Category: Craft Beer

Bell's & Founders Tap Takeovers: The legacy of the Michigan-Chicago craft community

Bell's & Founders Tap Takeovers: The legacy of the Michigan-Chicago craft community
The genesis of Michigan’s modern craft-brewing boom occurred well before it arrived in Chicago, which largely got going in the last ten, if not five years. In the middle to late 1990s, Goose Island existed as one of the few breweries in Chicago who were brewing something a little different…and they remained pretty lonely for quite a while.... Read more »

The Cube at Standard Market: Craft Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Much More.

The Cube at Standard Market: Craft Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Much More.
There are a lot of places one can sit down and indulge in a little imbibing these days. But, if you are looking for something a little different, try “The Cube” at Standard Market, located in both Westmont and Naperville. As it notes on their website, “The CUBE is our Wine, Beer & Cheese Bar,... Read more »

2015 -- The year I tried sour beer.

I made a lot of choices in 2015, most of them pointless and forgettable. When it comes to beer, I will remember 2015 for the year I first tried a sour beer. The beer style has been around since the Middle Ages, but it just recently arose from the dead. The 20th century basically killed... Read more »
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Arcade Brewery - Two Unique Beer Releases

Arcade Brewery - Two Unique Beer Releases
Arcade Brewery exemplifies the craft-brewing mantras of community and ingenuity. More to the point, Arcade Brewery produces fantastic beer while at the same time embracing and celebrating art, storytelling, collaboration, and public involvement. Their two latest releases personify those ideas exceptionally well – “The Adventures of Dutch Courage,” and  — with Flesk Brewing Co. —... Read more »

Happy Drinksgiving! HQ Beercade and Pipeworks Team Up for a Great Meal and Beer

Consider this a guest post, but also consider this the first of two – I will write my own blog about HQ Beercade in the near future, after stoping by to share a few drinks and stories. For now, this is such a great event with Pipeworks & HQ Beercade (and an appearance from 5... Read more »

Atlas Brewing Company: An Interview with Ben Saller (and More)

Atlas Brewing Company: An Interview with Ben Saller (and More)
Beer. Bowling. Dinosaurs. and a historic Chicago building. These are what make Atlas Brewing a unique player within the Chicago’s craft-brewing game. Well, that and the fact they make some fantastic brews! Recently, I did an article for Chilled Magazine regarding breweries resurrecting historic buildings, thus re-purposing them for the use as breweries or for the... Read more »
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My Friend Request to Doug Padilla - Beer Nerd and Baseball Writer

My Friend Request to Doug Padilla - Beer Nerd and Baseball Writer
Dear Doug Padilla, We should be friends. Good friends. Best of friends. Beer drinking friends. Let me explain. My name is Mathew Powers. I’m a craft-beer writer for Chilled Magazine, Sommbeer.com and, obviously, this blog — my own blog dedicated to the Chicago craft beer scene. I’m a Chicagoan.  I listen to ESPN1000 with regularity... Read more »

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part IV: Prestige Liquors, Westmont

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part IV: Prestige Liquors, Westmont
On September 26th, Prestige Liquors in Westmont, IL held a tasting event in which three breweries – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago), Arcade Brewery (Chicago), and Urban Legend Brewing (Westmont) — and bacon sausage makers, Big Fork (Chicago), attended. This mini-series of blog posts will detail those breweries, the sausage, Prestige Liquor, and the connection between local... Read more »

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part III: Urban Legend Brewing

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part III: Urban Legend Brewing
On September 26th, Prestige Liquor in Westmont, IL held a tasting event in which three breweries – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago), Arcade Brewery (Chicago), and Urban Legend Brewing (Westmont) — and bacon sausage makers, Big Fork (Chicago), attended. This mini-series of blog posts will detail those breweries, the sausage, Prestige Liquor, and the connection between local... Read more »
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Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part I: Pipeworks Brewing Co.

Craft Beer Means Local Beer, Part I: Pipeworks Brewing Co.
On September 26th, Prestige Liquor in Westmont, IL held a tasting event in which three breweries – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago), Arcade Brewery (Chicago), and Urban Legend Brewing (Westmont) — and bacon sausage makers, Big Fork (Chicago), attended. This mini-series of blog posts will detail those breweries, the sausage, Prestige Liquor, and the connection between local... Read more »