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Goose Island Announces 2022 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

Goose Island Announces 2022 Bourbon County Stout Lineup
So this news did come out earlier this morning, but I have been taking care of so many details, I don’t get to writie it up until now. Yet, there are a few of you who get their news from me, so I appreciate it. Goose Island Beer Co. is commemorating the 30th anniversary of... Read more »

Twisted Hippo Devastated By Fire

Twisted Hippo Devastated By Fire
An Albany Park block that housed the Twisted Hippo brewery was devastated by a fire Monday morning. According to an update by the Chicago Tribune, the first had started in an apartment building and spread to the neighboring brewery and an obstacle course gym called Ultimate Ninjas. Twisted Hippo was blown over when the fire... Read more »

Skeleton Key Looks to Reopen in March

Skeleton Key Looks to Reopen in March
On the previous Saturday, July 22, I finally chanced to stop by the “Little Key” adjunct of Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge. Long time beer fans will remember that their industrial park location was heavily damaged in last Father’s Day tornado that whipsawed through the Southwest suburbs. The brewery’s recovery has been an exemplar of... Read more »
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Farmer’s Berry Tan, a Farm-to-Bar Beer

Farmer’s Berry Tan, a Farm-to-Bar Beer
Most of the time, I write about beers I’m actually drinking. Seems logical. But sometimes I get pitched on a story with a background that I just gotta look into. Like this one. Farmheads Group is an operator of two restaurants in this area: Farm Bar in Lakeview and Farmhouse Tavern in Evanston. The establishments... Read more »

Goose Island Prop Day Lottery is Tuesday!

Goose Island Prop Day Lottery is Tuesday!
I’m suddenly swamped with paying work, so I have just enough time to paste this notification somewhat as I received it: Goose Island Beer Co. is offers a new take on tradition with their second annual multi-day Drive-thru Proprietor’s Day(s) & lottery. Once again, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout will be distributed by pick-up only. Lottery... Read more »

Guinness' Planned Chicago Taproom: A Q & A with CMO Jay Sethi

Guinness' Planned Chicago Taproom: A Q & A with CMO Jay Sethi
Chicago beer fans last week learned of yet another big player coming to this market with a taproom of its own. Guinness announced in September that it has signed a lease to build a Chicago Taproom in the Fulton Market neighborhood, 375 N. Morgan Street, opening in 2023. The facility will take over an old... Read more »
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Goose Island’s 2021 Bourbon County Stouts: More Wood, Less Fruit

Goose Island’s 2021 Bourbon County Stouts: More Wood, Less Fruit
Goose Island Beer Co. has announced the lineup for its 2021 Bourbon County Stout release. This year, there are 8 BCS variants, one more than the seven released in 2020. The list of releases shows five variants aged only in different woods, with only three, including the Chicago-only Proprietor’s release, using adjuncts. One of those... 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 »

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 »
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Goose Island/Phase Three Collaboration Stout

Goose Island/Phase Three Collaboration Stout
Another Update, March 6: Phase Three has just posted to Instagram that presales will be Wednesday, March 10, through Oznr, with pickups starting Thursday the 11th during taproom hours. Instagram link. Update, March 5: I have finally heard back from Goose Island about the sale dates. Preorders will be available Saturday, March 6 through the... Read more »
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