This is another busy weekend for beer holidays, including slightly dank one. 4/20 activities include tappings of Lagunitas Waldoes around Chicago. And Half Acre has events to note the 10th anniversary of the very popular Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, and its many variants. Plus, Mad Hatchet Brewing opens in Shorewood, and Phase Three, the split-off from More Brewing, is debuting two of their beers around Chicago.
I have not come up up a lot of beer-centric Easter events. I want to confirm that beer would be on tap for brunch, since some of the restaurants might not be serving during brunch hours. I'm still putting in events at this moment, so please check back...
These were the seven Illinois beers, from seven different breweries, that won medals this week at the prestigious World Beer Cup 2018. The awards, announced Thursday as part of the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, are sometimes called the “Olympics of Beer Competitions,” held every other year. The Illinois winners were among the 8,234 beers... Read more »
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 »
Looks like the main theme of this week is a new round of Bell’s sampling, including Wheat Love, a Barley Wine with eight different kinds of wheat making up 55% of its malt bill; in its first appearance since 2005. You have my recommendation to check it out. And tickets are still available for the... Read more »
Friday, September 27 Double Daisy Cutter and Lager Town Release at Half Acre Half Acre Beer Company Tap Room, 4255 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 We’re rolling out two bottled beers. Grab your hoodie, buckle up and get the details below. DOUBLE DAISY CUTTER: 8% ABV riddled with four succulent hop varieties & four stiff... Read more »
Monday, June 24 6:00 – 9:00 pm ♦ Off Color Debut Tapping Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851 aka “Fine… I guess we’ll sell some of our Beer” We couldn’t be withholding forever! Come celebrate Off Color Brewing’s first tapping event at one of the premiere bars in the world, Hopleaf. Off Color... 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 »
I said earlier, don’t despair that you missed out on Dark Lord Day or Stoutfest tickets. Plenty of big stouts pouring below, along with the coming of spring seasonals. Friday, Mar. 22 Half Acre Pony Pilsner Release Half Acre Beer Co., 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038 Pony is new to the scene, but... Read more »
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...
Half Acre Beer Company’s president, Gabriel Magliaro, talks about the current Chicago beer scene. Now let’s think this through: Half Acre is basically a manufacturing facility in a Chicago neighborhood (Ravenswood) making a product that is distributed as widely as production will allow. They also make limited releases that people have to come INTO Ravenswood... Read more »