Harry Potter-Inspired Butterbeer Recipe (Made with Actual Beer)

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)

Quick Draw: Akari Shogun by Half Acre Beer Company

You know warm weather is here to stay when Half Acre releases cans of Akari Shogun American Wheat. (Ok, ok, we never really know what the weather will do here in Chicago, but just roll with me here.) This beer tastes like sunshine, hope, North Avenue Beach, tanned bros in tanks, and bike rides down the Lakeshore path. As the brewery website states, “He who … Continue reading Quick Draw: Akari Shogun by Half Acre Beer Company

Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Off Color Brewing, known for their quirky black & white illustrated labels and packaging (and their delicious beers, too!) recently added a small retail space inside their brewery located at 3925 W. Dickens Avenue in Chicago. The brewery sold $1 tickets to their opening party back in February, and donated all of these proceeds to local organization Wright Way Rescue. As the mother of an … Continue reading Quick Draw: Off Color Space Tiger

Chili Peppers

Baby, It’s Chili Outside (Ingredient Study: Chili Peppers)

“A pepper is a fruit filled with air instead of juicy flesh. … The fruit gets its heat from capsaicin, a substance that appears in highest concentrations in the inner membrane of the fruit and in its seeds. While capsaicin doesn’t cause a physical burn, it does send a signal to the brain that something’s on fire. The brain responds by issuing pain signals in … Continue reading Baby, It’s Chili Outside (Ingredient Study: Chili Peppers)

Almanac Brewing Farmer's Reserve Citrus

Quick Draw: Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus

(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

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

Quick Draw: Bob Ross Did It

On Saturday, August 29th, Noon Whistle Brewing held their first barrel-aged bottle release at … you guessed it … noon! Bob Ross Did It is a 10.20% ABV scotch ale aged for many months in Heaven Hill barrels. Matt picked up this modestly priced $15 bomber on the weekend of the successful release, and, after saving it in the cellar for a few months, we decided to crack it … Continue reading Quick Draw: Bob Ross Did It

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

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

Beerfest Bingo Contest: Win a Free Beer Art Print

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