Tag: Craft Beer

Mr. Marmalade from Around the Bend Beer Co. has returned

Mr. Marmalade from Around the Bend Beer Co. has returned
Sometimes a beer grabs your tongue by the taste buds and beats it into (flavorful) submission. Mr. Marmalade Imperial (Double) IPA (8.8% ABV, 88 IBU), from Around the Bend Beer. Co. (ATB), is just that type of beer. Mr. Marmalade incorporates bitter oranges grown in Seville Spain, which serve as the foundation for the classic British... Read more »

Werk Force Brewing: 2nd Anniversary - A Celebration of Community...and Great Beer

Werk Force Brewing: 2nd Anniversary - A Celebration of Community...and Great Beer
Happy 2nd Anniversary to Werk Force Brewing! Finding a brewery that personifies “community” more than Werk Force Brewing would be more difficult than finding a mermaid in Death Valley. Werk Force Brewing, the brewery portion of Chicago Brew Werks (same building), caters to homebrewers – a  terrific homebrewing supply store, beer drinkers, and other craft... Read more »

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer

Imperial Oak Brewing: Celebrating Two Years of Crafting Great Beer
Imperial Oak Brewing in Willow Springs, Il is about to celebrate two years of brewing. A small-batch brewery, they provide beer drinkers with new surprises almost every week or two. In fact, one of the best parts of going to Imperial Oak is checking out the website prior to visiting, or scanning the large chalk... Read more »
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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap and Penrose Brewing Collaboration - Patio Crusher
One of the coolest bars in Chicago, with some of the best wings around, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St.) has collaborated with Geneva’s Penrose Brewing to create Patio Crusher, an exclusive wheat pale ale with zested citrus. The beer arrived on May 12th at Jake’s and will be around for the summer. Jake Melnick’s... Read more »

Avoid the Cinco de Mayo Cliche - Enjoy 5 Rabbit Brewery Authenticity

Avoid the Cinco de Mayo Cliche - Enjoy 5 Rabbit Brewery Authenticity
I was reluctant to write about Chicago Area (Bedford Park)  5 Rabbit Brewery (5 Rabbit Cervecería) on Cinco de Mayo, despite the brewery’s dedication to Mexican and Latin brewing. It’s not because the beer isn’t authentic, and it isn’t because I don’t enjoy the beer, it is because it represents genuine Latin culture, and that makes... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »