Category: Beer Business

What goes on behind the taps? The beer business, planned new place, sudden closings in the Chicago market.

Latest changes in Chicago's beer scene

Latest changes in Chicago's beer scene
Get out your scorecards, folks, we have a few name changes, splits, and even a merger. 51st Ward Beer Company This is a new venture started by Tim Hoerman, who had been brewer and co-founder at Westmont’s Urban Legend Brewing. There were apparently some conflicts about management, which led to some court filings, but an... Read more »

I'm Bringing Beer and Culture Together!

I'm Bringing Beer and Culture Together!
On April 16-19, scholars from around the world will converge on Chicago’s Marriott Magnificent Mile for the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association’s annual conference. Over 2,500 academic papers will be presented analyzing all aspects of mainstream culture: popular music, movies, TV shows, genre fiction. Yes, that’s right, this is the kind of conference which... Read more »

The Challenge Ahead for Craft Beer

The Challenge Ahead for Craft Beer
This is the first time that I am taking part in ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapolooza 1-hour challenge. One hour, starting from 9 pm, to write a post on the just-announced topic: “Write about a great challenge faced. By you. By someone else. By an entity. At any point in the past or in the future.” I... Read more »
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Peace in the Valley Again: Goose Island Brewpub Renews Lease

Peace in the Valley Again: Goose Island Brewpub Renews Lease
After reports back in June that the original Goose island brewpub on N. Clybourn Ave. might lose its lease, it now seems that GI and its landlord have struck a new deal. An article posted Monday in Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily  says CRM Properties Group Ltd. has reached an agreement on a new 10-year lease for... Read more »

Scotland's Brew Dogs Invade America for TV Series

Scotland's Brew Dogs Invade America for TV Series
Another “extreme brewery” will test the waters of the “reality TV” genre starting this week. Master brewers James Watt and Martin Dickie, principals of BrewDog in Ellon, near Aberdeen, Scotland, have shot seven episodes of a documentary series, Brew Dogs, which premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 p.m. (Central) on the new Esquire Network. In each... Read more »

Kona Brewing offers Hawaii trip for Bucket List photos

Ahoy, all. I’ve been unconscionably absent from this page for some weeks again. I have some things going that I haven’t quite worked out yet, mainly having to do with getting that real job. But enough for now. I have some time-sensitive information to post here. Yes, it’s some PR flack, but I’m sure there... Read more »
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Goose Island Closing Clybourn Brewpub? Not so Fast!

Goose Island Closing Clybourn Brewpub? Not so Fast!
BREAKING UPDATES There’s yet another dust-up in the local craft beer scene: Reports are going around that Goose Island‘s brewpub at 1800 N. Clybourn Avenue is in danger of closing over yet another dispute with their landlord. At 11:00 a.m. Thursday, this post appeared on the Goose Island Clybourn Facebook page: “Hey everyone, we’ve had... Read more »

Big Shoulders Debuts with Hopapalooza IPA

Big Shoulders Debuts with Hopapalooza IPA
I took yet another little stroll out to the Beer Bistro after work on June 6. My last visit there was last August, to be among the first to try the new Hopothesis IPA. And once again I’m headed there to meet the brewer of a new beer, making its world-wide debut. Big Shoulders has... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Week Highlights, Tue., May 21

I’ve had to really pare down the huge list of events today, mostly to focus on local brewers or rare beers. As always, check the button up top for the full schedule. Tuesday, May. 21 Battle of the Breweries Tap Takeover and Arcade Tournament Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (773) 697-7922 Revolution... Read more »
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Big Hurt's Berwyn Brewpub?

Sure, soon as I decide to take a brief hiatus, the news starts rolling in. Wednesday, my mail lists were burning with the news that White Sox five-time All-Star Frank Thomas was headlining a deal to convert a bank building in Berwyn into a brewpub, to be called Big Hurt Brew House. The project is... Read more »
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