Tag: Revolution Deep Woods

Chicago Week in Beer, December 6-9

Chicago Week in Beer, December 6-9
I’m wondering if we’ll see many beer places with New Year’s Even parties. We are teetering on the edge of a new Omicron variant shutdown, and people may not want to make those kinds of plans. If any establishment out there is planning on a beer-centric NYE, please let me know! Monday, December 6 3:00... Read more »

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 19-21

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, November 19-21
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 »

Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, April 16-18

Chicago's Craft Beer Weekend, April 16-18

It's getting busy once again as the weather warms up and, hopefully, our pandemic restrictions continue to loosen up! See what's happening below!

...
Advertisement:

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 22-24
Update: It now looks as though some limited reopenings will commence in Chicago and suburban Cook County on Saturday. On the supposition that the infection rate doesn't suddenly increase. Check with your favorite places to see if they will be available for indoor seating. (Chicago Tribune story) The easing of restrictions on public places has rolled out a lot more slowly than we had expected. But at least Will and Kankakee Counties are moving back to limitied indoor dining under Tier I, with more action to follow. Some beer establishments have indicated they want to wait and see that they don't have to go back into lockdown just a week after bringing back their staff. But as I can I will watch for new changes in operations and seating arrangements and try to work them in. As it turns out, some places are just opening right up with no announced "Grand Re-Openings...

Chicago Restricted Craft Beer Weekend, October 23-25

Chicago Restricted Craft Beer Weekend, October 23-25
Update: Now the other shoe had dropped. Just a few days after the "collar counties" were put under new COVID restrictions, Mayor Lightfoot has reinstated restrictions on Chicago businesses. No indoor dining service at taverns and taprooms without a food service license, and a 10 pm curfew on all nonessential businesses. I am hoping to keep up with changes to bar schedules as I find them. Story at Chicago Tribune. I'm posting a little early for two reasons. First, the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases has required the lockdown to be re-instituted in Will, DuPage, Kane and Kankakee. That means outdoor seating only, carryout howlers and crowlers where available, and earlier closing time. Full details at this link (WGN). I will keep updating with cancellations or changes. As always, call ahead, and wear your mask! But we already have a casualty, though it's in Chicago. Hamburger Mary, the LGBQT+ bar chain, is closing it's Andersonville outpost. The last day of operation will be November 1, but the originally planned schedule of events will go on until then. The Facebook announcement noted that they had planned to seek a new location as their lease expired, but for now they will wait until the business environment improves. This their Andersonville Brewing operation had already been replaced with a tap room for Urban Brew Labs. The spinoff Oak Park Brewing Co. remains independently operated...

This Week in Chicago Beer, October 19-22

This Week in Chicago Beer, October 19-22
I am trying to keep tracking places that are forced to close from COVID exposure on my Facebook page. All I know for sure now is that cases in Illinois are increasing, and we may be looking at another shutdown in the near future...
Advertisement:

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 12-14

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, June 12-14
There's a lot of ground to cover before we get to the weekend but here goes: More restaurants and bars are opening cautiously in Chicago. But apparently that permission has not extended to breweries with only tap rooms, and no food license. If you live in Chicago, you may want to drop a polite note to the Mayor's office and your alderperson to remedy this situation. A new brewer is bringing out its cans this weekend: Liquid Love Brewing is a group of three brewers doing collaborations and contract beers. Their first release will be at the Prairie Krafts location in Buffalo Grove. Waiting on some more new brewers to come later. Apparently, the closed Argus Brewery in the far South Side has been listed for sale since May on Craigslist, but this was only brought to our attention this week. The asking price of $2.5 million covers the building, any remaining equipment, and Argus' intellectual property (brands). Josh Noel reports that there have been some inquiries. Now, a clarification. Brewers as a group make up a number of opinions and political persuasions, some of which play in to why they wanted to make their own beer in the first place. Nearly all brewers and managers of establishments have responded positively to the questions raised by the Black Lives Matter protests, which pledges to do better as businesses. But others have used the occasion to raise display some ugly personal views.  They have been called out by social media, as summarized this article in PorchDrinking.com. I have decided to continue posting events from everybody for now, and see where the chips fall...

Chicago Craft Beer Week January 27 - 30

Chicago Craft Beer Week January 27 - 30
This week's big beer merger news comes out of Detroit. On January 21, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the U.S. craft division of Molson Coors, announced that they would acquire Atwater Brewery. Atwater was founded in 1997, originally to bring back the Bohemian Lager style beer made by Stroh's, a Detroit favorite. They operate three tap houses in eastern Michigan, and have expanded into spirits and, yes, hard seltzers. Associated Press story. Molson Coors' Mergers & Acquisitions have not yet been as voracious in the United States, compared to Anheuser Busch. So far, they have purchased Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, Saint Archer, Terrapin, Hop Valley and Revolver Brewing...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 24-26

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, January 24-26
As has been widely covered earlier, the Chicago-based beer blog The Hops Review has closed down after 8 years of business coverage and general interest news. It had a fine run, but the principals have needed to go their separate ways. No doubt there was a lot of expense in keeping up a web site without the support of advertising or endorsements. I myself get a free space and supposedly some Google ad revenue from just ONE of the ads on the right rail. Before the site was flooded with ads advising us how to empty our bowels. And I'll be posting a schedule of places with Super Bowl watching parties, of course. Some may be places that have had craft beer events in the past, but that may not mention specific beers for February 2. Other may normally not be open into Sunday evening, but will have special hours for the game. If you'll be up for the game, be sure to drop me a line...
Advertisement:

Chicago Craft Beer Week, January 20-23

Chicago Craft Beer Week, January 20-23
My hosting site that was serving up the dates from my Google Calendar has gone wonky. I am placing text for the last day of this period at the bottom:

Phase Three Taking Over Lake Zurich

The big news as this article's writing: Phase Three Brewing Co., the current buzz beer maker in Chicago, is taking over operation of Lake Zurich Brewing. Phase Three had been contract brewing its trendy hazy IPAs at Lake Zurich, 932 Donata Ct. According to Tribune coverage by Josh Noel, Phase Three had been selling more beers, while Lake Zurich's sales were declining. Lake Zurich has posted a farewell to the Facebook page, announcing that their final weekend of operation is January 17-19. The brewery had originally opened as Black Belt Brewery, the first beermaker in the village, in 2016. It shortly closed and was taken over by Lake Zurich in 2018. The brewery is expected to reopen as Phase Three in the spring...
  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Meet The Blogger

    Mark McDermott

    Writer, trivia maven, fan of many things. I thought to learn all there is to know about beer as a way to stay interested in learning. It is my pleasure to bring Chicago's craft beer scene to you.

  • Latest of over 3,700 RateBeer reviews since 2003:
  • More Events, blogs and podcasts

    I've been named one of the Top Chicago-based Bloggers to Follow by Flipkey.com, the vacation rental division of TripAdvisor.com!


  • Recent posts

  • Categories

  • Tags

  • View my food journey on Zomato!
  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement: