Here’s the 100th entry in my “One Take Beer Reveiw” videos on YouTube. So I had been saving this particular ber for the milestone. Just by coincidence, the time to do the review was the final night of the reign of “President” Trump. Sure seemed appropriate. I managed to get to 14 of the local... Read more »
I’ve needed to catch up with the beer reviews I’ve already recorded for my “One Take Beer Review” YouTube playlist. And I have reviewed more of the Black Is Beautiful collaboration beer series, intended to raise funds and awareness for Black issues and social justice. My chance to catch up was the weekend before last,... Read more »
I’m up to my tenth review of a Black Is Beautiful collaboration beer, started by Weathered Souls Brewing of San Antonio, TX to raise funds and awareness for Black issues and social justice causes. I’ve almost hit all the local brewers with beers that are canned. Now I’m left with several cans available if anyone... Read more »
Oktoberfest is launching at beer bars and brewers across Chicago. And yes, for the quick summary, the first Oktoberfest in 1810 was held on October 18, but as the event grew bigger, it was determined to move earlier in the year so as not to interfere with the harvests. Now, the festival in Bavaria runs for the 16 days leading to the first Sunday in October.
Meantime, the new beer and community space, Ørkenoy, is opening this weekend. They're at Kimball and Bloomington in Chicago, at the 606 Trail. And in Naperville, Noon Whistle is opening its second outlet.
Personal Note: I finally took the opportunity to visit the reopened Rock Bottom nearest me, in Lombard. Surprised to see the same server from before it closed. She said she had no idea they might ever plan to reopen, but was available when they called. The brewing is currently being supervised by Iain Wilson, brewmaster of the Orland Park restaurant. They've kept some of the beers from the previous version of RB available, including their yearly Rocktoberfest....
Here’s number 9 in my reviews of the Black Is Beautiful collaboration series. I asked one of this beer’s makers about how much of the “proceeds” that go to these various organization are generated by each sale. He said he thought it came out to around 25¢ per can. Which comes to a couple of... Read more »
I have another note about pending expansion in the Chicago beer scene. The village of Westmont saw groundbreaking on a mixed-use, multi-family residential development called Quincy Station. Holladay Properties is building the property south of the Metra station on Cass Ave., at 1 W. Quincy Street. The prospective first floor commercial tenant will be Whiskey Hill Brewing Co.
I'll look forward to that, as Whiskey Hill's new spot would replace the departed Scallywag Brewing in downtown Westmont, and would set up four consecutive stops on the Metra BNSF line within pub crawling distance of a brewer: WH in Westmont, and Goldfinger, Emmet's and Alter at the three Downers Grove stops. This is on a line that also stops near Flapjack and Lagunitas, and ends at the Two Brothers Roundhouse...
This my eighth review in the Black Is Beautiful collaboration series! I’ve been going through local releases in this series of over 1,200 brewers worldwide, intended to raise funds and awareness for Black causes and social justice. I’ve let a few of these back up because I’ve dashes around to pick up more local releases... Read more »
This is a shorter review in the Black Is Beautiful collaboration series. I’ve been going through local releases in this series of over 1,200 brewers worldwide, intended to raise funds and awareness for Black causes and social justice. I learned Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville had their version of the Imperial Stout available last Saturday.... Read more »
Pushing along with #6 in my reviews of the Black Is Beautiful collaboration started by Weathered Souls Brewing of San Antonio to raise funds and awareness for social justice causes.
I bought this example at Black Horizon Brewing Co. in west suburban Willowbrook. It might be worth noting that one of its three co-owners, Charles St. Clair, is Black, too. Their variation on the shared recipe is a rye and oat stout, which at 8.7% abv is a tad lighter than the average 10.0% of the other beers in this series. Proceeds from this beer are directed by By the Hand, a faith-based group providing resources to under-served kids in Chicago...
My coverage of the Black Is Beautiful beer collaboration project continues, with the version made by Marz Community Brewing of Chicago’s South Side. They are directing proceeds to the Chicago Community Bond Fund, whose goal is to end pretrial detention for people who cannot afford bail in Cook County. Marz describes their variation: We took... Read more »