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Chicago's Week in Beer, January 3-6

Chicago's Week in Beer, January 3-6
Time to get a fresh start on the year, if we’ll be allowed. Since I posted my New Year’s schedule, some parties had been cancelled at the last minute. Some establishments closed for the week due to COVID positives among staff, and then more places closed early during Saturday’s snowstorm. Let’s see if we can... Read more »

Craft Liquor Preview: El Bandido Yankee Tequilas

Craft Liquor Preview: El Bandido Yankee Tequilas
It’s taken me a while to get this little coverage together, as it was a multi-day production in the midst of my busy work time. But here we go. And I’ve got another video tasting right after this one! My One-Take (Not) Beer Review I’ve been sent bottles of El Bandido Yankee tequila, a brand... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, abbreviated

I am sorry to say that a hospital stay has been extended for me, and I don’t have access to a proper computer to compile the many listings for the weekend. It’s nothing dire, but it does have to do with my ability to “recycle” a beer. I should be at full capacity in time... Read more »
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The Forge Lemont Quarry's 1st Anniversary (yes, with beer)

The Forge Lemont Quarry's 1st Anniversary (yes, with beer)
I’m dropping a small gallery of photos from a 1st Birthday celebration to which I was invited. On Saturday the 17th, my son and I went to The Forge: Lemont Quarries, an adventure park covering 300 acres around some of the many quarries along the I&M Canal. It had a soft opening last year, with... Read more »

Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest

Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest
After a year off due to COVID, The Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Fest is back and hosting an in-person, live screening at Burning Bush Brewery, 4014 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (Map). The short film festival features independent filmmakers from across the globe – as well as local Chicago filmmakers – and gives attendees a... Read more »

Dozens of Area Brewers Collaborate on "Black Is Beautiful"

Dozens of Area Brewers Collaborate on "Black Is Beautiful"
Starting in July, we will see the first releases from one of the largest brewers’ collaborations in the country. The Black is Beautiful initiative was started by Weathered Souls Brewing of San Antonio, TX. The idea was hatched shortly after the George Floyd murder as a way to make positive contributions to each brewer’s local... Read more »
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Local Beer: Hopewell Lil Buddy

Local Beer: Hopewell Lil Buddy
Hey, time for another local beer that can be easily picked up for carryout, or ordered for curbside or delivery. Hopewell Brewing is a packaging brewer at 2760 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. In more public times, they’d have a taproom with no kitchen, but deliveries available from nearby restaurants, and scheduled brewery tours. Their... Read more »

Seasonal Beer: Lagunitas Sucks

Seasonal Beer: Lagunitas Sucks
Santa has put out the presents and eaten the cookies and candy left for him, and the guinea pigs, I mean reindeer, have munched on the carrots. Time to grab one last beer whose label suggests Christmas, even if its name doesn’t. Lagunitas Sucks is one of those beers Lagunitas Brewing has sent to me... Read more »

Craft Beer Review: Two Brothers 22nd Anniversary

I have a little time now between long, long calendar articles about ICBW and Dark Lord Day to slip in a beer. It’s a special edition that I picked up in March, so I’d best write it up while it’s still available. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing celebrates their 22nd anniversary this year. Starting out as... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 12-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 12-14
Hey, while we are offering our salaams to Burnt City, Bold Dog and Around the Bend for opening their new shared space, the District Brew Yards, we should also note that Scallywag Brewing has now opened at 41 Cass Ave. in Westmont. That's just north of the Metro tracks in downtown, and now give the BNSF line five stops with brewers at them. Meantime, there are some beer events centered around Chicago's Star Wars Celebration, and Record Store Day. Every event is made better with beer...
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