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

Great American Beer Fest 2017: Illinois Medals All Hail from Chicagoland

On October 5-7th, I attended the Great American Beer Festival for the second time. Having covered the fest last year, I feel less compelled to provide a massive, detailed recap of every experience I had, and am more inclined to brush broad strokes. This Fest Is The Huge-est @hoppypoppy24 isn’t wrong (see image above) … there are a whole lot of people at the Great … Continue reading Great American Beer Fest 2017: Illinois Medals All Hail from Chicagoland

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