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Trends and Takeaways from FoBAB 2021

November 16, 2021 |

Like all of the events that returned in 2021 after being canceled in 2020, the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers returned to Chicago with more buzz and excitement than in previous years.

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Revolution’s Straight Jacket Stars in the Next Deep Wood Release

November 15, 2021 |

Every year, in a sea of highly touted barrel-aged releases, Revolution’s Deep Wood series seemingly has one that will stand out amongst them all. Even though we’re only in the second of four releases, this year’s Straight Jacket might very well be the star this winter.

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First Look at Cruz Blanca’s 2021 Luchador Series

November 10, 2021 |

One of the Chicago’s most unique and diverse lineups of barrel-aged beers returns as Cruz Blanca‘s Luchador series has continued to grow in popularity the last four years.

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3rd Annual Beer Culture Summit Set for November 4-7 in Chicago

October 22, 2021 |

Tickets are now available for the third annual Beer Culture Summit, which takes place November 4 7, and will feature some in-person events after going all digital last year. 

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First 2021 Revolution Brewing Deep Wood Release Preview

October 14, 2021 |

Death, taxes and Revolution Brewing nailing the blending of barrel-aged beers: few things are a given in this world but over the last five years, the largest independent brewery in Illinois has continued to excel with its barrel-aged beers.

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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery | Cold Chisel IPA

October 7, 2021 |

Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery & Distillery just released a new Cold IPA, Cold Chisel, that is fermented and conditioned at colder temperatures, similar to a lager. As the temps begin to drop here in the Midwest, it’s the perfect time to try this new brew from one of the best Chicago breweries. Read More

2021 FoBAB Returning to In-Person Event at New Location

October 2, 2021 |

The country’s premiere barrel-aged beer festival returns this year as the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB) will take place November 12-13 with some changes in place because of the ongoing pandemic.

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Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Executive Director Steps Down

September 22, 2021 |

Nearly five years to the day that she joined the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Executive Director Danielle D’Alessandro has announced she will be leaving the Guild for a new opportunity on September 30.

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BUG Requiring Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test

August 26, 2021 |

This year’s Beer Under Glass (BUG) will be unique for a variety of reasons but the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild has put into place precautions to make sure the event can go on as safe as possible despite the Delta variant. Read More

Goose Island Announces 2021 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

August 10, 2021 | 1

2020’s lineup of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout was widely considered one of the best from top-to-bottom for the brewery in years; 2021’s lineup looks to take what worked last year and use a similar theme: Showcase the barrel.

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Hidden Hand Brewery Operates Within Another Brewery | Both are Thriving

August 5, 2021 |

Illinois’ Solemn Oath Brewery is ambitious. Founded in Naperville, the brewery continues to grow its presence through well-crafted IPAs and GABF medal-winning beers like their prestigious Lu Kolsch. Part of that strategic growth was opening up a secondary taproom in the brewery-filled Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The latest strategic venture is the establishment of their Hidden Hand Brewery operation, which exclusively brews IPAs and DIPAs inside the four walls of the larger Solemn Oath operation.

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Boys Are From Märzen Podcast | Jenny Pfäfflin Dovetail Brewery

July 21, 2021 |

In Episode 49 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Jenny Pfäfflin, Brewer and Creative & Marketing Manager for Dovetail Brewery in Chicago.

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Midwest Coast Brewing | Paisley West Coast IPA

June 29, 2021 |

West Coast IPA is once again seeing a jolt in popularity in the craft beer industry. The style is a shift (back) from the Hazy IPA and while it still highlights tropical, floral and fruity notes, the beers are usually more bitter, thinner in body and clearer in appearance.

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Community Rallies Behind Skeleton Key Brewery After Major Tornado Damage

June 23, 2021 |

On Sunday night many in the Chicagoland area took shelter in their basements as vicious storms and a tornado ripped through the suburbs. Over 130 homes and businesses were damaged including Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge, Ill. which was completely destroyed.

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Hopewell Brewing Co. | Clover Club Raspberry Sour

June 2, 2021 |

Chicago’s Hopewell Brewing Co. is probably best known for their modern take on beer. Their goal as a brewery is to make beer that is bright and clean. Hopewell was a nearly decade-long creation, with the owners always knowing that their dreams would come to fruition as they proceeded through the years. With their intensive approach, they’ve created some amazing and unique showstoppers. Their seasonal spring/summer sour ale, Clover Club, proclaims the entirety of Hopewell’s mission in every sip.

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Revolution Brewing Doubles Down on Chicago Heritage with Expanded Malort Partnership

May 25, 2021 |

Chicago’s largest independent brewer, Revolution Brewing, and its most polarizing liquor brand Jeppson’s Malort (made by local CH Distillery), are again teaming up for some boozy shenanigans this summer. The two Chicago staples first teamed up for an Anti Hero Malort ‘variant’ last spring to save some unused kegs of Revolution’s flagship Anti Hero IPA that weren’t being used due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, they’ve decided to expand their collaboration further. Starting in June, adventurous drinkers in the city can expect four unique limited edition labels of Anti Hero Malort that house the famed wormwood-forward liquor with a bit more barrel-character added this time. Here are the details. 

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Le Beez Collab Brings Together Gold Medal-Winning Breweries

May 6, 2021 |

Not only did Chicago breweries win the first two gold medals in the Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival, but Alarmist Brewing and Old Irving Brewing are just 10 minutes from one another. Now they’ve teamed up to collab on a Hazy IPA—Le Beez.

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Ultimate 6er | Mother’s Day Gifts

May 5, 2021 |

Not sure what to get your mom, wife, sister or aunt this Mother’s Day? How about an Ultimate 6er highlighting some of the most cliche Mother’s Day gifts of years past? Brunch, flowers or wine — we’ve got you covered in this week’s guide to celebrating the most important woman in your life.

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Casa Humilde | Maizal

April 19, 2021 |

When you hear Mexican Lager you might typically think Corona or Modelo, but the style is popular in the craft beer community as well. These Lagers are usually a bit sweeter and made with flaked corn, which usually makes the style drier and crisper.

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Ballast Point Chicago Faced Challenges from the Start

March 25, 2021 | 7

On Tuesday, Ballast Point Brewing owners announced that they would be closing the brewpub in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood for good. The location was open for just under three years and while the pandemic definitely played a factor, the location for the brewpub was always going to present big challenges.

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