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Event Recap | 2019 Beer Under Glass

May 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

One of the most anticipated events on Chicago’s craft beer calendar is Beer Under Glass (BUG). Put on by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the event kicks off Illinois Craft Beer Week each year and brings together breweries from all over Illinois.

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10th Annual Illinois Craft Beer Week Kicks Off

April 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In 2018 a lot of changes happened to Illinois’ celebration of craft beer. For the first time, Chicago Craft Beer Week was renamed to Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW), Beer Under Glass (BUG) moved to a Friday and the event lasted two weeks.

2019’s Illinois Craft Beer Week will follow suit to the 2018 event as BUG will continue to kick-off the festivities on Friday, May 10, at the Garfield Park Conservatory. However, ICBW will last just one week.

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JuicyBrews West Fest Brought Out the Rarities Over 420 Weekend

April 24, 2019 |

April 20th started out overcast and gloomy in Oakland, CA. With a chilly wind blowing off the Bay, it didn’t seem like the sun was going to come out to play for this cheerful 420 fest. But as the first … Read More

Event Preview | Juicy Brews WestFest

April 16, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On April 20, 2019, Hop Culture Magazine will return to Oakland for the second year in a row to host Juicy Brews WestFest Craft Beer Festival. Hosted in partnership with Drake’s Brewing Company at Drake’s Dealership ( 2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA), the crew has put together an impressive lineup. 

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Event Preview | Uppers & Downers

March 5, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Solemn Oath Brewery represented Chicago at the very first Uppers and Downers in Pasadena, California in 2015. Since then, the festival has been held in Chicago and on March 30, the premier coffee beer festival put on by Good Beer Hunting returns to Thalia Hall.

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Brewers Rock Festival | Beer, Music and Preserving the Great Lakes

January 30, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Hosted by Kinslahger Brewing, The Brewers Rock Festival at the Wire in Berwyn on Groundhog Day celebrates the essence of “craft.” With proceeds going towards the Alliance for the Great Lakes Alliance, more than one dozen bands, all associated with breweries, will play from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, and they’ll bring their beer with them.

One can purchase a ticket that allows one to come and go, watch a dozen bands, choose from at least 25 different craft beers (or more) at the breweries’ booths, order beer and drinks from the bar and enjoy Bricks Pizza. And, of course, one gets a fun sampling glass.

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Event Preview | Chicago Ale Fest — Winter Edition

January 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

We’re entering another Chicago winter. The wind, lack of sun and bitter cold tend to keep Chicagoans indoors. But before you enter hibernation mode, it’s time to drink some of Chicago’s finest winter beers. What better place to do so than at the Chicago Ale Fest on February 2. This year, the festival makes its way to Pilsen, where Lacuna Artist’s Lofts will host. The festival boasts live music, food trucks and more than 100 beer pours from over 40 breweries. It will be a day off full of fun, surprises, mouth-watering munchies and plenty of strong, hearty ale to keep you warm until spring.

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2018 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, & Food Festival Preview

October 29, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The 11th annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival is quickly approaching, and there is no better way to spend a cold fall night than with these tasty comforts. With over 1,500 different beers, wines, ciders, and spirits from the around the world, there is something for everyone to enjoy- not to mention the delicious local food samplings! The festival takes place over the course of three days (Thursday, November 15-Saturday, November 17), and live music from local musicians will be provided throughout.
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Half Acre Far & Away Festival | A Sensational Beer Event

October 16, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The first annual Far & Away festival hosted by Chicago’s Half Acre Brewery and held at the city’s popular Millennium Park offered beer fans a ‘27-Yankees level brewery and beer lineup; heavy hitters that did not disappoint in October. For the two PorchDrinking.com writers who attended each session, the immediate discussion afterwards included the comment, “best ever.” Granted, immediate conclusions can be wrought with over-reactions, but the mere fact that we both said that speaks to the festival’s sheer excellence.

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Event Recap | Great Taste of the Midwest 2018

August 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Temperatures stayed in the mid-to-high 80s all afternoon but that didn’t deter over 6,000 craft beer fans from sampling some of the regions finest beers at the Great Taste of the Midwest this past Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Event Preview | 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

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

Summer is upon us and that means there are at least 1,000 beer festivals already announced, or at least it seems that way. However, when you’re one of the country’s preeminent breweries, you’ve got the ability to handpick other elite level breweries to join for an invitational; enter the Firestone Walker 2018 Invitational Beer Fest. We hope you were able to snag your tickets before they sold out (no tickets will be available at the door) and you have started to hydrate because this year is going to be a doozy.

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Event Recap | Executing the “Craft-Plus” Festival Model: Ballpark Brew Fest

May 10, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

The ubiquitous nature of craft beer fests suggests that the novelty of simply offering nothing but an array of craft beer has diminished; a lively competition among fests exists. As a result, festivals routinely engage in the “craft-plus” strategy, such as a “craft + a theme” or “craft + an appealing venue.” One such craft-plus fest occurred on May 5 in the Chicago area at the Schaumburg Boomers’ minor league baseball stadium — the 6th Annual Ballpark Brew Fest (co-hosted by Bigby’s Pour House).bot

The alluring venue coupled with breweries who brought A-game brews, mostly served by its all-star staffers, made for a successful fest and one for which has the potential to maintain its year-to-year viability.

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Event Preview | Mikerphone Brewing Smells Like A Beer Fest

April 23, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

By the time you’re done reading this sentence, tickets for Mikerphone Brewing Smells Like A Beer Fest would have sold out. An exceptionally lucky 400 people obtained tickets to the inaugural event that will be held at the brewery on April 28 which features a star-studded lineup of breweries both local and from around the country.

The festival replaces Pale Pauper Day which had been held over the past few years as an alternative to the popular 3 Floyds Dark Lord Day. 

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Event Preview | LowDown Barrel-Aged Beer Fest 2018 with Pour List

January 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

If you have attended the Barrel-Aged Beer Festival at LowDown Brewery in the past, you remember the laid back, line-free day of great rare beers. This year’s third annual event will be better than ever with more barrel aged beers, more breweries, and more time to drink them. LowDown will again host the event this weekend, January 13 and 14 with beers from 15 other breweries, including Black Project, River North, Funkwerks, Station 26, Lagunitas, Dry Dock, Odell, Ratio, Elevation, Left Hand, Platt Park, Banded Oak, Spangalang, Little Machine and Declaration.

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Event Preview | BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

November 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The 8th annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival returns to Galveston Island November 24-26, held at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. Originally planned for Labor Day weekend, the event was forced to reschedule due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (#FoBAB) 2017 Awards

November 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The world’s largest barrel-aged beer competition — The Illinois Craft Beer Guild‘s Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (#FoBAB) in Chicago — is currently satisfying hoards of beer lovers. For breweries, it’s also a chance to see if their beer stood-out among the sea of special beers. The awards have been announced and our Chicago/Midwest editor, Mike Zoller, relayed the information as it happened. Here are the results — Congrats not only to the winners, but also every brewery that took the time to offer their beer to a thirsty, enthusiastic beer crowd.

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FoBAB—A National Barrel-Aged Party

November 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Barrel-aged beers are the dope suits of the brewing world—looking good and ready for a party. Across the nation, brewery’s special releases and anniversary parties frequently involve something from a barrel, and bottle share parties are routinely marked by ice-filled buckets of barrel-aged whales. The Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) involves a sea of brewing alchemy; it’s the A-list party of brews. One will find special beer after special beer produced by some of the nation’s best breweries and barreling programs.

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Event Preview | San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

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

San Diego is a well known craft beer haven and the city is getting ready to host one of the most highly anticipated beer events of the year, San Diego Beer Week. In its ninth year, San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) is presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild and consists of more than 500 beer-centric events spanning 10 days, highlighting the region’s innovative brewing culture.

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Event Recap | 2017 What the Funk!? Invitational

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

From unicorn tears to blue cheese sours, the 2017 What the Funk!? Invitational brought another year of sensationally wild and funk barrel-aged beers–this year at the gorgeous Studios at Overland Crossing in Denver.

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Event Recap | Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco in Denver

October 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

There are few things more inviting than a dimly-lit hall bounded by floor-to-ceiling barrels donned with party lights, all leading the way to a destination where 50 firkins await. Held concurrently with GABF, the Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco provided beer fans with a bevy of experimental beers along with a plenty of food and live music.
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