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Craft Beer Events with Surly, November 18-21

Craft Beer Events with Surly, November 18-21
Let’s start off with the return of Minneapolis extreme brewers Surly to Chicago: Monday, November 18 Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578 Welcome back to Chicago Surly Brewing Company. To help celebrate their return to our amazing city, we’ll be tapping their flagship beer, Furious. We see a “sick” day... 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 »

Indiana's Upland Brewing Expands into Chicago

Indiana's Upland Brewing Expands into Chicago
Once again, I want to use this platform to deliver a personal note: You may or may not know that your Beeronaut was a Jeopardy! five-time winner and a semi-finalist in the 1989 Tournament of Champions. You will be hearing that for Jeopardy’s 30th anniversary season starting September 16, they will be hosting a “Decades... Read more »
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DESTIHL Beers Finally Come to Chicago

DESTIHL Beers Finally Come to Chicago
What Illinois-based brewer has earned a disproportionate share of plaudits and medals? Pours at many local beerfests although it has no beer on Chicago shelves? And makes even die-hard Illini beer geeks admit a grudging respect for the home of Illinois State? You read the headline, of course. It’s the DESTIHL Brewery, the production arm... Read more »

Big Shoulders Debuts with Hopapalooza IPA

Big Shoulders Debuts with Hopapalooza IPA
I took yet another little stroll out to the Beer Bistro after work on June 6. My last visit there was last August, to be among the first to try the new Hopothesis IPA. And once again I’m headed there to meet the brewer of a new beer, making its world-wide debut. Big Shoulders has... Read more »

At Last! The Kona Brewing Interview!

At Last! The Kona Brewing Interview!

So it's been two months now since I posted this picture on my Facebook page. I had been pleased to find that the folks from Kona Brewing of Hawai'i wanted to get me to interview them when they introduced their beers to the Chicago area. Well, after many delays caused by various factors: so many more events for my calendar articles, hunting for jobs, trying to finish some homework, I have just now finally edited my interview and can happily present it here...

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Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 14 - 17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, January 14 - 17
Deschutes wraps up its big introduction this week in Chicago. There are a whole raft of tastings and bar appearances. I’ve summarized some of the bigger events here, but you can see more at Deschutes’ Event Page! Additionally, you can catch samplings with another new beer to Chicago, Kona Brewing Co., at the River North... Read more »

Craft Beer Events, January 7 to 10

Craft Beer Events, January 7 to 10
The beer serving world took the week off following the long New Year’s weekend. But we’re back with a vengeance with the debut of Deschutes Brewing in Chicago! Deschutes Craft Beer Events These events include pints of Deschutes’ Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA or seasonal brew, Red Chair NWPA. After... Read more »

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Pt. 2: Beers

Finding a Beer for the End of the World: 12-21-2012, Pt. 2: Beers
Truth to tell, if I actually did think the world was coming to an end, I would spend the time making sweet… um, chocolate chip cookies with my family. Yeah, that’s it. Only if they were not nearby would I go to my beer cellar and start drinking all the vintage ales I’ve been saving. But in fact, the imaginary apocalypse is really just another reason to party. I’m all for that. So the appropriate beers to drink can be chosen with the same consideration as a picture of Santa on the label of a Christmas beer. In this article, I listed some appropriate places to hunker down with one last, great beer. Now here are some beers to try at home. First, consider that culture that was able to layout a pretty accurate calendar 5,000 years ago, while we “civilized” nations still argue over when Easter should be. Like many Mesoamericans, the Mayans brewed with local maize, flavored with cocoa, honey, chile peppers, and whatever other tasty plants were at hand. Some beers nearby with that same influence: 5 Rabbit Ki’ Chun: this is a new beer by Chicago’s Latin-influenced 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. It’s name means “tasty start” according to founding brewmaster Randy Mosher, who writes, “Ki’ Chun blends the apricot perfume of chanterelles with three malts and toasted oats, all tied together by the exotic fruitiness of New Zealand Rakau hops, accented by a Belgian yeast strain. Dark Thai palm sugar lightens the body a bit and makes this 9.5 % alc/vol beer dangerously drinkable, dry and creamy.” Ki’ Chun con Chanterelles will be tapped on December 21, the first day of the new calendar cycle. These locations will be pouring: I had one of Randy’s mushroom beers way back in 2002, and found it delicious. He’s had all this time to tweak the recipe since then...
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Westvleteren 12 and Vertical Epic 12.12.12 Both Hitting Stores

Westvleteren 12 and Vertical Epic 12.12.12 Both Hitting Stores
This news is so “epic,” I’m popping one of my homebrewed Russian Imperial Stouts from 2002 to enjoy as I type! Two of craft beer fans’ best-loved brews is hitting stores for the first and only time: Stone Brewing Co. 12.12.12 Vertical Epic and Westvleteren 12. First, and the cheaper of the two, is Vertical... Read more »
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