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Craft Beer News | Rhinegeist Expands to Massachusetts

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

Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist is headed for Massachusetts.

The “Ghost of the Rhine” brewery that breathed life into the old Cincinnati brewing district resides in the old Moerlein bottling plant (1895) – a facility so large it hosts motorcycle shows, dances, concerts, and wiffle ball tournaments. But, even that expansive space wasn’t large enough to contain Rhinegeist. The brewery needed to expand, and Massachusetts is where it is landing.

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Event Preview | BrewDog’s Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’

September 21, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It has been long awaited, and the day is almost here when BrewDog Brewing out of the U.K. will open its doors in Columbus, Ohio. But first, BrewDog needs to take care of a little business. How does the most badass brewery out of the United Kingdom take care of business, you ask? By inviting 46,000 ‘Equity Punks’ to Columbus for the Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’ event on Saturday, September, 24th.

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Ultimate 6er | Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

September 21, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Chicago is well known for many things. Second City, The Great Chicago Fire, Italian beef sandwiches…

But perhaps the most famous item to come out of Chicago is deep dish pizza.  We came up with our Ultimate 6er of local Chicago beers that pair well with some of our favorite local Chicago pizza places.

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Brewery Showcase | Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgman, MI)

September 20, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

In order to standout as a brewery in the great state of Michigan, you’ve got to go above and beyond just brewing really solid beer. Since 2012 over 100 new craft breweries have opened in the fruitful state of Michigan alone. But Transient Artisan Ales, in the southwest corner in Bridgman, has begun found a way to gain not just local industry attention but national acclaim as well.

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Urban Chestnut Zwickel Radlers to Debut at Oktoberfest

September 20, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As the cooler temperatures of fall ascend on our city, it’s time to welcome back fall beers and of course fall beer festivals. That’s right it’s time to drop the C in October and replace it with the K, and welcome back all of area’s bests Oktoberfests.

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Chicago’s Goose Island Migration Week Comes to Logan Square

September 19, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s Goose Island Migration Week comes to Logan Square September 26th thru September 30th with a full week of craft beer inspired events at a variety of locations.

The brewery has been doing Migration Weeks throughout 2016 and have visited cities not only around the United States but all over the world. Goose Island Migration Weeks have been to the UK, China, South Korea and still have plans to go to Guadalajara later this year. Migration Week has been in Chicago once before, when in June the brewery was in Lincoln Park for a week.

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Chicago’s Best Craft Beer Bars to Watch the Bears

September 19, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

During this football season don’t be subjected to drinking subpar beer while watching the Chicago Bears. We have a continuously updated list of Chicago’s best craft beer bars to watch the Bears, which includes the surrounding suburbs. These game watch-spots serve top-notch craft offerings, while also turning up the audio during the games.

Want to add a brewery or craft beer bar to the list? Email us. We’ll update this list daily. Read More

Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Announces New Executive Director

September 17, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After a search that lasted most of the summer, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild has announced they have hired Danielle D’Alessandro as their new executive director. D’Alessandro replaces Justin Maynard who left the guild back in June and is now working at Baderbräu in Chicago.

Photo from LinkedIn.com
Photo from LinkedIn.com

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Event Recap | Chicago’s German-American Oktoberfest

September 16, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s German-American OktoberFest, held in the city’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, celebrates culture, history, and of course good old fashioned Deutschland fun. However, it also provides a glimpse into Chicago’s love affair with German-style bier, both traditional and modern craft.

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Against the Grain Brewery | 35K

September 15, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min
ABV: 5.0% | IBU: 25.5

Another summer has come and gone. As we rapidly approach the fall season, you start to see pumpkin beers as the main focus within the craft beer industry.  But for me, it’s all about the stout! I know that you can enjoy any beer during the year, no matter what season it is. However, when the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, I personally just love drinking stout, such as Against the Grain 35K.

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Ultimate 6er | Zinzinnati Oktoberfest

September 13, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

With only a few days away from the largest Oktoberfest in the United States, it’s time to put on the drinking cap. Each year more than 500,000 people come to Cincinnati (aka Zinzinnati) to attend this rich German heritage event sampling German-style food, music and my favorite, beer. Read More

Chicago Prepares for 8th Annual Cooking Up a Cure Benefit

September 12, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Not too many events in Chicago can pair the city’s best chefs alongside a wide variety of local craft beer, spirits and wine. On Thursday, Sept. 15, the 8th annual Cooking Up a Cure will take place at Galleria Marchetti to raise money for the Greater Chicago chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation.

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Beer Bar Showcase | HopCat Chicago

September 8, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

HopCat Craft Beer Bar in Chicago (2577 N. Clark St | Clark & Wrightwood) takes beer drinkers on a funky ride through time to the 1970s. Glowing orange lamps, geometric carpets, oil-paintings of rock legends and plenty of mahogany and red-leather meet beer drinkers the moment they enter the building.  Of course, the one glaring difference between a 1970s lounge and HopCat Chicago is clear — the immense presence of craft beer in the form of 130 taps and 200 bottle choices, nearly half of them born from Chicago-area fermentation tanks.

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Event Preview | Lagunitas Beer Circus Chicago 2016

September 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

For the third year running, LagunitasChicago brewery is hosting the indefinable Beer Circus this  Saturday, September 10th. The event is the first stop of the traveling circus this year, with appearances added in Brooklyn, NY and Asuza, CA. with, of course, their annual main event at the original Petaluma location (win tickets to the Petaluma event here!). Read More

Mackinaw Brewing Co. | Red 8 Ale

September 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 5.2%

What I know about tailors is from the “here’s what they won’t tell you about tailors” had-to-be-there stories from friends I’ve never seen in fitted suits. I leave work late in the evening to drive to Traverse City, Michigan, expecting early the next day to stand bare-assed in front of a five-sided mirror and a woolen man with circular glasses and pins in his teeth. He’ll shift my inner thighs someplace more manageable, while muttering, “No, no, this won’t do.” Read More

Shorts Brewing Company | Soft Parade

September 2, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 7.5% | IBU: 15

The mad genius of Soft Parade is that it’s a year-round beer. When you look at that label—which I’ve obsessed over before—it screams a late summer beer (which is why I’m talking about it now). However, it has the heft to get you through fall and summer and a sweetness to pick you up with the blooming each spring. Shorts says they created it to appeal to wine drinkers, and I think they might have failed. Instead, they created a product that can hit the beer drinkers who want sweet and unique, the people who want a heavy hearty ale, and the people who want to just get fucked up (that 7.5% ABV always comes as a shock).

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Ultimate 6er | In St. Louis This Week? We’ve Got Six Beers For You.

August 31, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Drink 314 has joined forces with DrinkMoBeer.com to bring you a this week’s special Ultimate 6er – which we’ll dub Your STL 6er. It features six local or regional beers that we are recommending you try this week.  Chris, Tim and Andrew are all craft beer nuts and present an “everyone’s” opinion on the beers they find and tryout.  We hope you enjoy their reviews. Read More

Event Recap | Brooklyn Brewery’s Chicago Beer Mansion 2016

August 30, 2016 |

On August 13, 2016, Brooklyn Brewery brought their A-game to Chicago and threw down one of the more unique beer festival experiences. The Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mash, which was part of a four day mini trip to Chicago, is part of a larger worldwide … Read More

Goose Island’s BCBS 2016 Announcement Greatly Exaggerated

August 30, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

For many beer enthusiasts, the release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) is akin to Christmas morning. The 2016 variants are beginning to leak through several sources, but according to Megan Lagesse, Communications Director at The High End beer division of Anheuser Busch (and whose office is situated at Goose Island), rumors of the BCBS release — regarding the exact variants — are untrue. She explained, “We have to submit many labels to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) prior to releasing the beer. We have to do that well in advance, but that doesn’t mean those are the actual, final versions. So, about those rumors. They are just not true.” Read More

Cherry Creek Winery | Dancing Elephants

August 29, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6%

I’m not normally a cider guy. I’m spoiled by good non-alcoholic cider in Michigan, and the different taste just confuses me. However, it’s the only type of craft beer that my boyfriend seems to actively enjoy (that’s in not small part to Vandermill of Grand Rapids coming to the Fall Detroit beer festival last year). Therefore, I ventured this summer in order to find something we can both enjoy. And the search came just in time. As The Rio Olympics pointed out in their bummer presentation, it’s historically hot and you gotta find a non-AC blasting way to keep cool on the strings of unbearably hot day. Delightfully, Cherry Creek Winery has decided to branch out from the grape game and created Dancing Elephants Hard Cherry Apple Cider.

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