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Chicago Quick Sips | A Roundup of Chicago Events & Beer News – August 20th

Chicago Quick Sips | A Roundup of Chicago Events & Beer News – August 20th
Mike Zoller

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected].

New Legislation Eases Taproom Restrictions

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on August 11 that now allows breweries to purchase and serve other beers and ciders in their taprooms. The bill hopes to help smaller breweries get access to the market more cheaply and easily. Instead of having to open additional spaces or move to accommodate their growth, they have more viable options to get their beers out to the public.

“This legislation removes antiquated regulatory barriers that have stifled the growth of smaller craft brewers and limited beverage choices for consumers who visit their taprooms,” Rauner said in a press release. “Craft beer production is a growth industry in our state and this will help ensure its continued success.”

Breweries have already started taking advantage of the new legislation including Sketchbook in Evanston which now has a rotating cider line with 2 Fools Cider.

Forbidden Root Hosting Fruited Sour Tap Takeover

Wednesday night Forbidden Root will host a sour tap takeover featuring heavy hitting breweries and some limited release fruited sours including brews from Oxbow, Half Acre, Maplewood, Collective Arts, and more. They’ll also be releasing a new beer, Assembly Required V4 with raspberry, peach, vanilla, and lactose.

The event begins at 5pm. For more information click here.

Around the Bend Releases New Extra Brut IPA

A style that is increasing in popularity, Around the Bend has released their Brut IPA, Extra Circus. The beer is very dry with a touch of sweetness on the end. It’s not very bitter at all because there are no hops added into the kettle and then post-fermentation citra and amarillo are added.

Extra Circus was officially released last week at The Beer Temple and it will be available in limited quantities at bottle shops around the city.

Revolution Announces Annual Oktoberfest Festival

On Sept 28 and 29 Revolution will celebrate Oktoberfest outside of the brewpub by closing down part of Milwaukee to flood the street with music, food and of course beer. The festivities start Friday at 3pm and go until 10pm and Saturday will be 12pm-10pm.

A full lineup of the bands playing each day along with more information can be found here.

The event is cash only and will feature Revolution’s Oktoberfest beer but also Fist City and Rev Pils. A $5 suggested donation goes to benefit the neighborhood school programs of Friends of Goethe School.

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