“Chocolate releases the same dopamine chemicals in the brain as romantic love does, and beer tends to reduce social inhibitions. If that doesn’t sound like the makings of an interesting evening, I don’t know what does…” – Russ Menegat, Rogue Ales Public House manager No one can deny that the combination of beer and chocolate is pretty genius. But in fact, according to National Geographic, … Continue reading Brewing with Love (Ingredient Study: Chocolate)
(a sour Belgian Blonde ale aged in wine barrels with Buddha’s hand citron zest, yuzu, and blood oranges) Hoppy New Year, beer-lovers! (See what I did there? I said “hoppy” instead of … oh, you get it? … K.) Well anyway, welcome to 2016. December was a busy month for me, and I slacked off quite a bit when it came to this here blog. I produced … Continue reading Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus
“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
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
THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. If you are in the Chicagoland area, and are attending the Oak Park Microbrew Review this Saturday, August 15th, then you are in luck! I will be there, handing out some Beerfest Bingo cards (made by yours truly), and if you play the game during the fest, you could win a FREE piece of artwork from my Etsy store! In order … Continue reading Beerfest Bingo Contest: Win a Free Beer Art Print
The first time I heard of a radler, I was a 20-year-old college student studying abroad, on a weekend trip to Munich, Germany. My friends and I had purchased tickets to Mike’s Bike Tour, a bicycle tour on which we traveled a total of 4 miles over the course of 4 hours. What took so long, you might wonder? In between brief bouts of historical tidbit-sharing, … Continue reading Radlers: The Beer Without a Style
As the tidal wave of Chicago Craft Beer Week begins to recede from the shores of our livers, I can’t help but think, I could really go for some hard cider right about now! In fact, this is the perfect time to switch up my format a bit and share that my friends at 2 Towns Cider from Corvallis, Oregon have entered the Chicago market, … Continue reading The In-Cider Scoop: 2 Towns Cider Tasting
“Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen … … ETSY STORE!” – Ron Burgundy OK, this isn’t a horrifying announcement at all (I hope). It’s great fun! Ron Burgundy and I couldn’t be happier to announce that I am officially selling prints of … Continue reading Etsy Store: It’s Live!
Yes, it’s true! In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be launching an Etsy store just in time for Chicago Craft Beer Week. I’ve been working for the last month to make my little dream of selling prints of my illustrations a reality and will have my online store up and running on Thursday, May 14th!* So now that we’re two weeks out from Chicago Craft Beer Week (May … Continue reading Coming Soon: Etsy Store!
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