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Illinois Craft Beer Week & More in Chicago, May 16-19

Illinois Craft Beer Week & More in Chicago, May 16-19
We’re now into Illinois Craft Beer Week, which has fewer sanctioned events, in favor of promotions among participating brewers and retailers. Check their website to learn more. I’ll be adding more events that are both part of and outside the ICBW purview as I learn about them. Yes, I did get to Friday’s Beer Under... Read more »

Weekend in Chicago Beer, May 21-23

Weekend in Chicago Beer, May 21-23

Sexual harassment, an has been seething beneath the surface of the small brewing world, has come out into the open. This started with Brienne Allan, a production brewer at Notch brewing, Salem MA, posting on Intagram as ratmagnet. After a year in COVID quarantine, she said, she went on-site to help assemble Notch's new Boston brewhouse, but walked out after hearing two sexist remarks questioning her ability to be a brewer or build a brewhouse. On her Instagram, she asked, “What sexist comments have you experienced?” Within a week, she was flooded with nearly 1,000 accounts of microaggressions, sexist behavior, and outright attempted rape. As other beer and food media picked up the story, repercussions began to happen in the outside world, with many male employees, some brewery co-founder, getting removed. Chicago's Cicerone Certification Program fired a male employee who had sexually propositioned female brewery workers at a holiday party. (Chicago Tribune).

A Chicago brewpub owner has been accused of rape as well. The ratmagnet account has the story, which I can really air publicly. She has managed to fundraise for lawyers against potential libel suits. I have not. Another article is at the drinks blog VinePair. PorchDrinking provides more links, and some of the reactions by the brewers named in the posts.

Perhaps it was bad timing, but Pollyanna Brewing Co. announced that its majority owner and chief executive officer Paul Ciciora was no longer employed by the company. Ciciora has announced his retirement in March, but this week's announcement by Pollyanna also included language about taking "the needed actions to make craft beer more inclusive.” Ciciora has not been mentioned in any allegations, though. Perhaps Pollyanna should have made a two-art announcement. (Tribune)

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Chicago Week in Craft Beer, May 10-13

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, May 10-13

next weekend is the start of Illinois Craft Beer Week (originally Chicago Craft Beer Week). While there will be no public events for May 14-21, the event, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, will have some promotions. Besides special tappings at participating beer slingers, they have a "Pay It Forward" promotion, basically encouraging you to buy local and tip more generously. There's also "A SHOT + A BEER," wherein you can take a photo of your vaccination record along with an Illinois beer, and post it with the tag #ShotAndBeerIL to enter a drawing for prizes. There's another social media promotion taking place of the "Passport" program. Pick up a frame at a participating brewery and post a photo with it and a beer to #ILPassportPlus for weekly prizes between May 14 and June 10.

Somehow I missed the new of yet another brewery debut, this one in Indiana. Fuzzyline Brewing Co. opened its doors May 6th in downtown Highland, 2712 Condit St. They promise a full range of beers, with an emphasis on sour styles.

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Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 13-16

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 13-16
I'm posting this late Saturday noght while I'm still putting in events for Illinois Craft Beer Week, as well as unrelated beer fun. Meantime, there's been a major shakeup in the craft beer scene, as Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) has announced the purchase of Dogfish Head in a $300 million deal. Dogfish founder Sam Calagione would get a seat on Boston Beer's board of directors. (Fortune)...

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 10-12

Illinois Craft Beer Week Events, May 10-12
Illinois Craft Beer Week has begun. I am picking out some featured events and adding them to listing that aren't necessarily ICBW related. For a full schedule of IBCW events, check out illinoisbeer.org/icbw/ There's been a lot of local brewery news this week. First off, Vice District Brewing was suddenly evicted from their South Loop space on Tuesday. Guys Drinking Beer has dug into the legal issues, and found that Vice District has had issues with unpaid bills, and legal in-fighting among the principals. They had opened in 2014 as the first brewer in the South Loop area. A production facility opened in Homewood in 2018 had its own set of problems with municipal code and sewer issues. Co-founder Curtis Tarver was  recently elected as State Representative for Illinois’ 25th District. Update (May 9): Vice District has posted a brief message on their Facebook page:
The recent occupancy confusion is a result of ongoing discussion between our entity and the landlord. We are working toward settlement. Vice is looking to reopen soon in the South Loop and continue to operate our Homewood location.
In more positive news: Pollyanna Brewing has been granted a liquor license to open a taproom at 106 S. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles. Pollyanna would share the space with a sports bar/restaurant to be called Flagship on the Fox. One of the partners in the new venture is sports reporter Jarrett Payton, the son of the late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. The location had previously housed other businesses, including including River Rockhouse and Chord on Blues. (Kane County Chronicle)
Marz Community Brewing is looking at a second location, a three-barrel brewery and tap room at 1965 N. Milwaukee Ave., a triangular former bank building. (Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune) Greg Shuff, who launched DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery and Provisions, is planning a third brewpub in River North, at 600 N. Michigan Ave. The second floor space had been a Heaven on Seven restaurant until it was ordered to vacate in 2015. The new venture, called Crushed by Giants, will share the building with Under Armor and AMC movie theatre. (Josh Noel, Tribune)...

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 6-9

Chicago Craft Beer Events, May 6-9
We are headed into the flurry of events that makes up Illinois Craft Beer Week starting this Friday. I will likely be posting these articles a day earlier, and continue to fill in more events as I can. And I'll have plenty of events that are not tied in to ICBW...
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