Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 7–9

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 7–9
Friday is one of the "made-up holidays" that actually has a basis in history. "National Beer Day" marks the date the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect; April 7, 1933. It was signed March 22 by President Franklin Roosevelt, and legalized the production, purchase and consumption of beer up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (more familiarly, 4.05% by volume). That is, in the states that also allowed it. And that wasn't the end of Prohibition; that was in December. But 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed on April 7 alone, and that makes it as good a reason to hoist one as any...

Craft Beer Preview: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

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This past weekend we had the debut of Founders Brewing Co.’s annual release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout. And most likely its disappearance from store shelves, perhaps within ten minutes. But experience has taught us that KBS will pop up on tap and in bottles at fine boozing establishments for some time to come. I tasted... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 3-6

Chicago Craft Beer Events, April 3-6
After the many beer debuts of spring, we see a lightening of the "big" beer activity. But there are still a number of events to catch a good good beer at this week. As I post this, my Opening Day-related events are sparse, but I'm adding to this calendar as I learned about new ones. And I seem to have missed most of the usual beer-related April Fools news this time around. Perhaps because April 1 fell on a Saturday, outside the usual news cycle. I just couldn't find anything on a par with "Helium-Infised Beer" or "Instant Arrogant Bastard...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 31–April 2

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 31–April 2
We are close to Chicago's Opening Days (April 4 at home for the Sox, April 2 for the Cubs, then April 10 at home), with their attendant craft beer-centric celebrations. But meantime, it's Kentucky Breakfast Stout weekend! There's a Firkin Fest, and somebody mentioned Bacon (Fest)…...

Local Beer Review: Tocayo Hominy White Ale

Local Beer Review: Tocayo Hominy White Ale
I’ve been knocked back by a cold for the past week, which rendered me unable to enjoy the subtler points of a decent beer. But now I think I can get into my stash of beers that I bought myself for the purpose of a review. Tocayo Brewing Company is a joint venture with Chicago... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 27–30

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 27–30
Spring is finally here, if the release of Bell's Oberon American wheat beer is any indication. But for those who still want a fresh taste of something dark and wintry, Piece has a barley wine release, and KBS arrives this coming weekend...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 24-26

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, March 24-26
This weekend sees the opening of yet another brewpub in Chicago. And tickets go on sale for Beer Under Glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The May 18th event marks the start of Chicago Craft Beer Week, which will run through May 25. Tickets are already on sale for Durty Nellie's 23rd Annual Spring Beer Fest, coming Saturday, May 6 at Durty Nellie's of Palatine. Over 30 brewers are already confirmed for sampling. Details and tickets at Ticketfly...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, March 20-23
Chicago's Craft Beer scene takes only a slight breather after St. Patrick's Day. But we just had the sellout of tickets for Dark Lord Day, and there's March Madness. That usually brings ongoing specials, while this list necessarily focuses on one-day beer events. But I'm betting we'll see more listing at Final Four time...

St. Patrick's Day Beers #8: Guinness Draught

St. Patrick's Day Beers #8: Guinness Draught
After writing up some nice Irish Stouts and Red Ales (and Lagers), I wanted to come back to the granddaddy of them all. I can’t really let a St. Patrick’s Day—and in Chicago, it’s never just a “day”—go by without having had at least one Guinness, poured from a nitro tap in a proper setting.... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer St. Patrick's Weekend, March 17-19

Chicago Craft Beer St. Patrick's Weekend, March 17-19
While I’m punching out this article a little earlier, I am still adding content to the Google Calendar that feeds this page. If you’ve got the parades and giant green leprechaun hats out of your system, there are still plenty of St. Patrick-themed events this weekend. And you don’t need dispensation from me to eat... Read more »
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