Skeleton Key Brewery Wrecked in Sunday's Tornadoes

Skeleton Key Brewery Wrecked in Sunday's Tornadoes
As more fundraising efforts are started to help Skeleton Key recover, I am trying to track them below. If you’d like to get a fundraising event mentioned, please use the email link above. While fortunately there were no fatalities in Sunday night’s tornadoes that struck the suburbs southwest of Chicago, there were about a hundred... Read more »

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 21-24

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 21-24

We have yet another beer brewer opening up a new taproom in Chicago. Printers Row Brewing is a nanobrewer that's had kegs popping up on tap at bars in the South Loop Printers Row since 2015. Now they have their own tap room, but up north: 4801 N Austin Ave. They're now open, Wednesday through Sunday.

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Father's Day Weekend with Beer, June 18-20

Father's Day Weekend with Beer, June 18-20
I don’t get much of a chance to get out beyond walking distance, but Sunday I managed to stop in at the new First Forest Brewing and Cider. That’s the spot in Hodgkins that used to be Blue Nose. Owner Brendan was there, and he gave the elevator speech about what happened: The Blue Nose... Read more »
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Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest

Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest
After a year off due to COVID, The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery, 4014 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (Map). The short film festival features independent filmmakers from across the globe – as well as local Chicago filmmakers – and gives attendees a... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, June 14-17

Chicago Week in Beer, June 14-17

This week is enhanced by the debut of Moor's Brewing, a new Black-owned brewery, during the week of Juneteenth. Moor's is currently brewing out of 18th Street in Hammond, and will sampling out their Session Ale through the week.

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Cider Preview: Virtue Michigan Fruit Belt Ciders

Cider Preview: Virtue Michigan Fruit Belt Ciders
Hey, it’s time to open another bottle that’s been sent to me by the brewer’s rep for my comment. This time, we’re switching to cider, with Virtue Cider’s new “Fruit Belt” series. Each cider is made with “local Michigan hand-picked apples,” then has additions of Michigan-grown fruits. They’ve done fruited ciders before, but I haven’t... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 11-13

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 11-13

Not much in the way of headlines right now, except to note that the full reopening of dining and drinking establishments is on schedule. Check below for some brewery craft fairs, and anniversary events!

However, I did miss the chance to give another advance warning about tickets for the Great Taste of the Midwest. Tickets were to be sold only to mail orders postmarked on June 7. I mentioned that a few weeks earlier, but it sure would have been nice of me to mention it again. I'm sorry.

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Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 7-10

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, June 7-10

Had it a little easier compiling this listing. After Memorial Day weekend, and with the area lifting more mask and social distancing requirements, a lot of venues will be playing catch-up. If more events are added, they will be on my Beeronaut Calendar App.

Some of these events may still be continuing social distancing restrictions as announced. Some may be lifting them. If a place is still requiring you to wear a mask, please don't be a jerk.

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Beer Preview: Radeberger Zwickelbier

Beer Preview: Radeberger Zwickelbier
I have another assortment of beers sent to be by the brewer’s American rep for my comment. Part of my One Take Beer Review series! Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei was founded in 1872 in the city of Radeberg, near Dresden, Germany. This put it in the former East Germany, so it did not see much distribution in... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 4-6

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 4-6

We are noting that the Illinois State Legislature has passed HB 2620, an omnibus bill containing key provisions of the Brewers Economic & Equity Relief (BEER) Act, intended to help craft breweries recover from the COVID pandemic. The bill goes to Gov. Pritzker for his signature.
The act creates a new "Class 3" license for small Illinois brewers, that will allow them to continue curbside pickup and limited self-distribution. The distribution will also apply to brewers that also make wine or distill spirits. Class 3 license holders will have access to a new ‘Beer Showcase Permit,’ allowing them to serve their beer in off-site venues such as farmers markets, street festivals, and other events.

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