Friday – Saturday 5:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ ZooBrew at the Brookfield Zoo Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL (708) 688-8000 Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales…all at Brookfield Zoo’s fourth annual ZooBrew on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2015. Zoo Brew is a one-of-a-kind, 21 and... Read more »
Be sure to check out my interview with Cleetus Friedman, Executive Chef at the beer-forwardFountainhead Restaurant, and of the soon-to-open Northman Cider Pub, the first of its kind in Chiago. Details are at Chicago Scene! Monday, August 18 Two Brothers & Oskar Blues Night at The Firkin Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL (847) 367-6168 Special... Read more »
Friday, Aug. 30 Beer Hates Astronauts Tapping at Half Acre Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 Imagine a comic book. The kind with superheroes and punching and stuff. Now imagine that most of those superheroes are kind of total jerks. OK, now throw in felonious owls, spectral bovines,... Read more »
Yes, I finally finished my long overdue Ruby on Rails assignment for my class from last fall. I could have celebrated by going to American Beer Classic Saturday, but I need to work on that "moderation" thingie. But if anyone who attended wants to comment below, welcome!
Instead, I had an invite from fellow ChicagoNow blogger and CN trivia teammate Exavier Pope
to the opening of his new law office, which he shares with his lovely wife's art gallery at the Lacuna Artist Loft Studios on Canalport at Cermak. I got to feel so urbane; visiting another cool converted loft space (the former Chicago Macaroni Co., no less), talking to models and a WGCI DJ, advising a few other guests on craft beer… And three floors down was another gallery event with the guys from Powell Brew House
sampling more of their high-grade homebrew...
The craft beer world is just a whirl, and I'm swimming to catch up. Here I can at least tell you what's going on. First off, Deschutes brings a new brew to town:
Deschutes Inversion IPA Pint Night & Launch Celebration
launches its 4th year round brew into the state of Illinois the week of March 11th. Come on out to be one of the first fans to enjoy a pint. Inversion IPA is a well balanced IPA with lots of citrus and hop flavors and aromas and will be a great addition to the Deschutes Brewery family of beers in Illinois...
Deschutes wraps up its big introduction this week in Chicago. There are a whole raft of tastings and bar appearances. I’ve summarized some of the bigger events here, but you can see more at Deschutes’ Event Page! Additionally, you can catch samplings with another new beer to Chicago, Kona Brewing Co., at the River North... Read more »
While the Deschutes opening week in Chicago is in full swing, we have some other craft beer events you won’t want to miss: Friday, Jan. 11 Half Acre Tomten Release Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 The staff here at Half Acre Beer Company was tasked with creating a beer... Read more »
The beer serving world took the week off following the long New Year’s weekend. But we’re back with a vengeance with the debut of Deschutes Brewing in Chicago! Deschutes Craft Beer Events These events include pints of Deschutes’ Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA or seasonal brew, Red Chair NWPA. After... Read more »
Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon has announced it has made a distribution deal with Wirtz Beverage Group to distribute its beers in Chicago starting in January, 2013. “We’re thrilled to partner with Deschutes as we launch into the craft beer market in Illinois,” explained Julian Burzynski, Wirtz Beverage Illinois Senior Vice President in a press... Read more »