I think nobody reading this article needs any encouragement, but the Brewers Association is promoting July 3 as “National Independent Beer Run Day.” They encourage us to shop for the BA’s Independent Craft Brewer seal. Their site, beerrunday.com, includes more information, and an interactive “Brewery Finder” map if you;re on the road. I’ve collected places... Read more »
We are still into the Phase IV reopening process, knock wood. While indoor seating is still being allowed at minimal capacity, it's better than the alternative.
Another weekend of beer debuts. Crushed by Giants, the brewpub started by the team behind DryHop, will do its first release at its space in the former Heaven on Seventh on Michigan Ave.
Additionally, Obscurity Brewing & Craft Mead
has opened its brewpub at 113 W. North St, Elburn, the farther western suburbs. Their menu includes beer and mead, and a full range of pit BBQ entrees.
Also, the famed Billy Goat Tavern once again has its name on two craft beers, an IPA and Pilsner. The brands are made at Miskatonic Brewing in Darien, using new recipes aimed at the average beer drinker. Billy Goat previously had a partnership with Baderbräu, launching in 2017; that ended when the brewer suddenly went out of business six months later. Billy Goat had previously sold a draft-only "Billy Goat Dark," which was basically their tap handle on Berghoff Dark, Schlitz Dark, or whatever dark lager they could get. (Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune
I've ended up adding many more places that have posted that they will be open for July 4. This is by no means a complete list, so call your favorite watering hole for confirmation.
Vice District Brewing
has confirmed that it is shifting to commercial production and closing its Taproom in Homewood, but making it available for parties and meetings. The brewer was previous evicted from its original location in the South Loop.
reports that Celis Brewery in Austin, TX is being put up for auction on July 2. The brewery was started by Christine Celis. Her late father Pierre Celis had revived the Belgian Wit style with Hoegaarden before selling it to Interbrew (now part of Anheuser-Busch InBev), then started Celis Brewery in Texas before it was bought out and closed by Miller. Chrstine revived the family name in 2017 with a 50,000 barrel brewhouse, but was dogged from the start by financial issues.
Meanwhile, SingleCut Beersmiths
of Astoria, NY are making their entry into the Chicago market. I have some of their events below...
Some of the beer-lovingest countries are still in the Knockout stage of the World Cup. Besides my list of venues showing most or all of the metches
, I'll have more last-minute listing of places open for certain matches.
And I won't have time to track down every place that's open July 4, those if I hear of places with special events, they'll be here...
Moxee/Mad Mouse closes: Moxee Barbecue Cajun and Mad Mouse Brewery
at Maxwell and Halsted Streets, has announced that they will be closing on Friday. Whatever reasons or difficulties they had are being kept to themselves. My observation is that it's no longer enough just to open a brewpub; rather you need plans in place to expand to commercial production right away if the beer becomes popular. But I have no idea if this was the case.
Land of 10,000 Drinks:
The tourism organization Explore Minnesota
has announced publication of a “Land of 10,000 Drinks
” map, which pins down all of the state's breweries, wineries and distilleries, from Surly
in the Twin Cities to Loony's Brew
in Ranier, northeast of International Falls by the Ontario border. They've even pinned tourist attractions that should be on any beer lover's list, like the Spam Museum
I did have a grill out today, but it was at a Forest Preserve where no alcohol is allowed, and besides I was with my family. I got to use the portable grill they got me for Father’s Day to char some hot dogs and make s’mores. Everybody happy, and I am popping another beer... Read more »
As I mentioned in my last article, the Independence Day weekend is usually light in beer events, because most people will be spending time elsewhere. But I do have a few events pulled together for you. July 1 – 3 Red, White, and Brew – All 4th of July Weekend! The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd... Read more »