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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

Event Recap | 4th Annual Firkin Fest

April 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Earlier this month Headquarters Beercade hosted its fourth annual Firkin Fest. 40 different breweries brought firkins of some of their well-known beer, giving those in attendance a chance to try a unique twist on the beer they’ve come to know.

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Inside the Tank | Hopewell Brewing Company

April 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Three friends, Jonathan Fritz, Stephen Bossu and Samantha Lee, went to the University of Illinois together and did some home brewing together. After college they went their separate ways, Stephen and Samantha got married, but they ultimately came back together and last year opened up Hopewell Brewing Company in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

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Inaugural South Side Craft Beer Fest Set for Chicago Craft Beer Week

March 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

A new Chicago Craft Beer Week event is set to highlight the breweries on Chicago’s South side. The inaugural South Side Craft Beer Fest will take place Saturday May 20th outside of Baderbräu and bring together the breweries that call the South side home.

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Ultimate 6er | The Simpsons

March 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Since 1989 The Simpson family has been a mainstay on American television. It is the longest running animated show, sitcom and most recently primetime scripted series. The family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Grampa are the most beloved family on TV today.

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Goose Island Set to Release a Variety of New Beers

March 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Goose Island is getting ready to release a variety of new beers throughout the next quarter and into the rest of 2017. From a new Fulton & Wood Series beer to a lot more barrel aged beers, I went out to Goose Island to try the new releases and taste the results of their experimenting. Read More

Event Recap | Chicago Beer Festival

March 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Where else can you drink among the tombs of ancient Egyptians or sip a cold beer in the Hall of Birds? If you were at The Chicago Beer Festival you had both of these opportunities and a lot more.

Photo by Eric Dirksen

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Goose Island to Release a Collaboration Beer with Wrigley Field

March 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

When you’re home to the World Series champions, new opportunities get thrown your way. For Wrigley Field, one of those new opportunities is to work with Goose Island on an exclusive beer collaboration.

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Blue Point Brewing Begins Distribution in Chicago

March 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

From Long Island to the Windy City, Blue Point Brewing Company has docked in Chicago and is now available throughout the city. Illinois is the 22nd state Blue Point is now available in and is the furthest west the beer is distributed.

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Event Preview | The Chicago Beer Festival

February 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Have you ever had a drink with a T-Rex, or shared a brew with some of the world’s oldest artifacts? This Saturday The Chicago Beer Festival returns to The Field Museum as over 70 breweries will be on hand pouring a wide variety of beers to try.

Photo by Eric Dirksen

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Southern Tier Brewing Co. | Nu Skool IPA

February 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6% | IBU: 55

As fruitier and juicier IPAs crowd the market, the debate has ensued as to whether this is the best route for the beer style. Personally, I think both can coincide, and I hope that we continue to see the classic more bitter IPAs, as well as the NE-style IPAs, flourish. One excellent example of a fruity (but not over the top) IPA is Nu Skool IPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company.

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Pipeworks & Marz’s Super Piña Collider is a Collaboration Unlike Any Other

February 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

When you hear about two breweries working together to brew a collaboration beer, you’d expect the brewers of brewery A to go over to brewery B and then together they create one beer. That’s how 99.9% of collaboration beers go about. However, Pipeworks and Marz had something different in mind.

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Event Recap: 5th Annual Cider Summit Chicago

February 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

If there’s one thing to take away from the 5th annual Cider Summit held in Chicago this past Saturday it’s that the future of craft cider is very bright. While there is definitely a long way to go, the sold out event showcased cider as an emerging beverage in the industry.

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Recapping Virtue Cider’s 3rd Annual Stone Fence Competition

February 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On a basketball court located in the Chicago Athletic Association, mixologists from some of Chicago’s best known bars and restaurants concocted unique Stone Fence cocktails for Virtue Cider’s 3rd Annual Stone Fence Competition.

Photo by Eric Dirksen

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Event Preview | 5th Annual Cider Summit Chicago

January 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Just a few years ago if you wanted a hard cider your options were limited. Today artisanal cider is a rapidly growing industry with a wide variety of ciders to sample. Now in it’s 5th year, the Cider Summit Chicago opens up the world of artisanal cider to the general public with over 150 different ciders to try.

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Five Chicago Beers You Must Try

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Chicagoans are extremely lucky to have a wide variety of craft beer at their fingertips. In fact many of us take our incredibly large selection for granted. But for the craft beer fan that is visiting Chicago for maybe only a weekend I selected five beers that are an absolute must try.

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Inside the Tank | Aquanaut Brewing Company

January 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

Situated on the north side of Chicago, Aquanaut Brewing Company features a small line of year-round beers, but has plans to launch more seasonal and one-off beers as well as opening up a taproom in the future.

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Why I’m Done Cellaring Beer In 2017

January 3, 2017 | 12 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It’s uncommon to get Jester King Brewery beer here in Chicago. When a bottle shop got a rare shipment in last year, I jumped on the opportunity and bought three bottles. I got the bottles home and instead of getting them chilled to drink, I put them away in my “cellar.” Well, it’s 2017 and I’m done with that.

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Country’s Rising Breweries Reflect on 2016 and Look Ahead to 2017

December 30, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 25 min

Photo courtesy of Corridor Brewery.

As 2016 comes to an end, we connected with a handful of brewmasters from around the country to reflect on this past year and what 2017 will bring for not only their breweries but the craft beer industry in general. We were able to catch up with some of the most admiral people in the business – from Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Dry Hop, Creature Comforts Brewing Co.Corridor Brewery, Bluejacket, Jester King Brewing, Flying Bike Cooperative BreweryAngel City Brewery, Coastal Empire Beer Co., MadTree Brewing, Burial Beer, Fremont Brewing, and SweetWater Brewing Co.

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Pipeworks Brewing Co. | Blueberry Cichlid

December 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 9.5%

There are few beers that I actively go out and look for the day that distribution begins. One of those rare exceptions is anytime Pipeworks Brewing Co. releases a new beer from their Fish Series. If you’re not familiar with this series, it consists of big imperial IPAs with the addition of fruit and, typically, honey. They’re sweet, they’re fruity and the most recent release does not deviate.

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Brewery Showcase | 3 Sheeps Brewing

December 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

When you hear Wisconsin and craft beer, one typically thinks of New Glarus Brewing. Very quickly though the state is seeing other breweries experience success and is becoming a hotbed for craft beer. One of those breweries that is starting to experience more growth is 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. in Sheboygan.

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