Chicago Mother's Day Weekend with Beer: May 7-9

Chicago Mother's Day Weekend with Beer: May 7-9

Update: Josh Noel at the Tribune has broken the story Thursday: Half Acre Beer Co. is selling its original 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. brewing space to Hop Butcher for the World. The move will give the contract brewer a permanent space with its own taproom and takeout shop. Half Acre will consolidate operations at its much larger brewery, 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. Hop Butcher, originally South Loop Brewing, started out brewing at the late Aquanaut Brewing, and has been making its fruity IPAs at other locations, primarily Miskatonic. The purchase also affects the nanobrewer Keeping Together (info below), which will continue to brew at the Lincoln Ave. space until October. (Article)

One of Chicago's long-time beer spots is getting a name change. Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub on W. Diversey announced that after 14 years, they have changed their names to Max & Issy’s Pizzeria. The new place is already open, serving New York style pizza with wines and beer.

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Beer Preview: Dogfish Head Hazy-O!

Beer Preview: Dogfish Head Hazy-O!
Time to check out another beer that has been sent to me by the brewer for my comment. Dogfish Head has put a big promotional push behind its Hazy-O! India pale ale. They’ve had some local radio spots, and it’s currently on the front page of their website. Which means their owners, Boston beer Co.... Read more »

Chicago Cinco in Craft Beer, May 3-6

Chicago Cinco in Craft Beer, May 3-6

This week gets busy due to Cinco de Mayo falling snack in the middle of it. I have tried to sort out events at knwon good beer spots, even if they might not mention specific beer specials. Just trying to weed out the same olf "buckeys of Corona."

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"Ales From the Crypt:" 2003 Kasteel Belgian Tripel

"Ales From the Crypt:" 2003 Kasteel Belgian Tripel
Last week, I was interviewed by a writer from the Daily Southtown. He was doing an article about people who have beer cellars. I was referred to him by Marty Nachel, author and my one-time cohort in Brewers of South Suburbia. I talked about my 500 beer bottles and cans, some of which are likely... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 30-May 2

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 30-May 2

This weekend, we are seeing the first release of a charitable collaboration: Things We Don't Say IPA: Craft Beer for Mental Health. The project was created to help shift how we approach mental health by encouraging people to talk about their experiences and feelings, both good and bad, and to demonstrate the importance of asking for help when we need it.

The collaboration recipe was developed by Eagle Park Brewing, Malteurop Malting Company, Hollingbery & Son, Inc. Hop Company. Named after Hope For The Day’s flagship mental health education curriculum, Things We Don't Say IPA: Craft Beer for Mental Health is a 6% IPA being released in conjunction with Hope For The Day’s Shake The Stigma awareness campaign for Mental Health Month 2021. 

Participating area brewers planning to release their versions of the collaboration include over 35 breweries in the Chicago area.

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Chicago's Week in Beer, April 26-29

Chicago's Week in Beer, April 26-29

In the previous weekend article, I mentioned that Marz Community Brewing was opening a new taproom, the Life on Marz Community Club, in the Logan Square neighborhood. Now we hear that the taproom Still Life by Solemn Oath, will be opening at 2919 W. Armitage Ave. on May 15. Detail from the Tribune's Josh Noel.

While I've tried to keep up with last-minute announcements, you can find more up-to-date listings at my sort-of-an-app.

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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 23-25

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 23-25

My leading event for this weekend is the opening of yet another taproom. Marz Brewing is opening its "brand extension" in Logan Square this Friday at 4 pm. The North Side spot is in the Margie’s Candies building at 1950 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Marz will celebrate the opening with the release of a New England IPA called Marzonic Supreme. Those who buy a 4-pack will get a 16-page Marz poster set. (Block Club Chicago)

This is in addition to the grand opening for Imperial Oak's new Brookfield taproom on Saturday. Plus the first IPA release at First Forest, the brewery that went into the former Blue Nose Brewery in Hodgkins.

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Chicago Week in Beer, April 19-22

Chicago Week in Beer, April 19-22

What's the next major beer-type holiday after St. Pat's and Opening Day? Likely 4/20. And this year, you can get toasty legally. So I have more events on a Tuesday than normal.

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Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, April 16-18

Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, April 16-18

It's getting busy once again as the weather warms up and, hopefully, our pandemic restrictions continue to loosen up! See what's happening below!

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Brewer Preview: Big Drop Non-Alcohol Beers

Brewer Preview: Big Drop Non-Alcohol Beers
Here are some more beers that have been sent to me by the brewers’ people for my comment. I’ve shot a video of my first beer in the drop of three different ones, and I’ll add my impressions of the other two as I go along. One Take Beer Review Big Drop Brewing is a... Read more »
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