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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

Moody Tongue to Open New Restaurant & Bar in Baderbrau’s Old Space

June 4, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

With his culinary background and his craft beer experience, it was only a matter of time before Moody Tongue’s Jared Rouben opened a full-service restaurant to bring together two of his passions.

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New Holland Brewing | Triple Mash Dragon’s Milk

May 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

New Holland Brewing’s Dragon’s Milk is an iconic stout in the craft beer industry. It’s the most widely produced barrel-aged stout in the country and is the featured beer in the Michigan brewery’s arsenal.

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Beer Lines and What They Say About the Culture of Craft Beer

May 21, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

A few weeks ago as I walked into my office, I noticed a massive line stretching around the block. It was just after 7 a.m. in the middle of the week; clearly, these people had been waiting either overnight or since very early in the morning. It wasn’t freezing out, but it wasn’t warm. I later found out they were waiting for the BTS, the Korean music group, pop-up store to open up. I thought they were all crazy.

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Event Recap | 2019 Beer Under Glass

May 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

One of the most anticipated events on Chicago’s craft beer calendar is Beer Under Glass (BUG). Put on by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the event kicks off Illinois Craft Beer Week each year and brings together breweries from all over Illinois.

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10th Annual Illinois Craft Beer Week Kicks Off

April 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In 2018 a lot of changes happened to Illinois’ celebration of craft beer. For the first time, Chicago Craft Beer Week was renamed to Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW), Beer Under Glass (BUG) moved to a Friday and the event lasted two weeks.

2019’s Illinois Craft Beer Week will follow suit to the 2018 event as BUG will continue to kick-off the festivities on Friday, May 10, at the Garfield Park Conservatory. However, ICBW will last just one week.

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2 Days 2 Nights | Stevens Point, Wisconsin

April 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

In just about any direction from Chicago, you can do a short drive and experience a fun, beer-filled weekend. About a 3.5-hour drive north of the city and you’ll hit Stevens Point, Wisconsin, home of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.

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Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin Creates Neighborhood Feel in Chicago’s Hyde Park

April 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As more and more breweries pop up, the idea of the neighborhood brewery is becoming increasingly popular. To wit: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales’ only location outside of Michigan, their Hyde Park location which opened in 2017, is quickly become a gathering space for the community.

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Event Recap | Uppers and Downers 2019

April 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

To call Uppers and Downers “just” a coffee beer fest would be a disservice to how the event highlights both the coffee and the beer industry.

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Inside the Tank | Crystal Lake Brewing

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

While there are a lot of big name breweries operating inside the city of limits of Chicago today, the surrounding suburbs are producing notable beers that often fly under the radar.

Since 2014, Crystal Lake Brewing has been producing beers that have become a mainstay for McHenry County. In that time, the brewery has begun to make more of a name for itself outside of Crystal Lake, IL.

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Mikerphone Brewing Opens Addition, Preps for Smells Like a Beer Fest

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Two years to the day Mikerphone Brewing opened its taproom, the brewery officially opened its new addition, called the Mikerphone Blue Room. The expansion more than doubles the total square footage of the brewery, triples the seating capacity, and opens the door to a future that founder and owner Mike Pallen never could have imagined.

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More Brewing’s Head Brewer & GM Leave to Form Phase Three Brewing

March 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Nine years ago when Shaun Berns, his wife Brittany and best friend Evan Morris were working at RAM Restaurant & Brewery, they had talked about one day opening their own brewery. The three made their way from RAM to More Brewing which opened in July of 2017. Less than two years later, the three are ready to open up their own brewery – Phase Three Brewing Company.

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Surly Releases Two New Beers Following Industry Trends

March 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Hazy IPAs and pastry stouts – so hot right now – hazy IPAs and pastry stouts. As these beers have become hotter than Derek Zoolander walking the runway and giving us Blue Steel, the larger craft breweries are following suit. Surly Brewing joins the game with their latest beers, One Man Mosh Pit and Tiramisu Funeral Bar.

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Event Preview | Uppers & Downers

March 5, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Solemn Oath Brewery represented Chicago at the very first Uppers and Downers in Pasadena, California in 2015. Since then, the festival has been held in Chicago and on March 30, the premier coffee beer festival put on by Good Beer Hunting returns to Thalia Hall.

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Chicago Quick Sips | Feb. 18 Chicago Beer News & Events

February 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

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].

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Stem Ciders Acquires North Carolina’s Black Twig Cider House

February 7, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Just weeks after Stem Ciders celebrated their 5th Anniversary, they’re about to embark on another major milestone. The Denver-based cidery announced yesterday that they have acquired Black Twig Cider House in Durham, N.C and will be re-branding the location as The Northern Spy, named after an apple varietal often used in Stem’s line of ciders.

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Ex-Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski Talks Octopi Brewing Move

February 6, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

With Jared Jankoski’s unexpected departure from Goose Island, the brewery is looking not only for a new brewmaster, but the individual who will be responsible for mentoring and developing the next batch of brewers at Fulton and Wood.

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Chicago Quick Sips: Valentine’s Day Edition

February 4, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As Valentine’s Day approaches whether you have a special someone in your life or not, just know that Chicago’s breweries are there for you and that beer never judges.

We compiled a list of all kinds of events/promotions breweries around the Chicagoland area are doing for the week of Valentine’s Day.

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Middle Brow Beer Co. Opens Its Taproom After Five Years of Waiting

January 31, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Motor Row. Ten 90. Lo Rez. Church Street Brewing. Great Central. Big Chicago. After contract brewing in six different locations and putting over 20,000 miles on their cars over the past five years, Middle Brow Beer Co. finally has a home of their own.

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F*** Your Hair Explores the Story Behind 5 Rabbit’s Chinga tu Pelo Beer

January 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

For a short period during the 2016 election, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria was producing one of the most talked-about beers in the country. From being the house beer at Rebar in the Trump Tower to cutting ties and openly mocking then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, the One City Films documentary “F*** Your Hair” tells the story of Chinga tu Pelo.

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Beer Lover’s Guide to Evanston, IL’s Craft Beer Scene

January 21, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Just a short train ride from Chicago, Evanston is home to Northwestern University. Downtown, you’ll find lots of shops and restaurants, as well as some great breweries.

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