There is one more casualty of the beer business fall-off due, partially to COVID: The Hofbraühaus Chicago, in Rosemont, has closed its doors last week. According to the Daily Herald
, the location had been going for eight years, but could not keep steady business going outside of Oktoberfest time. But the loss of business during the pandemic was the final straw. Owners Joe and Mike Matuschka indicated that they will reduce the restaurant space in the building and repurpose it as a pizza bar, keeping the brewery equipment.
We are coming into the Valentine's Day weekend. A lot of places will be offering carry-out versions of traditional Valentine's dinners, with beer included, of course. When they had a deadline for ordering or pickup, I will try to get the announcement in the proper deadline date...
As of Tuesday morning, we see DuPage and Kane counties moving into Tier I restrictions, meaning limited indoor dining. As always, check with any place before you visit, and wear your freakin' mask.
This week we've seen Chicago and Cook County move into the Tier I COVID mitigation restrictions, joining Will and Kankakee Counties. That means some limited indoor seating at bars and restaurants. The counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake & McHenry remain under stricter Tier 2 mitigation, but COVID number are trending downward. I'll try to keep up with any announced reopening events in this space...
I am expecting to see a few more last-minute events if new plans are announced for resuming indoor dining. Meantime, Wednesday is Inauguration Day, and I have a few places that will be celebrating the end of the long national nightmare.Inauguration celebrations with beer, plus Bell's Hopslam...
Update: As noted, I found this main event was sold out even as I wrote this. But Goose Island now has a BCS Hub page where other events are being posted. I have some more of them below. I got this press release from Goose Island this morning. By the time I could start writing... Read more »
Last year, I had to drop out of the Media event for the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout lineup because of medical complications. Luckily, I was able to avoid getting sick this year. And better for me, the event moved to the houses of each beer writer and nabob involved. Goose Island sent out a... Read more »
Wednesday, people who won the lottery for a chance to purchase Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout were notified by e-mail. Now details are slowly emerging about changes in the Black Friday release for the rest of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout lineup. The main Black Friday event has been organized by Binny’s Beverage Depot, with on-sale... Read more »
This is the weekend of Chicago's Cider Summit! And there are plenty of cider related events going on all around town.
For more traditional beer lovers, we have some dark beer celebrations, Lake County Brew Fest, and Uppers & Downers. You can get a jump on pączkis
before Fat Tuesday, and the St. Patrick's season starts with Guinness glass engraving promos at Binny's...
I am continuing to post events a nearly a week in advance, when I previously could only get some schedules up a day or two before. This may or may not last, but I hope it gets you information about events that may otherwise sell out.
I also have a lot of Valentine weekend events on my preliminary Beer Calendar
, since some of those will require advance reservations...
I've got the schedule for the
"Big Game" weekend up a week early, featuring brewpubs and tap rooms that are open late Sunday with TV, and other establishments that have been known to have good beer. Watch for this list to keep growing as more establishments post their plans.
I apologize to those of you who may have seen error messages when trying to read the previous articles. The site that hosts my script to feed the events has been down for various reasons. I really need to look for better hosting, but I need to figure out out to pay for it...
This week's big beer merger news comes out of Detroit. On January 21, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the U.S. craft division of Molson Coors, announced that they would acquire Atwater Brewery
. Atwater was founded in 1997, originally to bring back the Bohemian Lager style beer made by Stroh's, a Detroit favorite. They operate three tap houses in eastern Michigan, and have expanded into spirits and, yes, hard seltzers. Associated Press story
Molson Coors' Mergers & Acquisitions have not yet been as voracious in the United States, compared to Anheuser Busch. So far, they have purchased Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, Saint Archer, Terrapin, Hop Valley and Revolver Brewing...