Category: Beer

A howling good time!

A  howling good time!
I don’t recall ever spending Halloween in the Loop, as I have always celebrated in Boystown. I wanted to do something different after seeing ads about Arts in the Dark. I ended up being downtown most of the weekend and experienced a fang-tastic time. I had three goals — eat, drink, and be scared. Parade... Read more »

Sip while browsing the art

Sip while browsing the art
I can’t help but smile when I enter Your Happy Place Liquors. I feel instant joy seeing works of art by local artists throughout, along with a splash of yellow walls. There are other goods from artists for sale, like sticker packs. The owners have an appreciation for the arts, and it shows. And, who... Read more »

Everything's fine and dandy

Everything's fine and dandy
As soon as I noticed the incredible art and patio at Dandy Crown, I had to contain my enthusiasm before going inside. I arrived the moment they opened so I could be picture happy without being intrusive. I had glimpses of what was to come from social media, so I hoped to have the place to... Read more »
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So hoppy to be back!

So hoppy to be back!
My first trip to DryHop Brewers was during the last Pride Parade before the pandemic exploded. I had a beer while waiting for a friend, but I couldn’t take it all in given the festivities and the number of people inside. I stored this brewery in the back of my mind, as I was impressed by the beer I drank... Read more »

Buck's is a five-star in my book

Buck's is a five-star in my book
I will never forget the day I decided to look over the beer menu at Buck’s Four Star Grill. During that initial visit, I knew I would be a fan for life. I’m not one to hang out in the touristy areas of downtown; however, I will never outgrow Buckingham Fountain. Here are the reasons... Read more »

Where Chicagoans drink beer

Where Chicagoans drink beer
I’m wildly excited that Chicago has fully opened back up (YAY!). So, I decided to get nosey and ask some local Instagrammers where they like to drink beer. First of all, I commend several of them for saying they gave up alcohol. Those who still imbibe were more than willing to share some of their... Read more »
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Begyle knows my style

Begyle knows my style
How is it that I have never been to “Malt Row” until a couple of months ago? I blame this utter lack of knowledge on the city’s massive number of breweries, but hey, I am not complaining. Imperial Pajamas Coffee Stout Stout releases called my name Begyle Brewing has showcased some impeccable stouts lately, which... Read more »

Hopleaf is back in business!

Hopleaf is back in business!
It was comforting to return to Hopleaf, a staple of mine when I lived in the neighborhood. The bar closed for about five months, and it’s such a relief to see them back in business. For those who remain skeptical about indoor dining, Hopleaf has a charming patio in the back. I chose a perfect... Read more »

A day full of masterpieces

Mural by @dredske Milwaukee Avenue had not been the same since Revolution Brewing – Brewpub closed their doors for the winter. The pub reopened on April 7th and I was thirsty! I took a day off from work to celebrate, arriving the moment they opened to secure a prime window seat. I didn’t need a... Read more »
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Lo Rez Brewing declares patio season

I discovered Lo Rez Brewing while scoping out the extraordinary Pilsen art scene in 2019. I wrote about them at that time because I was impressed during my visit. The brewery reopened at the end of March, and I had to stop in for a beer on a gorgeous spring day (and share the good... Read more »