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 »
Monday, Apr. 15 5:00 – 7:00 pm ♦ Heritage Radio Network-Traveling Salon Series at Monk’s Pub Monk’s Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665 Beer, Cheese, Raffles, and More! Join HRN at Monk’s Pub to swap kitchen stories, farmer updates, and mingle with the most progressive Tastemakers in Chicago. Come share your love of... Read more »
Another busy week with beer dinners and more chances to tap your most requested beers!
Monday, Jan. 28
6:30 pm ♦ TasteIt Insider Dinner with Goose Island
Rockit Bar and Grill
, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
Inspired by TasteIT, a weekly offering giving guests half off selected wines and craft beers, Rockit Bar and Grill will host its second TasteIt Insider Dinner. Featuring a five-course dinner paired with a craft beer selection from Goose Island Beer
Co., guests will be able to mix and mingle with Chef Amanda Downing and Brewmaster Brett Porter, before enjoying a custom paired dinner...
Monday, Jan. 21
5:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Hopslam Tapping
World of Beer
, 1727 Freedom Dr, Naperville, IL (630) 955-0399
Join us as we tap this years vintage of fresh Hopslam! Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's
Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style...
Friday, Jan. 18 Oskar Blues tasting Binny’s Beverage Depot, 69 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 870-9890 Binny’s will have some Oskar Blues beers to sample. 5:00 – 8:00 pm ♦ Firkin Friday: Ruddles Country Ale The Bavarian Lodge, 1800 Ogden Ave, Lisle, IL (630) 241-4701 Our Firkin Friday Series features a different cask... Read more »
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 »
Just got back from Thanksgiving with the folks, and rushing this out for your enjoyment. Some later event may pop up on my Google Calendar. Through Thursday, Nov. 29 32nd Annual European Beer Tour Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago Join us for one of our most highly anticipated annual events! Starting the day... Read more »
Following Oskar Blues' entry in the Chicago beer market
in August, the Colorado brewer has announced that its canned Imperial Stout, Ten FIDY, will make its debut here as a winter seasonal. The beer, which clocks in at 10.5% alcohol by volume (thus the name) is available in Chicago this week on tap and in cans at SmallBar Division
, The Owl
and Jake Melnick’s
, and will appear elsewhere until February.
A news release from Oskar Blues describes Ten FIDY as a "…titanic, immensely viscous stout…, loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee that hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt." Ten FIDY scores at 100 percentile at RateBeer.com
, and a 95 at BeerAdvocate.com
This is the week that another Colorado brewer brings its popular beers to the Chicago market! Oskar Blues is opening here, as described in this article
. To celebrate, they have nearly 60 tappings and events throughout the area. Here are some of the highlights provided by OB's promotional people:
(Note: There's a slight correction from the local Oskar Blues people. The Jake Melnick's event was listed for Thursday; but it's now been changed to Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, August 21
7:00 p.m. • Fountainhead: 1970 W. Montrose Ave.
"It Might Get Rocky" Colorado Tap Takeover Charity Event
. Proceeds to benefit victims of the Aurora theatre shooting and western wildfires)
Oskar Blues special firkin, draft and cans featured. Also tapping Colorado brewers Left Hand
, New Belgium
, Boulder Brewing
, Great Divide
. More information at their Facebook Page
7:00 p.m. • Fischman Liquors: 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave.
with all available draft and cans featured
7:00 p.m. • Hopleaf: 5148 N. Clark St.
All available draft and can Oskar Blues products featured
7:00 p.m. • Old Town Pour House: 1419 N. Wells St.
Featuring drafts of Dale Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Gubna
7:00 p.m. • The Publican: 837 W. Fulton Market
Prix Fixe Beer and Food Pairing
with multiple drafts and cans...
This week, Chicago’s craft beer universe expands just a little bit more. That’s one more variation on the same headline, but I get to write them a lot these days. That’s because Oskar Blues
Brewery of Colorado begins selling their exclusively canned beers in the Chicago market. And they’re kicking off with a series of launch events the week of September 20.
Oskar Blues has gained a strong following here even before they’ve arrived, being one of the many beers on which fans slip out to Wisconsin to stock up. They weren’t just one of the first canning craft brewers, but one of the first to can high-octane “Imperial” styles. The expansion into the Chicago market, through Windy City Distribution
is part of an expansion that includes an second brewing facility in North Carolina...