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

2015 Oak Park Microbrew Review … Review

On Saturday August 15th, I attended the 8th annual Oak Park Microbrew Review, held in beautiful and quaint downtown Oak Park. This is the 6th time I’ve attended this fest, and every year, with the addition of nearby breweries, it gets bigger and better. This year’s highlights included: 1) Wild Weather It was swelteringly humid one minute, then buckets of rain were dumping down on … Continue reading 2015 Oak Park Microbrew Review … Review

When Cookie Met Beer, It Was Love at First Bite

On Monday, March 25th, on an early Spring* Monday in Chicago, I attended the Barley’s Angels “Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing” event at the Fountainhead in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Fountainhead’s Chef Cleetus Freidman introduced his chorus of five Girl Scout cookie-based bites, each paired with a beer that either complimented or contrasted with his cookie creation. When Chef Cleetus said, “I looked at the Trefoil … Continue reading When Cookie Met Beer, It Was Love at First Bite

A FoBAB First-Timer Attends the Friday Early Entry IMBIBE Session, Loses Both of Her Pens and Program Pamphlet, But Has Great Time Drinking All the Barrel-Aged Beer

I came to FoBAB prepared. I brought not one, but two pens with which to record the samples I tasted and their overall impressions. While waiting in line I perused the program and chose the beers I most wanted to sample, even noting their location in the room and forming a mental treasure map of sorts. I was calm, fully fed and watered, and ready … Continue reading A FoBAB First-Timer Attends the Friday Early Entry IMBIBE Session, Loses Both of Her Pens and Program Pamphlet, But Has Great Time Drinking All the Barrel-Aged Beer

Off-Flavor Fun

Back in mid-March, Matt and I took the Cicerone Off-Flavor course at their Chicago-based Certification Program offices. I’d previously only read about the six off-flavors we studied that day (there are more than six–it was a brief course), and I will say that you truly can’t know what they taste like…well…until you taste them! I took the class to further my skills in off-flavor identification as a home … Continue reading Off-Flavor Fun

Recipe: A Belgian, Wit a Little Too Much Marmalade

About two months ago, I was honored to participate in an event at the Brew Camp classroom, put on by Kim Leshinski of Hail to the Ale. And now, a mere 60-ish days later, I am writing about it! 😉 Kim and I met at the 5 Rabbit Iron Brew Challenge, and when my husband and I won the challenge with our mole stout, (<–a post on the subject is … Continue reading Recipe: A Belgian, Wit a Little Too Much Marmalade