Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 3-5

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, August 3-5
Wisconsin takes the stage this weekend and next. There's the Border War Beer Fest in Kenosha, and a Wisconsin beer cruise from Lake Michigan. Then next weekend is the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison. As usual, I can't make the trip, but if you're on a homebrew club or beer fan email list, someone might have some...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 30 - August 2

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 30 - August 2
Like you, I thought "National IPA Day is one of those fake holidays, made up by the hop growers to sell more IPA's." Or maybe you realized that "In my house, EVERY day is IPA Day." Well, whatever you think, IPA Day is this Thursday...

Beer Preview: Lagunitas Super Cluster

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It’s been a rough week, but I hashed it over in the video attached. Let’s just say just one beer in the evening makes things a little better. So here’s another look at a beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co., which they sent to me for my comment. Super Cluster is another in their limited “One-Hitter”... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 27-29

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 27-29
I've got beer releases from here to Geneseo and back to Indiana and Michigan, including barrel-aged beer and cheap beer with Malört...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 23-26

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 23-26
I have a rare empty date on Monday, at least for now. The rest of the week offers the Chicago debut of Goodlife Brewing, Theology on Tap, a Museum Tasting (or two), and more...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 20-22

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 20-22
We are back to weekends with plenty of beer festivals, so let's get to them! BTW: If you have an event you'd like to see on this board, I do have a LOT of brewers and establishments "liked" on my Facebook feed, and if I find a Facebook event, that's easiest for me to save and transfer to my calendar (hardest are the events that are only shown as a JPG graphic). Or you can alsways drop me an email. Because of the MANY events in our busy beer scene, I've had to skip over live shows, trivia, yoga and paint classes, unless they involved a new beer being tapped. But I'm not hard & fast on that rule...
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Beer Preview: Goose Island Foudre Red

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Got back from a weekend at the parents’ home in Iowa with all my siblings for an early 60th Anniversary celebration. Also picked up some Iowa beers that I’m posting to the Ratebeer sidebar down there to your right. And the night after I got back, I was able to quickly do a new video... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 16-19

Chicago Craft Beer Events, July 16-19
With the end of the big soccer to-do, we go back to our summer of easy weeks and big beer fest weekends...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 13-15

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 13-15
Just dropping the post a bit early in preparation for some vacation days this weekend. I have some of the venues that will carry the World Cup finals listed here, and no doubt there will be a few last minute additions that I'll try to watch and add on this list...
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Beer by the Grill: Kona Gold Cliff IPA

Beer by the Grill: Kona Gold Cliff IPA
I’ve pushed out a few more beer reviews ahead of a few vacation days with the relatives. I may have a few more articles about the beer scene in Des Moines, especially since I may be there with two brothers. Meantime, I’ve put some encased meats and patties on the grill, and opened a beer... Read more »
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