Oak Park Micro Brew Review 2017

On Saturday, August 19th, the familiar buzz of bagpipes began to blare promptly at 3pm, and the jockey box taps began to flow – another Oak Park Micro Brew Review was officially underway!   As former residents of Oak Park, Matt and I used to live within walking distance of this beer fest which meant A) we looked very much forward to it, oh so much each … Continue reading Oak Park Micro Brew Review 2017

Beer Under Glass 2017

Held at the Garfield Park Conservatory in a curated jungle of beautiful plants, flowers, maze-like hothouses, pretty ponds, and the occasional curly tube slide that you just happen to find while you are wandering through said jungle in search of brewery booths, Beer Under Glass is a craft beer treasure hunt. “BUG,” kicks off Chicago fest season as the first major event of Chicago Craft … Continue reading Beer Under Glass 2017

FoBAB Illustration: From Barrel to Glass

FoBAB 2016: Good Weather, Better Signage, Best Beers

The Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB), put on by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is among my favorite beer events of the year. Featuring a collection of some of the country’s rarest beers in existence, this fest full of fermentation feats conjures up a level of anticipation akin to Christmas morning. Traditionally, beer is made with four main ingredients: water, barley, hops, … Continue reading FoBAB 2016: Good Weather, Better Signage, Best Beers

2017 Beer Calendar

Pour on the Promenade – This Friday!

Oh, hello there. You may have noticed that there was no new post last week. Or the week before. Well that’s because I’m disorganized sometimes I’ve been a busy bee prepping for Pour on the Promenade, a beer and wine-themed art fair held THIS FRIDAY in Elgin, IL. I’ll be there as one of 20 featured artists, selling all the beer- and cider-themed art prints … Continue reading Pour on the Promenade – This Friday!

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

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

FoBAB 2015: So Many Beers, So Little My Liver

This year, I attended FoBAB (The Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers) in two capacities, both as a fest-goer and as a volunteer. I drank my way through FoBAB on Friday night (6-10pm), and returned on Saturday night to pour beer samples (6-10pm) and help with tear-down (10pm-2am).* Matt also attended as a fest-goer, a VIP guest, and a volunteer. So together, we amassed a pretty … Continue reading FoBAB 2015: So Many Beers, So Little My Liver

Binny’s Homebrew Competition featuring Samuel Adams Beer

“You guys have great palates.” This phrase is a totally normal compliment to hear in the beer-judging world, but it becomes pretty flattering when it comes from Jim Koch, Co-Founder of Samuel Adams Brewing Company, who was the guest of honor at the 8th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Competition. On Thursday, August 27th, I was invited to attend the final judging session and subsequent awards ceremony … Continue reading Binny’s Homebrew Competition featuring Samuel Adams Beer

Beer Prints | Worth 1000 Beers x Lakeshore Beverage Present Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. – Henry David Thoreau I am especially thrilled to announce the beginning of an exciting collaboration with myself and local distributor Lakeshore Beverage! I’m partnering with them on a monthly series called “Beer Prints,” in which I’ll create a unique piece of artwork to coincide with the seasonal or … Continue reading Beer Prints | Worth 1000 Beers x Lakeshore Beverage Present Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Come to the Dark Side: 3 Sheeps’ Black Wheat Brews

On the evening of Wednesday, August 18th, I was invited to attend the inaugural Lakeshore Beverage Beer Club, featuring 3 Sheeps Brewing with a focus on “The Truth About Dark Beer.” The event was held in the beautifully architected offices of the distribution company’s Chicago location; upon entering the space, guests were greeted by wooden beams above, beautiful sparkling tile floors below, and candied bacon in a 3 Sheeps pint … Continue reading Come to the Dark Side: 3 Sheeps’ Black Wheat Brews