You’re Invited! “RAW: Chicago Artist Showcase” at the Metro

About 2 months ago, I got a random phone call from Los Angeles, California. I don’t pick up the phone when I don’t recognize the caller, so it went to voicemail. When I finally listened to the message about 3 hours later, I learned that I had been head-hunted to be a part of a vendor showcase event featuring all independent Chicago artists!!! I thought … Continue reading You’re Invited! “RAW: Chicago Artist Showcase” at the Metro

Quick Draw: Akari Shogun by Half Acre Beer Company

You know warm weather is here to stay when Half Acre releases cans of Akari Shogun American Wheat. (Ok, ok, we never really know what the weather will do here in Chicago, but just roll with me here.) This beer tastes like sunshine, hope, North Avenue Beach, tanned bros in tanks, and bike rides down the Lakeshore path. As the brewery website states, “He who … Continue reading Quick Draw: Akari Shogun by Half Acre Beer Company

Quick Draw: Fresh IIPA by Hubbard’s Cave

It’s no surprise that a former architect and native Chicagoan would choose to name the second arm of his brewery after a piece of Chicago’s structural anatomy. Really only known by locals, “Hubbard’s Cave” is a colloquialism that refers to the section of highway sheltered by Hubbard Street as it passes from East to West over I-90 and I-94, just northwest of the Chicago Loop … Continue reading Quick Draw: Fresh IIPA by Hubbard’s Cave

Ingredient Study: Coffee in Beer

Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water. –The Women’s Petition Against Coffee, 1674 OK, that quote was just too hilarious not to share. I love coffee, and I don’t know what those women were drinking but it sounds horrifying, and nothing like coffee at … Continue reading Ingredient Study: Coffee in Beer

Goose Island Stout Fest

Goose Island Stout Fest 2016

Goose Island Stout Fest, held at GI Clybourn Pub, should be on every Chicagoan’s (or every stout-lover’s, for that matter) “Must-Fest List.” Holdup … you don’t have a “Must-Fest List?” Well then, drop everything! Start making a list right now and put this annual Stout Fest way up at the top! Sheesh!   Being a first-time attendee myself, I was impressed by the following: The … Continue reading Goose Island Stout Fest 2016

Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Off Color Brewing, known for their quirky black & white illustrated labels and packaging (and their delicious beers, too!) recently added a small retail space inside their brewery located at 3925 W. Dickens Avenue in Chicago. The brewery sold $1 tickets to their opening party back in February, and donated all of these proceeds to local organization Wright Way Rescue. As the mother of an … Continue reading Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Cider Summit Chicago, 2016

On Saturday, February 27th, I attended Cider Summit Chicago for the second year in a row, and the fest greatly impressed me yet again. Some notable differences between 2015 and 2016 Cider Summit: Fest Expansion: 2015’s fest occupied the first floor of the Navy Pier Ballroom with 120 cider makers (and was pretty crowded). This year, the fest grew to 140 makers, and expanded to … Continue reading Cider Summit Chicago, 2016

Style Study: English Porter

The English Porter originated about three centuries ago in the UK and, like many beer styles, was a product of its time. Unfortunately, the best place to study this style is probably not the United States, but I did my darndest with what was available to me here in Chicagoland. I’ve borrowed heavily from the Cicerone Certification Program‘s information on this beer’s history and profile … Continue reading Style Study: English Porter

Quick Draw: Hopslam

Hopslam by Bell’s Brewing (Kalamazoo, MI) is the first beer that I can vividly recall being genuinely obsessed with. It widely established the highest standard of excellence for Midwest-style Double IPAs (DIPAs). Brewed with honey, malty and sweet, plus a hoppy bang to match, this beer has it all. Though they keep this beer’s hop bill under wraps, Bell’s was kind enough to reveal that Simcoe … Continue reading Quick Draw: Hopslam

Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)

“Chocolate releases the same dopamine chemicals in the brain as romantic love does, and beer tends to reduce social inhibitions. If that doesn’t sound like the makings of an interesting evening, I don’t know what does…” – Russ Menegat, Rogue Ales Public House manager No one can deny that the combination of beer and chocolate is pretty genius. But in fact, according to National Geographic, … Continue reading Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)