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Craft Beer Preview: Victory Kirsch Gose & Anniversary 19

Craft Beer Preview: Victory Kirsch Gose & Anniversary 19
Time to catch up on more of the beers I have been sent to talk about. You’d think it would be easy to enjoy a complimentary beer and just run my mouth off, but no, I gotta get all writer-like. Victory Kirsch Gose Many beer guys are looking on 2015 as the year for sour... Read more »

Review: Jelly Belly Draft Beer Flavored Beans

Review: Jelly Belly Draft Beer Flavored Beans
So sure, craft beer is becoming a “thing” all over the country. Neighboring Iowa just became the latest state to approve growler stations in grocery stores, eaning more places to have a great beer for lunch. But for some odd reason, there still is no progress on the idea of having a beer at your... Read more »

Local Beer Preview: Forbidden Root Heavy Petal

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Time to post a video about a local beer, I think. I squeezed this one in to YouTube a week or so ago, and now I’ve got a few minutes to write it up. Forbidden Root, the botanical brewers in Chicago, have embarked on a new series of specialty brews, available for a limited time... Read more »
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Local Beer Preview: Baderbräu Naked Selfie

Local Beer Preview: Baderbräu Naked Selfie
As temperatures remain in the “ridiculous” level, but the rare warm-up just bring male skunks out of hibernation looking for trouble, let’s take crack open a beer made for taking the edge of the cold. Once again I have been gifted with a sixer of the latest from Baderbräu Brewing Company for my consideration. Naked Selfie. Naked Selfie is... Read more »

Beer Preview: Redhook Winter Hook

Beer Preview: Redhook Winter Hook
If the interruption in the usual state of affaris cause by the Super Bowl and Chicago’s Super Blizzard did anything for me, it let me catch up on a few postings I’ve been meaning to do. That includes talking about a few beers. At this time, I have before me Redhook Brewery’s Winterhook. It’s the... Read more »

Review: Bourbon County Backyard Rye 2013

Review: Bourbon County Backyard Rye 2013
I hope I helped everyone get to some places where they could get at least a taste of the Black Friday beer deals. For myself, waiting a few hours in the cold would probably be very bad for me. Besides, how much longer could I go without taking my kids to see Big Hero 6. Since... Read more »
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Craft Beer pioneer New Albion Ale revived

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I’ve been reading some books sent me for review, which I mean to one day incorporate into a Gift Guide. One of them is The Audacity of Hops: the History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli. A full description will come someday, but for our purposes, Acitelli goes into detail about the first... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Homefront IPA

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Just in time for the end of baseball season, I have gotten a chance to sample a beer that came out at the start of the season. But hey, reviews are “evergreen,” compared to my calendar articles, and I expect this beer will be easier to locate next season. Homefront IPA is a collaboration beer... Read more »

Baderbräu Oktoberfest: Chicago Craft Beer Preview

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Shortly after re-launching his revived Baderbräu beer brand, Robert Sama has added an Oktoberfest alongside the original Baderbräu Pilsener. Like the Pilsener, Baderbräu Oktoberfest is contract brewed at Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin. Rob dropped off a sixpack for me downtown at work Tuesday afternoon. Parked in a 5-minute zone, he quickly explained that the Oktoberfest was... Read more »
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Not Your Father's Root Beer Float Day

Not Your Father's Root Beer Float Day
So, today (August 6) was National Root Beer Float Day, as sponsored by A&W Restaurants because, well, just because. If you were near an A&W—and good luck with that in the Loop, where there’s a frickin’ McDonald’s on every block—you could have been treated to a free small float. If you missed it, I’m tagging... Read more »
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