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
The 2016 Great American Beer Fest has come and gone, and I am still in serious Fun Withdrawal (it’s a real affliction) just over a week after the final session. This was my first time attending, so this post will largely be a massive recap of “bests” and “favorites” plus my usual illustrative touch. In case you’re not familiar, GABF is the largest annual American … Continue reading The Great American Beer Fest 2016
This year marked the 183rd Oktoberfest celebrated in Munich, Germany. The party started on September 17th, and just came to a close yesterday (October 3rd), and drew millions of bier-drinkers to the city to celebrate. In fact, I’ve been told by friends who have attended that if you’re on festival grounds and are not holding a stein full of beer, you’ll be kindly asked to leave. … Continue reading Style Study: Märzen
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!
“We gon-na get FUN-key! E’rybodayclapyahaaaaans! Clap, clap clap, clap ya hands!” – DJ Casper … … who was not at all referring to Brettanomyces yeast, but he may as well have been because Brett is known for adding funkiness to beer! Ohhh yeahhh! Aaaaaanywhoozles, this week I chose to do a Style Study on the BJCP category called “Brett Beer.” Brett Beer is a subset … Continue reading Style Study: Brett Beers
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that Matt and I visited Boston this past Spring. And, full disclosure, I procrastinated big time on writing a post about it. (Obviously – here we are at the end of August.) I took some sadly scant notes, and that’s what I had to work from. Therefore, I’ve now decided to tell the tale of … Continue reading Boston Beercation
What is the difference between an ale and a lager?
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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)
What is a saison, and how does it differ from a farmhouse ale? Apparently the answer to this question is neither simple, nor is it widely agreed upon. I did some preliminary reading a few months ago before buying my beers, and the distinction was incredibly blurry to me. Some claimed that the two terms were interchangeable, and others described “farmhouse” as a type of … Continue reading Style Study: Saisons
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