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Posts ByTaylor Laabs – PorchDrinking.com

Event Recap | CCBW Putt-Putt at Revolution Brewing

May 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago Craft Beer Week means beer lovers can expect a bevy of fun and unique events from local craft brewers. One of those events, hosted by Revolution Brewing over the weekend, had both good beer and mini golf – which is something that no other brewery could offer.

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Fast Facts on Ravenswood’s Newly Branded Malt Row District

May 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

*Feature image courtesy of Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

Ravenswood is embracing the vibrant beer culture within its Northside neighborhood by re-branding a two-mile stretch of road into Malt Row, which will feature six local breweries along with one distillery. That two-mile stretch, mapped here, will expand from Balmoral Avenue to Irving Park Road.

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Event Recap | Craft and Cuisine at The Park at Wrigley

May 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

*Feature image courtesy of The Park at Wrigley

On a glorious Saturday evening, Chicago beer lovers got to experience the first ever non-baseball event at The Park at the Wrigley – and boy was it a good one. The inaugural Craft and Cuisine event had everything you’d want in a beer festival – great beer, access to brewers and unlimited pours. Read More

Event Preview | CCBW Putt Putt at Revolution Brewing

May 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Feature image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

Beer and golf are a perfect combo. So, if you’re the masterminds at Revolution Brewing, combining the two for a 9-hole putt putt course at their brewery only makes sense—which is exactly what they’re doing May 19-21 for CCBW. Revolution Putt Putt will give beer patrons the opportunity to play nine beer-inspired holes throughout their Kedzie facility, all with a can of their new Sun Crusher wheat ale in hand.

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How DryHop Brewers is Helping to Save the Polar Bears

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

Feature image courtesy of DryHop Brewers

DryHop Brewers is known for making great beer in the Lakeview community; they are also known for some pretty cool collaborations. One of those collaborations is the charitable partnership they have with the local Lincoln Park Zoo. Now in its fourth year, this creature-inspired collaboration is all about benefiting the animals – and brewing a special beer each year in their honor.

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Event Preview | Craft and Cuisine at The Park at Wrigley

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

Feature image courtesy of The Park at Wrigley

Over 40 craft beers, 60° temps (fingers-crossed) and a one-of-a-kind setting is what you can expect at the first-ever Craft and Cuisine event this Saturday. Hosted at The Park at Wrigley, the Craft and Cuisine event will offer over 40 local pours along with delicious food from renowned local eateries like the Girl and the Goat – all under the gorgeous backdrop of Wrigley Field.

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Revolution Brewing | Amarillo Hero

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

Featured image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 75

Amarillo Hero is the newest addition to Revolution Brewing’s much-acclaimed Hero IPA series. Much like a well balanced superhero squad, each beer in the Hero series stands out with their own unique flavor that complements the group, a sudsy “superpower,” if you will. For Amarillo Hero, that superpower is juicy citrus.

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Half Acre Beer is Experimenting with Mixed Fermentation

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Featured image courtesy of Half Acre Beer Co.

Half Acre Beer Co. is expanding and it’s a good sign for Chicago craft beer drinkers. Their new Balmoral Brewery space, a massive 60,000 square foot expansion, is getting closer and closer to opening to the public. Not only does this mean more real estate, but it also means more opportunities to brew beer, including the newly announced mixed fermentation program at their original brew spot in Lincoln Square.

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Brewery Showcase | On Tour Brewing

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

Known for its expanse of warehouses and industrial vibe, the West Town neighborhood in Chicago has become a hotbed for craft beer, including the recently opened On Tour Brewing. Positioned within walking distance of Forbidden Root, All Rise Brewery and Goose Island, On Tour Brewery is the perfect midway point for any West Town brewery crawl due to its relaxed vibe and its exceptionally well-rounded beer list.

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Why Are Blood Orange Beers Suddenly So Popular?

April 7, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

*Photo from 21st Amendment Brewery

If you read over almost any tap list these days, you’re bound to find a fruity IPA or Wheat Ale sandwiched between a bevy of other tasty options. And while many breweries these days make fruit-forward beers due to their general appeal and drinkability, there seems to be one fruit being listed more and more in the ingredients list: blood orange.

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The Unique Relationship Between Uncommon Ground and the Chicago Cubs

April 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Featured image photo credit: David R. Frazier Photo library, Inc. / Alamy

Stationed one block north of historic Wrigley Field is Uncommon Ground, the restaurant pub that also houses Greenstar Brewing, Chicago’s first certified organic brewery. On any glorious Cubs game day, patrons flock to Uncommon Ground for a taste of something different than the macro tall boys and greasy grub found up and down Clark Street.

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Begyle Brewing is Moving to Cans

March 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Cover Photo Credit: Begyle Brewing

Now in its sixth year of operation, Begyle Brewing has become a community-favorite of Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Like any optimistic brewerery in its early years, expansion is key, which is why it’s exciting for Begyle fans to see the brewery taking the next big step by announcing that it has begun to can its beers.

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Surly Brewing is Getting Sporty in 2017

March 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

*Photo Credit: MN United

Surly Brewing has established itself as a craft beer powerhouse in Minneapolis by making iconic beers like Surly Furious and Todd the Axeman. And while many Minnesotan’s are used to seeing Surly’s distinctive branding and hop-heavy beers on shelves, they now should get used to seeing the Surly logo on one more thing: sports teams.

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Half Acre Beer Co. | Topanga Gulch DIPA

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

Featured image courtesy of Half Acre Beer Co.

ABV: 8%

Half Acre Beer Co. is known across Chicago as a forward-thinking brewery that produces big flavor throughout all of their beers. Their newest release, Topanga Gulch DIPA, is the next iteration of this trend, delivering Citra hopped tastiness and fruity notes throughout every sip.

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Event Recap | Northalsted Frost Fest 2017

March 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Last Saturday, on a seasonably chilly Chicago night, I experienced all that the Northalsted Frost Fest craft beer festival had to offer. There were bright lights, loud music and a good amount of quality craft beer on-hand, which made it one of the more interesting beer events I’ve attended. Frost Fest was as much a tented night club as it was a beer tasting, which made for some entertaining highlights. Here are my top five moments from Frost Fest 2017.

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Fast Facts on Revolution Brewing’s New League of Heroes Variety Pack

March 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Revolution Brewing is a Chicago beer staple, most known for their fantastic Hero IPA series. With seven beers currently in their Hero line, Revolution has decided to shake things up by packaging four of these Hero varieties into one, well-named, variety pack: The League of Heroes.

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Bikes and Brews: How Bicycling has Influenced the Minneapolis Craft Beer Scene

February 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As a Minnesota native, I’ve become particularly accustomed to how passionate the craft beer community has become in the land of 10,000 lakes. One tradition that I’ve found to be so interesting about Minnesota’s craft beer scene is how intertwined bike culture is with the local breweries, especially with those in the ever-vibrant northeast area of Minneapolis. From bike racks and custom jerseys, to sponsored bike races and cycling-inspired beers, bicycling has become of an integral part of the Minneapolis craft beer scene. Here is a look at how two Minneapolis craft beer favorites have embraced this unique partnership.

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Event Preview | Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival

February 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s Northside has become a hot bed for quality craft beer which means there are a lot of good options to choose from and not enough time to try everything.  But fear not beer lovers, Halsted’s Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival is here to help by offering an impressive lineup of beer from 21 different breweries, all in one event.

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Event Recap | Burnt City Brewing GroundHOP Day IPA Release Party

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

On a chilly February night, Chicago craft beer lovers flocked to the iconic Logan Theatre to celebrate Groundhog Day with Burnt City Brewing’s newest creation: GroundHOP Day IPA. When I walked into the lounge/bar area of Logan Theatre, I was greeted by the vinyl tunes of Cage and Aquarium productions and a packed room full of beer lovers seeking Burnt City Brewing GroundHOP Day or the other special beer offered that night, Freight Handler Milk Stout.

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Event Preview | Burnt City Brewing GroundHOP Day IPA Release Party

January 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

If you’ve ever been to Burnt City Brewing, you know that they like to have fun. From the beer, to the bartenders, to the bowling alley in-house, I always enjoy my time whenever I visit.  I definitely can’t wait to attend their Groundhog Day beer release event (no entry cover) on February 2 at Logan Theatre. The event is both a celebration of good beer and beloved Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray who starred in the acclaimed 90’s movie the event gets its namesake after.

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