marinated chicken breast. Hey, look! Here’s a link to the recipe. It’s tasty! I got the marinade made about... Read more »
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Craft Beer Review: Warpigs Foggy Geezer IPA

Craft Beer Review: Warpigs Foggy Geezer IPA
I had stopped at Bavarian Lodge on Sunday in hopes of tracking down the Goose Island Keller Bier, available only on tap. But I missed the firkin they had just tapped the day before. So I shifted to my ongoing goal of “popping the cap” on all the brewers in the Chicago area for review.... Read more »
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