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St. Patrick’s Day Beers 2: Deer Creek Cork County Red Cream Ale

St. Patrick’s Day Beers 2: Deer Creek Cork County Red Cream Ale
I’m in the mood to dip into another of my stash of Irish style beers sent to me for this occasion by Luois Glunz distributors. It’s a rough job, trying to get these all discussed before the local St. Patrick’s parades, but I’m up for the task. Tonight we have another red ale, this one... Read more »

St. Patrick's Day Beers 1: Saugatuck Maggie's Irish Ale

St. Patrick's Day Beers 1: Saugatuck Maggie's Irish Ale
It’s time again to run through some beer themed to an upcoming holiday. Too close to Mardi Gras to get around to that, but I should be able to get a nice round of Irish styles in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve got some to start with, sent to me by Louis Glunz Beer... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 24-26

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 24-26
For most of the time that I’ve been running this calendar, I have run my “coverage” only to the Wisconsin border, just because their beer scene has been so much more active than hours. But with warmer weather teasing us ever so briefly, I’ll try to fit in some of the bigger events that might... Read more »
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Restaurant Preview: The Craftsman by Two Brothers

Restaurant Preview: The Craftsman by Two Brothers
Once again, I’m reminded that Naperville is different than other suburban downtown: its rush hour is at dinner time, and all through the weekend. The overflow of boutiques, day spas and restaurants, both chain and local, makes a sort of crucible for new concepts to sink or swim. For some reason I thought about this... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Events, February 20-23
Just two months after Cademon Brewing in Geneva was forced to close over missed tax payments, they have reopened thanks to an IndeGogo funding campaign. The campaign’s premiums were presented Feb. 18 at a “Second Wind Day.” Tangled Roots Brewing in Ottawa will be releasing a pale ale that it claims may be the first... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: BuckleDown Belt and Suspenders

Craft Beer Review: BuckleDown Belt and Suspenders
I’ve got time to work in a review of a local craft beer. Let’s pop the tab, shall we? BuckleDown Brewing in near southwestern Lyons has been turning our beer since 2014, after brewmaster Ike Orcutt broke away from Hopothesis Brewing. Belt and Suspenders has been brewed there from the beginning, and is now regularly... Read more »
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Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout
Feb. 11: Maybe it’s the comet acting in concert with the lunar eclipse this week, but darn if it’s not half way warm this weekend. Downtown, there’s an ice-carving festival, and by 1 pm, all the sponsored sculptures that were installed in the morning have been halfway melted. It’s 4 pm now as I start... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 17-19

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 17-19
While I’ve managed to streamline my workflow on presenting these calendar events, I find some of my procedures are reversed: I often post the article first, then keep adding events as I find them. Friday, February 17 Saturday, February 18 Sunday, February 19

Chicago Craft Beer Valentine's Week Events

Chicago Craft Beer Valentine's Week Events
If you haven’t spent the weekend before Valentine’s Day plying yourself and your sweetie with good beer, you still have a chance this week, of course. As always, I continue to update this list as I find more events, so be sure to check in regularly. And scroll down each date for more events! Monday,... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer (and Cider) Weekend, Feb. 10-12

Chicago Craft Beer (and Cider) Weekend, Feb. 10-12
With this being the weekend of Cider Summit, and the weekend before Valentine’s Day, I am adding Chicago craft beer events almost continuously. So be sure to check back through out the weekend and see what’s new! Friday, February 10 Saturday, February 11 Sunday, February 12
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