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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 Preview | The Inaugural Chicago Ale Fest

June 1, 2015 |

After last year’s attempt at the first Chicago Ale Fest was canceled due to inclement weather and financial concerns, this year Lou Dog Events says all systems are go for one of the largest beer festivals in Chicago.

Win two tickets to the 2015 Chicago Ale Fest!

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Pass the Beer, It’s Time to Paint

May 27, 2015 | 1

Simply forgetting his paints one night led Chicago-painter Kyle Bice to discover a whole new medium of art.

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Kickstarter Provides New Way to Bike with Beer

May 15, 2015 |

You’re about to head out to a BYOB restaurant or maybe your friends place for the evening and you’re bringing beer or wine. You decide to bike and you need an easy way to tote your alcohol. Chicago-native Craig Koszewski has come up with a solution to solve your problem and is looking for backers for his Kickstarter campaign for his product called the Roo.

Support Roo NOW!

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Event Recap | The 2015 American Beer Classic

May 12, 2015 |

Cold temperatures and the occasional mist didn’t deter thousands of beer fans from flocking to Soldier Field to take part in the 3rd annual American Beer Classic this past Saturday.

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Can’t Miss Events for Chicago’s Craft Beer Week

May 11, 2015 |

Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off this Thursday and features 11 straight days of events celebrating craft beer. Starting on the 14th and going through the 24th, there’s seemingly an endless variety of tastings, collaborations and tap takeovers all over the city of Chicago.

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Q&A with Moody Tongue’s Culinary Brewmaster Jared Rouben

May 4, 2015 |

I first met Moody Tongue Brewmaster Jared Rouben at a beer tasting back in the late fall of 2014. We chatted briefly but it was a memorable conversation because he talked about something I had never heard about before – culinary brewing.

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Soldier Field Set to Host 3rd Annual American Beer Classic

April 28, 2015 |

What: American Beer Classic

When: Saturday May 9th



Bears fans often left Soldier Field disappointed and depressed after a Bears loss this past NFL sesason. On May 9th, beer fans will leave happy, fulfilled or may not remember leaving at all.

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Fans Lose, NHL Wins With Late Start Times

April 27, 2015 |

I have a riddle for you. What sporting event took place over the span of two days and easily could have been avoided?

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Legal Issues Force Mercenary Brewery to Change Name

April 17, 2015 |

For over seven years Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis home-brewed beer with the hopes of one day opening Mercenary Brewery in Chicago. In October 2014, the childhood friends started using the name Mercenary commercially for the first time as they began bottling and kegging their beers for distribution. But on April 16, the brewery had to change its name from Mercenary to Maplewood.

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Time to Move Major Sporting Events from Indiana

March 30, 2015 | 2

It’s incredibly disturbing and ass-backwards that a column like this must be written in this day and age, but when the governor of Indiana signs a bill that could potentially allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community it seems you have little choice.

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2015 Chicago Beer Festival Pour List

March 9, 2015 | 4

What: The Chicago Beer Festival

When: Saturday March 21st

Session 1: 1-4pm

Session 2: 6-9pm

Where: The Great Hall at Union Station

How Much: $40 Buy Tickets Here



Twice a year since 2012, beer lovers flock to The Great Hall at Union Station to take part in The Chicago Beer Festival. On March 21st over 60 breweries will be pouring their brews and those in attendance will have their choice of over 150 beers to sample.

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Sports | New Rules Should Quicken Pace of MLB Games

March 2, 2015 |

As spring training gets underway fans will notice something different when they head to the ballpark this season – they’ll be heading home sooner. At least that’s what Major League Baseball hopes.

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Blame the Media for Marshawn Lynch’s Interview Mockery

January 29, 2015 |

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

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Four Team Playoff Should Be Eight – Still Better Than The BCS

December 7, 2014 |

With the four teams now unveiled for the first ever College Football Playoff, the debates will go on long into winter about whether or not the committee got the four teams right. Just like the BCS system, the CFP system is not perfect but in its inaugural year I think they got it right.

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Cautiously Optimistic | The Cubs Got Their Man

November 10, 2014 |

For Cubs fans the holidays came early this year as the team announced Joe Maddon would be the next manager after bolting Tampa Bay for the Windy City.

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Beermiscuous | Chicago’s New Go-To Beer Cafe

November 4, 2014 | 1

Beermiscuous Café
2812 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Monday: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 12pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm
Sun: 12pm-7pm

Entrepreneur Paul Leamon liked to hold business meetings during the week at a bar where he and his business associates could have a beer while they worked. The only problem was that early on a weekday the bar atmosphere wasn’t the best. This, coupled with his passion for craft beer, led him to open Beermiscuous Café.

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Two Brothers Brewing Co. | Warrenville, Ill.

September 16, 2014 |

Two Brothers Brewing Co.

30W315 Calumet Ave W, Warrenville, IL 60555 Additional Locations

Free Tours:

Saturday: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Sunday: 1:30pm

Tap House Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 3pm-11pm Friday-Saturday:12pm-12am Sunday: 12pm-9pm

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Goodell Misses His Adam Silver Moment

September 10, 2014 |

In April a commissioner got up in front of the entire sports world and took drastic action to start mending a wrong so horrible it threatened to destroy an entire team. Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for making terribly racist remarks and eventually forced him to sell the team.

In April another commissioner supposedly saw a video of a player doing a terrible act of violence and did nothing. Roger Goodell had his Adam Silver moment and has failed miserably.

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Tony Stewart Racing Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided

August 18, 2014 |

When you put a lot of cars on a small track and race them at high speeds the chance for horrific injuries or even death are a real possibility. Since the 1940s there have been 68 driver deaths on the track in the whole slew of NASCAR events. However, what happened on Saturday could have and should have been prevented.

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Sports | The Fall of Tiger

July 28, 2014 |

Despite not winning a major since 2008, Tiger Woods still commands the golfing world’s headlines. Despite Woods shooting his worst four-round score in a major for his career last weekend, we still talk about him. We’ll never stop talking about Woods as long as he plays golf, but his domination of the sport is clearly over… for now.

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