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Complete Results from the 2018 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB)

November 17, 2018 |

Over the past 16 years, Chicago’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers has quickly established itself as one of the preeminent showcases of barrel-aged beers in the country. This two-day festival not only allows festival goers the chance to sample from some of … Read More

First Impressions on Revolution Brewing’s 2018 Deth’s Tar and its Two Variants

November 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Two releases in and this year’s version of Revolution Brewing Deep Wood Series is shaping up to be its best so far. After the daring idea to can its barrel-aged creations last year, the Chicago-based brewery decided to push the limits even further in 2018 by expanding the lineup to 10 ambitious beers, including new offerings such as Code Switch and Deth by Currants. The second release happens this Friday, November 16 at its Kedzie Taproom location (3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL) and will feature the popular Deth’s Tar, the highly-acclaimed Cafe Deth and the new Deth by Currants, which won the fan vote for best fruited variant.

We were lucky enough to get early access to these three Deth-inspired stouts and came away wholly impressed. Here are our initial thoughts.

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Revolution’s Wil Turner to Join Open Outcry as Head of Brewery Operations

November 8, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s largest craft brewery will be searching for a new head brewpub brewer as Revolution Brewing’s Wil Turner is making the move to the Southside where he will become Open Outcry’s new head of brewery operations.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have Wil as our Head Pub Brewer the past seven years,” Revolution’s Director of Retail Operations Meg Rutledge said. “Someone with his talent and decades of experience is hard to find, and it will be tough to see him go. At the same time, Open Outcry is getting a great brewer, and we wish Wil all the success in the world.”

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Local Breweries Reach into Backyards & Communities for Ingredients

November 7, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

At PorchDrinking, we’re all about “drinking small” and supporting our local beer communities, so when we heard of some smaller breweries using locally sourced ingredients from their own yards, gardens, and communities, we were immediately intrigued. Ingredients can be one of the most challenging parts of running a brewery; locating, coordinating, and purchasing these items for smaller breweries is a moving target. The following local breweries are getting creative by using community connections to create beers that both tie directly to their area while creating completely unique brews for their neighborhood.

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Five Great Chicago Stouts You Don’t Have to Line Up For

November 6, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

We have officially entered that time of year where breweries begin releasing their big, barrel-aged beers. Many come with massive release events that can draw large crowds and (of course) long lines. The beers might be hard to get and if you don’t get them on release day…you’re out of luck.

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Surly Brewing | Darkness Variants

November 1, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Surly Brewing Darkness has always been a highly coveted stout come the fall. The Russian imperial stout typically is available in a non barrel-aged version and a barrel-aged version. To change things up, Surly announced three variants, each in a different type of barrel and available only at Darkness Day.

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Cruz Blanca Brewery Launches Sour Program in Chicago’s West Loop

October 31, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most iconic restaurants. From Girl and the Goat to Au Cheval, followed by an endlessly growing list, it’s a Chicago hot spot for eating but also drinking. While there are a lot of places to get great cocktails in the West Loop, the craft beer scene is also becoming more prominent in the area and starting to make a name for itself. Read More

4th Tap Brewing Cooperative Brews Spooky Concept for Haunted House Entertainment Pioneer

October 30, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Halloween is upon us and haunted house fans in Texas know the House of Torment in Austin, Texas is as good as it gets. Nationally recognized, this pioneer in haunted entertainment features three re-imagined immersive experiences and a new bar, Torment Tavern. Read More

Revolution Releases First Batch of Deep Wood Series Beers

October 26, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

After last year’s strong Deep Wood series, Revolution Brewing in Chicago announced 10 beers in the series for 2018-19. The first two, VSOJ (Very Special Old [Straight] Jacket) and Code Switch, were released Friday and the brewery has picked up right where they left off last year.

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Lord Hobo Getting Ready to Open Renovated Tap Room

October 25, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Since closing for remodeling in May of this year, Lord Hobo Brewing has been serving its beer out of their 92 Hampshire St. bar location. That’s all about to change as the newly renovated taproom is set to open the first week of November.

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Off Color is Bringing the 250ml Bottle to Chicago

October 25, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Off Color Brewing is well-known in the Chicago market for pushing the limits of beer, but now they’re pushing the limits of packaging as well. Not content with traditional bottles, bombers and draft options, John Laffler and the rest of the Off Color crew are rolling out new 4-packs of 250ml (about 8oz) bottles to appease the thirsty masses. Read More

3 Observations from Oktoberfest in Bavaria

October 24, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Walking through the entry gates of Oktoberfest was like walking into a beer-soaked version of Valhalla. On a sparkling Saturday with warm weather and a faint breeze, I got to experience the best beer event in the world—lederhosen and all.

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Noon Whistle Collaborates with Planters on Mr. IPA-Nut

October 24, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Imagine being a small suburban brewery when the PR firm for an iconic global brand emails your general info email asking if you’d be interested in doing a collaboration beer with a brand they represent.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 22 Chicago Beer News & Events

October 22, 2018 | 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 [email protected].

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The PorchCast | Ep 55 – Shelton Brothers Preview, and Recent Beer News

October 19, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The full PorchCast Crew was reunited for Episode 55 of The PorchCast, this week broadcasting from The Cherry Cricket Ballpark. With so much beer news coming out around Lagunitas’ recent layoffs, Beervana’s coverage of All About Beer Magazine’s closure, Founder’s recent struggles, the passing of Bill Coors, and much more we had plenty to catch up on. Additionally, we took a quick look at this weekend’s Shelton Brothers: The Festival.

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Brooklyn Brewery is Coming to Colorado for Full Distribution

October 15, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It was only a matter of time before the country’s 11th largest craft brewery became available in one of the country’s most popular craft beer markets. Brooklyn Brewery has announced that they will begin full distribution throughout the state of Colorado beginning November 1, 2018.

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4 Noses Brewing Adds Primitive’s Brandon Boldt to Kickstart Sour Program

October 9, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

We’ve gone into great detail in previous articles about the strength of Colorado’s sour and wild beer scene, from pioneers like New Belgium and Avery, to more recent trailblazers like TRVE and Crooked Stave, and now fast risers like Black Project, Atom Brewing, Amalgam, Westbound and Down and countless others.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 1 – 7 – Chicago Beer Events & News

October 1, 2018 | 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 [email protected].

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FIRST TASTE | 2018 Bourbon County Stout

September 18, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

If Greg Hall hadn’t been at a Beer, Bourbon and Cigar dinner with Jim Beam’s Booker Noe when Goose Island was nearing its 1,000th batch of beer, who knows if we would have Bourbon County Stout today?

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Chicago Quick Sips September 17 – 30

September 17, 2018 | 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, IL. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected].

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