Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack

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

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: Hopslam

Hopslam by Bell’s Brewing (Kalamazoo, MI) is the first beer that I can vividly recall being genuinely obsessed with. It widely established the highest standard of excellence for Midwest-style Double IPAs (DIPAs). Brewed with honey, malty and sweet, plus a hoppy bang to match, this beer has it all. Though they keep this beer’s hop bill under wraps, Bell’s was kind enough to reveal that Simcoe … Continue reading Quick Draw: Hopslam

American IPAs & Bullets2Bandages Bottle Opener

“Beer is not made from hops. It is made from barley, and sometimes other grains, then flavored with hops. But it is impossible to imagine beer without this strange, bitter vine.” -Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks   When you think of an American IPA, or an American-style-anything, you think HOPS. Add ALL the hops! In fact, Lagunitas’ … Continue reading American IPAs & Bullets2Bandages Bottle Opener