Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers

FOBAB 2017: 15 Superlatives from the 15th Annual Fest of Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beers

From November 11-12th, 2017 FoBAB (the Festival of Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer) celebrated its 15th year here in Chicago at the UIC Forum. I was able to attend the early admission Saturday session on November 12th from 12-5pm with a magical media pass in hand … er ’round neck. 15 years of FoBAB have come and gone, but as this was my fourth time attending … Continue reading FOBAB 2017: 15 Superlatives from the 15th Annual Fest of Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beers

Style Study: Bière de Garde

The BJCP provides a fairly simple description of this complex and varied beer style, describing it as “traditional artisanal ale from Northern France brewed in early spring and kept in cold cellars for consumption in warmer weather.” However, if you really want to get beer-nerdy and dive into the full histoire of this storied French contribution to craft beer, you must consume Phil Markowski’s Farmhouse Ales: Culture and … Continue reading Style Study: Bière de Garde