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 »

Illinois Craft Beer Week Kickoff, May 13-15

Illinois Craft Beer Week Kickoff, May 13-15
I am finally getting out to Beer Under Glass, so look for me, even if only to avoid me. Moving it to Union Station while the Garfield Park Conservatory is being renovated has solved the eternal question of “How do you think you’re going to get home?” This time, I can just hop on and... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, May 9-12

Chicago's Week in Beer, May 9-12
Not a lot to say in preface this week, as I’m gearing up for a string of listings for Illinois Craft Beer Week, starting this weekend. More later. This week, the World Beer Cup medals were awarded at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, meeting in Minneapolis. Medals were award in 100 categories, in... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 6-8

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 6-8
This week we have Mother’s Day, of course. Some Kentucky Derby events and a few leftover Cinco de Mayo beer events. And next week we get Chicago Craft Beer Week, starting with Beer Under Glass. More details and I compile the many events going with this. Just when you thought it was safe to go... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, May 2-5

Chicago's Week in Beer, May 2-5
This week we have two more days for opening a beer: one is Cinco de Mayo, which is NOT “Mexican Independence Day,” and “May the Fourth,” which is NOT the anniversary of when “Star Wars” opened in theatres. But have a beer, anyway. Wolfden Brewing in Bloomingdale closed for the weekend and cancelled events until... Read more »

"Black is Beautiful" Beer Review: Funkytown

"Black is Beautiful" Beer Review: Funkytown
About a year after the “Black Is Beautiful” project kicked off, I’ve finally been able to update with a new beer, one more by a local Black-owned brewery. “Black Is Beautiful” is a collaboration of 1,200 brewers in 50 states and several countries, organized by Black-owned Weathered Souls Brewing of Texas, to raise awareness of... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 29-May 1

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 29-May 1
We have some more comings and goings to report this weekend: I didn’t get the information in time to post it on the schedule, but Knack Brewing & Fermentations held their grand opening last weekend in south Kankakee. Owners Matt and Emily Strysik, with their crew, served 755 beers over their first weekend, according to... Read more »

Chicago Week in Beer, April 25-28

Chicago Week in Beer, April 25-28
Back to a normal beer week here in Chicago. Good a time as any to remind you that if you click the E-Mail link above, you can send me your beer-related events. And additionally, on any of the listings below, you can click on the little “Map” icon to pull up a Google Map of... Read more »

Box of Chocolates 2022 Collaboration Beer Review

Box of Chocolates 2022 Collaboration Beer Review
In 2020, four brewers in the western suburbs did a collaboration of sorts. “Box of Chocolates” was a series of imperial pastry stouts, each with a different addition of nuts or chocolate box fruits. I was able to try them on draft at Skeleton Key, and wrote about them here. For 2022, the project returned.... Read more »
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Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 22-24

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, April 22-24
We have sad news of another local brewer preparing to close its doors. Ben Rossi at Only Child Brewing in Gurnee has posted news of their closing on Facebook: I am reluctant to inform you that Only Child will be ceasing its brewing and taproom operations, and will be closing the Gurnee location. I have... Read more »
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