Category: Beer Festivals

Area Winners at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival
A socially distanced Great American Beer Festival managed to get itself held this week. The Brewers Association managed to hold its festival virtually, with online workshops and other events. The week was highlighted by a judging of beers in 91 categories. This year, six brewers from Illinois took home the medals. Penrose Brewing’s Goofy Boots medaled... Read more »

Goose Island Releases Prop Day Details

Goose Island Releases Prop Day Details
We have details released by Goose Island Beer Co. on their first-ever, multi-day drive-thru Proprietor’s Day(s). “With everyone’s safety in mind,” a Goose island news release notes, “we are shifting to curbside pick-up only at the United Center, thanks to our friends and neighbors, the Chicago Blackhawks.” Prop Day is an event that gives fans... Read more »

Virtual Great American Beer Festival Details

Virtual Great American Beer Festival Details
Here are details about the 2020 Great American Beer Festival. Usually it’s the biggest beer-related event in the country, with thousands of beers being judged in Boulder, CO. This year things are different. The GABF website has details: By now you’ve probably heard the news. Due to the global health pandemic, we won’t be able to... Read more »
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Goose Island Proprietor's Day Ticket Raffle Sept. 30

Goose Island Proprietor's Day Ticket Raffle Sept. 30
If we say “Spring has sprung,” wouldn’t we say, conversely, “Fall has fallen?” No? One thing fall brings to Chicago beer fans, though, is the release of Goose Island Beer Co.’s Bourbon County Brand Stout and its many variants. Most of these be be available on Black Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) at select locations on draft,... Read more »

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Area Winners in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival
Here’s a list of the Illinois that medaled in last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. The 2017 GABF was held in Denver, CO, under auspices of the Brewers Association, and saw 7,923 competition entries from 2,217 U.S. breweries. Medals were awarded to 286 beers in 96 beer style categories. Here are winners from Illinois. On... Read more »

Win Tickets to Brooklyn Brewery Mash Chicago Beer Mansion

Win Tickets to Brooklyn Brewery Mash Chicago Beer Mansion
Once again I have a chance to give away some tickets to a big beer event in Chicago! Read on! Brooklyn Brewery is staging its annual Brooklyn Brewery Mash Beer Mansion tour, and it’s coming to Chicago on September 22-23. The venue is the event space Morgan’s on Fulton, 952 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. There... Read more »
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NOW FREE Was: Tickets for Crap Beer Day? You Betcha!

NOW FREE Was: Tickets for Crap Beer Day? You Betcha!
Change in Plans: Due to low ticket sales, I’ve been informed that the Crap Beer Day is going to be a Free event. It has been moved downstairs from Thalia Hall proper to Tack Room, Thalia Hall’s piano bar, same address and location, just different room in the venue. The event will now host a singalong... Read more »

Why I Wasn't at Goose Island Rare Day

Why I Wasn't at Goose Island Rare Day
Okay, I had a cheap SEO headline in an attempt to grab cheap clicks. But now that you’re here, come read this little story. In October, Goose Island Beer Co. opened a lottery for its 2015 Rare Day. This wasn’t to win tickets to the event itself, but to “win” the privilege of paying $40... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 6-8
Friday, November 6 Imperial Beer Release Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL (708) 906-3625 Did ya like our original Bernie milk stout but wanted a little more “punch” to it? Come out and try Bernie’s bigger and bolder brother. Most of it will be taking a nap in Woodford Reserve barrels, but... Read more »
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POSTPONED: Discount for River North Beer Fest Oktoberfest Edition

UPDATE: The River North Beer Fest has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 5. Reason:  the John Barleycorn site is being redone into an Old Crow Smokehouse restaurant. This Tribune article has details. Tickets are still on sale, for the new date, at RiverNorthBeerFest.com. Enter the promo code BEERONAUT and pay just $10 until September 25. After that, the... Read more »
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