Tag: craft beer

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 »

First Draft will leave you coming back for more

The pandemic has been brutal on everyone, including businesses trying to survive with closures and reduced capacity. I’m still not game for sitting indoors at a bar or restaurant; therefore, I have become a winter badass looking for accessible patios. First Draft is a winner! A recent experience was delightful at a favorite venue in... Read more »

January brews — at home

Dear January, You were mild enough for me to spend some decent moments on my deck while enjoying several commendable stouts. I even managed to get out on a snow day. This is a pretty big stretch and I want you to know I appreciate it. Your generosity allowed me to drink the following while... Read more »
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Winter Balcony Series - December

I have felt trapped in my tiny studio apartment and needed a dose of normalcy. My balcony is also pretty compact, but it’s my escape and furnished with two awesome Adirondack chairs. Given that winter is here to stay, I decided it was time to develop some strategies to stay sane and have a little... Read more »

Janesville brought back memories & infused my soul

I follow Wallpapered City on social media, and when I saw they were curating several murals in downtown Janesville, I knew a trip was in order. Mural festivals have been canceled like everything else this year, so I was ecstatic. More importantly, it would renew my family history. Family history Fun fact — Janesville was named... Read more »

Jerry's is back in Andersonville (and it's blue)

I will never forget that dreaded day when I saw a post on Jerry’s Facebook page stating they would close for a major remodel, only to learn they would not be reopening. Jerry’s Sandwiches had always been my go-to place in Andersonville due to their tropical patio design and stellar tap list. Note — Jerry’s Sandwiches... Read more »
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Grab a Growler at Motor Row Brewing

During this time of quarantine and self-distancing, there are still ways to help local breweries. I visited Motor Row Brewing before this dreadful crisis kicked in, but let me begin by sharing that the brewery will continue to sell growlers from 12-1 pm Monday through Friday. The staff suggests calling before you head over at 312-624-8149.... Read more »

Pub Royale — come for the food, stay for the beer

I enjoy surprises, particularly favorable ones. I found out about Pub Royale while perusing places to eat near Fatpour before the Revolution Brewing party in January. Little did I know this Indian/British establishment is a beer lover’s paradise. That ambience though Upon entry, I was welcomed and immediately took in all the grandeur. There are many... Read more »

Get Lost at On Tour Brewing Company

Just when you think you have a handle on all the breweries in Chicago, this terrific brewery unfolds right before your eyes. I stumbled upon it after hitting the Underground Art Market and thrilled that I did.  On Tour Brewing, in the West Town neighborhood, recently celebrated its third-year anniversary. Sunday Funday With Live Music I... Read more »
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Experiment at Pilot Project

I was intrigued by the name when I learned about Pilot Project Brewing through my street art account on Instagram. I saw a post about a phenomenal large-scale mural on the brewery’s exterior wall by local artist Czr Prz and couldn’t wait to check it out. I believe art not only enhances a brewery’s aesthetics, but... Read more »