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Surprise: Kings & Convicts buys Ballast Point from Constellation

Surprise: Kings & Convicts buys Ballast Point from Constellation
It’s a reversal of the familiar scenario in which a big-name craft brewer is bought out by a multinational “big beer” consortium. This time, the brewer has been bought back from an international consortium. On Tuesday, Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. announced they had purchased Ballast Point Brewing Co. from Constellation Brands. Constellation is a... Read more »

Area Winners at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival
Ten Chicago area brewers brought home medals at the Great American Beer Festival, in awards given out Saturday in Denver. The 33rd edition of the GABF competition saw 283 medals awarded in 107 categories. Judges examined 9,497 beers from 2,295 American breweries. The Juicy or Hazy IPA category was the most-entered for the second year... Read more »

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 13-16

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 13-16
I'm posting this late Saturday noght while I'm still putting in events for Illinois Craft Beer Week, as well as unrelated beer fun. Meantime, there's been a major shakeup in the craft beer scene, as Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) has announced the purchase of Dogfish Head in a $300 million deal. Dogfish founder Sam Calagione would get a seat on Boston Beer's board of directors. (Fortune)...
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 21-23

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 21-23
I have been plugging away at finding New Year’s Eve parties at places known for good beer. If you haven’t made your plans yet, be sure to check my article for the latest addition. I will also try to update with each establishment that announces a tapping for Resilience, the nationwide collaboration IPA originating with Sierra... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 14-16

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 14-16
Again I’m working up to the last minute to get more and more holiday events and big beer events into this list. If it seems like there are more beer choices here in Chicago, it’s true! The Brewers’ Association has noted that the Chicago metropolitan area now has 167 commercial brewers, the most of any... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, August 20-23
I'm pushing this article out a little later, because I spent Saturday at the Sox game with some beer-drinking friends. So let's get things going...
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Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 14-17

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 14-17
We are now heading into Illinois Craft Beer Week, starting May 18, plus this weekend's Dark Lord Day. Add to that a week of events for Goose island's 30th Anniversary, and I'm keeping busy bringing them to you. Watch for daily updates, which will themselves be updated frequently...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 8-10
A long weekend means a short week. But we are certainly not short on events! Meantime, among the tweaks I’ve made to this page is compiling a page indexing all my beer reviews. Just click the “Beer Reviews Index” link above. And I just might have set the page to reject most of those Facebook... Read more »
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