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Ultimate 6er | Chicago Cubs

October 25, 2016 |

This next week will be the most agonizing emotional roller coaster for any Chicago Cubs fan out there. The Cubbies are in the World Series for the first time since 1945 – will this be the year that the … Read More

Event Recap | Where There’s Smoke, There’s Beer

October 25, 2016 |

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Beer, another great Barley’s Angels event, went off with a bang last Monday offering up some smoky treats at Links Taproom in Wicker Park. Barley’s Angels, a women’s craft beer appreciation and educational group, sure does know how to pick their taprooms. You would think that with 36 beers on tap, deciding which beer to choose would be a nightmare – but the Links staff is more than happy to discuss your likes and dislikes and recommend the perfect beer. On every wall you can see digital boards displaying the wide variety beers currently on tap and how much  of the keg is left. This allows patrons to choose their beers wisely because once a keg is spent, a new brew is on.

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Mikerphone Brewing | Blue Hast Mich Batch #2

October 25, 2016 |

Right now there is no hotter brewery in the Chicagoland area than Mikerphone Brewing. Head brewer/founder Mike Pallen has created such a buzz with his craft beers inspired by music that many of the releases fly off the shelves within hours in the handful of stores that actually receive his beers.

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2016 Goose Island Proprietor’s Day: 2016 BCBS Release

October 19, 2016 |

If it’s Black Friday, it’s time for Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS). However, Chicagoans are allowed an opportunity to get their hands BCBS a tad bit earlier; Proprietor’s Day arrives Sunday, November 20 and is Goose Island’s way of saying “thank you” to their hometown fans. But, if you find yourself in Chicago, don’t just show up at Goose Island’s front door – read on.

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Brewery Showcase | Recess Brewing

October 13, 2016 |

If there ever was a town that could be described as a picture postcard, it may be Edwardsville, Illinois. As you come off I-255 North, you’ll be led along New Poeg Road on your way to Main Street where this All-American small town is home to one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the area — Recess Brewing.

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UPDATED Event Preview | Chicago’s 6th Annual Beer Hoptacular

October 12, 2016 |

Chicago’s Beer Hoptacular enjoyed tremendous success and popularity its first five years..and then it vanished. Seemingly in its prime, it went away for a year. But, drawing on its inner Michael Jordan, HopTacular can announce to the world, “I’m back!”  

(Edit: Back, indeed! The Pour List is located at the bottom of this article. More than 150 beers from around the country.)

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2 Days, 2 Nights | South Bend Craft Beer Scene

October 12, 2016 |

Notre Dame isn’t the only source of gold in South Bend; there are plenty of pint glasses filled to the brim with golden lagers and ales, too. Not to mention, barrel-aged barleywines, stouts, and everything else one can imagine are all being served in Northern Indiana.

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Off Color Brewing & Miller High Life Releasing Collaboration Saturday

October 12, 2016 |

Big meets small. Corporate meets…well whatever the most opposite of corporate can be. That was my initial thought when I heard that Off Color Brewing and Miller High Life were collaborating on a beer together. The result – Eeek! an American Wild Ale set for release this Saturday at Off Color.

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Event Preview | Where There’s Smoke, There’s Beer!, a Barleys Angels Event

October 11, 2016 |

Got plans on Monday? If I were you I’d change them. Barley’s Angels Chicago is hosting a sizzling event Where There’s Smoke, There’s Beer!  in Wicker Park’s Links Taproom on October 17th at 6:30 p.m. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Beer! is the first in a series of Barleys Angels Chicago Fall events which promises to be delicious, education and always a blast. As a women’s craft beer group dedicated to educating and appreciating good brew, Barley’s Angels knows how to make learning fun.

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

October 6, 2016 |

On Saturday, September 24, BrewDog Brewing Co. opened its brand new 100,000 square foot brewery doors in Columbus, OH to over 1,000 Equity Punks for the Inaugural ‘Annual General Mayhem’ event.  This annual ‘business’ meeting was far from your typical … Read More

Founders Brewing Co. | Mosaic Promise

October 5, 2016 |

Craft beer has always been about the story. If you can make oatmeal, you can probably make beer. That’s the easy part. Beer comes in different shades of colors and styles. Yet, despite the basics of brewing being so simple, we are still drawn to drinking and discovering all the different styles and interpretations brewers put on our favorite liquid courage.

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Event Preview | Munster Ale Fest

October 4, 2016 |

Once again Brewfest Partners, along with Munster Parks and Recreation, bring their festival prowess to Northwest Indiana. On October 15, Munster Ale Fest will take over Centennial Park located at 900 N. Centennial Dr., Munster, Indiana. This is a 21 and over event, so no children, babies or pets allowed.

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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery | Son of Juice

October 4, 2016 |

Everyday, you wake up and, among other things, decide what to wear. A top, shoes, necklace, skirt, pants – whatever. Maplewood Brewery is trying to expedite this process by offering you the option to wear your Juice Pants out in the world.

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Goose Island Beer Co. | Brewery Yard

October 3, 2016 |

When drinking your favorite craft beer, how often do you think about the history behind it? To be honest there isn’t a lot of history behind most craft beer. In an industry that isn’t very old and more typically focuses on the new and exciting release, history often doesn’t make its way into craft beer. But Goose Island’s Brewery Yard is one beer that features a unique and interesting historical tale.

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Event Recap | Goose Island Clybourn’s Belgian Fest

September 29, 2016 |

Quality over quantity can be a beautiful thing for a beer festival. It seems that every festival nowadays boasts that they’ll the most breweries and the most beers. But at this past weekend’s Belgian Fest at Goose Island Clybourn, it wasn’t the number of breweries that people were talking about; it was the quality of the beer being poured.

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Hop Butcher For The World | Your Wish Is Granted

September 28, 2016 |

I recently went to a carnival. After surviving the Tilt-A-Whirl, ring toss, and the tamale boat, I needed something to wash it down. Unfortunately, the carnival was sponsored by AB-InBev, so all they had was Bud Light. I wandered around and found a fortune telling machine by the Port-o-Potties. Braving the stench, I put a dollar in quarters in and saw Zoltar’s face light up and move, asking me for my wish.

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2016 GABF Pour List Preview

September 26, 2016 |

With 775+ breweries in attendance and 3,500+ beers available for sampling, the dazzling array of choices at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival could overwhelm even the most seasoned beer enthusiasts. Are you looking for all the sours? IPAs? Barleywines? Look no more!

Continuing one of our favorite GABF traditions, we reached out to every brewery attending the festival this year to get a preview of what they will be pouring. We hope our exclusive pour list preview will give you a head start on planning the best route possible through the maze of GABF breweries in order to gain the best beer for your buck. Read More

Old Irving Brewing Co. Opens in Chicago

September 22, 2016 | 1

The week has finally come for the much-anticipated opening of Old Irving Brewing Company. OIB is located in the sneakily densely populated Old Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago just off the Edens at 4419 W. Montrose. The brewery is also only a couple blocks from the Montrose Blue line stop, making it very commuter friendly. Right now only street parking is available, however, a parking lot is in negotiations. Read More

Craft Beer News | Rhinegeist Expands to Massachusetts

September 22, 2016 |

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 |

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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