Chicago's Week in Beer, May 23-26

Chicago's Week in Beer, May 23-26
Things have calmed down from Illinois Craft Beer Week to the lead-in to Memorial Day. A lot of summer holidays stay pretty light, unless it’s in a town with a parade or other observation. They may be another new brewer opening this coming weekend. Howard Street Brewing, billing itself as “Chicago’s Northernmost Taproom,” has been... Read more »

Beer Under Glass Notes: Quite the Event

Beer Under Glass Notes: Quite the Event
I mentioned a time or two that I just don’t get to go to many beer events. As Mrs. Naut puts it, probably correctly, “How are you going to drive back.” But with this year’s Beer Under Glass being held at Union Station, I was able to hop on and off my local train to... Read more »

Illinois/Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 20-22

Illinois/Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, May 20-22
Looks like Illinois Craft Beer Week is winding down already. But we have plenty of local events to tell you about, including some new and returning brewers: Hop District Brewing has its ribbon cutting Friday, adding LaGrange Park to the long list of towns with their own brewery. Skeleton Key expects to finally re-open this... Read more »
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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 »
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