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 »
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 »
For June 6, being the day before my birthday, I was able to get out of the house and take in the Lagunitas Beer Circus Chicago. It was the second edition of this unique craft beer event, now occurring alongside the long-running original at Lagunitas' home base of Petaluma, CA.
Last year's Beer Circus took place before the brewery was officially opened. This time, they were better prepared, with food trucks, more vaudeville and musical acts, and besides the many spots around the area serving Lagunitas beers, there was also a tent with several guest brewers pouring samples, surrounding a stand where Lagunitas beers were poured from casks and small pins...
Not sure how this happens, but springtime seems to be firkin season. We’ve had Day of the Living Ales, and it seems more than a few elbow-bending spas announce an special “pin” of unfiltered, gravity-fed ale on the counter each week. So if cask is your thing, here’s your next thing (see what I did... Read more »
Here we re at the start of a new year. With more and more brewers opening, expanding, and whatnot, and more craft beer festivals being put on, I am going to try and run down some of the things we can look forward to. I have previewed some of this info in my Twitter chat... Read more »
Stop Press! The drawing for a pair of tickets is closed, and the winner is Russ Fett! Congratulations! December brings a first-time beer festival to our area, and this one brings with it lots of firsts! Beer Fest Beat Down, this Saturday Dec. 13, is the first beer fest to be held at the Sears... Read more »
Oh, look. Here we are to the end of the madness that is CCBW. I’ll have a few “straggler” events that take place the rest of the memorial Day weekend, but I think you’ll want to catch up to those, too. Saturday, May 24 Baderbräu Beer Pairing Menu Farmhouse Chicago, 228 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago... Read more »
Bulletin 5/14: The entries have closed, and now my imaginary hostess 1980’s Vanna is spinning the random entry picker… …She shakes the randomizer ten times, no more, no less… …A-a-a-and the winner is… Jose Chavez! Who sent us an entry us all the way from the land of Gmail! That’s out of a total of... Read more »
So now that spring is finally, irrevocably (probably) here, it’s time to get a few of you out to some beer fests! Here’s a new event in town that I have a pair for: Chouffe Fest 2014 is a traveling festival celebrating the Belgian beers of Brasserie d’Achouffe (named for its home town of Achouffe,... Read more »
Update: Tickets for Night of the Living Ales, March 1, are on sale now! With a couple of weeks where I didn’t have a lot of events, and my New Year’s Eve calendar that I successfully set up to self-update, I had some time to go through my calendar and pick out the big craft... Read more »