This is the weekend of Chicago's Cider Summit! And there are plenty of cider related events going on all around town.
For more traditional beer lovers, we have some dark beer celebrations, Lake County Brew Fest, and Uppers & Downers. You can get a jump on pączkis
before Fat Tuesday, and the St. Patrick's season starts with Guinness glass engraving promos at Binny's...
I am continuing to post events a nearly a week in advance, when I previously could only get some schedules up a day or two before. This may or may not last, but I hope it gets you information about events that may otherwise sell out.
I also have a lot of Valentine weekend events on my preliminary Beer Calendar
, since some of those will require advance reservations...
I've got the schedule for the
"Big Game" weekend up a week early, featuring brewpubs and tap rooms that are open late Sunday with TV, and other establishments that have been known to have good beer. Watch for this list to keep growing as more establishments post their plans.
I apologize to those of you who may have seen error messages when trying to read the previous articles. The site that hosts my script to feed the events has been down for various reasons. I really need to look for better hosting, but I need to figure out out to pay for it...
This week's big beer merger news comes out of Detroit. On January 21, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the U.S. craft division of Molson Coors, announced that they would acquire Atwater Brewery
. Atwater was founded in 1997, originally to bring back the Bohemian Lager style beer made by Stroh's, a Detroit favorite. They operate three tap houses in eastern Michigan, and have expanded into spirits and, yes, hard seltzers. Associated Press story
Molson Coors' Mergers & Acquisitions have not yet been as voracious in the United States, compared to Anheuser Busch. So far, they have purchased Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, Saint Archer, Terrapin, Hop Valley and Revolver Brewing...
As has been widely covered earlier, the Chicago-based beer blog The Hops Review
has closed down after 8 years of business coverage and general interest news. It had a fine run, but the principals have needed to go their separate ways. No doubt there was a lot of expense in keeping up a web site without the support of advertising or endorsements. I myself get a free space and supposedly some Google ad revenue from just ONE of the ads on the right rail. Before the site was flooded with ads advising us how to empty our bowels.
And I'll be posting a schedule of places with Super Bowl watching parties, of course. Some may be places that have had craft beer events in the past, but that may not mention specific beers for February 2. Other may normally not be open into Sunday evening, but will have special hours for the game. If you'll be up for the game, be sure to drop me a line...
My hosting site that was serving up the dates from my Google Calendar has gone wonky. I am placing text for the last day of this period at the bottom:
Phase Three Taking Over Lake Zurich
The big news as this article's writing: Phase Three Brewing Co.
, the current buzz beer maker in Chicago, is taking over operation of Lake Zurich Brewing. Phase Three had been contract brewing its trendy hazy IPAs at Lake Zurich, 932 Donata Ct.
According to Tribune coverage by Josh Noel
, Phase Three had been selling more beers, while Lake Zurich's sales were declining. Lake Zurich has posted a farewell to the Facebook page, announcing that their final weekend of operation is January 17-19.
The brewery had originally opened as Black Belt Brewery, the first beermaker in the village, in 2016. It shortly closed and was taken over by Lake Zurich in 2018. The brewery is expected to reopen as Phase Three in the spring...
It's the weekend of the first big festival of 2020: the Winter Chicago Ale Fest.
I've normally been posting my event listings two to three days ahead of the dates covered. At present, I've got up to a week ahead. I hope that's helpful for some of those events that might sell out ahead of time. And I continue to update the articles as I get more listings to add. So please keep checking...
We are still adding New Year's Eve events here at Beeronaut central, as noted in the current "sticky" post on this page. And of course filling out the other New Year's Day brunches and holiday events. For Christmas week, I will try to note which establishments will be open Christmas Day. And a few of breweries that are normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays are indicating they'll have special Christmas Eve hours to pick up that last-minute fresh growler.
And I may find later that I have a Sunday listing or at the wrong time when it comes to the Bears game. I just checked, and the Bears/Chiefs game will not
be "flexed" out of the Sunday evening slot, despite the Bears being eliminated from the playoff picture. I just moved a few scheduled football watching events from a presumed noon start, on my own recognizance...
I feel again like posting my encounters with Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout and its variants. I know I’ve missed the media event back in October, but the Goose was kind enough to send me some of it, so I would be expected to open it and write up my impressions. I’ll update this... Read more »
I hope you've checked back with my list of New Year's Events in the top post on this blog. There are still parties being added.
Things will finally settle down only on Christmas week. This weekend, being the Winter Solstice, will see a lot of dark beer releases to go with the darkest day of the year. So it will be one last hurrah for the year...