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, December 3-5

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, December 3-5
It’a a rare weekend in which I seem to have almost as many events scheduled for Sunday as for the other two days. Let’s lay that at the proverbial feet of the number of holiday craft fairs being staged at our local breweries. But we still can look forward to the growing tradition of Krampusnacht... Read more »

Beer Review: Duneyrr Fermenta Moderne Dune Invited Concept

Beer Review: Duneyrr Fermenta Moderne Dune Invited Concept
Found a local beer shop that had a few brewers I had not tried before. The first of these to be reviewed. First of these was the Drekker Ectogasm IPA from North Dakota. The next one is a little complicated. So first, a shout out to Leo’s Wines & Spirits in Woodridge for stocking some... Read more »
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Chicago Week in Craft Beer, November 29 - December 2

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, November 29 - December 2
I get to take a little breather after the crush of events for Black Wednesday and Black Friday. Now expect things to stay light until the buildup to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. How many NYE parties will we see in our favorite beer spots? We will find out soon. Monday, November 29 Champagne Shores... Read more »

Black Friday Weekend in Beer, November 26-28

Black Friday Weekend in Beer, November 26-28
Here we are, the biggest beer shopping day of the year. No doubt you’ve read Josh Noel’s Tribune article on establishments that have had issues with Goose Island’s policies of Bourbon County Stout; so they have “alternate celebrations” with other brewers’ beers. I have tried to cover them all. It comes to 62 Friday events... Read more »

Chicago Black Wednesday Beer Week: November 22-25

Chicago Black Wednesday Beer Week: November 22-25
I actually have all these events ready to post at my usual time. There are dozens of Black Wednesday tappings for barrel-aged stouts, and not just the expected Bourbon County Stouts. Just a few notes: Many of the Black Wednesday and Friday events were from Goose island’s website, and did not mention times. I did... Read more »
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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 »

Farmer’s Berry Tan, a Farm-to-Bar Beer

Farmer’s Berry Tan, a Farm-to-Bar Beer
Most of the time, I write about beers I’m actually drinking. Seems logical. But sometimes I get pitched on a story with a background that I just gotta look into. Like this one. Farmheads Group is an operator of two restaurants in this area: Farm Bar in Lakeview and Farmhouse Tavern in Evanston. The establishments... Read more »

List of 2021 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers Winners

List of 2021 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers Winners
I have so much to write right now, that I’m just posting this quick list of the medal winners in the 2021 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers, also known simply as FoBAB (but not FoWaBAB, which may be a good thing). The 19th edition of the festival took place November 12 and 13 at... Read more »
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Chicago Week in Craft Beer, November 15-18

Chicago Week in Craft Beer, November 15-18
Let’s get this out first, then I can devote a column to the winners of the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer this past weekend. I can then try to get ahead of listing the many Black Wednesday and Black Friday events for barrel-aged stouts and other big beer. Not just Bourbon County Stout, but... Read more »
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