One of Chicago’s long-running homegrown beer festivals is this weekend: The Day of the Living Ales. If you can’t get in for that, there’s the Chicago Beer Festival. Keep a glass in your hand. Friday, March 2 Saturday, March 3 Sunday, March 4 Geek stuff: Whether or not you can notice it, I have well... Read more »
This is one of several articles I wrote a while ago for a new platform called Tidbitts.com. The idea was to write at least one short, exclusive article per week, for which I could round up many subscribers willing to part with a mere 99¢ a month to read on their phones. Well, that never worked... Read more »
I’m downstairs noodling around in the Beeronaut control center… looking to update some DJ software on the old Mac where all my music files are stashed. Good evening to pop open a can of beer that I have purchased, and get around to reviewing it. I visited Miskatonic Brewing Co., close by in Darien, when... Read more »
There may be another brewer in the Chicago area soon: Will County Brewing Co.
in Shorewood is pushing toward its final inspection this week, and could be open for business any time after that. The County of Will is quickly catching up to the rest of the Chicago area beerwise...
I got another chance to drop by the Barrelman’s Room in my downtown, while waiting to pick up The Boy from his gaming night. This section of Ballydoyle, open on weekends only, features barrel-aged spirits, cocktails and beer. And it has a separate entrance so you can drop by when a band is playing Ballydoyle... Read more »
Here's the latest weekend roundup of craft beer events in Chicago...
We've gotten past Valentine's, Mardi Gras, Chicago Cider Week… just in time to get set up for St. Patrick's Day beer events. I'll be gathering as many St. Pat fests as I learn about, provided they offer something more interesting than green Lites.
After I was chasing all the events of the past few weeks, I just discovered that the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
in Bolingbrook, the only GB in the Chicago market, has rebranded as a Rock Bottom, their sister brand in the CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries chain. That now puts five Rock Bottoms in our area...
The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has been running up a few interesting beers to celebrate their 50th anniversary. There was their annual Vintage Ale, with the 2017 edition being labeled “Quinquagenary.” And most recently, in December, we saw a special combination of beer and one of their most popular products in Joe-Joe’s Cookie Stout. Made by Anchor... Read more »
I've been working to keep up with all the Valentine's events, as well as all the cider events in advance of Saturday's Cider Summit
Chicago. I've been slowed down a bit by the changes in Google Calendar that I base these listings on. But we'll work this out.
After several years of trying to "stay small" while their beers increased in popularity, Three Floyds
has published plans for a huge expansion within its space at it Munster industrial park. The project would build a larger brewery with new German steel, expanded brewpub and retail space, and offices, on property the Floyds have acquired on either side of their current location. Plans were published to the city of Munster's web site, and look like a match to Stone or Dogfish Head's destination breweries. Josh Noel broke the story, with positive reaction from Munster officials, at the Tribune
So what's going on this week in the beer world?
Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Panckae Day and Pączki Day. For some of us, a last chance to indulge, or to pair beer with sugary pastries.
Wednesday is Valentine's Day, so we have plenty of romantic beer dinners, or at least Valentine's specials at places known for good beer.
Saturday is the Cider Summit
at Navy Pier, so several cider makers are already in town for what they're calling Chicago Cider Week...