We have another beer-related casualty of the COVID pandemic, but hopefully only a temporary one.
Ballast Point's Chicago operation in HydePark has posted to their Facebook page
With the winter months ahead and our ability to generate revenue significantly impacted with limited capacity due to COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to shut down operations at Ballast Point in Chicago effective October 24th. At that time, we are halting all on-site retail, brewery production, and taproom operations. Unfortunately, this decision impacts all of our Chicago employees. We are forever grateful for their contributions to our company. Our plan is to reopen this location when the weather is favorable and it is safe to dine indoors.
Ballast Point has some Oktoberfest specials still scheduled for this weekend...
Not much news to report today. Just that, to my annoyance, I spilled a cup of instant coffee into my MacBook. I did the obvious thing and flushed it out with MORE water. Then I read (on another device) that I may not be totally lost, since the keyboard is sealed from the rest of the circuitry. Just prop it up to drain and dry out for two days and hope for the best.
Meanwhile, I had a teeny-tiny Intel NUC in reserve, a box a little bigger than a Raspberry Pi. Working fine so far, just using Windows 10. Only there some Firefox add-ons I don't have access to, including my passwords, and I'm out of the YouTube video production business for a while...
Not only is it the weekend before Halloween, but it's the weekend on the first Beer Culture Summit
, a program of beer scholarship and, well, beer drinking, sponsored by the Chicago Brewseum
in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution. This should be right up my alley, but I can't be spared from work and family duties, and besides, I'm having a bad recovery from a minor surgical procedure.
That meant I couldn't get to Tuesday's media preview for Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout. Apparently, Tribune beer writer Josh Noel was shut out of it, according to his Twitter feed
. Kind of odd, since all of us beer geeks fling snark at Goose Island and its corporate master at one time or another...
We're still slowly running down the Oktoberfest season, and just now ramping up the brief period for Pumpkin Beers, then Halloween parties...
Is it still playoff time? The Cubs have a do-or-die game on Thursday that will determine whether they get to take on the Dodgers starting Saturday. We'll be adding to this list with NLCS events as they're announced.
Meantime, we have another brand new brewer with a grand opening on Saturday. Take a look below.
And remember to enter the lottery for tickets to Goose Island's Proprietor's Day on November 19. Details at this article.
The Oktoberfest period spills over into weekday events. And now the "pumpkin spice" beers are coming into the mix.
And remember, this Wednesday at noon is the deadline to enter my drawing for a pair of tickets to the Brooklyn Brewery Mash Chicago Beer Mansion, this weekend! See the details and your chance to enter at this link
I already have a full docket of Halloween weekend events to go, so I will try to get that posted early in a format that lets me add more easily and quickly. Stay tuned. Monday, October 26 Two Brothers Tap House Renovations Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL 630-393-2337 The Two Brothers... Read more »
Geeky Talk: Google has announced that it is changing the way it serves up data for programmers crunching it into their apps. To throw some non-beer tech stuff that I barely comprehend around, they are dropping support for XML and expecting everyone to start using their API. This may or may not take down my... Read more »
Frankly, I’m noticing a lot more events that have Revolution Brewing behind them, including many fundraisers at their brewpub and the brewery’s tap room. Looks like they’re the ones who are successfully working the social side of our town’s craft beer explosion. But a lot of our new brewers will already be planning to expand... Read more »
Seems there was a time when the word “pumpkin,” “onion,” and “beer” just shouldn’t go together. But now they do, and just in time for the holidays. The Wild Onion Brewing Co. of Lake Barrington has issued its popular Pumpkin Ale in cans, available at stores around Chicago and ‘burbs. The beer described as a... Read more »