Chicago Craft Beer Weekend: January 21-23

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend: January 21-23
Back in May, Half Acre Beer Co. announced it was selling its original 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. location to Hop Butcher for the World In December, Chicago Eater reported that the purchase has finally gone through. An opening is planned for Spring. Hop Butcher was started in 2011 as South Loop Brewing, but changed its... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, January 17-20

Chicago Week in Beer, January 17-20
Monday, January 17 3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken TruckEvil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 MapCountry Grill Chicagoland is a food truck company offering rotisserie chicken and ribs fresh from the spit, homemade salads and pretzels. 5:00 – 8:00 pm • Wandering Cafe Pop-upTemperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St.,... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 14-16

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 14-16
The big news this week comes again from Kings & Convicts Brewing. The ownership group that put together a package two years ago to buy Ballast Point from Constellation Brands. This time they have purchased the brewery and taproom of Saint Archer Brewing, another San Diego-based brewer, from MolsonCoors. The deal, announced on MolsonCoors’ blog,... Read more »
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Beer Review: Pipeworks Hey, Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here!

Beer Review: Pipeworks Hey, Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here!
Ask anyone what the favorite movies are among Chicago’s beer crowd, maybe any town’s beer crowd, and they’d probably come up with “The Big Lebowski.” Any bar with a “Brew & View” night will have it on at least once a year. Many weekends will see some kind of celebration of “The Dude” and his... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 10-13

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 10-13
Block Club Chicago has posted a report on Smylie Brothers’ new Chicago brewery and restaurant. Smylie Bros, based in Evanston, has been working on the site for two years, being derailed by COVID. They had a soft opening a 3827 N. Broadway starting in September, and worked on hiring a full staff up to this... Read more »

Beer & Whiskey: Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit

Beer & Whiskey: Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit
So here’s a two-part look at both a beer and a spirit, made from the same base. I had another PR contact offering samples of Smells Like Bean Spirit whiskey, distilled from Mikerphone Brewing‘s beer of the same name by R6 Distillery of El Segundo, CA. It’s one of a series of limited whiskeys they... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 7-9

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 7-9
This past week, Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery in Hyde Park announced they would be closing “until further notice,” starting January 3. Their Facebook post did not mention a cause for the closing. They only have said to “please continue to watch Facebook and Instagram for updates on a reopening date.” This Weekend “Little Key”... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 3-6

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 3-6
Time to get a fresh start on the year, if we’ll be allowed. Since I posted my New Year’s schedule, some parties had been cancelled at the last minute. Some establishments closed for the week due to COVID positives among staff, and then more places closed early during Saturday’s snowstorm. Let’s see if we can... Read more »

Chicago New Year's Craft Beer Weekend, December 31-January 2

Chicago New Year's Craft Beer Weekend, December 31-January 2
I have pulled together all the New Year’s events I could find from brewers or other places known for a good beer menu. Some of these events don’t mention beer, so use you judgment. I also have notifications of weekend hours for other places, and a few notes on establishments that have closed down for... Read more »
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Chicago Week in Beer, December 27-30

Chicago Week in Beer, December 27-30
I’m still compiling advance New Year’s Eve and Day events at this link. It’s been a busy week at my end, but you can use this link to find events that might otherwise sell out by the time I get to the next event listing. Once again, we;ve just been through a week where several... Read more »
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