Harry Potter-Inspired Butterbeer Recipe (Made with Actual Beer)

For those of you who didn’t know, I love the Harry Potter series. Are there people who love HP more than I? Of course. Are there those who love it less? Most certainly, because I love it a great deal. In fact, here is a chart, describing my love for HP as it compares to others’: Footnotes: 1. Pope Benedict was known to have opposed … Continue reading Harry Potter-Inspired Butterbeer Recipe (Made with Actual Beer)

Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack

Oh, hi. I didn’t see you there. You may have noticed, dear reader, that I haven’t posted in, like, 3 months. It’s true–and no, your web browser/brain isn’t broken–I haven’t been blogging. But what I have been doing all of this time? A lot of things beer-  or art-  or  beer-and-art-related, of course! I’ve applied to some upcoming Chicago-based craft fairs and have been working … Continue reading Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack

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

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

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