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Brewery Showcase | Nevin’s Draft Company

February 23, 2017 |

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 |

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 |

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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Event Preview | Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Winter Wonderland of Beer

February 10, 2017 |

Saturday, February 18
1 PM – 4 PM, 5 PM – 8 PM
MB Financial Park, Rosemont, Il
Tickets Still Available

“I think an outside festival in February is CRAZY! But, I guess there are a lot of people that really like the idea so we wanted to provide an opportunity to enjoy the best of both!”

And so, Danielle D’Alessandro, Executive Director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and her crew are throwing their first outdoor beer party on February 18 — the Winter Wonderland of Beer (#ILWinterFest). Get out the long johns, throw on the scarf, and get ready to throw caution to the winter winds!

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Event Preview | Burnt City Brewing GroundHOP Day IPA Release Party

January 26, 2017 |

If you’ve ever been to Burnt City Brewing, you know that they like to have fun. From the beer, to the bartenders, to the bowling alley in-house, I always enjoy my time whenever I visit.  I definitely can’t wait to attend their Groundhog Day beer release event (no entry cover) on February 2 at Logan Theatre. The event is both a celebration of good beer and beloved Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray who starred in the acclaimed 90’s movie the event gets its namesake after.

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Horse Thief Hollow | Buffalo Trace Barrel-Aged Cinnamon Girl

January 23, 2017 |

Image Courtesy Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co.

ABV 9.8%

People love eating breakfast. Hell, they love it so much it actually co-opted another meal of the day (lunch) to make the super popular brunch. While some have the time to make a hearty breakfast meal, others must run out the door with little time to eat cereal. With a few exceptions (Raisin Bran and Cheerios for example), you’re going to sound like a 5-year-old when you tell someone what you had for breakfast, though. How do you avoid that social situation? Read More

Two Brothers Brewing | Northwind Imperial Stout

January 20, 2017 |

ABV 9.1 | IBU 45

The sun dipped below the North Pole’s horizon long ago — not to be seen again until March. The relentless darkness creates indescribable arctic cold that marches southward all winter. But, there’s more than just frosty breezes arriving from the north, there’s Imperial Stout — Two Brothers Brewing Northwind Imperial Stout.

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Event Recap | Noon Whistle Brewing Second Anniversary (Chicago)

January 19, 2017 |

Noon Whistle Brewing | Photo Credit: Mathew Powers

Suburban Chicago’s Noon Whistle Brewing is located in an old strip mall and barely visible from the main road; a location unlikely to garner a passing grade in a Business 101 class. Makes no matter because in the craft beer world, it’s not location, location, location that’s essential; it’s libation, fermentation, innovation.

The beer emerging from Noon Whistle Brewing pulls throngs of thirsty patrons through its doors. And that is why when I arrived a few minutes after the noon hour on a Friday — the first of two days dedicated for its two-year anniversary — I was far from the only person ready to indulge in a parade of special releases. By the time I left that night, the place was packed.

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Mikerphone Brewing’s Upcoming Taproom

January 12, 2017 |

Featured image courtesy of Mikerphone Brewing

4,000 square feet, custom wooden table recently stained grey, black chairs, brown cardboard boxes and a small palate wrapped tight in shrink wrap – all carrying the recent additions to Mikerphone Brewing’s upcoming taproom.

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Inside the Tank | Aquanaut Brewing Company

January 6, 2017 |

Situated on the north side of Chicago, Aquanaut Brewing Company features a small line of year-round beers, but has plans to launch more seasonal and one-off beers as well as opening up a taproom in the future.

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Pipeworks Brewing Co. | Blueberry Cichlid

December 28, 2016 |

ABV: 9.5%

There are few beers that I actively go out and look for the day that distribution begins. One of those rare exceptions is anytime Pipeworks Brewing Co. releases a new beer from their Fish Series. If you’re not familiar with this series, it consists of big imperial IPAs with the addition of fruit and, typically, honey. They’re sweet, they’re fruity and the most recent release does not deviate.

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Ale Syndicate to Take ‘Hiatus’ from Brewing; Returning Sometime in 2017

December 20, 2016 |

Ale Syndicate will be brewing beer in Chicago in 2017. It just won’t be in their current space. The brewery announced on Monday that they would be leaving their Logan Square location to brew with another brewery in the city. At this time they have not announced who they will be brewing with when they begin producing beer again.

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Around the Bend to Begin Contract Brewing at Burnt City

December 20, 2016 |

Once Around the Bend Beer Company discovered they would have to be out of their current brewing space by Dec. 15th, owner Dan Schedler looked at several different options in order to keep the brewery operational. It was announced on Monday that Around the Bend would begin contract brewing at Burnt City starting in 2017.

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BREAKING Arcade Brewery Shutting Down Operations

December 19, 2016 |

Arcade Brewery co-founder Chris Tourre has confirmed that the brewery will shut down operations immediately.

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Editor’s Picks | My Favorite Chicago Beers from 2016

December 8, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of another year. 2016 was full of highs and lows for Chicago breweries. We saw a bunch of new breweries open up, some close, new beers sending waves throughout the industry and some well-known breweries recall a lot of beer. After all the dust cleared there were some great Chicago beers that came out this year. 

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Two Brothers Artisan Brewing | In the Flesh: Blueberry

December 7, 2016 |

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing has released the newest beer in the In the Flesh series. Started earlier this year, the series is a line of American sours and each beer highlights a different fruit used in the brewing process. The latest beer is re-fermented with real blueberries and is available in stores now.

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Cademon Brewing Co. Announces Their Permanent Closing

December 1, 2016 |

Two years to the day that they opened their doors to the public, Cademon Brewing Co. has announced that they are permanently closed.

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Moody Tongue Brewing Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner Returns December 2

December 1, 2016 |

Moody Tongue Brewing in Chicago, the brainchild of Jared Rouben, a graduate of both the Culinary Institute of America and Seibel, recently opened its new, cozy taproom on the city’s west side. With that opening, Moody can now provide its coveted Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner on draft – a sinful holiday beer treat for either the naughty or nice this year.
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Begyle Brewing | Begyle Blonde

December 1, 2016 |

ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 20

If you’re like me and not ready to put summer behind you yet, try a lighter beer that would be a good transition from summer to fall. The Begyle Blonde, a deep gold colored American Blonde Ale, is a perfect beer for the transition of the seasons.
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Off Color Brewing Announces Plans for Second Brewery

November 30, 2016 |

John Laffler of Off Color Brewing has officially announced that the brewery will be opening up a second location with a taproom in Lincoln Park.

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