Chicago's Independence Weekend in Beer, July 1-3

Chicago's Independence Weekend in Beer, July 1-3
As usually happens, the July 4 holiday is usually lite on events. This year’s it can be partly because Independence Day falls on a Monday, when many beer places are closed anyway. Meanwhile, many venues are “pre-loading” with specials for your long weekend. And I’ll hope to have some spots with July 4 events in... Read more »

Chicago's Week in Beer, June 27-30

Chicago's Week in Beer, June 27-30
Yet another of the brewers that helped kick off the craft beer revolution has been snapped up by a multinational. This past week, Stone Brewing of San Diego was purchased by the U.S. subsidiary of Sapporo Breweries, Ltd., for $165 million. With the sale, Stone’s “anti-sell-out” founder Greg Koch announced he would soon be retiring... Read more »

Beer Roundup: Schöfferhofer Fruited Hefeweizen Variety

Beer Roundup: Schöfferhofer Fruited Hefeweizen Variety
Let’s swing in with a summary of some beers that have been sent to me for my comment. And that may be wholly appropriate for the hot days going on. I was dropped a shipment of Radler-style fruited hefeweizens by Schöfferhofer, part of Germany’s Radeberger Gruppe of breweries. These are lower-alcohol wheat beers with fruit... Read more »
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Chicago's Weekend in Beer, June 24-26

Chicago's Weekend in Beer, June 24-26
Starting into my personal busy time, with a few side jobs under way. Just means I may post the next calendar article early, and keep adding events as I find time to format the listings. Friday, June 24 Saturday, June 25    Sunday, June 26

This Week in Chicago Beer, June 20-23

This Week in Chicago Beer, June 20-23
Another beer week, another batch of trivia at your favorite brewers. We do have a new release from Seipp’s Brewing, and things may soon ramp up for the weekend before Independence Day. Monday, June 20 Tuesday, June 21    Wednesday, June 22 Thursday, June 23

Chicago Father's Day Weekend in Beer, June 17-19

Chicago Father's Day Weekend in Beer, June 17-19
Guess what: I am almost ready to post this article, when boom! the internet goes down. I kind of hope it’s just due to the storm, because we had that happen to us already last week. Luckily, I have my draft saved that I can access over my phone’s data, so here it is. Once... Read more »
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This Week in Chicago Beer, June 13-16

This Week in Chicago Beer, June 13-16
Posting this listing a little early, as I expect to be actually out doing stuff Saturday evening. Yes, usually I just sit in the basement Saturday night, watching “Kolchak” while I do these listings. Instead, I’m posting early, but I will be adding events as I learn about them. In April, we learned that Only... Read more »

Chicago's Beer Weekend, June 10-12

Chicago's Beer Weekend, June 10-12
Starting into my personal busy time, with a few side jobs under way. Just means I may post the next calendar article early, and keep adding events as I find time to format the listings. Friday, June 10 Saturday, June 11    Sunday, June 12

Chicago's Week in Beer, June 6-9

Chicago's Week in Beer, June 6-9
I am running into some busy time here at Beeronaut Mission Control. There are some freelance weekend, and daytime gigs, that will eat up some of the time I need to compile beer calendar listings. I will likely end up posting the weeklong and weekend listings early, and filling the days with more events as... Read more »
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Chicago Weekend in Beer, June 3-5

Chicago Weekend in Beer, June 3-5
I’ve been having a bit of a crisis as my home internet has gone down. Latest estimate is that it might be back on line Thursday. In the meantime, I’m posting what I’ve got without my usual touches that depend on my specific browser add-ins. But we’ve still got quite a bit going on! Friday,... Read more »
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