Chicago Week in Beer, December 27-30

Chicago Week in Beer, December 27-30
I’m still compiling advance New Year’s Eve and Day events at this link. It’s been a busy week at my end, but you can use this link to find events that might otherwise sell out by the time I get to the next event listing. Once again, we;ve just been through a week where several... 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 »

Christmas Weekend Beer Schedule, December 24-26

Christmas Weekend Beer Schedule, December 24-26
I’m further tied up with many tasks, so this is a day late again. I had been preparing to put up a list of Christmas weekend hours for all the establishments that posted to my Facebook feed, but that list became unmanageable. And some of the places that had to close down for COVID exposure... Read more »
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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 »

Christmas Week with Craft Beer, December 20-23

Christmas Week with Craft Beer, December 20-23
First off, the Omicron variant has been tearing another hole through a lot of social venues. Among them Wolfden Brewing Co., which had several employees testing for exposure, and is now closed “until further notice.” But they could be reopening even as you read this, so check with any place you plan to visit. Update... Read more »

Chicago Pre-Christmas Beer Weekend, December 17-19

Chicago Pre-Christmas Beer Weekend, December 17-19
Yes, we’re really in getting this one out. More of this, that, and especially the other thing. So let’s get right down to the schedule: Ongoing Ten Days of Tighthead ContinuesTighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174 MapIt’s time to celebrate 10 wonderful years of Tighthead Brewing with us! We decided to do... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Week, December 13-16

Chicago Craft Beer Week, December 13-16
The former Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Wheeling could be making beer again. A limited liability company representing District Brew Yards has entered a contract to buy the site and renovate it, adding an exterior deck and redoing the parking lot. The Daily Herald article does not mention whether brewing would continues at the site.... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 10-12

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 10-12
Because Josh Noel has spent actual time researching and sourcing his article, I refer you to his story about issues with Hailstorm Brewing. Steve Miller, a brewer and minority owner at the Tinley Park brewery, has been removed from the ownership group after he admitted he had groped a woman at a pre-party for Great... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, December 6-9

Chicago Week in Beer, December 6-9
I’m wondering if we’ll see many beer places with New Year’s Even parties. We are teetering on the edge of a new Omicron variant shutdown, and people may not want to make those kinds of plans. If any establishment out there is planning on a beer-centric NYE, please let me know! Monday, December 6 3:00... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 3-5

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 3-5
It’a a rare weekend in which I seem to have almost as many events scheduled for Sunday as for the other two days. Let’s lay that at the proverbial feet of the number of holiday craft fairs being staged at our local breweries. But we still can look forward to the growing tradition of Krampusnacht... Read more »
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