Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut

Craft Beer Review: Noon Whistle Mr. IPA-Nut
Perhaps I added, in my own small way, to the hoopla over Mr. IPA-Nut, the collaboration between Lombard’s Noon Whistle Brewing and Planters (Kraft Heinz) Peanuts. The beer went on sale just last Friday, and sold out within a few days. At least the few Binny’s I tried had already run out on Monday. So... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale

Craft Beer Review: Empirical Heliotropic Hoppy Pale Ale
A little rain came our way Saturday evening, for the last weekend of October and it’s getting colder. But that rarely stops most people from firing up the grill, so I’m throwing on some sausages while I pop another beer that I have purchased for review. Empirical Brewing is a small brewery with its stainless... Read more »

Halloween Beer Events in Chicago, October 29 - November 1

Halloween Beer Events in Chicago, October 29 - November 1
It turned out that the weekend before Halloween has had more going on than Halloween itself. Coming as it does in the middle of the week...
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Craft Beer Review: Revolution Tropic Hero

Craft Beer Review: Revolution Tropic Hero
I’ve let too much time go by without trying out a new beer, in this case, one I bought myself to review. Working other projects, cleaning out my cellar of other beers in the meantime. Revolution Brewing’s “Hero” series of hoppy IPAs started with the flagship Anti-Hero, and has encompassed over a dozen releases, most... Read more »

Halloween Weekend with Craft Beer, October 26-28

Halloween Weekend with Craft Beer, October 26-28
It’s another busy Halloween weekend. I will try to push the following calendar for the week with Halloween itself a little earlier. I am having issues (enumerated below) that keep me from having access to all the events I’ve saved, so keep watching here for updates. And by now you’ve surely heard about Noon Whistle... Read more »

Chicago Beer Events, October 22-26

Chicago Beer Events, October 22-26
indexLast time out, we reported on the apparent demise of All About Beer magazine, just shy of its 40th anniversary. But we can also note that the Homebrewer's Association's magazine, Zymurgy, has just celebrated its 40th Anniversary, and is still going...
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Beer Review: BrewDog in Cans

Beer Review: BrewDog in Cans
Some more beers that I’ve picked up just to try them. This one is the latest iteration of BrewDog from Scotland, only this time, they’re made in America. We all know of BrewDog’s journey from a “punk” brewery started in 2007 to a  multinational concern with a series of tied houses and a hotel and... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, October 19-21
Another pioneer in the craft beer world has gone the way of all… periodicals. All About Beer magazine started in 1979, three months before Sierra Nevada Brewing got off the ground. After nearly 40 years, it’s closing up shop. The magazine had earlier absorbed Draft magazine, but, according to sources, suffered from financial mismanagement. It offered many... Read more »

Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014

Ale From the Cellar: Bridgeport Stumptown Tart 2014
While I feel honor-bound to write about any beers that the brewer or their PR people have sent me, because I should discuss a beer that’s still somewhat fresh, and that might be available only for a brief time. And if I truly am enough of an “influencer” that these folks want my attention, it’s... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 15-18

Chicago Craft Beer Events, October 15-18
Josh Noel reports that Burnt City Brewing is planning to close its brewpub on Lincoln Ave., and its production brewery at the former Jay's Potato Chip plant on the South Side. Their plan is to consolidate at an 18,000 square foot space at 417 N. Ashland Ave. Burnt City, which started life as Atlas Brewing in 2012, is quitting the battle for shelf space in stores across the region. Co-founder Steve Soble cited the many breweries trying to become regional or national brewers, while being pushed by the "crafty" brands owned by Anheuser Busch-InBev. The upcoming Burnt City would top off at 5,000 barrels per years, serving from "pour-your-own" taps, and become part of West Town's "Chicago Brewing District," anchored by Goose Island. (Chicago Tribune)...
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