Chicago's Week in Beer, July 26-29

Chicago's Week in Beer, July 26-29
Just got back from vacation Sunday, and compiling the events for this week. Will have a few news items in my next calendar listing. The big “SKB Strong” fundraiser for Skeleton Key Brewery takes place Monday. And Skeleton Key has cleared away enough tornado debris to have some drive-up canned beer releases at its Woodridge... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 23-25

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 23-25
Vacation. This is not going to be updated. See you next week! Friday, July 23 Mom’s on MarzMarz Community Brewing, 3630 S. Iron St., Chicago (773) 837-0145,  MapAfter a week of selling the hell out of Mom’s Japanese inspired hot dogs at Life on Marz Community Club, we are bringing some to the mother ship.Starting... Read more »

The Forge Lemont Quarry's 1st Anniversary (yes, with beer)

The Forge Lemont Quarry's 1st Anniversary (yes, with beer)
I’m dropping a small gallery of photos from a 1st Birthday celebration to which I was invited. On Saturday the 17th, my son and I went to The Forge: Lemont Quarries, an adventure park covering 300 acres around some of the many quarries along the I&M Canal. It had a soft opening last year, with... Read more »
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Chicago Week in Beer, July 19-22

Chicago Week in Beer, July 19-22
I will be on a little vacay later in the week, so my weekend listing may be a bit sparse. I will try, at least, to keep updates on my Google Calendar app if I can’t get to the article here. The Goose Island folks are holding a contest intended to help one blissful couple... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 16-18

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 16-18
Another new brewery? Yup! The Daily Herald reports that Tonality Brewing is hoping to purchase a former fire station at 169 N. Seymour Ave. in downtown Mundelein. The village is putting together an incentive package to help with their planned purchase and renovation. An opening in summer or fall of 2022 is targeted. The new... Read more »

Non-Alcohol Beer Preview: Bravus

Non-Alcohol Beer Preview: Bravus
Diving into several more samples of beer sent to me by the brewer. And this is another series of non-alcoholic beers. Bravus Brewing claims it’s North America’s first brewery dedicated solely to the production of non-alcoholic craft beer. They’re based out of Anaheim, CA. They have rolled out several varieties of NA beer, more than... Read more »
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Chicago's Week in Beer, July 12-15

Chicago's Week in Beer, July 12-15
After several months in operation during various pandemic phases, Milk Money Brewing is finally having its grand opening in downtown LaGrange. And Chicago’s storied Berghoff Restaurant is hosting its reopening this week, featuring their own State and Adams beers. See below. And there’s yet another brewer opening its doors in these reduced circumstances! The Duneyrr... Read more »

Beer Under Glass Returns August 27, Tickets on Sale July 23

Beer Under Glass Returns August 27, Tickets on Sale July 23
The Beer Under Glass event, a festival and fundraiser hosted by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, makes a belated return to the Garfield Park Conservatory August 27. Much of this following copy is from the ICBG news release: “Traditionally a cornerstone of Illinois Craft Beer Week, Beer Under Glass was canceled last year out of... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 9-11

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, July 9-11
It’s entirely possible I may be missing a few more events, as I try to push more of them into these articles, and to prepare for upcoming vacations. I’m expecting that as I find out about events after the publication date of these updates (Wednesday for the weekend calendars, Saturday for the Mon-Thu), I can... Read more »
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Brewers and Their Beers: Skeleton Key

Brewers and Their Beers: Skeleton Key
One of a series of summaries about Chicago area brewers that I rarely get to add to. But the situation demands it this time. As we’ve covered earlier, Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge suffered extensive damage in the June 19 tornado that ripped through the southwestern suburbs. As of this writing, there are are fundraisers... Read more »
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