Local Beer Review: MyGrain Stateville Stout

Local Beer Review: MyGrain Stateville Stout
Here’s a beer that I bought myself, just so I could try it, and maybe write about it. Back in 2015, Headquarters Beercade had a series of #BrewAndA interviews through Twitter, with various brewers and beer media people. In my interview, I discussed what parts of the Chicago metro still needed a new brewer, and... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, April 11-14

Chicago's Week in Beer, April 11-14
As I indicated before, I think I’ve finally got the security issues on my Google Calendar app worked out. So now, if a last0minute beer event comes in, I can pop it into the Calendar and it appears here immediately. Now, I’m noticing that most of the weekday calendar is filled with trivia contests. Well,... Read more »

Beer Cuisine: Bixby Nut Brittles with Allagash Beers

Beer Cuisine: Bixby Nut Brittles with Allagash Beers
Got another item that’s beer-related, which was sent to me for my comment. You know doubt know of many recipes using beer, in bread, chili, and just about anything else where it can lend some malty sweetness. Bixby Chocolate of Rockland, Maine, has partnered with Allagash Brewing Co. To offer a line of three nut... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 8-10
Hooray! I finally got the issue with my amateur hour Google Calendar app straightened out. All it took was hanging on the Discord group for my carrier’s tech support. They helped my figure out that I was trying to simply the file structure of my web page, and I had just moved the app files... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, April 4-7, Plus Illinois Craft Beer Week News

Chicago Week in Beer, April 4-7, Plus Illinois Craft Beer Week News
Sigh. I’ve smushed up my calendar app but good. And I am off for this weekend, so I can only post a truncated version of the calendar with some select events. However, I can report that the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, has set the dates for this year’s Illinois Craft Beer Week. The event runs... Read more »

Chicago Beer Weekend, April 1-3

Chicago Beer Weekend, April 1-3
Update: Oh, hell’s bells! I was fooling around with my web hosting and somehow managed to blow out my security setting for all of my account. That means I can’t use my happy little Google Calendar tool. So this weekend’s events go back to the “longhand” version, while I try to figure out what I... Read more »
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Chicago Week in Beer, March 28-31

Chicago Week in Beer, March 28-31
I believe I have worked the kinks out of bringing back my tiny app to post beer content directly from my Google Calendar. Again, if you see ERROR notes instead of my fancily-formatted listings below, please let me know through the email link! In return, I’ll be able to add late-breaking events almost instantly. I... Read more »

Chicago Beer Weekend, March 25-27

Chicago Beer Weekend, March 25-27
Just when we thought we were past the pandemic-induced closures, there’s now word that the Rock Bottom in Bolingbrook has closed. Patch reported that management at Bolingbrook Promenade had been informed the location would close, but the actual date was not known until signs went up on its door March 16. The Rock Bottom had... Read more »

Brewer Spotlight: Southern Tier 2X IPA Series

Brewer Spotlight: Southern Tier 2X IPA Series
Join me now as I pop open some more beers that have been sent to me by the brewer for my comment. Southern Tier Brewing Company takes its name from its location in the “Southern Tier” row of counties lining the southern border of upstate New York. I knew this already, only because I lived... Read more »
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Chicago Week in Beer, March 21-24

Chicago Week in Beer, March 21-24
The big event this week is the “Stronger Together Benefit Beer Fest“, being held at Eris on Monday. Over 40 brewers will be pouring to help raise funds for Twisted Hippo, which was devastated by fire last month. Just in case this site is not showing the frames, details are at the Tock link. Monday,... Read more »
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