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Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Cocktails

Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Cocktails
If you’re familiar with Schöfferhofer, it’s probably because you’ve had their incredibly drinkable grapefruit hef, a 50/50 blend of authentic unfiltered German Hefeweizen and carbonated grapefruit juice. A few years back, I actually wrote a piece about using it in a few cocktails. If you’re a grapefruit fan, you should definitely check it out!  Today, I’ll... Read more »

Cider Summit Chicago 2020

Cider Summit Chicago 2020
I’ve been singing the praises of Cider Summit since 2013 when the event was introduced to Chicago. With 47 cideries pouring 3-5 ciders a piece, you really can’t go wrong. Nevertheless, people out there are always talking down to cider. “Ciders are too sweet” – Wrong! There are a ton of dry ciders available. “Ciders are boring”... Read more »

"Is Craft Beer Dead?" w/ Mike Pallen of Mikerphone Brewing

"Is Craft Beer Dead?" w/ Mike Pallen of Mikerphone Brewing
So, I’ve been out of the game for a bit – more than a bit actually. My appreciation for craft beer never waned, but the past few years I really haven’t had the time to dig in the way I did in the past. I haven’t been homebrewing and I haven’t reviewed any beer whatsoever.... Read more »
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An Interview with VITANI Bottled Cocktails Founders

An Interview with VITANI Bottled Cocktails Founders
If you’re a cocktail lover (which you should be) and you’ve been to any of the trendier lounges in Chicago lately, you’ve probably noticed them offering up house-bottled cocktails. They’re a unique way to serve drinks and they offer the added benefit of immediate gratification – no more waiting for your bartender to pour and... Read more »

Local Cideries for National Cider Month

Local Cideries for National Cider Month
If you live in the Midwest, you know that apple orchards and fall go hand in hand. In fact, they pair so well that October has been christened “National Cider Month” specifically to highlight the beautiful booze produced from using those orchard-fresh apples. For some, mass-produced ciders like Smith & Forge (a MillerCoors product), Johnny... Read more »

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Cocktails Abound

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Cocktails Abound
Summer is winding down, but there are still hot nights to be had. A crowd pleaser on those humid evenings of late has been Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, a 50/50 blend of hefeweizen and carbonated grapefruit juice. At 2.5% ABV, this is definitely an easy drinker for the “non-beer types” and it works as a fantastic mixer... Read more »
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Trumer Pils: Your New Summer Beer

Trumer Pils: Your New Summer Beer
If you’re like me, the first time you heard of “Trumer Pils” you probably envisioned another stereotypical European lager. Sadly, that’s exactly the reason I never gave it a try before now. And, truth be told, I’m actually a bit angry with myself about that. Though Trumer Pils was originally brewed in Austria, they’ve been... Read more »

Thatchers Green Goblin Cider Hits America

Thatchers Green Goblin Cider Hits America
Thatchers Green Goblin English Cider has finally hit the states! For those of you wondering why that matters, I’ll explain. Thatchers, founded in 1904, is one of the largest cider producers in the UK. Thatchers Gold is one of the most popular ciders across the pond and they own over 100k apple trees covering roughly... Read more »

River North Beer Fest 2015

River North Beer Fest 2015
The sun is out and that means it’s time for beer fests baby! Accordingly, the first annual River North Beer Fest is just over two weeks away. On Saturday, June 6th, thousands will converge on the River North locations of Moe’s Cantina and John Barleycorn for an afternoon of brews put on by ChicagoTwentySomething. Trust... Read more »
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An Interview with Bob Lesher: The Beard Behind The Beerded Beard Co.

An Interview with Bob Lesher: The Beard Behind The Beerded Beard Co.
Bob Lesher, a chemical engineer and Certified Cicerone™, is the beard behind The Beerded Beard Company. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to probe him on everything from where his interest in beer stems from to where he gets the hops for his hop-infused products. I have to say, Lesher’s HopSmacker Lip... Read more »