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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

Chicago Quick Sips | October 16

October 16, 2017 | 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 chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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New Rare & Wild Beer Fest Comes To The Field Museum

October 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With the overwhelming success of the past two Chicago Beer Festivals, the event organizers decided to add a new event to their lineup this year with the new Rare & Wild Beer Fest. The event takes place on October 14 at The Field Museum.

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On Tour Brewing Wins Big at 2017 Great American Beer Festival

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Before the awards ceremony at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, few outside of Chicago had heard of On Tour Brewing. In a span of 10 minutes, the craft beer world couldn’t stop asking who this small brewery was.

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FoBAB Releases Brewery Lineup for First Time Ever

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB), event organizers have released the complete list of breweries that will be pouring prior to the event for the first time ever. While the specific beers can’t be listed due to the competition and judging aspect tied to the festival, more hype has been added for the November event as festival-goers now have a preview of what’s to come.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 9

October 9, 2017 | 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 chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 2

October 2, 2017 | 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 chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Chicago Quick Sips | September 25

September 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 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 chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Mikerphone Brewing, Toppling Goliath Talk Beer Releases

September 19, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Beer releases are a tricky thing. As more and more people take an interest in craft beer, the next release of a hazy NE-IPA, mix culture barrel-aged wild/sour, or big barrel-aged stout are getting more hyped, more complex and trickier for the brewery to manage. There is no such thing as a perfect release, however, breweries today are doing their best to figure out how to get their beer out to their customers.

Whether it’s a smaller/newer brewery like Mikerphone Brewing, or a more established one like Toppling Goliath, the logistics behind releasing highly sought-after beer are nothing simple.

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Chicago Quick Sips | September 18

September 18, 2017 | 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 chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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WarPigs Brewing | Lazurite

September 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In 2015, 3 Floyds Brewing Co. and Mikkeller opened up WarPigs Brewpub in Copenhagen. Now the two have teamed up to open up a location here called WarPigs Brewing in the United States, and now their beers are available throughout the Midwest. Their flagship beer, Lazurite, is a big fruity IPA that is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

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Chicago Quick Sips | September 5th

September 5, 2017 | 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 chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Goose Island Set to Release Four New Beers

June 29, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

On Monday July 3, Goose Island will have its largest release of the year. Alright, maybe there is a bigger release in November; but Goose will release four new beers into the market on Monday. 

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Goose Island Announces 2017 Bourbon County Stout Variants

June 13, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In 2016 Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout release was subdued over the issues that plagued the 2015 release which saw four of the six variants have souring issues. With a smooth release last year, Goose has ramped up the BCBS release for 2017 and will introduce seven different versions of the beer.

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Lo Rez Brewing’s Taproom Opens in Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago

June 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Less than 24 hours before their grand opening, a ladder is still in the brewery, tap handles need to be screwed on and the rest of the beer list needs to be added – but Lo Rez opened last week to a packed tap room.  Read More

Goose Island Migration Week Returns to Lincoln Square

May 31, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Goose Island’s Migration Week, which serves as an opportunity to expose fans to Goose Island’s portfolio and collection of rarities through education and activation events has already spanned the globe. Now Migration Week returns to Chicago and the Lincoln Square neighborhood the week of June 12th.

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Event Recap | Beer Under Glass (BUG) – Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

* Featured photo taken by Eric Dirksen and was from the 2016 BUG event

For the second year in a row, Beer Under Glass — the official kickoff to Chicago’s Craft Beer Week — was the benefit of great weather on the evening of the event. Although the temperature dropped 30 degrees throughout the night, that pales in comparison to recent years plagued by rain and bitter cold, which turned the outdoor grounds of the Garfield Park Conservatory into a muddy disaster.

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8th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week Kicks Off Thursday

May 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Every year since 2010, Chicago Craft Beer Week has celebrated the city’s craft beer industry and all those that work so hard to produce so many great beers. On Thursday, the week-long celebration kicks off with Beer Under Glass (B.U.G) and then will be followed by hundreds of events over the next seven days.

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Ultimate 6er | Lawn & Garden

May 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

As the weather begins to warm up, it’s time to uncover your lawnmowers, fill up your watering cans and put on your best pair of overalls and top it with a big floppy sun hat. OK, so living in a high-rise in Chicago doesn’t lend itself to really having lawn and garden upkeep, but when I was growing up in the suburbs I always had a long list of outdoor chores to do.

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Newbies & Freshies CCBW Event Highlights New Breweries in Chicago

May 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Over the past year or so, Chicago’s craft beer scene has continued to increase in both brewery openings and outside-the-state breweries entering the city. PorchDrinking.com, along with Bitter Pops, is hosting Newbies & Freshies on May 24 (an event that’s part of Chicago Craft Beer Week or #CCBW) to showcase all that’s new and exciting in the city.

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