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"F*** Your Hair"; 5 Rabbit vs. Trump Documentary, Opens

"F*** Your Hair"; 5 Rabbit vs. Trump Documentary, Opens
The confrontation over a Chicago Latin American-owned brewery and a certain hotel owner is now being told in documentary form. "F*** Your Hair", by Chicago-based filmmakers One City Films, opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State St., with showings Friday at 7 pm,  Saturday at 5 pm, and on Wednesday, January 30, at 6 pm. Another screen is schedule for February 24, 7 pm, at Space, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. [embed]https://vimeo.com/284284459[/embed]...

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 »

Getting Angry and Drunk Only Makes Things Worse

Getting Angry and Drunk Only Makes Things Worse
As would be expected, many of my Facebook friends are quite into beers, either as readers of this humble blog, or as proprietors, brewers or other industry people. And in general, they track on the progressive side, politically. So it was that on Tuesday night, as I dialed back on following the election results out... Read more »
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My Thoughts on Father's Day

This actually has nothing to do with beer. It’s just something I wanted to put down about how much I continue to admire my father (and of course, my mother) for how well they raised me and my brothers and sister. That does include letting us kids try his Grain Belt and Hamms so we’d... Read more »

How Saturday Night Live Widened My World

How Saturday Night Live Widened My World
This week the ChicagoNow sphere is sharing stories around the 40th anniversary special coming up for Saturday Night Live. I thought I might join in by popping a beer and telling my own story. The TV landscape did not hold much opportunity for young music fans in 1975. On the three-channels plus a new PBS... Read more »

Mixers for the Blackhawks Push at Hockey History

Gee, I should have thought to have something appropriate for tonight’s attempt by the Chicago Blackhawks to set a new NHL record for consecutive games without a loss in regulation. Actually I thought about it after a promo guy from Jim Beam emailed me a suggestion for some mixers to make, to ease the pain... Read more »
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Hey, Win This! Spring Newcastle Merchandise Giveaway (REVISED)

Great jumping hop bines! In writing up this article, I totally neglected to provide the way to win this stuff! Wondering why I didn’t get many entries! So here it is: just like last time, all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this article with a working email address. You... Read more »
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