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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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Event Recap | Illinois Winter Wonderland of Beer (#ILWinterFest)

February 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

The mighty rodent and his all-powerful shadow cannot defeat the mighty force that is the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. On February 18, the temperature soared to 70 degrees as beer fans flocked to the Guild’s Winter Wonderland of Beer Festival (#ILWinterFest). Then again, in a winter where Chicagoans haven’t seen more than 1″ of snow since mid-December, maybe this is six more weeks of winter, 2017! Out with Chiberia, in with Chindiago! Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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San Francisco Beer Week | Can’t-Miss Events February 17-19

February 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

*Cover Photo courtesy of San Francisco Brewers Guild (Gama Nine Photography)

The final days of San Francisco Beer Week take us to the weekend. It’s hard to believe 895 events were packed into 10 days. The final three days presently have 108, 98, and 53 events happening, respectively, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Still plenty of beer to be imbibed these last few days. Here are the events that we are looking forward to.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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Event Recap | Extreme Beer Festival 2017

February 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

For the past 14 years, BeerAdvocate has been hosting Extreme Beer Fest. It is the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity. This comes as no surprise with Dogfish Head Brewery as its sponsor.

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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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San Francisco Beer Week | Can’t-Miss Events February 14-16

February 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Photo courtesy of San Francisco Brewers Guild

OK, you’ve made it through the weekend… and survived. You went to all the events we recommended and then some. It isn’t even mid-week and you’re thinking you can rest up for a few days to finish SFBW off with a bang on weekend two, right? WRONG! February 14-16 are loaded with some can’t-miss events, so stop whining and get out there!

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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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Event Recap | Black Bottle Abroad – A Mainline Beer Dinner

February 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, lined with quaint boutiques, historic architecture and unique shops, sits Mainline Ale House. For almost four years, Mainline has been serving the close-knit community of Fort Collins, dishing out great food and some of the best local craft beer (they boast featuring 30 craft breweries).

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San Francisco Beer Week | Can’t-Miss Events February 11-13

February 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Cover photo courtesy of San Francisco Brewers Guild (Gama Nine Photography)

Friday, February 10 is the only day where it is an easy decision on which San Francisco Beer Week (SFBW) event to go to, as there is only one event. The Opening Gala is an event not to be missed with over 135 breweries pouring incredible first time beers like G & T Gose and rare beers including Pliny the Younger. Day Two, Three, and Four of San Francisco Beer Week aren’t as easy with 129, 90, 75 events happening respectively. Here are the events that we are looking forward to for Saturday, Sunday and Monday of SFBW.

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Event Preview | Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Winter Wonderland of Beer

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

Saturday, February 18
1 PM – 4 PM, 5 PM – 8 PM
MB Financial Park, Rosemont, Il
Tickets Still Available

“I think an outside festival in February is CRAZY! But, I guess there are a lot of people that really like the idea so we wanted to provide an opportunity to enjoy the best of both!”

And so, Danielle D’Alessandro, Executive Director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and her crew are throwing their first outdoor beer party on February 18 — the Winter Wonderland of Beer (#ILWinterFest). Get out the long johns, throw on the scarf, and get ready to throw caution to the winter winds!

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Event Preview | Valentine’s Day Happenings Around Denver

February 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Photo Credit: Beeriety

Looking for somewhere to go this Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re single, paired up or “it’s complicated” there is an event for you. Nothing says “I Love You” like a good Valentine’s Day beer.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | February 8, 2017

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

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | February 8, 2017

February 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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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 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 Recap | RateBeer Best Festival

February 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

RateBeer Best is the kind of event that you look forward to all year. The lineup of breweries was insane, and the festival did not disappoint.

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