Chicago's Home and Curbside Beer Week, May 11-14

Chicago's Home and Curbside Beer Week, May 11-14
I'm taking note of one aspect of many of these virtual events: they require you to place orders and pick up the beer in question a day or two ahead of the event's date. So read on ahead for these virtual happy hours, and make a note of the deadlines. And it seems odd to point this out, but May 11 is still the start of American Craft Beer Week. In Chicago this had usually been passed over in favor of Chicago Craft Beer Week. but that's not happening this year...

Chicago Craft Beer Mother's Day Weekend, May 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Mother's Day Weekend, May 8-10
I've found a few more carry-out events for this Mother's Day weekend.Many more events are announced on the "day of," so please check back. I also have a listing to mark the start of the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild's new "Passport at Home." Pick up beer from a participating brewer or store and get a "Passport at Home" frame to snap a photo of your purchase and upload to social media. There are also a few more venues venturing to schedule events for further down the calendar, maybe starting late June...

Beer Review: Odd Side Ales Rye Hipster Brunch Stout

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Taking another opportunity to crack a local, or at least nearby, beer while enduring our isolation. This time I propped up the iPad and shot one of my “One Take Beer Reviews.” Odd Side Ales is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, between Holland and Muskegon. They were established in 2010, but have just recently been... Read more »
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Carryout and Virtual Chicago Beer Week, May 4-7

Carryout and Virtual Chicago Beer Week, May 4-7
It seemed we were starting to see a few events pick up over the weekend. But instead things are slowing to a few carryout beer releases and virtual get-togethers. These are still coming up last-minute, so please do check back here. Hey, back in February, I did an article on Shiner's S'Mores beer, which they had sent to me in a wooden presentation box, with gourmet img_1434 Tejas chocolate, a bag of marshmallows and graham cracker, a matchbook, and of course, beer. In fact, they accidentally sent me two of those boxes. I tried to give them away in a drawing. One was brought out to a happy reader, but we couldn't get together on the other one before the lockdown. So he said forget about it. So we finally made S'More's with the kit. Well, the marshmallows had gotten hard by this time, and the chocolate was too tasty to just smoosh into a S'More (but was well appreciated in itself). But the beer went well with it. And that paper packing excelsior made good tinder...

Local Beer Review: Mikerphone Double Blue Hast Mich

Local Beer Review: Mikerphone Double Blue Hast Mich
Grabbing another local brew to talk up while we’re hunkered down at home. I admit I have been picking the less-expensive beers from the shelves. I still have other things making more of a demand on my beer money. So they can’t all barrel-aged “whalez.” But I hope they’ll still be worthwhile. This is from... Read more »

Carryout and Virtual Craft Beer Weekend, May 1-3

Carryout and Virtual Craft Beer Weekend, May 1-3
Amid our concerns about brewers and establishments closing over the COVID-19 "stay-at-home", we actually news of new brewers. Crushed by Giants posted to their Facebook that they have passed all of their inspections, and are approved to operate as a brewery. The facility, from the owners of DryHop and Corridor breweries, is coming to 600 N. Michigan Ave., site of the former Heaven on Seven restaurant. Nik & Ivy Brewing has announced that they building a taproom at 1026 S. State St. in Lockport. They've already posted photos of fermentation tanks arriving at the downtown location, and are looking toward a summer opening. Also this week, Orland Park's village board has approved a redevelopment plan for the site of the closed Toy "R" Us store at 151st St. and LaGrange Rd. The plan would see a Chiptle and Panera Bread in one new building, a Raising Cane's Chicken Figures with a drive-through, and a BJ's Brewhouse as an "anchor." This would be the first Illinois location for the California-based chain. It would fill a gap in Orland Park after the closing of Granite City and with Rock Bottom's status uncertain. Patch You may notice most of the listings for online events are dropping the map icon linking to the Google Map of the location. I've set my script to drop it if the location starts with the word "online." But if the event suggests you get the beer for carryout, I'll try to leave it in...
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Local Beer Review: Spiteful Mrs. O'Leary's Chocolate Milk Stout with Raspberries

Local Beer Review: Spiteful Mrs. O'Leary's Chocolate Milk Stout with Raspberries
If I can do little else to help out during the lockdown, I can get out to my local bottle shop and pick up some local brews to review. Yes, I think I can handle that responsibility. Spiteful Brewing had punched out beers in a number of styles, especially trendy IPAs and also dark beers,... Read more »

Chicago Isolation Beer Week, April 27-30

Chicago Isolation Beer Week, April 27-30
We've already noted that Argus Brewery has decided to close down, spurred by the COVID-19 isolation that ended draft beer sales. Now the Grumpy Goat Tavern in Elgin has announced they will be closing down. Now that we are extending the isolation until June, we might see more places going under, I'm afraid...

Longing Looks Out the Window for Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 24-26

Longing Looks Out the Window for Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 24-26
For the first time in several weeks, I have a Sunday beer-related event to bring to you. We have seen a few more establishments adapt to the "shelter-in-place" environment, since it may last yet another month...
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Beer Review: Wild Onion Barrel-Aged Drago

Beer Review: Wild Onion Barrel-Aged Drago
As I mentioned previously, I figured to pass the time in home exile by reviewing a few more beers, preferably local ones that deserve a shout-out. I started off with a trip to find more local cans, but got distracted by a national brand’s “hard coffee.” Now I’m back on track. Wild Onion Brewery has... Read more »
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