Arcade Grapefruit IPA v. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

Arcade Grapefruit IPA v. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
My loyal followers (both of you) are probably aware of my recent attraction to Chicago’s Arcade Brewery — great beer, great labels, and cool “public brews.” From Dutch Courage, which offers a nod to gin lovers – juniper berries and lemon peel, if you don’t mind, to Vanilla Rye Porter, Arcade has been continually providing... Read more »

Vice District Brewing - Chicago's South Loop

Vice District Brewing - Chicago's South Loop
In the distant southern shadow of the Willis Tower, on Michigan Ave, lies Vice District Brewing, a brewery that dares to be a little bitter – English Bitter, Scottish Bitter, Double IPA bitter. I’m not talking about bitter that makes one scrunch up one’s face; I’m talking about an exercise in balance that makes bitterness... Read more »

Bar Toma - Craft Beer, Wood-Fired Pizza, and March Madness on the Mag Mile

Bar Toma - Craft Beer, Wood-Fired Pizza, and March Madness on the Mag Mile
Craft beer’s influence on Chicago’s eating and drinking culture has spread in innumerable directions, from the meteoric rise in the number of breweries, to bars, and even restaurants created by world class chefs. It just so happens the craft-beer culture has become so pervasive, so commonplace, so much a part of daily drinking life, that... Read more »
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Have You Tried Rye Beer?

Have You Tried Rye Beer?
Rye beer. Rye Whiskey. Rye Bread. Catcher in the Rye. It seems that wherever there’s rye, there’s something with a little panache.  Rye provides beer with a unique flavor that’s not really sweet, or bitter, or salty — it’s just, well, rye. Some refer to rye as an earthy spice, or just earthy. Whatever you... Read more »

Drink Great Beer, Help Defeat Prostate Cancer

Drink Great Beer, Help Defeat Prostate Cancer
Drink beer. Help defeat prostate cancer. That’s the deal. On Saturday, March 12th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Chicago’s Pinstripes Bistro will host brewers from Half Acre, Off Color, Goose Island, Solemn Oath, and more at its River East location (435 E Illinois St). They’ll compete against each other in an elimination bocce ball tournament while... Read more »

A Beer Writer's Habit

A Beer Writer's Habit
[Each month, we bloggers with the Chicago Tribune Media Group – the Chicagonow gang, are asked to participate in a monthly exercise that helps us be better writers and bloggers. This month’s topic involves “habits.” I only have one hour to write, so forgive me for any typos. Please enjoy my musing.] ———- Habits. We... Read more »
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Around the Bend Beer Co's Puffing Billy Brown Ale with Cocoa Nibs, Perfect for Late Winter.

Around the Bend Beer Co's Puffing Billy Brown Ale with Cocoa Nibs, Perfect for Late Winter.
The late winter period, from Valentine’s Day to Easter, is dominated by chocolate candy treats It’s also a time of transition in the beer world, from heavy stouts to more spring-like beers. Around the Bend Beer Company’s Puffing Billy intertwines those two themes into one beer, an American Brown Ale with Cacao Nibs. Chicago’s very... Read more »

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 »

Walgreens Sells Exceptionally Old Craft Beer

Walgreens Sells Exceptionally Old Craft Beer
[Feb 11th Edit: Since writing the article below, I have received one email from a Walgreens representative. However, the email went through my editor, and the subject simply involved “trying to find my email.” I responded to that email, and offered to open up my blog to Walgreens for a response, but to no avail.... Read more »
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Headquarters Beercade & Founder's Brewing - February 5th "Bunch of B.S." Tap Event

Headquarters Beercade & Founder's Brewing - February 5th "Bunch of B.S." Tap Event
Do you like Founder’s Brewing? Do you like B.S. (Breakfast Stouts)? Do you like playing games, winning prizes, and hanging out in a great Chicago establishment that has all of those things? If so, you’ll love this following guest post from Alexis Littman, representing Headquarters Beercade (Lakeview location) in Chicago.   ~ Matt, Pint of... Read more »