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About- Mike Zoller

Mike Zoller

Mike Zoller

After trying to retire after a lucrative two-year career in sports journalism, Mike got back into sports but in the administration side. He currently works for the Northwestern University Athletic Department as an account executive working directly with football and men's basketball. At Miami University Mike was the sports editor for the The Miami Student and also did radio play-by-play for RedHawk ice hockey, football and baseball. Mike is still waiting to see Northwestern basketball play in the NCAA Tournament and the Cubs win the World Series.

Posts By Mike Zoller

Deth’s Tar, Maple Deth Shine in Revolution’s Second Deep Wood Release

October 20, 2020 |

As the temperatures dip and the days get shorter, barrel-aged season in Chicago continues to ramp up. This weekend, Revolution Brewing will host the second of four releases in their Deep Wood series. A trio of beers highlights this release with two familiar names and a new one to the series.

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Hopewell Brewing Co. | Cold Brew Lemonade

October 13, 2020 |

Sometimes you see a beer; read the description and have no idea what to expect but you know you want to try that beer. That was the case with Hopewell Brewing Company’s Cold Brew Lemonade beer that recently hit the market.

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Ultimate 6er | The Great British Baking Show: Collection 8

October 6, 2020 |

Netflix is home to many shows that enjoy a cult-like following, and The Great British Baking Show is no exception. The delightful baking show takes place in a tent and puts 12 amateur bakers to the test, each hoping to win the weekly Star Baker award and, ultimately, the entire show. What’s crazy to Americans is that there is no cash prize for the winner — it’s all about the love of baking.

Editor’s note: This article was written after the first episode. The second episode has since been released on Netflix.

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3 Floyds Brewing Announces 2020 Dark Lord Release Details

October 5, 2020 |

Those looking to snag bottles of 3 Floyds Dark Lord this year will still have to make the trip to Munster, Ind. to get their beer, but things will be quite different compared to years past with Covid-19 protocol in place.

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Revolution Brewing | Thundertaker Perfectly Blends Spice & Sweet

September 17, 2020 |

Perfectly balancing spice and sweetness, Thundertaker, the first release in the 2020-21 Deep Wood Series from Revolution Brewing in Chicago, IL sets the bar high for what’s to come.

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Revolution Brewing Announces 2020-21 Deep Wood Lineup

August 26, 2020 |

Next month will officially kickoff Revolution Brewing’s 2020-21 Deep Wood series as the brewery prepares to release a dozen barrel-aged beers between September and January.

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Hop Butcher & Revolution Brewing | Collaboration Series

August 26, 2020 |

Collaboration beers are nothing new to the industry and when Revolution Brewing and Hop Butcher for the World teamed up it wasn’t even their first time working together. The most recent collaboration series features three beers with three distinct styles. The series features Maintains and Shapes, a hopped Lager, Base, a West Coast Pale Ale, and Superstructure, a Hazy IPA.

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Chicago Beer Bars Struggle, Adapt to COVID

August 17, 2020 | 1

On the day that Chicago’s Beermiscuous found out it was approved for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, the owners had a huge sigh of relief. The city had changed the rules again to not allow taverns and bars that don’t serve food to have indoor dining, and the craft beer bar was nervous for its survival. And, even with the PPP loan, they aren’t out of the woods.

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Goose Island Announces 2020 Bourbon County Lineup

August 11, 2020 | 1

We know that Goose Island’s 2020 Bourbon County Stout lineup will go on sale this Black Friday as has been the tradition over the past 10 years. What we don’t know is how the release will be different this year with the pandemic. While we wait on the brewery to release those details, we can tell you about the variants for this year’s lineup.

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Revolution Brewing Goes Berry Forward in Next Deep Wood Release

July 16, 2020 |

Over the past few years, Revolution Brewing’s Deep Wood series has included a fruited Deth’s Tar featuring cherries, currants, and then plums. The oatmeal stout with the addition of the fruit has been a big hit during each release, so the announcement of Mixed Berry Ryeway created a stir on social media.

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Crushed By Giants Opens July 17

July 13, 2020 |

In 2013 when Greg Shuff was getting ready to open DryHop Brewers, he had a vision to open up a series of brewpubs in different locations throughout Chicago. Over the past seven years, he’s opened up two more spots and is about to launch the fourth location, Crushed By Giants, on Friday, July 17.

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Historic Seipp Brewing Returns to Chicago

June 22, 2020 |

Chicago is full of history and craft beer. On July 2, the two will once again come together when a beer that hasn’t been made since 1933 will make its return to the Windy City.

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Revolution Brewing | Supermassive Café Deth

June 19, 2020 |

There are beers with coffee in them and then there’s Revolution Brewing Supermassive Café Deth. With nearly three times more coffee than the brewery’s popular Coffee Stout, Café Deth, Revolution goes big and nails the latest Deep Wood release with a perfectly balanced, yet strong barrel-aged beer.

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Chicago Brewpubs Prepare to Reopen on Wednesday

June 1, 2020 |

While many Illinois breweries were able to reopen with outdoor seating on May 29, Chicago-based breweries have had to wait a bit longer. However, this Wednesday, the city’s beer scene will finally begin breathing new life as brewpubs have been granted permission to reopen June 3.

In the city, things will operate under different guidelines than the rest of the state. As of right now, if a brewery location doesn’t serve food, they will not be able to reopen, even with outdoor seating. That will drastically limit which breweries in the city can reopen starting Wednesday.

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3 Floyds Brewpub to Remain Closed Indefinitely

May 21, 2020 |

Zombie Dust, Gumball Head, Alpha King and the rest of the 3 Floyds lineup of beers will still be available to-go from the brewery in Munster, IN. But, the ability to sit down and have a drink or a bite to eat won’t be around for the foreseeable future; the 3 Floyds Brewpub is closed indefinitely. 

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Newbies & Freshies Adapts, Illinois Craft Beer Week Postponed

May 11, 2020 |

For the past three years, PorchDrinking and Bitter Pops, a craft beer bar and bottle shop, have put on Newbies and Freshies during Illinois Craft Beer Week to highlight the freshest and newest breweries in Chicagoland.

This year, with all events postponed, Newbies and Freshies will change the format. Instead of people coming to Bitter Pops to experience new and fresh beers hitting Chicago over the past year, we’ve created a box that you can take home full of a dozen beers from a variety of breweries.

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Casa Humilde Cerverceria | Campesino Saison

May 5, 2020 |

Do you remember the last beer you had at a bar or brewery? It’s one of those things that I don’t think I’ll ever forget as the “stay-at-home” order will be a defining moment for all of us.

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Ultimate 6er | The Last Dance

April 30, 2020 |

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 90s spoiled me as a basketball fan. When I was five years old, I remember my mom giving me a wooden spoon and pot to go out into our driveway to make noise right after the Chicago Bulls won the first NBA Championship in 1991. I probably didn’t quite understand what was going on.

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Five Chicagoland Patios for Craft Beer We Can’t Wait to Visit Again

April 7, 2020 | 1

Chicagoans cherish their patios as much as their tavern-style pizza or beef sandwiches. While we’re all staying inside to help flatten the curve and get through this pandemic as safely as possible, I couldn’t help but make a list of the patios I want to visit as soon as it’s safe to do so.

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4 Chicago Routes for Brewery Curbside Pick-Up

March 30, 2020 | 2

As we continue to adapt to the changes that are occurring seemingly everyday, curbside pick-up from your local brewery is the new normal.

Chicagoans are lucky to have so many local breweries to choose from but like the city itself, they’re spread out. So we created four routes to help you visit as many breweries as possible that’re doing curbside pick-up.

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