The big news this week is that Revolution is finally opening its Milwaukee Ave. brewpub on April 7. Still at reduced capacity. And over the weekend, a few places have had to shut down temporarily when one of their staff tested positive for COVID exposure. I try to keep up with those on my Facebook page.
While cases are trending upwards again, so are vaccinations. I finally found out that I got the shot and not the placebo in a clinical reial of the Johnson & Johnson shot.
And if you need another sign that things are hoping to return to normal, check out all of the trivia nights starting this week.
Tonight I’m up to my chin in freelance multi-language typesetting. I’m also watching for that second big snowstorm barreling toward the Chicago region. Time for a beer. For disclosure: I bought this myself because it looked interesting. It’s Coffee Eugene, from Chicago’s Revolution Brewing. This is an extension of their Eugene, a nearly black porter... Read more »
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...
I’ve needed to catch up with the beer reviews I’ve already recorded for my “One Take Beer Review” YouTube playlist. And I have reviewed more of the Black Is Beautiful collaboration beer series, intended to raise funds and awareness for Black issues and social justice. My chance to catch up was the weekend before last,... Read more »
We have a few more locations that have finally been able to reopen for serving beer! And another sneak peek of Downers Grove's Goldfinger Brewing.
I have been seeing some Facebook posts from establishments who are getting scammed by food delivery services like UberEats or Grubhub. They are apparently posting menus from places that are not
their clients, marking up prices, and sending their drivers out to pick up orders. Often, the drivers never deliver, leaving the restaurant to deal with angry customers. The best way to avoid this issue is to contact the brewer or restaurant directly, to use pickup or their own delivery, or find out which service they are using, if any...
Another pioneer in the craft beer world has gone the way of all… periodicals. All About Beer magazine started in 1979, three months before Sierra Nevada Brewing got off the ground. After nearly 40 years, it’s closing up shop. The magazine had earlier absorbed Draft magazine, but, according to sources, suffered from financial mismanagement. It offered many... Read more »
I’ve been hoping to get out to a White Sox game and check out the craft beer options they added last year. And their PR people have been offering to have me out as a guest. So, as it turns out, I’m finally able to take them up toward the end of the season. But... Read more »
The Big Star restaurant in Wrigleyville kicked off the baseball season with a new pineapple Radler, made in collaboration with Revolution Brewing. But they’ve waited until summer to have the official launch party for the brew: July 14 at 5 pm, at 3640 N Clark St., across from Wrigley Field. Laurent Lebec, Bar Manager for... Read more »
This week sees Revolution
hosting a "This Crazy Winter" campaign to collect winter gear and canned food for the homeless, with the reward to donors of Revolution swag and draft specials. The first few such events are listed here, while the campaign across Revolution's distribution area is described at their web page
Meantime, will the long-in-the-works Eris Brewery and Cider House
finally open this week at 4240 W. Irving Park? Eater Chicago posted an article
suggesting that might happen, and Eris shared it on their Facebook page. I think that counts as a "maybe...
I've run a little behind getting this posted, partly because I keep finding more events to put in, and because I've been fighting a fever since last night. Luckily I have the listing for Black Wednesday
and Black Friday
already set up, and I am still adding events to those listings as well...