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
Illinois Craft Beer Week has begun. I am picking out some featured events and adding them to listing that aren't necessarily ICBW related. For a full schedule of IBCW events, check out illinoisbeer.org/icbw/
There's been a lot of local brewery news this week. First off, Vice District Brewing was suddenly evicted from their South Loop space on Tuesday. Guys Drinking Beer
has dug into the legal issues, and found that Vice District has had issues with unpaid bills, and legal in-fighting among the principals. They had opened in 2014 as the first brewer in the South Loop area. A production facility opened in Homewood in 2018 had its own set of problems with municipal code and sewer issues. Co-founder Curtis Tarver was recently elected as State Representative for Illinois’ 25th District. Update (May 9):
Vice District has posted a brief message on their Facebook page
Marz Community Brewing
The recent occupancy confusion is a result of ongoing discussion between our entity and the landlord. We are working toward settlement. Vice is looking to reopen soon in the South Loop and continue to operate our Homewood location.
In more positive news: Pollyanna Brewing
has been granted a liquor license to open a taproom at 106 S. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles. Pollyanna would share the space with a sports bar/restaurant to be called Flagship on the Fox. One of the partners in the new venture is sports reporter Jarrett Payton, the son of the late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. The location had previously housed other businesses, including including River Rockhouse and Chord on Blues. (Kane County Chronicle
is looking at a second location, a three-barrel brewery and tap room at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave., a triangular former bank building. (Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune
Greg Shuff, who launched DryHop Brewers
and Corridor Brewery and Provisions
, is planning a third brewpub in River North, at 600 N. Michigan Ave. The second floor space had been a Heaven on Seven restaurant until it was ordered to vacate in 2015. The new venture, called Crushed by Giants, will share the building with Under Armor and AMC movie theatre. (Josh Noel, Tribune
We are headed into the flurry of events that makes up Illinois Craft Beer Week
starting this Friday. I will likely be posting these articles a day earlier, and continue to fill in more events as I can. And I'll have plenty of events that are not
tied in to ICBW...
Friday is the official final day of Illinois Craft Beer Week. There are lots of wrap-up events, alongside the usual stuff going on every weekend. I usually present a Friday-Sunday slate, but in this case the article would run too long. And besides, there’ll be more than the usual events on Saturday and Sunday, and... Read more »
It’s Wednesday of Illinois Craft Beer Week, with mostly small events like beer dinners and themed parties. Wednesday, May 23
I’ve selected events that are part of Illinois Craft Beer Week, as well as whatever else might be going on. This looks like the light day of the the celebration, as Mondays usually are. But some establishments are tapping a new rare beer every day. And keep checking these articlee, because so many events are... Read more »
I have picked out most of the events for Illinois Craft Beer Week, as well as whatever else might be going on. I tend to pick up events from places that are on my Facebook feed, then I went to the ICBW site. So between these two sources, I hope I’ve got things pretty well... Read more »
While we have Illinois Craft Beer Week underway, today is also Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds in Indiana. Yes, it’s sold out (I did warn you), but there are plenty of other events inspired by it! Saturday, May 19