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Fast Facts on Ravenswood’s Newly Branded Malt Row District

May 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

*Feature image courtesy of Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

Ravenswood is embracing the vibrant beer culture within its Northside neighborhood by re-branding a two-mile stretch of road into Malt Row, which will feature six local breweries along with one distillery. That two-mile stretch, mapped here, will expand from Balmoral Avenue to Irving Park Road.

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Event Recap | Beer Under Glass (BUG) – Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

* Featured photo taken by Eric Dirksen and was from the 2016 BUG event

For the second year in a row, Beer Under Glass — the official kickoff to Chicago’s Craft Beer Week — was the benefit of great weather on the evening of the event. Although the temperature dropped 30 degrees throughout the night, that pales in comparison to recent years plagued by rain and bitter cold, which turned the outdoor grounds of the Garfield Park Conservatory into a muddy disaster.

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AleSmith and Around the Bend Collaboration, Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The annual Beer Under Glass (B.U.G.) at Garfield Park Conservatory serves as the formal opening to Chicago Craft Beer Week (#CCBW), and brewers are more than happy to provide special offerings for the unique event. One such brew exemplifies the true meaning of craft beer — industry first, beer first, a collaboration between two “competing” breweries, Alesmith Brewing Company and Chicago’s Around the Bend Beer Co. This special brew will enjoy its first pouring at B.U.G, and then during select events (and sold in stores) thereafter.

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8th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week Kicks Off Thursday

May 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Every year since 2010, Chicago Craft Beer Week has celebrated the city’s craft beer industry and all those that work so hard to produce so many great beers. On Thursday, the week-long celebration kicks off with Beer Under Glass (B.U.G) and then will be followed by hundreds of events over the next seven days.

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How DryHop Brewers is Helping to Save the Polar Bears

May 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of DryHop Brewers

DryHop Brewers is known for making great beer in the Lakeview community; they are also known for some pretty cool collaborations. One of those collaborations is the charitable partnership they have with the local Lincoln Park Zoo. Now in its fourth year, this creature-inspired collaboration is all about benefiting the animals – and brewing a special beer each year in their honor.

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Event Preview | Craft and Cuisine at The Park at Wrigley

May 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of The Park at Wrigley

Over 40 craft beers, 60° temps (fingers-crossed) and a one-of-a-kind setting is what you can expect at the first-ever Craft and Cuisine event this Saturday. Hosted at The Park at Wrigley, the Craft and Cuisine event will offer over 40 local pours along with delicious food from renowned local eateries like the Girl and the Goat – all under the gorgeous backdrop of Wrigley Field.

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4204 Main Street Debuts New Beer & New Place to Drink it

May 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Featured image courtesy of 4204 Main Street Brewing’s Facebook page

Is 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. taking over the Illinois town it calls home?  Well, after visiting their brand spankin’ new tap room, then visiting their original location for dinner, and seeing the canning facility located next door—you have to wonder.

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Brewery Showcase | Only Child Brewing

May 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The Only Child Brewing story involves several unique chapters. Some sections are straightforward, yet compelling, such as mentioning the brewery’s ultra-hip, slick taproom or the brewery’s personable, enthusiastic staff. Of course, one can also talk about its beer that exemplifies the term, “artisanship.” However, other portions of the Only Child Brewing story are far more complex, including the nearly simultaneous, and tumultuous, birth of both the brewery and its owners’ newborn twins. The story may not be a fairy tale, but all signs point towards a happy ending.

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Revolution Brewing | Amarillo Hero

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

Featured image courtesy of Revolution Brewing

ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 75

Amarillo Hero is the newest addition to Revolution Brewing’s much-acclaimed Hero IPA series. Much like a well balanced superhero squad, each beer in the Hero series stands out with their own unique flavor that complements the group, a sudsy “superpower,” if you will. For Amarillo Hero, that superpower is juicy citrus.

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Brewery Showcase | On Tour Brewing

April 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Known for its expanse of warehouses and industrial vibe, the West Town neighborhood in Chicago has become a hotbed for craft beer, including the recently opened On Tour Brewing. Positioned within walking distance of Forbidden Root, All Rise Brewery and Goose Island, On Tour Brewery is the perfect midway point for any West Town brewery crawl due to its relaxed vibe and its exceptionally well-rounded beer list.

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Inside the Tank | Hopewell Brewing Company

April 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Three friends, Jonathan Fritz, Stephen Bossu and Samantha Lee, went to the University of Illinois together and did some home brewing together. After college they went their separate ways, Stephen and Samantha got married, but they ultimately came back together and last year opened up Hopewell Brewing Company in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

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Begyle Brewing | Lakeview

March 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 4.3 | IBU: 40

New to the strong craft beer arsenal at Begyle Brewing is Lakeview, a dry yet drinkable American pale ale. Begyle is so much a part of the local community that they brewed Lakeview specifically to coincide with the Whole Foods store opening in the neighborhood.

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March Beer Madness: Brewery Bracketology at Brass Tap Orland Park (Chicago)

March 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Few places embrace local breweries like Brass Tap in Orland Park, Illinois (Chicago). But, this is no time to celebrate community — community, smoonity! This is March Beer Madness and it’s all about competition! One dozen breweries enter the tournament, but only one leaves a winner (and the lucky fans who picked it correctly). It starts with Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery vs. suburban Darien’s Miskatonic on day one, March 16th.

It’s free to fill out a bracket… so, who ya got?

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Event Recap | Chicago Beer Festival

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

Where else can you drink among the tombs of ancient Egyptians or sip a cold beer in the Hall of Birds? If you were at The Chicago Beer Festival you had both of these opportunities and a lot more.

Photo by Eric Dirksen

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Half Acre Beer Co. | Topanga Gulch DIPA

March 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Featured image courtesy of Half Acre Beer Co.

ABV: 8%

Half Acre Beer Co. is known across Chicago as a forward-thinking brewery that produces big flavor throughout all of their beers. Their newest release, Topanga Gulch DIPA, is the next iteration of this trend, delivering Citra hopped tastiness and fruity notes throughout every sip.

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Around the Bend | Vera Pistachio Cream Ale, New Cans and Parties

March 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Around the Bend Beer Co. keeps expanding and releasing new beer. In 2016, Around the Bend introduced Mr. Marmalade IIPA with bitter oranges from Seville, Spain; Villainous IPA with its four yeast strains — two British and two West Coast; and a little beer called Vera, a pistachio cream ale. Vera, though, was not packaged. Why would anyone think a Pistachio beer would be popular? Well, it was. It really was. So, in spring of 2017 the beer returns and will be sold in cans. In fact — as of this spring all of the beer from Around the Bend will arrive to stores in the form of 12 oz canned goodies.

Around the Bend will be part of, or hosting, several events to commemorate the return of Vera and introduce its cans to the world.

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Fast Facts on Revolution Brewing’s New League of Heroes Variety Pack

March 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Revolution Brewing is a Chicago beer staple, most known for their fantastic Hero IPA series. With seven beers currently in their Hero line, Revolution has decided to shake things up by packaging four of these Hero varieties into one, well-named, variety pack: The League of Heroes.

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Brewery Showcase | Nevin’s Draft Company

February 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Nevin’s Brewing Company (NBC), located in Chicago’s suburban Plainfield, is a restaurant, banquet hall, music venue and a brewery — and now that brewery has its own name, Nevin’s Draft Company. The “B” in NBC, occasionally got lost in the mix, so the brewing arm of NBC created a new, separate identity. The beer has always been good, but now more people are going to know about it.

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Event Recap | Illinois Winter Wonderland of Beer (#ILWinterFest)

February 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

The mighty rodent and his all-powerful shadow cannot defeat the mighty force that is the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. On February 18, the temperature soared to 70 degrees as beer fans flocked to the Guild’s Winter Wonderland of Beer Festival (#ILWinterFest). Then again, in a winter where Chicagoans haven’t seen more than 1″ of snow since mid-December, maybe this is six more weeks of winter, 2017! Out with Chiberia, in with Chindiago! Read More

Event Preview | Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival

February 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s Northside has become a hot bed for quality craft beer which means there are a lot of good options to choose from and not enough time to try everything.  But fear not beer lovers, Halsted’s Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival is here to help by offering an impressive lineup of beer from 21 different breweries, all in one event.

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