Yikes, it’s 10 pm Sunday as I start this. Well, I just had to put out my contest where you can win a VIP pass the Binny’s Lincoln Park’s Bourbon County Stout Black Friday, didn’t I? I’ll have other Black Friday goodies later, but let’s lead up to Black Wednesday for now. Besides, if you... Read more »
Let’s start off with the return of Minneapolis extreme brewers Surly to Chicago: Monday, November 18 Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578 Welcome back to Chicago Surly Brewing Company. To help celebrate their return to our amazing city, we’ll be tapping their flagship beer, Furious. We see a “sick” day... Read more »
Into the home stretch, and I might finally be going somewhere Thursday afternoon. So I’m just gathering everything with some local interest, or maybe has some rare beers, and letting ‘er rip! Friday, May 24 12:00 pm ♦ Double Firkin Tapping Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 Every... Read more »
Not a lot of time to get this done, so forgive any omissions and spelling errors, please: Friday, Apr. 5 New Planet Sponsors Spring Flours Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago (312) 464-1000 The University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center’s (click this link for details) Annual Benefit. New Planet is... Read more »
Are you up for some Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap? Are you up for an early-morning road trip? Friday, Mar. 29 3:00 – 5:00 pm ♦ Beer Tastings at Kenwood Liquors Kenwood Liquors, 12037 W. 159th St., Homer Glen, IL (708) 590-8210 Goose Island Matilda & Sofie. 4:00 – 6:00 pm ♦ Shiner Premium w/ the Gin Palace Jesters... Read more »
Tuesday, Mar. 5 4:00 pm ♦ Taps Run Black at Standard Market Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030 We will be pouring Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee, Night Stalker, Baudoinia, and Big John. Flights or single glasses available! We also will be giving away free a limited amount... Read more »
Truth to tell, if I actually did think the world was coming to an end, I would spend the time making sweet… um, chocolate chip cookies with my family. Yeah, that’s it. Only if they were not nearby would I go to my beer cellar and start drinking all the vintage ales I’ve been saving.
But in fact, the imaginary apocalypse is really just another reason to party. I’m all for that. So the appropriate beers to drink can be chosen with the same consideration as a picture of Santa on the label of a Christmas beer. In this article
, I listed some appropriate places to hunker down with one last, great beer. Now here are some beers to try at home.
First, consider that culture that was able to layout a pretty accurate calendar 5,000 years ago, while we “civilized” nations still argue over when Easter should be. Like many Mesoamericans, the Mayans brewed with local maize, flavored with cocoa, honey, chile peppers, and whatever other tasty plants were at hand. Some beers nearby with that same influence:
5 Rabbit Ki’ Chun:
this is a new beer by Chicago’s Latin-influenced 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. It’s name means “tasty start” according to founding brewmaster Randy Mosher
, who writes, “Ki’ Chun blends the apricot perfume of chanterelles with three malts and toasted oats, all tied together by the exotic fruitiness of New Zealand Rakau hops, accented by a Belgian yeast strain. Dark Thai palm sugar lightens the body a bit and makes this 9.5 % alc/vol beer dangerously drinkable, dry and creamy.” Ki’ Chun con Chanterelles will be tapped on December 21, the first day of the new calendar cycle. These locations will be pouring:
I had one of Randy’s mushroom beers way back in 2002, and found it delicious. He’s had all this time to tweak the recipe since then...
First: an apology. Updates have been very few and far between because it is getting to be crunch time for me to find that elusive thing called "a job." That means not only sending out a lot more applications, but trying to update my home
page so it looks less like I made it in 1996… which I did. Yes, I linked to it. Go ahead and laugh. And this big news broke just as I was off to pick up the kids from their grandparents' home in Iowa.
Yes, I'm talking about the big news that 5 Rabbit Cervecería
has poached head Brewer John J. Hall from Goose Island. They even sent me the news release as I was headed out the door. Best I can do for now is present that blurb in most of its entirety...
Here are some of the news items about local brewers that got pushed aside as I was trying to keep up with Chicago Craft Beer Week: Lagunitas The announcement in April that California brewer Lagunitas would build a 250-barrel expansion brewery in Chicago had prematurely assumed that a lease for the space was already signed.... Read more »
So you didn’t get a Dark Lord Day ticket, and you see them being offered for $250 and up on the legalized scalping sites. Well, there’s also a WhiskyFest Chicago this Saturday. That’s sold out, too, but somehow WhiskyFest is translating to some good beer events below: Monday, March 19 6:30 p.m. • Harvest Moon... Read more »