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 »
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 »
We are seeing more Barrel-Aged beer releases this week, with more coming up for Black Wednesday and Black Friday. I will try to get those posted in advance on my Google Calendar app now that I’ve got this weekend’s calendar “put to bed.” Friday, November 19 Miskatonic ReleaseMiskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien,... Read more »
This Thursday (Oct. 21) was another Media Preview for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout varietals. It’s the second year in which they’ve sent out packages of beer to a group of beer writers, joining together on Zoom. I count 12 in all. Luckily, they have once again sent bottle stoppers with the eight bottles, ranging... Read more »
Goose Island Beer Co. has announced the lineup for its 2021 Bourbon County Stout release. This year, there are 8 BCS variants, one more than the seven released in 2020. The list of releases shows five variants aged only in different woods, with only three, including the Chicago-only Proprietor’s release, using adjuncts. One of those... Read more »
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 »