Category: Beer Review

Drinking beer, and talking about the beer I'm drinking. Some beers are supplied to me for my comment, others I've bought myself for reviewing. See the full list of beers discussed at <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/the-beeronaut/the-beeronauts-brewer-and-beer-guide/beeronaut-beer-reviews-index/">My Beer Reviews Index</a>.

Beer Review: Pipeworks Hey, Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here!

Beer Review: Pipeworks Hey, Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here!
Ask anyone what the favorite movies are among Chicago’s beer crowd, maybe any town’s beer crowd, and they’d probably come up with “The Big Lebowski.” Any bar with a “Brew & View” night will have it on at least once a year. Many weekends will see some kind of celebration of “The Dude” and his... Read more »

Beer & Whiskey: Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit

Beer & Whiskey: Mikerphone Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit
So here’s a two-part look at both a beer and a spirit, made from the same base. I had another PR contact offering samples of Smells Like Bean Spirit whiskey, distilled from Mikerphone Brewing‘s beer of the same name by R6 Distillery of El Segundo, CA. It’s one of a series of limited whiskeys they... Read more »

Season's Brewings: Reviewing Obscurity's Island of Misfit Beers

Season's Brewings: Reviewing Obscurity's Island of Misfit Beers
I’ve been happy to received and write about so many beverages this year, from the complete Bourbon County Stout lineup to various liquors, and non-alcoholic beers. But I want to wrap the year up with some beers I found and picked up myself. Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead is located in the far western suburbs... Read more »
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Beer Review: Duneyrr Fermenta Moderne Dune Invited Concept

Beer Review: Duneyrr Fermenta Moderne Dune Invited Concept
Found a local beer shop that had a few brewers I had not tried before. The first of these to be reviewed. First of these was the Drekker Ectogasm IPA from North Dakota. The next one is a little complicated. So first, a shout out to Leo’s Wines & Spirits in Woodridge for stocking some... Read more »

Beer Preview: Shiner 1909 Heritage Lager

Beer Preview: Shiner 1909 Heritage Lager
Got a lot of stories in the hopper. I was going to post to my markmcdermott.com web page, but it suddenly went “down for maintenance.” Got to look into actually paying for some hosting. But meanwhile, here’s a beer that was sent to me for my impressions. Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas—better known simply as... Read more »

Craft Beer/Seltzer Preview: Oskar Blues CANSpiracy

Craft Beer/Seltzer Preview: Oskar Blues CANSpiracy
I’ve fallen behind on my beer reviewing. I’ve stashed lots of locals and beers sent to me, but have been slowed by extra work at my “real” job. Once I get this one going, I can do another. Sounds good to me. Oskar Blues of Longmont, CO, has sent me its “CANspiracy Mix Pack,” what... Read more »
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Bourbon County Stout 2021 Delivers Different "Woods"

Bourbon County Stout 2021 Delivers Different "Woods"
This Thursday (Oct. 21) was another Media Preview for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout varietals. It’s the second year in which they’ve sent out packages of beer to a group of beer writers, joining together on Zoom. I count 12 in all. Luckily, they have once again sent bottle stoppers with the eight bottles, ranging... Read more »

Brewer Spotlight: Great Central Brewing

Brewer Spotlight: Great Central Brewing
I’ve gotten another chance to highlight several beers which one brewer has brought me to describe. This time around: Great Central Brewing Co. Great Central is located at 221 N. Wood St., in the Chicago Brewing District. It was founded by David Avram and Conor McFerran, opening in 2015 as a “collaborative” brewery, doing client... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Drekker Ectogasm IPA

Craft Beer Review: Drekker Ectogasm IPA
Let’s give a welcome to Drekker Brewing Co., which made their debut in the Chicago market this past month. They’re the first brewer I’ve seen here from North Dakota; Fargo, to be precise. By explanation, I’ve been tracking the beers I’ve had since 2003 on the Ratebeer.com site. Among the nearly 3,700 different beers I’ve... Read more »
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Beverage Preview: Clubtails Cocktails

Beverage Preview: Clubtails Cocktails
Here’s another set of beverages that has been sent to me for my comment. I’ll keep drinkin’ ’em as soon as I can. Yes, there are plenty of canned cocktails out there. They seem to have made quite a comeback, due to the craze for hard seltzer and malternative drinks. Some will be made with... Read more »
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